April 19-20, 2013

Rotundo Rocks THE COVE INN


Toronto harpmaster/singer/songwriter DAVID ROTUNDO and his band absolutely rocked THE COVE INN, Westport last weekend. This was David's 5th visit to BLUES ON THE RIDEAU since the Series started 8 years ago - his 4th year in a row - the most of any artist. Once again he filled the house both nights. BOTR fans just can't seem to get enough of him. The dance floor was packed all night long with encores demanded both nights. Backed by a tight band that included John McCann on drums, Michel Facen on bass and Des "Downtown" Brown on guitar David sang, jumped, sweated, danced and blew harp "as if madly possessed by the ghosts of Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and George Harmonica Smith". His performance included a 10 minute walkabout through the room as he serenaded just about everybody who was there.Sadly piano man JULIAN FAUTH was unable to make the trip as planned since he developed pneumonia last week and was simply too sick to perform. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him for a full and speedy recovery.

Here's what some of the attendees had to say about their evening:

"Absolutely a great time. Well organized and very entertaining! A truly memorable night" Leslee Oliver, Kingston (Never been to a BOTR night before - part of a party of 10)

"Fantastic evening with David Rotundo. Blues On The Rideau at The Cove delivers great music, delicious food and prompt, attentive service with a smile. Thank you!
" Betty Fairbairn, Round Lake (First-timer)

"Loved the band, the room the food, the service and the people" Sandra Iob, Ottawa (First-timer - rated venue, food, service, band and sound 10 out of 10 across the board with 10 being FABULOUS!)

"Always have a great time at these nights. Love the blues, good food and good times. Can't put a price on fun!"
Danny Seed, Brockville (has attended BOTR 3X previously)

"Please bring David Rotundo back as often as possible. The Cove is awesome!! Best kept secret but everyone should experience it. 10 out of 10 for everything. 11 for the band!"
Lucie Gaspe, Ottawa (Lost count on how many BOTR shows she's attended - lots!)

"Love it here. Never want these weekends to end. Great bands. Excellent service. Wonderful hospitality. Keep it up!"
Lynne Lariviere, Ottawa (Attends BOTR every time David Rotundo plays!) "Got up and danced to great music all night long with my wife then went home and got laid. Thank you!" Anonymous, Ottawa (First time attendee)

$670 was raised for Westport In Bloom and $680 for the Westport Library bringing the total raised for local charities this year from BOTR shows to over $4,000.

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