The Noodle Factory Jazz Project began in 2007 with the aim of providing a creative outlet for some of the best jazz musicians in the Grey Bruce Area. The band plays all original arrangements and compositions written by its members. Band leader Ian Burbidge does the lion's share of the writing but the band also features the work of Don Buchanan, Wayne McGrath and Cam Porter. In both our writing and playing we strive to stretch the boundaries of what a jazz band can be without getting so esoteric as to lose our audience. The 10-piece format gives us the option of being sometimes a large jazz combo and sometimes a compact big band. With influences including Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, The Boss Brass, Oscar Peterson, Blood Sweat and Tears and Tower of Power, Noodle Factory has a little something for everyone.
Come and hear the full sound of a 17 piece Swing Band, playing authentic swing and jazz of the Big Band Era. Meet new friends and have fun! Formed in August 1993, the Skyliners’ Big Band is a favourite with both dancing and listening audiences. Comprised of 17 top musicians and the dazzling vocalist Maria Branje, the band performs all of the big band era favourites by Miller, Dorsey, Basie, Ellington, Kenton as well as more contemporary hits. With hundreds of well-rehearsed songs in the book, the Skyliners’ Big Band has the selection to keep everyone dancing and listening.
3:00 PM SATURDAY AND 8:00 PM SATURDAY
Ticket price includes dinner
The Desotos band is made up of (6) talented musicians and singers who have been together for over 25 years. Within The Desotos are four members of the legendary Martels. Their music repertoire moves from the 50’s and the roots of rock and roll into the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s,00’s (rock, motown, country) as well as into today’s music thus satisfying a vast audience age group. The Desotos offer you four lead vocalists and the instrumentation breaks down as 3 guitarists, bass, keyboards & drums…all this to add to your listening and dancing enjoyment.
Madeleine is a talented and energetic young lady who performs with The Desotos from time to time. She was also one of the 3 lead vocalists in The Martels Rock ‘n Roll show for over 25 years. Her voice takes people back to the days of Brenda Lee, Little Eva, and Patsy Cline adding a refreshing female dimension to the music of The Desotos.
"Dr. Sax" Russ Strathdee is a sax player extraordinaire. Russ hails from Toronto and began playing piano before switching to his beloved saxophone. At age 17, Russ joined a progressive jazz band before moving on to his first rock and roll band, The Hound Dogs. Russ has backed most of the big name bands out of Toronto including Robbie Laine and the Disciples, and The Majestics featuring Shawn and Jay Jackson. Russ played the original Club Blue Note and had his own bar band at Yonge Street's famous Zanzibar Tavern. Russ was also one of the feature members of the Martels’ Rock’n Roll from 1989 – 2015. Russ is a very busy saxophonist in the Huronia area and beyond. His sax solos never fail to bring the crowd to their feet.
Led by accomplished frontman Fraser Melvin (Guitar & Vocals), this remarkable 4-piece band performs a mixture of Blues, Roots, and R&B. Formed in 2008, the Fraser Melvin Band rounded out their lineup when Alex Furlott (Bass) and Fraser met Jonathan Hyde (Drums) and Andrew Moljgun (Saxes & Tambourine) in college. This tight group quickly earned its popularity with crowds across Ontario and Quebec with their energetic live performances and musicianship displayed through a diversified repertoire of tunes. From their countryfied covers of Jimi Hendrix, to their funk interpretations of Bob Dylan, to their own soulful originals, the FMB draws on a wide variety of influences throughout their set. The quartet has performed at numerous festivals including the Kitchener Blues Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival, and the Norfolk ’N’ Blues Festival. In 2012 they competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. With a lead singer that sounds 30 years his senior, a honkin’ sax man, and a rhythm section that grooves, the exciting and entertaining Fraser Melvin Band will get you out of your seat, shaking a hip, and singing along.
9:00 -11:00 AM SUNDAY
We are a husband & wife "duo" who love to entertain by "bringing music to your soul" through our pretty blend of voice and guitar. We perform a variety of folk music, classic country, classic lite rock and gospel that will appeal to both the younger generation and older folk.
Doug Brown has been studying and playing guitar with numerous bands for more than 40 years. He is an extremely gifted and talented musician playing from his variety of guitars: acoustic, electric, classical and bass. Doug's finger picking technique is a beautiful sound - sit back, listen and float away with his music. He is also a gifted song writer and composer. Doug's love for playing guitar can be felt in your soul, as his passion is poured into his music.
Heather Brown a well schooled vocalist has been in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. Heather originally from Toronto has sung in several major choirs, been part of many musicals, sung with several bands and has also done television. Heather's love for singing and her story telling ability can be felt through her voice while she is performing.
11:00AM - 1:00PM SUNDAY
Ken Meyer covers a lot of musical territory. Best known as a band leader and freelance bass player, Ken is an accomplished singer and plays the flute and saxophone as well. His extensive repertoire covers all genres of music from Dixieland, to Jazz, Big Band, Latin, Rock and Roll and Contemporary music. He is the Music Director of Barrie’s Baytowne Big Band. His past credits include performances with his band on venues with Burton Cummings, Blue Rodeo, The Nylons, Rik Emmett, Guido Basso, and he was a member of the original cast of the stage musical 'I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road. For nine years, he was the band leader at Toronto's Old Mill before moving north to Simcoe County where he became the in house musician for 4 years at The Inn at Christie’s Mill. He now performs various venues across the Georgian Triangle to include Barrie’s Annual Rib Fest, The Barrie Jazz Festival, Georgian Manor G&C Club. He has performed for The Opera Ball, The National Ballet Ball, The Ambassador’s Ball, Can Stage Production’s Annual Ball, and many other prestigious events.
Progressive pop singer-songwriter and recording artist Brian Miessner is originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is best known as the lead singer/songwriter/bassist for North America’s first Beatles cover band,"Liverpool", and Canadian rock groups "Sugar & Spice" and "Aerial".
Liverpool enjoyed tremendous success in Canada and the U.S. playing the first ever Beatles Festival in New York City and the famed Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles. Fans flocked to see their re-enactment of the Beatles musical odyssey complete with Sergeant Pepper outfits.
With intensive touring in Canada and the United States - Liverpool shared the stage with The Outlaws,Charlie Daniels, Hall & Oates, Steve Martin, Roy Clark, The New York Dolls, Captain Beefheart, Monty Python, Stories, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, Rush, Max Webster, The Eagles, Donnie Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Buddy Rich and Heart, to name a few.
Aerial recorded two albums for Capitol Records. “In The Middle of the Night” featured progressive pop rock songs “In The Middle of the Night” and “Indispensable Thomas Hensible” written by Miessner. Their second album, Maneuvers, produced hits with “Tears That You Cry” and “Moments Like This” – also Miessner penned songs.