The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The BAND – Live
Lance Anderson’s critically acclaimed performance of ‘The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The BAND – Live’ celebrates the 43rd Anniversary of the historic concert and film in 2019.
An all-star Canadian cast of award-winning blues and roots musicians, under the direction of Juno award winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, will be bringing this show to Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst ON on
Friday Nov 15 and Sat. Nov. 16th . 2019. They are celebrating the 43rd Anniversary of THE BAND’s last concert in 1976. This crowd pleasing show, which has thrilled audiences at the CNE Bandshell (Toronto), Artsfest (Hamilton), the Stephen Leacock Theatre (Keswick), Peterborough, Orillia, Cobourg, Collingwood, Casino Regina and at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, will make any night and event! They have headlined the Mariposa Folk Festival , Southside Shuffle, Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, Orillia Spring and Kitchener Blues Festivals.
Peter’s Players is one of the band’s favourite places to play and this year will mark their ninth year in a row in Canada’s most intimate and funky concert room.
This is an all-star line-up, featuring Jerome Levon Avis (Levon Helm’s godson), Kitchener phenom Matt Weidinger, Toronto and Chicago bluesman Danny B. the always entertaining Johnny Max, and incredible gospel voice of Quisha Wint. The performance will recreate the atmosphere of The Band’s final concert, which was captured in Martin Scorcese’s award-winning concert film, The Last Waltz.
On the American Thanksgiving of 1976 at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, The BAND performed what they called their “Last Waltz,” and invited many of their friends to join in the celebration. These friends included Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison, Neil Young and others who performed with The Band on this special night.
In this homage to The Last Waltz, Anderson’s special guests will perform the songs played and sung by these guest artists at the memorable 1976 concert.
Normally backed by a 9 piece band that includes Jerome Levon Avis on drums and vocals, Terry Blersh on guitar, Dennis Pinhorn (The Hawks) on bass, Rob Gusevs (Blood, Sweat and Tears) on organ and Anderson (Matchedash Parish) on piano and vocals, this is a group of seasoned veterans who love the music. Anderson’s band also features a stellar four-piece horn section including David Dunlop (Boss Brass) on trumpet, Simon Wallis (Lighthouse) Bari sax, Gord Meyers (Blood, Sweat and Tears) on trombone and tuba, and Chris Murphy (Maple Blues Band) on Tenor sax. An all-star band!
“What makes this performance special is the connection these musicians have to the music,” says Anderson. “They love the music and perform these tunes from the heart.”
Avis’ dad, Bill Avis was The Band’s road manager from the early days with Ronnie Hawkins through the Bob Dylan years, right up until The Last Waltz. Bill was especially close to Levon Helm and he shares a story at each performance, about times on the road with The Band. Dennis Pinhorn is an ex-Hawk, who joined Ronnie Hawkins some years after The Band left to tour with Dylan. And Anderson himself produced a piano and vocal recording, ‘Live at the Wolf’, with Garth Hudson, The Band’s mercurial genius on the organ.
Anderson’s production of The Last Waltz has experienced rave reviews at the many festivals where it has appeared over the past few years and has consistently been referred to as the “best of the festival.”
“…Saw your band last night and a few years ago in Brockville. Gave me goose bumps then and now.” B.B. Perth, ON 2019
“Was great … goosebumps, tears and family!” -R.C. Perth ON 2019
“Lance and band – great, great show last night at the Westdale Artsfest! The Band’s songs resonate with my soul and you guys all rocked it expertly! Thank you so much for sharing all your great talent with us for a couple of very memorable hours of our lives! What a show! I will remember it for a very long time! ” -P.P. Hamilton 2019
The Band is a Canadian national treasure, with four members of the legendary roots music group originally from southern Ontario. In the 1960s, they were initially brought together as “The Hawks” by Ronnie Hawkins and later gained international recognition as Bob Dylan’s band on his groundbreaking electric tours. This two hour tribute performance of The Last Waltz includes a wide selection of fan favourites, such as The Band’s ‘The Weight’, ’The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Up On Cripple Creek’, ‘Life is a Carnival’, ‘The Shape I’m In’, ‘Rag Mama Rag’, ‘It Makes No Difference’, ‘Ophelia’ and many more.
Don’t miss this opportunity to join in our celebration of the music of this legendary group at Canada’s coolest concert venue, Peter’s Players, on the 43rd anniversary year of The Last Waltz.