Country AND rock - show to benefit Lake Lisgar Revitalization Project
Lake Lisgar Revitalization Project's live music show on Friday, April 15th at The Bridges, featuring Carl Dixon and Drew Gregory, promises both 'classic' rock and 'new' country.
"Some people told me they wanted rock 'n roll, some people told me they wanted country," said Lake Lisgar Project's Frank Kempf. "So we got both."
Proceeds from the show will go to the Lake Lisgar Revitalization Project, which is currently ramping up for its fifth and final stage.
Gregory, noted for winning the 2015 Alberta CMA Artist of the Year, will supply country music.
"He just announced that he's going on tour," said Kempf. "Through my contacts in the industry, he said he would be glad to come and do a show for us to fundraise for our Lake Lisgar Project."
Gregory, who went from smalltown Alberta to playing in Nashville, has toured in Alberta and Saskatchewan, but Tillsonburg – at this point in his career – will be one of his few shows in Ontario. His debut album, Country Hurricane, was followed by The Way I Was Raised, both available on iTunes and Amazon.
A respected musician, prolific songwriter, Carl Dixon was lead singer of Canadian rock band Coney Hatch, a member of The Guess Who and April Wine, and has been 'at the forefront of the Canadian rock industry for three decades.'
"When he heard about the fundraiser he said 'Frank, I'd love to do it for you,'" said Kempf.
Now a motivational speaker, Dixon was involved in a serious car accident in Australia.
"Sitting in an Australian hospital for five months, I hoped one day to return for a show with The Guess Who," Dixon recently shared photos on his Facebook page. "Last month that goal was realised with two special guest appearances – keeping TGW music alive – in turn it helped keep my soul alive."
"He's dedicated his life to trying to motivate people," said Kempf, "to overcome whatever trauma they have in their life."
Dixon's songs in Tillsonburg will likely include selections from both The Guess Who and April Wine songs.
"Both are phenomenal live performers, great entertainers," said Kempf, who has watched Dixon live.
"People's jaws dropped when he (Dixon) played. He's that good. It's like... 'wow'. That's what he does, he's been a performer his whole life.
"Carl has toured all over the world, he's played in front of like 30,000. He's pretty much a rock and roll legend and the fact that he is coming here... it's pretty amazing that he's going to be here. People that come will know every song that he plays."
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and Kempf expects the 150-seat venue, renovated in 2015 to allow a larger seating area, to sell out.
"We're one-third sold out already, they're selling fast," said LLRP's Joan Weston.
"And I need two," Weston noted to Kempf.
Finger foods and beverages will be available to purchase, catered by The Bridges at 101 John Pound Road. You can buy tickets at Chrissy's Store, Crompton's Home Hardware, Danbrook Automotive, The Bridges at Tillsonburg, and The Country Table.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on April 15th, doors open at 6:45 p.m.