October 17/18, 2009


BLUES ON THE RIDEAU kicked off its 4th season at THE COVE INN in style.

At age 74 CURLEY BRIDGES showed us how the masters do it carving out classic blues on the piano with a right hand that moved so fast it was hard to see at times and a voice that still carries power and range. Man I hope I can have as much fun as that man when I get to his age.

CHRIS WHITELEY provided perfect counterpoint in support on guitar, harmonica, trumpet and vocals with his usual consummate musicianship. On drums the incomparable Bucky Berger played Friday night but had to leave for a Fathead gig the next day so another favourite Bob Vespaziani stepped in – neither of them strangers to BOTR @ The Cove.

  Victor Bateman played solid stand up bass all night long. To quote Curley “they’re as fine a band as I have ever played with” and that’s saying A LOT since over his long career he’s played with many greats.

As an added treat the lovely and talented DIANA BRAITHWAITE - who came up for a little holiday before she and Chris leave for a 6 week tour of the U.K., Europe and Russia – graced the stage for a few numbers adding that sweet, strong voice of hers to the mix. Another two BOTR @ The Cove nights to remember.

"Awesome night as always at The Cove. David Rotundo has a special gift to make an evening amazing!" Gene Kkrysak, Glen Tay ON

"Amazing as usual. Keeps us returning over and over
" Lita Edwards & Ron Whitehorne, Perth ON

"What a wonderful evening! Great food, wonderful service and fabulous music - it doesn't get any better". Cindy & Peter Hyduk, Ottawa - First timers to BOTR @ The Cove. Winners of this month's Dinner & Show for 2 plus a room (this month at the beautiful nearby Rothwell's Stone Cottage B&B) Prize Package.

$671 was raised for the Westport Library.

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