Between a Rock and a Country Song

ELVIS ROCK & COUNTRY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18TH, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
VIP tickets (Rows A-E): $50.00 (tax & fees included)
Regular tickets: $40.00 (tax & fees included)

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Born a country boy, Elvis Presley loved to sing country songs. When he sang a song it came straight from the heart. International World Champion Thane Dunn and his Cadillac Kings return with the Rock and Country Presley classics that you’ve loved for years, from Blue Suede Shoes to Always on my Mind, Suspicious Minds, Kentucky Rain, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and many more, performed by the man hailed by many as the best in the business.

Thane Dunn has the full Elvis package: the look, moves and magnetic personality like none other and is actually endorsed by several people who worked and performed with Elvis. Bill Baize of JD Sumner and the Stamps, who performed with Elvis from 1971 to ’76, says, “Thane Dunn is the closest thing I’ve ever seen.”

You will laugh, cry, and cheer in amazement as you are transported back in time to the good ole days.

Special opening act Melly Dunn as the Rhinestone Cowgirl with her amazing Salute to the Queens of Country Music: Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette.

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Glory Hallelujah the Partnership

Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic duo planted on the Canadian Prairies.  A self-professed “study in contrasts,” Luft’s folkie yin proves a perfect match for Edwards’ rocker yang.  Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories is a partnership that could almost make you believe in fate.

Straight out of the gate these two veteran singer/songwriters built a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity, visceral live performances and equally well-matched guitar prowess that doesn’t come around often. Luft packs a mean banjo as well.  The Winnipeg Free Press asks, “can two singer-songwriters be better than one? Yes, emphatically, yes, if the two in question are Cara Luft and JD Edwards… It’s our loss they didn’t [join forces] sooner… It’s magic

“Luft and Edwards are two traveling souls that may have taken a while to finally find each other, but it’s damn lucky for us their paths crossed.”    — Grayowl Point

The Small Glories are at the Victoria Playhouse on August 13th at 7:30 PM

From Green Gables to the Fly Crew

JonoJosh (aka JJ Gerber) has already made an impression in the music and musical theatre scene, and his latest single combines both of those passions. JonoJosh currently plays Gilbert in The Charlottetown Festival’s production of Anne of Green Gables—The MusicalTM.

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During his free time, he performs with the band The Fly Crew that’s made up fellow musicians: Dan Minchom, Glo Campanelli, Jozef Teeuwson, Jordan Zagerman, Ali Wither, Vannessa Sears, Aisha Jarvis, and Ruth Altaye.

JonoJosh’s latest release “Waitin’” is a song about waiting for a beautiful redhead to take notice and was written shortly after he got the role of Gilbert. The associated lyric video encapsulates how a modern-day Gilbert may have felt upon first meeting Anne.

 

JonoJosh has years of experience as a dancer/choreographer with industry powerhouses such as Marianas Trench, Psy, Carly Rae Jepson, Kreesha Turner, and more. In 2016, also

released his debut EP Outside, which was about discovery and coming of age. CBC and

Kardinal Official called it “a master class of what R’n B should be.” The same year he went on to be a finalist in CBC’s Searchlight with the artist Andi and her song “Caffeine ft JonoJosh.” In 2017, JonoJosh and The Fly Crew released “Chance,” which stands alone as an art piece meant to inspire hope to its viewers.

Family Time Two Times

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 8:00 PM
All Seats: $35.00 (tax & fees included) at the Harbourfront Theatre

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Harbourfront theatre is pleased to offer a double bill of entertainment Wednesday, August 15 with two of the Island’s most beloved musical groups, The Ellis Family Band and Fiddlers’ Sons.

Comprised of brothers Rick, Brian, Steve and Dave Ellis and Greg MacDonald, The Ellis Family Band has been a household name in PEI since the 1970’s, producing such hits as Summer Nights, Why am I Still Crying, their #1 Thank You For Being My Friend, and arguably their most popular song, Mother of Mine.

Fiddlers’ Sons features Eddy Quinn on lead vocals, John B. Webster on guitar, fiddler Courtney Hogan-Chandler, and Keelin Wedge on fiddle, vocals, guitar and bass. Since 1997, the group has released several recordings, including the popular All the Way to Cardigan and won numerous PEI Music Awards for their signature Celtic and roots traditional sound.

Cookin’ Up Hank

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 7:30PM at the Harbourfront Theatre

All Seats: $34.50 (tax & fees included)

“Ryan Cook’s channeling of Hank Williams – his voice and heartache- is a moving experience. A terrific performance by this young artist and his band”- Harry Thurston, Gaspereau Press

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Ryan Cook began performing as Hank Williams in 2009 when he performed consecutive sold-out weeks of the Maynard Collins play “The Show He Never Gave” in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Having performed on some of the same stages as Hank Williams including the Ryman Auditorium and Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in Nashville, TN, Ryan has also studied Hank Williams’ life through the biographical work of Colin Escott, Sneezy Waters, The Country Music Hall of Fame (TN), Hank Williams Boyhood Home & Museum (AL), and The Hank Williams Museum (Montgomery (AL).

Along with band mates the Drifting Cowboys, this two-act feature performance includes 22 songs from the man hailed by many as the greatest country music singer and songwriter of all time.

Ryan Cook and company re-animate the sounds of Don Helms’ haunting steel guitar, Jerry Rivers’ fiddle arrangements, and the yodeling of the lovesick boy from Georgiana, Luke the Drifter himself: Hank Williams.

“I feel like I’m watching Hank in his prime on a stage that he was no stranger to… I flew to Nova Scotia to experience the magic for myself, and wasn’t disappointed!” – John Walker, Producer –Music City Roots

From One Island to Another

New York Stories: with Former NYLON Micah Barnes and Holly Arsenault

Micah Barnes has been a treasured voice on the Canadian music scene for decades, and is a former member of the A Capella group The Nylons.

Micah’s latest show “New York Stories” takes you on a musical tour of The Big Apple starting uptown at The Apollo Theatre and The Cotton Club and moving midtown to Time Square & Broadway before landing downtown at Jazz Clubs Birdland and The Blue Note in The Village. The Canadian Jazz crooner will be performing beloved chestnuts from the world of Broadway, Jazz and Doo Wop  from legendary New York songwriters like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Carole King & Burt Bacharach, as well as songs from Micah’s critically acclaimed disc “New York Stories” (eOne Music).

“Following his time with the a cappella act The Nylons, Micah Barnes has found his own voice, that of a highly personal singer/songwriter with a strong jazz sensibility.” – Montreal Mirror

The piano has been Holly Arsenault’s favourite toy since the ripe old age of 4 when she came upon the tired old upright at her grandmother’s house in Cape Breton.  In the years since, she has traveled the globe as a pit musician, music director, sideman, soloist and leader of her own trio . These days, Holly lives and plays in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with forays into the wider world as opportunities and adventures beckon.

See the show at the Victoria Playhouse on August 6th.