Aurora Cultural Centre Presents
The Last Waltz
A Musical Celebration of The Band Live
St. Andrew’s College – Ketchum Auditorium
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora
6:45 pm Doors Open
7:30 pm Concert
On the American Thanksgiving of 1976 at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, The Band (including musicians Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson to name just a few) invited many of their friends to join in their farewell concert celebration. These musical guests included Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and others who performed with the group on this historic night. The event was captured by director Martin Scorsese, who released the concert as a documentary in 1978.
In an homage to the legendary milestone, Juno Award-winning producer and musical director Lance Anderson’s critically acclaimed performance of ‘The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The BAND – Live’ celebrates the 48th Anniversary of this historic concert.
Anderson has assembled an all-star Canadian cast of award-winning blues and roots musicians to perform selections from the hit show that recreates the final concert atmosphere. In addition, Anderson’s special guests will perform a few of the songs played and sung by the special guest artists who were invited to perform at the 1976 concert. The concert will feature 4 guests: Chuck Jackson (Downchild Blues Band), Matt Weidinger, Johnny Max, and Verese Vassell-Bowen.
Backed by a 9-piece band that includes Jerome Levon Avis (godson of Levon Helm) on drums and vocals, Terry Blersh on guitar, Wayne DeAdder (Jimmy Bowskill) on bass, Rob Gusevs (Blood, Sweat and Tears) on organ, Steve McDade on trumpet and Anderson (Matchedash Parish) on piano and vocals, this is a group of seasoned veterans who love the music. Anderson’s band also features a stellar four-piece horn section including, Simon Wallis (Lighthouse) on Bari sax, Gord Meyers (Blood, Sweat and Tears) on trombone and tuba, and Scott Marshall on Tenor sax. Truly an all-star band! Special guest Bill Avis (Business Bill), longtime road manager for The Band and Levon Helm will also make an appearance.
The arrival of 2024 will mark the 14th year this cast of The Last Waltz has performed “Live.” This crowd-pleasing show thrills audiences wherever they go, including the CNE Bandshell, the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, the Shenkman Theatre (Ottawa), Centennial Hall (London ON), and at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. They have headlined the Mariposa Folk Festival, Kitchener Blues Fest, Southside Shuffle, Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, Stratford Blues and Ribfest, Norfolk County Fair (Simcoe) and Orillia Spring Blues Fest to name a few.
“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 is a Canadian national treasure, with four members of the legendary roots music group originally from southern Ontario. In the 1960s, they were initially brought together as ‘The Hawks’ by Ronnie Hawkins and later gained international recognition as Bob Dylan’s band on his groundbreaking electric tours. This two-hour inspired performance of The Last Waltz includes a wide selection of fan favourites, such as The Band’s ‘The Weight’, ’The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Up On Cripple Creek’, ‘Life is a Carnival’, ‘The Shape I’m In’, ‘Rag Mama Rag’, ‘Ophelia’ and more, plus music from their special guests. The Band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1989, and in 2008 was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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