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Events Downtown

Friday July 20th and Saturday July 21st — 8pm to 11pm

Larry Smith (July 20th)

Larry has been a professional guitarist since 1973 and has accompanied on guitar Symphony Orchestras in London, Toronto, Quebec City and Edmonton.

“Larry Smith, one of London’s best known musicians, uncorks fine rootsie jazz, swing and blues. A good vintage music of exceptional taste, strong legs, aged and proven with a just a hint of nutty.”

 

Rick Taylor (July 21st)

” I used to sneak into an old blues and jazz bar across the border in New York State when I was 13. I heard some of the best music in the world there. I was hooked…!”

As a singer-songwriter and guitarist, Rick has been featured on CBC television and radio programs Touch The Earth with host Sylvia Tyson, The Entertainers with host Bill Garrett, Peter Gzowski’s 90 Minutes Live, City TV’s Music City and Intimate Evenings with Songwriters on Rogers Cable TV.

Rick’s dynamism on guitar has led to session and sideman work with Willie P. Bennett (guitarist on “Hobos Taunt” album), Stan Rogers, Doug MacArthur, and a highly acclaimed tour with Colleen Peterson, which culminated in a nine evening engagement as opening act for Gordon Lightfoot at Massey Hall in Toronto. He also fronted his own band The Torpedoes with legendary brother Steve Taylor on drums in Southern Ontario, as well as the Rick Taylor Band which featured some of the finest blues and jazz musicians in Vancouver, and a 3 year run with Vancouver’s HARD 8; a roots-acoustic trio featuring guitar virtuoso Paul Pigat and harmonica legend Monte.

February 2010 sees Rick Taylor returning to his blues roots with his definitive CD release of “Lucky Room”. This solo collection of 11 songs covers the road from Mississippi to Chicago, paying homage to the blues masters from the late 1920’s to the early 1950’s that have helped shape Rick’s music over a 40 plus year career. This critically acclaimed work has garnered heavy rotation achieving radio chart hit status –  reaching #3 on Roots Music Report charts – Canada and #10 on the U.S.A. Roots Music Report – Blues charts. http://www.ricktaylormusic.com/Rick_Taylor_Music/Rick_Taylor.html

To listen to Rick’s music go to https://www.reverbnation.com/ricktaylor