Turn off your lights and come out for a FREE FAMILY EVENT on Saturday March 23rd
Kingston Unplugged celebrates it's 6th year in Springer Market Square, in support of WWF's Earth Hour, which happens globally at 8:30pm on Saturday March 23rd. What has gone from a small acoustic show with 60 spectators to an off the grid powered show (amplified concert run on solar and wind power) for over 1000, Earth Hour Kingston has been proud to join the movement and provide an event to help educate, and entertain!
The 2013 amazing local performers are:
Rueben deGroot and The Rhythm Haints!!!
(From Rueben deGroot website):
In recent years, performer / songwriter Rueben deGroot’s audacious musical eclecticism has won over audiences throughout Canada. Born and raised in Vancouver, Rueben learned to play guitar after falling in love with the music of Janis Joplin, Steely Dan, and Little Feat.
In 2007, he settled in Kingston, Ontario, and assembled his current backing band, consisting of keyboardist Josh Lyon, guitarists Jason Euringer and Dan Curtis, bassist Paul Muller, and drummer Rob Radford. The band is rounded out by a killer horn section featuring Bunny Stewart and Benjamin Perosin. They have been joined on many occasions by vocalist Christina Foster, as well as by other guests including friends Sarah Harmer and Spencer Evans.
The narrators of Rueben’s songs are as varied as the musical genres he draws upon. “I never write about myself,” he notes. “My characters most often originate in overheard conversations. They come from disparate walks of life and cultures. The only thing they share in common is that they’re almost always underdogs. From some perspectives, they’re life’s failures, but not from my perspective.” Whether he’s writing about a forlorn operator of a cement mixer, a rogue Wall Street trader, or a down-on-his-luck con man, Rueben sets himself apart from his songwriting contemporaries by balancing the poignant with the whimsical, the profound with the quirky.
The Rhythm Haints
(From The Rythm Haints Facebook page)
The Rhythm Haints are heavily influenced by blues, rock n' roll, funk, as well as soul and reggae, and combine elements of all genres to create some of their own rhythms!
Started in 2010 as a trio under the name Haint Blues, then joined by Arden Rogalsky, Reid Cunningham, and Rogan Gowan-Day in 2011, playing under a new name, The Rhythm Haints! Past gigs include: The Skeleton Park Music Festival, Queen's University Semi-Formal, The Limestone City Blues Festival, The Livingston Street Festival, The Mansion (with Sarah Harmer), and other benefits & dances in Kingston.
The Rhythm Haints are: Dylan Lodge on lead guitar and harmonica, Keiran Brackenbury on rhythm guitar and trumpet, Pete Pharand on bass guitar,Arden Rogalsky on drums, Reid Cunningham on vocals, and Rogan Gowan-Day on tenor saxophone
More info about The Rhythm Haints on their website and Facebook Page listen to some of their music here.