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Tune Up The Parks Summer Concerts (Essex Spitfire Memorial)
September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Town of Essex Tune Up The Parks series features local musicians sharing their talents with the community in local parks in Essex, Colchester, Harrow, and McGregor. The next show at the Essex Centre Spitfire Memorial (behind the Essex Legion), featuring Lawrence Hank takes place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
All shows are free and start shortly after 7:00pm.
Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Spitfire Memorial, 87 Station Street
June 6: Kingsville-Essex Associated Band
The Kingsville-Essex Associated Band is Canada’s oldest continuously-running community marching band. Founded in 1937, the band celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017. Members of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. They are the musical ambassadors of the towns of Kingsville and Essex and have represented our region in performances at the Calgary Stampede, Traverse City Cherry Festival, and Walt Disney World. They operate under the philosophy of “once a member, always a member” and new members are always welcome.
June 13: Essex High School Dee Shaw
The Essex District High School Jazz and Concert band are made up of students from grade 9 to 12. They will be presenting a variety of music from traditional wind ensemble to pop and rock.
June 20: Essex Community Concert Band
The Essex Community Concert Band was formed in the fall of 2012. Many talented and eager High School musicians gathered at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Essex. The combined efforts of Conductors Dee Shaw and Christopher Ingratta, brought the first down beat to life. The band was quickly expanded to include local musicians to add to the experience and passion. This group has continued to grow with the support of, and cross promotion with, other local musical groups. The dedication of the membership had been able to keep the band growing and functioning. In the fall of 2014 an ad-hoc committee had been created to manage the general operations of the band. In Early 2015 the band completed the process to become a registered Non-Profit Corporation. The First General Meeting of the newly formed Corporation was held in October 2015 to elect the first Board of Directors.
June 27: Southwest Sound
Southwest Sound is a 6-piece band that plays class country and class rock influenced by bands like the Eagles, CCR, Bob Seger, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Members are Abe Quiring (lead vocals), Neil Quiring (lead guitar and steel), Kenny Foote (lead and rhythm guitar), Dave Fortin (rhythm guitar and vocals), Stu Campbell (drums and vocals), and Gord Harwood (bass guitar).
July 4: Bear Patrol
Bear Patrol is a five-piece rock band. They have been together for about five years and play rock covers from the 1960s to the music of today. Band members include: Justin Alexander on lead guitar and vocals, Stephen Cecile on keyboard and vocals, Matt Doyscher and Trevor Cox on rhythm guitar, bass guitar and vocals, and Mark Mulder on drums.
July 11: Karen Morand
Singer-songwriter Karen Morand likes her gospel gritty and her folk a little feisty. Moving comfortably between instruments, she brings her big, warm vocals to solo and collaboration projects including her Windsor-based acoustic trio, BOSCO. As a mom, teacher, pre-school folkstar and urban chicken farmer, Karen’s writes songs that celebrate the joys and broken parts of real life.
July 18: Fire
Fire is an original rock trio from Essex: Adam McClellan on guitar, Andrew Weins on bass, and Jared Porter on vocals and drums. Fire is the youngest and most impressive band playing in the area and is dedicated to keeping rock alive. Their sets include only original music reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Neil Young, plus a mix of 90s alternative rock. No social media, live performances only!
July 25: Rio Michaels Trio
The Rio Michaels Trio has steadily grown a reputation for their wide variety of modern and classic country music. Their musical influences include Kenny Chesney, Gary Allan, Carrie Underwood, Patsy Cline and other chart topping artists of today. The Rio Michaels Trio appeals to everyone with its ever changing list of modern and classic country songs covering all the decades with just enough rock and dance tunes to provide some variety.
August 1: Disaster Strike
Disaster Strike is a four-member rock band consisting of Massimo Chiodo, Matt Scalzo, Devin Amyotte and Tyler Hillman. The group plays classic rock from the 50s to the present.
August 8: Steve Morin and Friends
Steve Morin has been writing music as a hobby for close to 40 years. After he retired he decided to start playing these songs for live audiences. Steve sings and plays guitar, banjo and harmonica. His passion is the blues but he always throws in some folk and a bit of country music. His “Friends” include Gord Harwood of Kingsville and Joel Westlake of Leamington. Steve lives in Woodslee.
August 15: Tom Brough
Tom Brough is a singer songwriter who hails from Windsor, Ontario. Playing in clubs and bar bands for over 20 years leaves him comfortable and at ease in front of a crowd or intimate audience. During this life acoustic performance you can expect to hear original material, an eclectic mix of cover songs from early rock and country blues as well as songs from modern artist, with a little laid back coffee house attitude.
August 22: Justin Latam
Justin Latam of Leamington incorporates many styles into his playing, including folk, rock, blues, jazz, and East Coast sounds that merge into his own unique style. He has just released his 5th album, Barefoot.
August 29: Abigail Neves
Abbey Neves is a talented young musician who has an immense passion for music. She began singing at the tender age of four, opening for the Rockettes at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan after winning a competition. Abbey has been invited multiple times to sing for the Toronto Blue Jays in Florida, and she is the American anthem singer with her mom, Margaret Slack, for the OHL Windsor Spitfires, and the 2017 Memorial Cup. Abbey has won many awards such as being the only vocalist to place in the London 2012 Junior Division of Rise to Fame, 1st place at 2014 Mitchell’s Bay Contest, and 1st place in 2014 in Wheatley Idol for both her age division and overall. Abbey has also had the opportunity to audition for The Voice.
September 5: Lawrence Hank
Larry Affeldt, also known as Lawrence Hank, comes from a family of musicians. His father, Gord Affeldt, was the first luthier in Canada to be certified by Fender guitars for repair. Gord built guitars with Mr. Bigsby in the 50’s and would play with the likes of Johnny Cash and Roy Clark. This set the tone for a childhood surrounded by music. As years past music would change, but the desire to play stayed with Larry and his siblings. He has played everything from Patsy Cline to Iron Maiden and everywhere from Canada to Mexico.
Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 – Mondays at Colchester Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre – with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.
Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.