Lance Anderson presents
MAD DOGS and ENGLISHMEN – The Music of JOE COCKER and LEON RUSSELL
The Crowd favourite at the 2013 Kitchener Blues Festival, this show with 14 of the country’s top Blues and Roots music artists is a powerhouse Soul and Gospel/rock show guaranteed to bring the house down.
Juno Award winning producer Lance Anderson (who brought The Last Waltz, and Genius+Soul to Ontario theatres) has brought together another wonderful roster of BLUES ALL STARS. Singers Chuck Jackson (The Downchild Blues Band), Danny Brooks and Matt Weidinger, and three background singers to recreate the magic of the award winning 1970’s tour, album and movie of the same name.
Backed by a nine piece band which includes two drummers Shamakah Ali (The Barkays) and Charlie Cooley (Manteca) and percussionist (Art Avalos,, Manteca), horns (David Dunlop (Boss Brass), Simon Wallis. (Lighthouse), Hammond organ (Matt W), and piano (Anderson) and guitarist Terry Blersh, (Danny Brooks) and on bass Collin Barrett. The rhythm this group creates is a freight train which will pick you up and drop you down at the Fillmore East in NYC in 1970.
They come together to celebrate the music that Joe Cocker and Leon Russell threw together to fulfill a tour that almost didn’t happen. Cocker’s English band was not allowed into America, so at he last minute he asked Russell to assemble a group of musical all stars for a tour. Joe asked the right man, as Leon was one of the most connected studio musicians and songwriters in L.A. Part of the ‘Wrecking Crew’.
Our Mad Dogs show is in that same all star spirit.
During this two hour show you will hear their wonderful arrangements from the ‘Hall of Fame’ hit record including:
The Letter, With a Little Help From My Friends, Feeling Alright, Space Captain, Honky Tonk Woman, Cry Me a River, Drown in My Own Tears.
And Leon’s other wonderful arrangements of Beatles tunes like:
She Came In Through the Bathroom Window, Something, Let It Be,
And Leon Russell originals like:
Superstar, Give Peace a Chance and Dixie Lullaby
All these wonderful songs played with the original size of band and arrangements. It is part revival meeting, hippie love-in and part R&B and Soul history. This 14 piece band will raise the roof anywhere. Another very special event, not to be missed:
Here’s what people had to say about the show:
“The entire show was amazing!” – JP
“I loved every minute of that awesome show! Thank you so much for providing the best entertainment that money can buy… You all deserve more than praise for that evening!!”
“Oh Man, congrats, this Show was over the top, amazing sound and performances by all, … Simply BRILLIANT . . .”
“So glad I was there to witness that! First class act! I would go see that show over and over! Outstanding!” – P.B.
“Lance…totally enjoyed your work at Southside..you put out a ton of Soul..The Mad Dogs groove with Danny Brooks, your band and Chuck among others was inspiring..cheers ”
NOTE: as this is an all star show, we cannot guarantee all artists participation as some of the artists may have other conflicting commitments. LA
- Feb 10: An Evening of BLUES and GOSPEL VII, Mariposa Folk Foundation Concert Series - Orillia, ON
- Feb 24: MAD DOGS and ENGLISHMEN - The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell - Aurora, ON
- Mar 23: The LAST WALTZ - a Musical Celebration of THE BAND - Live - Uxbridge, , ON
- Apr 22: LEVON HELM - 5th Anniversary Celebration - Toronto , ON