In 1969 the greatest music festival ever happened – Woodstock.
2019 marks 50 years since then and we invite you to come back with us to that incredible time in music history. The audience is encouraged to dress the day and inspire.
Featuring performances by Cheryl Lescom, Rick Taylor, Chuckee Zehr, Steve Toman, Grant Heywood and Marc Shickluna!
Cheryl Lescom has been part of the Canadian music scene for over 35 years.
Starting off in 1975 with several of her own bands before becoming a back up singer for Ronnie Hawkins and touring with Long John Baldry.
Cheryl also sang on many national jingles in the 1980’s.
She has toured and performed with the likes of Jeff Healey, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, the Downchild Blues Band, Jack DeKeyser, Del Shannon, David Wilcox, Mel Brown, Paul James, Billy Durst and The Detroit Women.
Singer, song writer, arranger, producer, classically trained pianist, keyboardist, sax player and guitarist.
2016 was been a particularly busy year for Chuckee, starting off with an invitation to accompany Down Child’s lead singer Chuck Jackson and his band in Jamaica and then playing keys with Jack de Keyzer’s band in Mexico. Chuckee was featured in several Blues festivals over the summer as a solo artist, fronting Chuckee and the Crawdaddies and duo-ling it out with Gail in Katfight Keys.
Starting his recording/TV & radio career as early as age 7 with the Heywood Family Band, Grant became a drummer, guitarist/singer, who has playing everything from Haggard to Zeppelin and touring with multiple bands. His success on radio includes a Top 10 with Major Hooples Boarding House, Top 10 with multi-nominated Desert Dolphins and even a title cut on the award winning ‘Green Mt. Standard Time’ CD with Vermont band Rick & the Ramblers. Besides opening on tour for Roy Orbison, Heywood has spent time songwriting in Nashville and toured from New York to Vegas. He’s even been in concert with Major Hooples & the KW & London Symphony Orchestras. As well as performing many rock, blues, & country concerts, Grant’s also editor for a Cdn. country music quarterly. Now working on producing his first solo CD, Heywood says, “Playing with the Woodstock Experience is really satisfying, as we all get to play and sing our asses off.” He was invited to go to the original Woodstock Festival in ’69. Getting to re-live it onstage doesn’t get any cooler than that.
Rick Taylor made his first major appearance as a singer, songwriter and guitarist at the famed Mariposa Folk Festival in 1971 and went on to become a regular at many Canadian festivals and clubs. Blues, jazz, country, rock, roots, world, and contemporary music all influenced Rick’s early years on the club and festival circuits and he established himself firmly in the 1970’s southern Ontario roots music scene.
As a singer-songwriter and guitarist, Rick has been featured on CBC television and radio programs Touch The Earth with host Sylvia Tyson, The Entertainers with host Bill Garrett , Peter Gzowski’s 90 Minutes Live, City TV’s Music City and Intimate Evenings with Songwriters on Rogers Cable TV. Other highlights of Rick’s career include opening act for Bruce Cockburn and appearing in New York City as a multi-instrumentalist in Leonard Cohen’s musical production The Sisters of Mercy, as well as lead guitarist in the Vancouver production of Hank Williams, The Show He Never Gave.
Rick’s dynamism on guitar has led to session and sideman work with Willie P. Bennett (guitarist on “Hobos Taunt” album), Stan Rogers, Doug MacArthur, and a highly acclaimed tour with Colleen Peterson, which culminated in a nine evening engagement as opening act for Gordon Lightfoot at Massey Hall in Toronto. He also fronted his own band The Torpedoes with legendary brother Steve Taylor on drums in Southern Ontario, as well as the Rick Taylor Band which featured some of the finest blues and jazz musicians in Vancouver, and a 3 year run with Vancouver’s HARD 8; a roots-acoustic trio featuring guitar virtuoso Paul Pigat and harmonica legend Monte.
Rick Taylor is well know for his high energy live performances, rich, expressive baritone voice, and his quirky and novel song writing styles such as the cult classics “Black Leather Diaper” and “Drunkards Lullaby”, as well as his delicately, haunting, well crafted ballads, and unforgettable “guitarnastics”. Rick’s early chart hit classics “Letters From Jane” and “Soldier in the Rain”, released internationally in 1989 on Volunteer Records, remained in “gold rotation” on many radio stations around the world for several years.
Rick’s 2005 international CD release entitled Clown River contains 13 original solo guitar compositions. It is a beautifully woven instrumental story where Rick has reached deeply into his influences of the great finger style guitar traditions.
Clown River caught the attention of Borealis Records and Rick was invited to be a featured artist on their guitar compilation CD – Six Strings North of the Border Volume 3, released internationally in Feb. 2006 and now available as a 3 CD boxed set. This compilation includes many of Canada’s finger style guitar greats such as Bruce Cockburn, Colin Linden, Amos Garrett, Stephen Fearing, Don Ross, Kevin Breit, Harry Manx and more.
After living 23 years in Vancouver where Rick performed, recorded and produced, he relocated back to his home province of Ontario in 2007 and released his long awaited and critically acclaimed CD “The Wonky Years” in 2008. This raucous 10 song collection was recorded over a 10 year period with his band and runs the range of blues, roots rock, bluegrass, rockabilly, country swing and folk – displaying the immense breadth of Rick’s song writing, guitar playing, vocal abilities and styles.
February 2010 sees Rick Taylor returning to his blues roots with his definitive CD release of “Lucky Room”. This solo collection of 11 songs covers the road from Mississippi to Chicago, paying homage to the blues masters from the late 1920’s to the early 1950’s that have helped shape Rick’s music over a 40 plus year career. This critically acclaimed work has garnered heavy rotation achieving radio chart hit status – reaching #3 on Roots Music Report charts – Canada and #10 on the U.S.A. Roots Music Report – Blues charts.
Known throughout Canada as Stevie T, he plays guitars, cause “I like Guitars!”