Back by popular demand! Sunday Gospel Music & Brunch at Hugh’s Room! The series kicks off on October 29th with Sacred Steel guitarist Chuck Campbell (of the Campbell Brothers), The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), bassist George Koller (of the Shuffle Demons) and drummer Bucky Berger (of Fathead). Brunch from 1pm with Music from 2pm. Get your tickets and table reservations now from Hugh’s Room Live or call 416-533-LIVE (5483).
For those of you not familiar with “Sacred Steel”, it is one of the most exciting musical forms on the planet and Chuck Campbell is one of its greatest exponents. “I first met the award winning pedal steel guitarist on a Memphis elevator. Even before I heard the African-American Sacred Steel Superstar band The Campbell Brothers perform, I sensed that here were musicians I’d love to make music with. The next day after I heard them play, the deal was sealed. Chuck has since played on 2 of my cds – Listening and Another Day’s Journey.”~Ken Whiteley
With the Campbell Brothers, Chuck has been featured from Toronto’s Luminato, the Hummingbird Centre and Dundas Square to New York’s Kennedy Centre to LA’s Hollywood Bowl.The last time Chuck appeared on Ken’s Sunday Gospel Brunch, it was standing room only so we suggest you get your tickets early. And check out the music video below.
Also mark your calendar for the November 26th Sunday Gospel Brunch’s program entitled Indigenous Spirit Songs which will feature artists of First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage. “I have always tried to present an open ended range of musical styles and forms of spiritual expression at these Sunday afternoon gospel shows at Hugh’s Room. While all of the shows have been unique, I am particularly excited about our Nov. 26 show titled Indigenous Spirit Songs. It will be a wonderful celebration of Indigenous voices, conveying significant diversity of musical expression. Sadie Buck, Jani Lauzon & Twin Flames are all extremely accomplished artists in their own right and I can’t wait to participate in the exchange that happens when we are all on stage together. Come and connect to voices deeply rooted in the longest standing traditions of this country and share as make connections to help us all move forward together.” ~ Ken Whiteley
GOSPEL MUSIC MAKES ME FEEL ALRIGHT… For more really great music go to Ken’s Gospel page.
What better time to start a discussion on “freedom”. Ken describes the philosophy and some of the process behind the creation of his recording, “Freedom Blues” and lots of live clips give you a musical taste (in the first video below). This is uplifting blues for anyone who wants to dig a little deeper. We hope you also enjoy the first three music videos “Bring It All Right Down” and “Omar Khadr’s Blues” from the Freedom Blues CD release concert in Toronto. Thanks to Riddle Films and specifically Liam Romalis and Mako Funasaka for the video production and all the incredible musicians including Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Bucky Berger, Ewan Divitt, Richard Underhill, Perry White, Alastair Whitehead and Denis Keldie. Please tell your friends to check these videos out.