Those of you who live in the Barrie Ontario area should already know about a “Fabulous Blues Live venue” right in your own back yard. If you don’t, you simply have to experience this incredible “Blue Jewel”.
Violet’s Venue, owned by the Maltby Family is now providing us, that’s you and me with a fabulous opportunity to experience incredible blues stars, right here, right now. Since opening in early February of this year, Violet’s Venue has already brought some fabulous Blues players to our neighbourhood;
Samanta Fish, Johnny Winter, Kelly Richey, Duke Robillard, Canned Heat and Roy Rogers have descended on Barrie and “oh, what a message they bring!. Deb and I were fortunate enough to get tickets for the Roy Rogers Band and I gotta tell you folks, “Oh what a night!” Many of you know that we have carried whatever discs we could get of Roy Rogers – The slide guitar man – for quite a while. Obviously we’ve heard the CD and LP (I might add) but were we not prepared for Roy and his Band in person! The band didn’t play folks, they celebrated the blues and the totally cool thing about this venue, we, the audience were allowed to celebrate with them.
With seating beginning just 8 feet from the stage, the audience becomes part of the show and Oh my Goodness, what a part we could play! Along with Roy and his band was an incredible performer, Carlos Reyes who not only entertained us all with witty banter but simply blew us all away with his incredible artistry of the electric harp and violin.
Okay, a harp and a violin? This may sound a little weird but oh my god was it incredible. The harp simply blew me away as never considering it as a “blues instrument” Carlos coaxed some of the most incredible music out of that instrument that I have ever heard.
Was the night good? It was simply the best in a long time and the venue played no small part in the enjoyment. All 95 seats were with 20′ of the stage meaning we all, 95 of us were part of “The Scene”. Intimate setting, comfortable seating, on top of the band and it’s licenced, What more could you ask for.
“You simply have to check this venue out”. I am going back??? You bet and Deb won’t let me go without her!
VioletsVenue, 52 Morrow Road, just off Ardagh Road at Essa Road in Barrie’s South End.
Call for Info at 705-238-9282 or check out their web-site for more info; www.violetsvenue.com
Check out the fabulous musicians ready to “land in Barrie”