October 2, 2015 – October 2, 2015
Over the years of being a premiere venue for Sarnia’s downtown First Friday Cultural Walkabouts, Roland and Mary Anne have had the honour of hosting many wonderful musicians and visual artists. The evening of local entertainment has proven to be mutually beneficial for all involved, including for the audiences in attendance. Acts and artists of all ages have been part of the eventst exposing Sarnia’s local talent to a wider audience than they previously had.
For the October 2 First Friday, Cheeky Monkey, located at 130 Christina Street North is pleased to welcome back EL CAMINO playing live from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Consisting of singer and rhythm guitarist Scott Whyte, lead and rhythm player Marvin Eskritt and percussionist Steve Bird they are a tight three piece group.
Local music reviewer Brian Hay had this to say about their previous performance at Cheeky Monkey back in April…. ” Their acoustic guitars meshed for a solid rhythmic foundation with Marvin Eskritt throwing in lead nuggets that were tasty and timely and had the virtue of leaving listeners wishing for more. Behind them Steve Bird kept the beat with a light touch ideal for an acoustic trio and marked the changes with a combination of acrobatic flair and subtlety that made them delicious to hear. In the front Scott Whyte gave impassioned, but nicely unaffected, readings of the material they covered.”
“For their closing set Marvin Eskritt switched to an electric guitar and the effect was fantastic. The extra volume, which he kept completely manageable, added strength to their bottom end. His lead work became more extroverted and the combination seemed to open the doors for the group to dive in. [Steve] Bird added more tasty bits and Whyte took the songs over completely. As a unit they injected a lot of jump. Their cover songs become their own by respecting the material while testing its flexibility. The dynamic they have is formidable and their playing hinted at the ability to improvise beautifully”
Having had more time and gigs to polish their sound even further, it is with great anticipation Sarnia’s should look forward to their October performance.
On the surrounding walls of Cheeky Monkey, the creative atistry of Nicholas Theoret will be on display and for sale.
Nicholas’s interests for travel and adventure are what drive his passion for photography. His work ranges from lifestyle portraiture to scenic landscapes from all over the world.
For his Show & Sale at Cheeky Monkey he will have a combination of photographs, paintings, and a stack of zines. You will be able to enjoy his work on display and purchase it at Cheeky Monkey, until October 31.