musicNOW – October 2013

Featuring A Benefit for Bobby Watson, The Stampeders, Erin Costelo, Indigo Girls, Matthew Good, and more

Bobby Watson (photo: wayne Eardley)
Bobby Watson (photo: wayne Eardley)

A Benefit for Bobby

Musician Bobby Watson has been a Kawarthas icon for decades, merging great guitar playing with being a great man and community member. In early September, Bobby underwent a quadruple bypass (which turned out to be a quintuple bypass) and he’s now at home recovering.

To help Bobby through the transition back to full health, his friends have organized a star-studded benefit on Saturday, October 20th at The Venue in Peterborough.

The show will run all day, from noon to 11 p.m., with lots of live music and a silent auction (including items donated by Ronnie Hawkins).

Paul Rellinger from Peterborough This Week and Michael Bell from The Wire Megazine will emcee and performers will include Al Lerman from Juno Award winning band Fathead, Jimmy Bowskill, Rezonator, Terry Blankley, Howard Ross and The Full Count Blues Band, The Weber Brothers, James McKenty, Al Black and The Steady Band, The Rick and Gailie Band, Kim Doolittle, Jerome Levon Avis, The Rocket Revue, The Rick Fines Trio, Dave Mowat, Robin and The Royals, William Hamilton, Dennis O’Toole, Max Mouse and the Gorilla’s, Wylie Harold and Out On Bail, The Omittments, The Fabulous Tonemasters, Tammy J Wilde with Live on Fire, Balls and Jane, and Jesse Slack.

Event sponsors include Cleary Homes, Tmac Event Productions, The Wire Megazine,, Bud’s Music Centre, Kawartha TV and Stereo, and Marks Finer Diner. Ernie Basciano Photography will be taking photos.

Tickets cost $15 and are available at Moondance (425 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-9425), The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-876-0008) and Puck ‘N Pint Sports Pub (871 Chemong Rd., Peterborough, 705-741-1078).

If you’re interesting in volunteering, or if you can donate food for the event or an item for the silent auction, call 705-243-6273. Also check out the “A Benefit for Bobby” Facebook page.

Freddy Vette and the Flames

Freddy Vette and the Flames (publicity photo)
Freddy Vette and the Flames (publicity photo)
Classic 1950s’ tribute band Freddy Vette and the Flames hit Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-7089) on Friday, October 4th at 8 pm.

It’s all about great ’50s music, no cheap frills.

Tickets are $27 and $15 for students.

Get your tickets at Showplace or at

The Stampeders (with The Parallels)

The Stampeders (publicity photo)
The Stampeders (publicity photo)
Canadian classic rock icons The Stampeders perform — with special guests The Parallels —at the Park Theatre in Cobourg on Saturday, October 5th.

The Stampeders are known for 1970s’ hits like “Sweet City Woman” and “Hit the Road Jack”. Openers The Parallels are a synth-pop band from Toronto.

The show begins at 8 pm and tickets are $45 (or $55 for for VIP pass).

Tickets are available at Park Theatre (60 King St. E., Cobourg, 905-377-9595) or at

CANCELLED – Erin Costelo (with Sunbear and Mayhemingways)

Erin Costelo (publicity photo)
Erin Costelo (publicity photo)
Halifax’s charming songstress Erin Costelo performs with special guests Sunbear and Mayhemingways at The Spill on Tuesday, October 8th.

Erin was last heard in Peterborough in April at The Spill playing an inspired set before Stephen Fearing (the two musicians are good friends and have done some songwriting together).

Music begins around 8 pm and costs $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Tickets are available at The Spill (414 George St. N, Peterborough, 705-748-6167).

Indigo Girls (with Jeremy Fisher)

Indigo Girls (publicity photo)
Indigo Girls (publicity photo)
On Tuesday, October 15th, American folk legends Indigo Girls visit Showplace Perfomance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-7089) for what should be a special show.

Canadian folk and blues singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher is the opener.

The show begins at 8 pm and costs $44.50.

Tickets are available at Showplace or at

Matthew Good (with Gentlemen Husbands)

Matthew Good (photo: Hype Music)
Matthew Good (photo: Hype Music)
Rounding out the month, Matthew Good performs at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-7089) on Tuesday, October 22nd.

As a singer-songwriter, Matthew has taken many musical paths and this tour supports Arrows of Desire, his 13th studio album.

Cobourg natives Gentlemen Husbands open the show, which begins at 8 pm.

Tickets are $48.50 and are available at Showplace or at