Thursday, October 7, 2010

Disorderly Conduct plays AIDSBeat Friday, Oct. 15th, 2010


Coming up on Friday, October 15th, 2010 is the 15th Annual AIDSBeat concert at Kool Haus in Toronto, ON. If you live in or around Toronto and would like to see a great live band play, then you should go check out "Disorderly Conduct". My friend Rich Scarsbrook will be coming out from behind his drum set this time around to share the lead vocals duties with Nicole. You own it to yourself to go out and check out this band! Disorderly Conduct is a two-time people's choice award winner at the annual event. Tickets for the show are $40 per person to go see 6 bands play. For more information about this excellent event, please go to the website.

http://www.aidsbeat.com/

Van Scott live at The Stubborn Mule Oct. 23rd.

Just an announcement about one of Sarnia's own local bands, Van Scott, playing a gig at The Stubborn Mule on OCt. 23rd at 9pm. This past summer Van Scott had a chance to play in the opening lineup of bands with: The Scorpions, Cinderella and Bob Noxious at Rogers Sarnia Bayfest 2010. Yours truly, will be mixing the sound for their show at The Stubborn Mule. So, come out, have a few drinks and enjoy the music of Van Scott. For more info about the band, check out their website:

http://www.vanscottonline.com/

Keep on rockin' !

Cheers!
Ron

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts in Parry Sound, ON




Recently, I found out about the new Stockey Performing Arts Centre located in Parry Sound, ON. Just look at the opening page of the web site to see how beautiful this facility really is! I have always enjoyed working in theatre and now there is another fabulous venue for everyone to use and enjoy. To view the web site, please click on the link below to check out this great place.

http://www.stockeycentre.com/




Thursday, August 5, 2010

My friend Sam Cole has joined a new band!

Tonight I just found out that my friend Sam Cole has joined a new band out of London, ON. The band is called "Last Call". Sam is the bassist for the band and he is a great player! I found their facebook page and I have posted some picture from their page. Here is the link to their page:





Here is the band lineup:

Art Richards - Lead Guitar and Vocals
Noel McCahon - Drums, Vocals, and Cowbell
Brad Gray - Guitars and Vocals
Sam Cole - Bass Guitar









Sunday, May 30, 2010

Jazz & Blues In The Village September 17 & 18, 2010


Hello Sarnia! Are there any jazz and blues music fans in our city??? Have you all heard of the annual "Jazz and Blues In The Village" music event? This event is an annual charity fundraiser for the Sarnia Organ Donor's Awareness Group. 2010 will mark the 7th year of this event. It is held in McGibbon Park right in the heart of the city adjacent to the Kiwanis Centre. The event is spread out over two days Friday, Sept. 17th and Saturday, Sept 18th. This year's featured artists/bands are:

Friday, Sept 17th: One Bald Tire, Julian Fauth (Blues Night)

Saturday, Sept 18th: Dominant Seven Jazz Band, Dave Bennett's "Tribute to Benny Goodman",
Dave Reddoch and the Johnny Bond Quartet
- (Saturday Afternoon Jazz)

Saturday, Sept 18th: Lit'l Chicago, Dave Rotundo Band - (Saturday Evening Blues)

For tickets and all the information about the event please check out the official website at the following link: http://www.jazzinthevillage.com/

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ten Seconds Over Tokyo Reunion Show at Bayfest 2010!


Sarnia's own Ten Seconds Over Tokyo will be getting back together for a reunion show performance at Rogers Sarnia Bayfest 2010. TSOT is scheduled to play in the opening band slot for the "Weezer" concert on Sat. July 10th. The last time the band played together was for a reunion show in 1995. It will really great to see one of Sarnia's great hometown bands play the big stage at Bayfest. Even after many year apart the band still has a great number of die hard fans and a presence on the web. There are some great videos on YouTube posted and there is a myspace music page with a number of the band's great songs available for a listen. If you a die hard fan like myself, I invite you to join their myspace music page and check out the videos on YouTube.


Here is a link to the myspace music page: www.myspace.com/tensecondsovertokyo


Here is a link to the YouTube page: www.youtube.com/user/matrok1962


There is also a group on Facebook: Log onto Facebook and type in "Ten Seconds Over Tokyo" and you will find the group there.


Cheers to all of the TSOT fans from Sarnia!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Upcoming Gig With Scott Manery & the Barnburners


Coming up on Sat. June 5th, I will working a sound gig with local band "Scott Manery and the Barnburners" at The Stubborn Mule bar in Sarnia. The Barnburners play country/rockabilly style and always put on an amazing performance! Check out the band on their myspace music page at the following link:

http://www.myspace.com/scottmaneryandthebarnburners

For all you local Sarnians, I invite you to come out for a great night of country and rockabilly music with Scott and the boys, Live at The Mule!

Cheers!
Ron

Triumph Releases Greatest Hits Remixed CD/DVD Set



On May 18, 2010, Canadian rock band Triumph released a new CD/DVD set, "GREATEST HITS - Remixed - This set is a must have for all of you die hard Triumph fans out there! You can listen to the new Greatest Hits disc on the Street Date website. Here is the weblink to get you there:
Also, if you would like to keep informed about happenings with Triumph, go to their official website at the following link:
Cheers!
Ron

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Working More Sound Gigs This Year

Last weekend I finally had a chance to work a sound gig out in Camlachie Community Centre. It was really good show even if the audience count was low. The event featured "Borderline" and "Mike Mulligan as Roy Orbison - a tribute show". The show went well and I had good time mixing the gig.

