BLUES & CRUISE
End of summer blues concert in the park to feature cool music and hot cars, old and new
Although Aurora’s Concert In The Park series officially ends on August 26th with tribute band Absolute Journey, an additional event has been scheduled by the Aurora Winter Blues Festival at Town Park for September 2nd.
An end-of-summer blues concert and car show, dubbed Blues & Cruise will feature
the Juno and Maple Blues Award winning Jack de Keyser Band and the cars of the Aurora Classic & Custom Car Club. The participation of the car club will offer an interesting addition to the music event. The Cruise Night will blend the sights, thunder and smells of some of North America’s
classic muscle machines with the soulful sounds of the Blues. The event, Sponsored by Highland
Automotive Professionals, will also feature a display of new GM vehicles. The project is the brainchild of Jamie MacDonald, Founder and Artistic Director of the Aurora Winter Blues Festival, now entering its fifth year at Theatre Aurora. The three day event runs in the late winter and raises much needed funds for Blue Door Shelters and CHATS (Community And Home Assistance To Seniors). A vocal and active advocate for Arts in our region, MacDonald also recruited two local youth bands, the Graham Young Band and Young & Reckless for this concert. With supporting young musicians in mind, there will be a used instrument donation drop-off. The ARTS Music Store will be donating refurbishment services for the instruments, which will then be distributed to youth musicians in local school band programs in the area through the Optimist Club of Aurora. All used instruments are welcome. Peter Larcombe, who runs the Aurora Classic & Custom Car Club, is thrilled to participate. For the last 15 summers the club has met in the parking lot of the local Canadian Tire on Yonge Street. The store is scheduled to close early next spring, and will open in a different location under new management.
The club, which collects donations for the Aurora Food Pantry at every meet, is confident that they will find a new home, but that home had not yet been found as Motoring went to press. Larcombe points out that Canadian Tire has been a staunch supporter, donating prizes for draws as well as the use of its parking lot on Sunday nights. He hopes that the new store will continue this Aurora tradition. The event promises to be a feast for the eyes and ears. Come to the End of Summer Blues Concert for great music, and check out the old classics and some of General Motors’ newest offerings under the outfield lights of the Town Park baseball diamond. Admission is free, and the Aurora Optimist food wagon will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages and peameal bacon on a bun.
Where: Aurora Town Park When: Wednesday, September 2nd
6:30 pm Admission: Free (voluntary used
instrument donation) Bands: The Jack de Keyser Band The Graham Young Band Young & Reckless Cars: The Aurora Classic and
Custom Car Club Highland GM
Automotive Professionals Written by Aladin Jarrah