Wild Cards are back at Cheeky Monkey, downtown Sarnia’s records and more store, during the May 4th First Friday for two good reasons. First off the fans want them back. Second they enjoy playing here for their fans.
Wild Cards consists of Renee Card, Scott Vegh, Sara Campbell and Gerry Hawley. They are four diverse and talented musicians, each with an interesting musical background.
Besides their evident musical ability, they also have a comradery that is infectious.
Renee on lead vocals and keyboard is a lifelong musician, singing in several local bands such as Dirty Picasso, Backup Jenny, and Power Supply as well as in her church. With her gutsy, powerful voice she adds the spice to every song they play while Sara’s excellent lead guitar skills create sumptuous textures that are kept rock steady by Scott on bass and Gerry on drums.
Sara you may remember from the duo of Erika & Sara who not only played Sarnia venues and festivals, but also toured with Emm Gryner and were part of a backing band for Chris Hadfield.
Scott for a time was the bass player for Erika & Sara as well a few other local band including Shiloh Nauvoo, and Steadfast, to name a few.
Gerry has developed a hybrid style of drumming influenced by rock, blues and jazz. He too was part of Erika & Sara along with Scott adding ‘The Guys’ to the popular duo. Prior to that he drummed for Kira-Jade Nixon as well as several London and St. Thomas bands where he formerly resided.
While enjoying the music of Wild Cards, take time to admire the original artwork of local artist Bill Walters. Starting in May, his newest exhibit, ‘Chasing The Light’ will be on display and for sale. His keen eye for detail and light shines through on each of his paintings creating a window into a world that most of us overlook.
Also at Cheeky Monkey during the May First Friday, you can take a moment to talk to Pat McGill who will be on hand to sell the handcrafted tote bags made by the Mukwano Women’s Group of Uganda. The story of how these well made versatile bags came to be available here in Sarnia is a fascinating one Pat is happy to share with you. All the profits from the sale of the bags go back to the women’s group. They make wonderful unique Mother’s Day gifts.
For an enjoyable evening of light hearted fun live music and artistry, stop into Cheeky Monkey located at 130 Christina Street North downtown Sarnia from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. during the May 4th First Friday.