Then yesterday I got a phone call to work a show at The Stubborn on June 5th. The band is "Scott Manery and the Barnburners". This is band I have worked with a number of time before and I always have a fun time mixing sound for them. I am looking forward to gig.

Then on June 10th I will be down on the Sarnia waterfront at the Dow People Place mixing a show for "Borderline" on the outdoor stage. I like working the outdoor shows when I can get one. I am actually the exclusive sound tech for "Borderline" and I have been working with them now for 5 years. Every summer they place a gig each month during the summer months at the Dow People Place and I am there for every gig.

In August I mix sound for the "Hot August Nights" gig put on by the Sarnia Street Machines group. The event features "Borderline" and "The Barnburners". This event is a fundraiser where the money raised goes to purchase new hospital equipment for our local community. It is full house every year!

So, as you can see I am getting more sound gigs to work at in my free time. Hey, if there is anyone out there who requires a sound technician for an upcoming gig, please feel free to contact me directly. Take note of my business card below.

Cheers Everyone!

Ron


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rik Emmett Playing Sarnia Ribfest July 24, 2010


Recently found out the Rik Emmett is playing a free concert at this year's Sarnia Ribfest on July 24th, 2010. Rik Emmett has always been one of my most favourite guitarists and I am looking forward to the free concert and a night out with my friends. Last time Rik Emmett played in Sarnia was for a guitar clinic show at The Lazy Duck Lounge back in Feb. 2007. It was the best $5.00 ticket I ever bought for a show. The venue was a small room upstairs with capacity for 200 people only and I got front seats for the show. It was so awesome to watch the guitar fretwork of Mr. E.! Afterwards, Rik stuck around to autograph posters for each member of the audience and a chance to talk to one of my favourite Canadian musicians. The concert this summer is going to be such a blast!

Check out Rik Emmett's web site at www.rikemmett.com for more information
Also check out the Sarnia Ribfest web site for the entire lineup of entertainment for Ribfest 2010
www.sarniaribfest.com

RUSH - Coming to Rogers Sarnia Bayfest 2010!!!!


This past week I found out that RUSH is going to be playing at Rogers Sarnia Bayfest 2010!!! Right here in my own backyard!!! It is so awesome! The Bayfest organizers finally got them come play Bayfest after 5 years! I am totally looking forward to the show on Friday, July 9th, 2010. This year RUSH is playing the "Time Machine Tour" and for the first time ever will feature the album "Moving Pictures" live in its entirety.
Click on the link for the Bayfest web site to see the entire lineup of rock and country artists playing the festival this year.

www.sarniabayfest.com

Monday, February 15, 2010

Listening To More Jazz Lately

When it comes to my musical tastes, I generally like listening to rock music which is what I grew up with. As I got older, I got more interested in blues and jazz music. When I was younger and working as a theatre technician, I got to work on all sorts of concerts at the venues I worked at. Jazz music grabbed my attention when I was in college and after once I was tech. My favourite jazz music was by: Manteca, UZEB, The Rippingtons, David Sanborn, and from a hometown artist, Jim Clayton. Jim Clayton released his first CD called "Jim Clayton's Greenhouse - Muskoka" in 1997. Once I got a hold of this disc, I have always loved it. This is one excellent jazz CD! I would recommend it to any jazz fan. Jim Clayton has recorded more music since that first CD but, living here in Sarnia, I find it hard to get good jazz music CDs in the music stores around here. For some reason, the stores just don't stock it because, jazz music is not that popular around this city. I am sure you could find the CD in the music stores in the bigger cities. Jim Clayton is now a native of Toronto, ON. where jazz music rules!

For an excellent review of the Jim Clayton's Greenhouse - Muskoka CD, go to the following link on the jazzreview.com web site.

http://www.jazzreview.com/cdreview.cfm?ID=704

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

An Open Letter From Henry Rollins

Recently, I found a group on Facebook that is called (Don t Piss Off The Sound Guy) which is a funny look at how sound techs get treated by the musicians and artists along the way. On the group page I did find some great pics that people have already posted and I wanted to post one.

Here is an open letter written by singer Henry Rollins talking about the stage manager and the crew. Take a look:
Cheers!
Ron


Saturday, January 2, 2010

100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs

The other night I watched a VH-1 program which was a countdown of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. The songs were a result of people going onto the VH-1 web site to cast votes for their top 10 hard rock songs from a selected list of music. Of course, the list was subjective to the songs listed on the web site. There were some omissions that didn't make the list depending on who's music you are a fan of. You should have seen some of the comments made about that on the VH-1 forum page. Anyhow, I am sure that all of us would not have the same exact top 100 list as we all are fans of different songs from that genre.

What songs would you have on your top 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs?

Feel free to post a few songs that are you personal favourites. There are no right or wrong answers here. Have fun with it.

Here are some of my personal favourites:

Tom Sawyer - Rush
Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen
Stone In Love - Journey
Don't Tell Me You Love Me - Night Ranger
Back In Black - AC/DC
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Still Of the Night - Whitesnake
Photograph - Def Leppard
Raise A Little Hell - Trooper
Fight The Good Fight - Triumph
Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin

and so on.....