November 18-19, 2011 -



Another great BLUES ON THE RIDEAU at THE COVE INN, Westport weekend - November 18 & 19, 2011 DONALD RAY JOHNSON - who flew in from Calgary and the MAURICE JOHN VAUGHN BAND who drove up from Chicago - put on a classic Chicago/Texas style Blues, soul, funk, R&B extravaganza as only veteran Black Blues guys can do! Good crowd Friday night and full house Saturday.

$500 was raised Friday night for the Friends Of Foley Mountain $500 Saturday night for the Westport Food Bank plus some people made additional contributions


Maurice John Vaughn, Donald Ray Johnson & Ken Pickens

Maurice John Vaughn

Donald Ray layin' it down

Here are some comments from attendees:

"Fabulous evening. 10 out of 10 for everything" Kellie Squires, Kingston - First timers

"You've done it again. First time hearing DRJ and MJV. Great blues! Danced the night away"
Joan Mumford, Kingston (have attended 10+ BOTR Shows)

"This is the best! Love the rooms and the people too. 10 out of 10 for everything including the band"
Jean Tischart, Carleton Place

"I don't need to go to New Orleans anymore! You are at my doorstep!!! 10 out of 10 for everything" Jeffrey Weatherill, Lombardy (First-timer)

Bob Vespaziani, drummer from Toronto who joined the band when their drummer from Chicago couldn't make it. Token white guy :-)

B.J. Emery on trombone

Cove owner/musician Cowan twins Seamus (bass) and Jeff (drums) took a minute from waiting tables to show off their talent with the band

Maurice John Vaughn with DAWG Dinner, Show and a Room at The Cove winner Huguette Long then Donald Ray Johnson and Arlene Doyle
Note DAWG posters in background on stage

The band with Choose the Blues Produtions - from left to right:
Maurice John Vaughn, Ken Pickens, Diane Leduc-Doran, BobVespazia, Donald Ray Johnson, James Doran and B.J. Emery

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