(The Sheepdogs performed in Leamington, Ontario, on the Seacliff Park Amphitheatre stage to kick off the town’s Music On The 42 Summer Concert Series on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Photo above by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.)
Retro Blues Rockers, The Sheepdogs, headlined a thrilling show at the Municipality of Leamington’s new Seacliff Park Amphitheatre kicking off the town’s free all ages outdoor Music On The 42 Summer Concert Series on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Opening the concert was special guests, Windsor Essex County’s Dave Russell & the Precious Stones.
Leamington Mayor John Paterson, enthusiastically and creatively introduced Saskatoon’s, three-time JUNO awarding winning rockers, The Sheepdogs, by incorporating the band’s song titles into his speech to several thousand people who came out to enjoy the show.
Paterson concluded with, “I only hope that all of you are with ‘The One You Belong To’ but now I have to ‘Run Baby Run’. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give a great big Leamington welcome to Canada’s own… THE SHEEPDOGS!”
Currently playing sold out shows across the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Europe. Their newest and sixth studio album, Changing Colours, was released in February 2018. The track, “I’ve Got a Hole Where My Heart Should Be,” reached the top spot at rock radio to join the ranks of the bands #1 hits “Feeling Good,” “The Way It Is” and “How Late, How Long”.
The Sheepdogs have seen their single “I Don’t Know” reach Platinum certification status, and both “The Way It Is” and “Feeling Good” have achieved Gold levels of sales. In addition to their singles success, their albums Learn & Burn and The Sheepdogs have also achieved Platinum and Gold status respectively. The Sheepdogs have also been nominated for seven Juno Awards, including receiving Rock Album of the Year nominations for their three latest studio albums.
In addition, The Sheepdogs have recently been honoured with this year’s Record Store Day’s Champion of Canada Award. The Sheepdogs are the first band to ever be named “Champions of Canada,” and join notables Elton John (2017 RSD Champion of Great Britain), Jack White (2013 RSD Ambassador) and Dave Grohl (2015 RSD Ambassador) in celebrating independent record stores.
To find out the latest about the band visit: http://www.thesheepdogs.com
Local musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dave Russell and his band The Precious Stones rocked the show as they opened for The Sheepdogs. Band members joining Dave during the show were Chris Pace on drums, Jake Van Dongen on guitar/vocals, and Vin Vicious on bass. Dave Russell often performs solo and with his band around Windsor Essex County. They also spend time touring and have performed shows nationwide.
For the latest on Dave Russell and The Precious Stones visit their Facebook page at: https://facebook.com/DaveRussellThePreciousStones
The Leamington Music On The 42 Summer Concert Series features six free all ages shows at the new Seacliff Park Amphitheater on June 16, July 1, 21, August 18, September 1 & 15, 2018. Ranging from rock to country to some of Canada’s best tribute bands, this series and waterfront venue are sure to blow you away.
In addition, The Bank Theatre and Meeting Place Proudly Presents Bank OnThe42 Music Series, featuring free outdoor concerts showcasing the finest in Leamington & Windsor Essex County bands at the newly opened Seacliff Park Amphitheatre on June 23, July 14, July 28, August 11 & 25, 2018.
Canada Day weekend will feature the full Windsor Symphony Orchestra performing during “Symphony On The 42” on June 30, 2018. This special concert will celebrate Point Pelee National Park’s 100th anniversary being led by Maestro Robert Franz. The Windsor Symphony Orchestra showcases great Canadians in film with music from the Silver Screen. Experience the music from Ghostbusters to Life of Pi, and cut the cake with Municipality of Leamington, Point Pelee National Park, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Perfect for the whole family.
Canada Day will feature live entertainment by Universal Xpression with special guests Brave Soul, and DJ MTRX. Universal Xpression provides an amazingly energy pumping musical and theatrical treat. This marvelous band uplifts and captivates its audiences with Caribbean rhythms such as Reggae, soca, zouk, and dance hall music, with an undertone of African, Latin and American Rhythms.
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, a water bottle to refill at the hydration station, pack a picnic, and enjoy these free all-ages concerts.
Photos of The Sheepdogs by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor