last night at Zaphod's was wonderful. Trevor is on a cross Canada tour and coming back to Ottawa was a return home. The opener was former local singer/song-writer, Peter Webb, who is a skilled guitar player and lyricist. Peter has a new CD coming out soon.
Both Trevor and Peter's bands included various local musicians who they've both known since the Cafe Nostalgica open stage days. It was a big reunion with people like accomplished pianist John Gilles, former Lighthousekeepers member, Neil Gerster, Lindsay Ferguson, a singer with one of/probably the most beautiful voices in Ottawa, band members of Soul Jazz Orchestra: Phil Lafreniere, Pierre Chretien, Steve Patterson, current Nostalgica host and all round bluesy guy, John Carroll.
In other words, a night full of wonderful music and fond memories. Lots of Nostalgica pals in the audience. It was lovely to see them all. People got up and danced and it felt like a joyous homecoming. Missing and much missed was Kristy McKay, former Ottawa poet and host of the poetry section of Nostalgica's Thursday night open stage, who is back home in Edmonton.
Trevor ended with the song, Thursday Hereos, which is a celebration of the fun we all had at Nostalgica when he and Kristy hosted. You can find it live on his current CD, Wooden Castles Fall and also on Thursday Heroes, a CD recorded live that features many of the former Thursday night regulars (including me!).
Trevor's tour continues out to Quebec and the Maritimes, so if you know anyone who would love to hear some really great Dylanesque, Cohenesque music, go to his tours page to see where he's playing next. And if you want a really fun open stage for music where the talent is amazing, check out Nostalgica on a Thursday night.