February 15, 2014


Steve Strongman, the Juno Award winning singer / songwriter / harp player and guitarist extraordinaire from The Hammer came into Westport on Saturday night, Feb 15 with his band for BLUES ON THE RIDEAU at THE COVE INN and simply overpowered the audience with his performance. They were very willing captives. What a superb combination of musicianship and showmanship. Steve sure knows how to light up a room. Words like "great, awesome, fantastic, fabulous, brilliant, terrific, entertaining, wonderful, rockin', wicked and woo-hoo!" jumped off the Comment Cards from this night. The house was packed, the Cove buffet was delicious as usual (roast beef, chicken satay, salads, veggies and cheesecake for dessert), Steve and the band had everyone up on the dance floor all night long and everyone had a great time.

"Totally wicked! Excellent performance. Loved it all. Steve Strongman is an amazing guitarist. 10 out of 10 for everything - venue, food, service, sound and band" Wayne Sernoskie, Alymer QC (First-timer)

"Great venue, great food and even better music. Who could ask for more?" David Smith, Smiths Falls (attended one previous BOTR @ The Cove show)

"We have a blast each time we come here. Seen Steve Strongman twice now. Absolutely fantastic! 10 out of 10 for everything" Ben Cassidy, Cumberland (has attended 3 previous BOTR shows)

"Thank you for this wonderful evening! My first time here and only the second time I have seen a LIVE Blues band. I love the groove!" Renee Michaud, Gatineau QC (First-timer - heard about it on DAWG FM)

"Steve Strongman Band - fabulous! And I broke a very strict diet to enjoy that buffet :-)"
Ronday & Neil Candy, Perth Road (have attended 3 previous BOTR shows)
$600 was raised for Easter Seals Ontario -
among some of the great work this charity does is to help children with physical disabilities attend summer camp including beautiful Camp Merrywood near Perth.

The STEVE STRONGMAN BAND - Steve Strongman on vocals, guitar & harmonica, Shawn O'Grady on drums and Colin Lapsley on bass

Steve entertaining some of the patrons right at their table on his long walkabout during one of the songs

He even got ON the table

Seamus took off the waiter's apron and played bass for a couple of numbers with the band

Seamus Cowan from The Cove, Megan Cowan - his beautiful wife and representative for Easter Seals Ontario and James Doran, Choose The Blues Productions

Happy campers at BOTR @ The Cove

End of the night

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