Crow­bar returns for King Bis­cuit Boy tribute

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR

The 15th an­nual Blues With A Feel­ing tribute to King Bis­cuit Boy will fea­ture a rare re­union of iconic Cana­dian band Crow­bar.

The ben­e­fit con­cert, which hon­ours the mem­ory of leg­endary Hamilton blues har­mon­ica player Richard Newell (a.k.a. King Bis­cuit Boy), takes place Satur­day, June 3 in the Bay City Mu­sic Hall, 50 Le­an­der Dr., on Hamilton’s wa­ter­front.

Other acts sched­uled to per­form in­clude Danny Marks, host of the Bluz-FM ra­dio show on 91.1 Jazz FM, Ron Cop­ple of the Chess­men, Six Na­tions blues singer Josh Miller and the Kent Hartley Play­boys, fea­tur­ing Sonny Del Rio, Neil Nick­afor, Danny Lockwood and Mike East­man.

Crow­bar, best known for the 1971 hit “Oh What a Feel­ing” will fea­ture orig­i­nal mem­bers bassist Roly Green­way, gui­tarist John Gib­bard and drum­mer Sonny. They will be joined by Ray Har­ri­son and John Dickie of the Cameo Blues Bands, plus Terry Branagh and Glen Hig­gins.

The mem­bers of Crow­bar were close friends with Newell, back­ing him on two solo al­bums, “Of­fi­cial Mu­sic” and “Gooduns.”

The Blues With A Feel­ing con­certs have been held an­nu­ally since 2003, the year Newell died at the age of 58.

The shows have helped raise money for a schol­ar­ship fund in Newell’s name.

So far, the fund has handed out al­most $30,000 in bur­saries awarded to mu­sic stu­dents at Mo­hawk Col­lege.

The June 3 con­cert starts at 8 p.m., with doors open­ing at 7:30. Tick­ets are $25, avail­able now at Dr. Disc, Che­doke Flow­ers, Picks and Sticks, Looney Tunes (Burling­ton) and Star­dust Records.

The pop­u­lar Blues Cruise returns this year as part of the Blues With a Feel­ing week­end.

The three-hour sun­set cruise aboard the Har­bour Queen takes place Sun­day, June 4, at 6 p.m. and will fea­ture mu­sic by Hamilton blues main­stays Trick­bag. Din­ner will be pro­vided by Luigi’s Ca­ter­ing.

Tick­ets for the Blues Cruise are $60, in­clud­ing meal, and are avail­able in ad­vance only at Che­doke Flow­ers, 945 Garth St.

Richard ’King Bis­cuit Boy’ Newell dur­ing his hey­day in the early ’70s.

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