Top notch blues concert coming to Minden
By Jim Eadie, Special to the Times
Things will never be the same on St. Patrick’s Day in Minden again. Two of Canada’s iconic, multi award winning blue artists will be collaborating in presenting an evening of the blues on March 17 at the Dominion Hotel in Minden starting at 8 p.m.
Singer and harmonica player Chuck Jackson, and piano player Tyler Yarema will bring a very interesting show to the pub, says Dominion Hotel manager Clark Chamberlin. “Our brand is Canadian Blues Legends, and we try to feature Canadian blues musicians as well as local talent. The blues is very popular in this area, where St. Patrick’s Day music didn’t seem so popular. We are calling this our first St. Patrick’s Day Blues event.”
The Dominion Hotel may be the perfect venue for this small musical combination. Built in 1865, it is older than Canada itself. The building is one of the oldest still existing hotels in Ontario, and is the oldest building in downtown Minden.
“Blues always sounds really good in a small venue,” said Chamberlin. “Our room here has really good acoustics, and a piano sounds amazing in here. We think this will be a great show. We have the capacity for 100 people.”
Chuck Jackson has nearly a half century of experience in the music business, and notably has been the front man for the celebrated Downchild Blues Band, a position he has held for 27 years. His major musical influences include Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells.
In contrast, Tyler Yarema is a self-taught piano player in great demand, having played piano for such artists as Jeff Healy, Chris Whitely, King Biscuit Boy, Downchild Blues Band, and Doug Riley. Currently he has his own band called Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm. His early influences include Willie Smith, Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Pete Johnson and Duke Ellington.
It will be profoundly interesting to see what happens when that combination hits the floor in a small intimate setting in Minden
“Someone at the bar here just told me that he has seen Yarema play, and what a fantastic piano player he is,” said Chamberlin.
Jackson told the Mississauga News recently that intimate settings work very well for fans, and for the players themselves. “We’re doing a bit of everything, some old rock and roll, some jazz, some blues. We’re pulling stuff out of the bag … I’ve been playing with Tyler for 20 years,” he said.
Preceding the 8 p.m. show is a launch and tasting for Muskoka Brewery’s new Shinnicked Stout beginning at 4 p.m.
Tickets can be obtained for the show online at: www.DominionHotelPub.ca or by calling: 705-286-6954.