From D Wayne to Flatheads with a dash of colourful art and a pinch of Rock of Ages musical thrown in, the September 2, 2016 First Friday was a tasty blend of entertainment.
The newest art exhibit and sale titled “The Onset” by Bill Walters once again showcases his talent for capturing the beauty that is all around us in the great outdoors. Whether it be a close study of a phlox plant in full bloom or a downriver oil refinery, Bill manages to find the stately elegance of the subject matter. His use of colour is impressive in that it is vibrant and understated at the same time. All that is mastered while sitting outside in the elements and creating his pieces quickly before his “model” changes.
On top of his works being pleasing to the eye, they are pleasing to the wallet too. Every piece is very reasonable priced making them affordable for anyone who would like to add some local art to their collection.
The music for the evening was staged in an interesting manner starting with Dwayne Cloes (D Wayne) performing for the first time in his extensive musical career as a solo act accompanied by only his acoustic guitar. His musical journey goes back to the days of the Levelheads and Streets on into Executive Monkey and most recently, Soul Patch. All along the way, Dwayne has been penning his own songs as well as becoming very accomplished on many instruments.
After a few solo songs, other musicians joined Dwayne on the Cheeky Monkey Red Carpet Stage. By the end of the first set, there was a drummer, lead vocalist, bass player and 2 lovely ladies singing as well. The ladies were none other then Pami Raaymakers and Dwayne’s wife Tara. Boy, could they harmonize – yes they could!
The second half of the night continued to be filled with surprises. First off it consisted of totally different music from Dwayne and his musical friends. Out came the stand up bass and the vintage microphone for a set of swinging rockabilly classics. The joint certainly was rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’, as they say.
t some point during the night, we were invaded by the cast of the upcoming Theatre Sarnia musical ‘Rock of Ages’. They took the stage long enough to sing the Journey song “Don’t Stop Believing”. Judging by the audience reaction, we predict the show playing at the Imperial Theatre starting October 21, will be a big hit.
To get more of a sample before that date, stop by Cheeky Monkey for the October 7 First Friday. Part of the cast will be doing a 20 minute set while our main act, Mike Blackmore takes a small break.
A post on Facebook about the evening said… “Awesome show. Great fist solo set by Dwayne. The second and third set with Dwayne on upright bass was fantastic. The female singer Pam added a bit of je ne sait quoi. The Rock of Ages gang added interest to make for an awesome show.” He used the right word – it was an awesome show start to finish.
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