Lance Anderson presents The Last Waltz – A Musical Celebration of The Band Stewart Park Festival – July 18
It’s been over 40 years since The Band staged their legendary final concert.
Now an all-star Canadian cast of award-winning blues and roots musicians will be performing “The Last Waltz – A Musical Celebration of The Band” on Thursday July 18 at St. Paul’s United Church in Perth as part of the 2019 Stewart Park Festival.
Under the direction of Juno-award-winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, this crowd-pleasing show has sold out in Ottawa, Toronto, Peterborough, and Orillia and has been staged at the CNE, the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival and the Kitchener Blues Festival.
The performance recreates the music and atmosphere of The Band’s final show captured in Martin Scorcese’s award-winning concert film, The Last Waltz.
It was in 1976 at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom that The Band performed what they called their “Last Waltz,” and invited many of their friends to join in the celebration. These friends included Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison, Neil Young and others who performed with The Band on this special night.
In this homage to The Last Waltz, Anderson’s special guests perform the songs played and sung by these artists at that memorable concert.
The all-star line-up of musicians features Juno and Maple Blues Lifetime Achievement award winner Chuck Jackson (lead singer of the Downchild Blues Band), Jerome Levon Avis (Levon Helm’s godson), the always entertaining Johnny Max and other special guest singers backed by a 9-piece band.
“What makes this performance special is the connection these musicians have to the music,” says Anderson. “They love the music and perform these tunes from the heart.”
The Band was a Canadian national treasure with four members of the legendary roots music group originally from southern Ontario. In the 1960s, they were brought together as “The Hawks” by Ronnie Hawkins and later gained international recognition as Bob Dylan’s back-up band on his groundbreaking electric tours.
This two hour tribute includes a wide selection of favourites, such as ‘The Weight’, ’The Night They Drove Ole’ Dixie Down’, ‘Up On Cripple Creek’, ‘Life is a Carnival’, ‘The Shape I’m In’, ‘Rag Mama Rag’, ‘It Makes No Difference’, ‘Ophelia’ and many more.
“It wasn’t just the musicianship, which was second to none; it was the energy – these musicians have brought forth a live music gem that is worthy of any stage I know of…” P. Rellinger, Kawartha News
Lance Anderson presents The Last Waltz – A Musical Celebration of The Band
Thursday July 18
St. Paul’s United Church
Tickets available June 24 at Tickets Please
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