Date(s) - 19/01/2024
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Last Waltz – A Musical Celebration of The BAND
FRIDAY Jan 19.2014 –St. Andrew’s College
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora
November 25, 1976. San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom.
For those who were there, it was magical.
For those here tonight, 47 years on, the magic continues.
The Last Waltz: A Musical Celebration of the Band Live is a joyous celebration of the iconic final performance together by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson.
Filmed by director Martin Scorcese, The Last Waltz is still hailed as one of the greatest concert films ever produced, and rightly so as it features performances by a who’s who of popular music at the time. Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison and Ronnie Hawkins were among those who joined The Band that Thanksgiving Day night four decades ago.
Juno Award-winning producer Lance Anderson leads a stellar cast of Canadian blues and roots musicians, working closely with drummer and lead singer Jerome Avis to re-create The Band’s music as it was meant to be heard. Jerome, the godson of Helm, learned to play drums at the knee of his godfather while his father Bill served as The Band’s road manager. At The Last Waltz, Bill was side stage. In his Peterborough home, a rare original concert poster is proudly displayed,
Just as it was many years ago, special guests will take to the stage tonight in the form of Juno and Maple Blues Award-nominated singer Johnny Max, critically acclaimed soul singer Quisha Wint, rising Kitchener star Matt Weidinger and the world class harmonica player Roly Platt.
Along with Avis, the backing band features Terry Blersh (guitar), Rob Gusevs (Hammond B3 organ) Wayne Deadder (bass) and Anderson (piano and vocals). And as it was at the grand farewell concert, a powerful four-member horn section – David Dunlop (trumpet), Gord Meyers (trombone/tuba), Scott Marshall (tenor sax) and John Panchyshyn (baritone sax) – lends its talent to the mix. Work with The Hawks, Lighthouse, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and The Boss Brass dots the band’s collective resumé.
Up On Cripple Creek, The Weight, Rag Mama Rag, Ophelia, The Shape I’m In, It Makes No Difference and The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down – tonight you’ll hear The Band’s treasured songs as they were meant to be heard. Live and fully soaked in the showmanship that was at The Last Waltz’s centre.
Believe it or not, life really is a carnival. Tonight you have a ringside seat. Don’t dare look away.