Music Fest wraps on high note
Closing show celebrates Rolling Stones
TA capacity crowd got more than a little satisfaction Saturday night when the 8th annual Hudson Music Festival wrapped its most successful run with a concert headed by Canadian Rolling Stones tribute band, the Blushing Brides.
he event, held on a beautiful summer evening under a full moon at the waterfront Jack Layton park, soon became a dance party when lead singer and Mick Jagger look alike Maurice Raymond began pulling people onto a dance area set up in front of the stage. The crowd was in fine form as the band, which also does impressive covers of the music of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Bruce Springteen and more, segued into song after song under the Hawkesbury Ford Tent. The Blushing Brides band also included James Green, voice and lead guitar, Paul Martin, guitar, Matt Greenberg, bass, and drummer Alexander Tukatsch.
The evening began with a word from Hudson Music Festival treasurer Scott Lawrence, who said this year’s festival was the most successful ever. Saying he had unsuccessfully tried in previous years to book The Blushing Brides, whose lead singer hails from Montreal, HMF artistic director Blair Mackay acknowledged they might have “peaked too early” if they had featured the group any earlier. Mackay said he and the band have become good friends.
The Blushing Brides have been touring the U.S. and Canada for more than three decades. Organizers say they are already in the works in planning next year’s music festival. And the HMF continued an exchange with a similar music festival that was held last weekend in the town of Hudson, in New York State. Some HMF artists were hosted during the weekend festival in what organizers called an “exciting collaboration that brings an international flair to HMF.”
Canadian Rolling Stones cover band, The Blushing Brides, rocked a capacity crowd Saturday night when the Hudson Music Festival wrapped its most successful run to date.