Among the many monkeys residing at Cheeky Monkey is CHEEKY CHARLIE. He is by far the cheekiest of them all. Follow this blog to see what he is up to and who he meets in his adventures.
Recently Cheeky Charlie spent a day at the Kitchener Blues Festival. While there, he heard and saw Chicago ‘real deal’ bluesman John Primer, follwed by Saginaw Michigan three Kings (B.B., Freddie and Albert) influenced Larry McCray and finally the whole reason for being there, Bettye LaVette. Being a huge fan of Ms. LaVette’s it was a real treat to be front and centre for her dynamic performance. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music. Bettye recorded her first album at the tender age of 16 and is proud to say she is now 65. She makes many jokes and referances to the fact it only took 49 years to become an overnight sensation. If you ever get the chance to see her, we highly recommend her high energy,
emotion filled shows. If you can’t see her live, we are very familiar with her CD’s and would happily suggest
which to buy. It is our goal to let everyone know just how great a singer she is.
The day was incredible sunny and hot – with no rain thankfully. While enjoying the rockin blues of McCray and his band in the liscenced area, Cheeky Charlie noticed a woman making paper hats for her friends to protect them from the sun. When asked to make one for Cheeky Charlie, we discovered the whole table of blues lovers were from Courtright. Small world eh!
At the end the day, as we were all walking down the main street of Kitchener, we saw the fabulously talented artist Roger Dean was still at a booth. We’d heard he was at the festival, but hadn’t seen him to this point. For those who don’t recognize the name, Roger Dean is best known for his work on posters and album covers for musicians, which he began painting in the late 1960s. The covers often feature exotic, fantasy landscapes. His work has sold more
than sixty million copies world-wide, and his fantasy landscapes seem to have inspired those used in the film Avatar. He is known primarily for the dreamy, other-worldly scenes he has created for Yes, Budgie, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant and other bands.