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The spectre of Memphis descends on Thorold this Thursday

Double bill features young Canadian and American bands, shaping the future of modern blues

For the second time this month, international recording artists will be performing in Thorold.

Anthony Gomes was in town last week, and on April 18, fan favourites The Ghost Town Blues Band (GTBB) from Memphis will take the stage at the Moose & Goose.

GTBB has been to Thorold several times after rising to the top of requested performers since their initial appearance at the 2014 Canal Bank Shuffle.

At that debut show, the then unknown band electrified the audience to the point where cell phones lit up throughout the audience as they urged friends to get over to the unfolding performance at Holy Rosary Hall. Within minutes, the hall was filled to capacity forcing organizers to close the doors to remain within legal limits.

Since that performance, the GTBB has returned to Thorold for at least five sold-out shows.

This time around, they'll be joined by Kitchener favourite, Jon Knight and Soulstack. No stranger to Canal Bank Shuffle fans, they are one of Canada's finest bands. They describe what they do as everything from “Detroit-influenced, fuzz-tinged, rootsy rock and roll to Alabama soul.” 

Great harmonies, killer guitar and super keyboard work punctuate their performances.

Fans flocking to see GTBB again and again include Brenda Mahoney, who told ThoroldNews, "I love this band. [They Have] So much energy and always great music."

"What I like about Ghost Town is the eclectic journey the band takes you on in their live performances. They take you from New Orleans with their entrance march to classic southern rock with their killer version of Whipping Post, and it's all shaded by various blues influences. It's a trip," said Murray Camp.

Brenda Dyck-Goossen has become a follower of the band and she explained her dedication, saying, "I'm always excited to hear about GTBB coming to town. They have an innovative, dynamic sound that pulls in musical influences from rap to the Beatles to Robert Johnson and they make it into something completely unique. They are true originals and masters of their craft. Each band member contributes his own brand of charisma and showmanship to the whole experience and it just soars. Personally, I connected with their music three bars into the first song I ever heard them play and have been a Grateful Dead-level fan ever since. Each member of the band plays with an open-hearted generosity towards the audience that makes for a very special vibe. They are the real deal."

Even their publicist couldn't have said it better.

Ghost Town Blues Band with Soulstack will appear at the Moose & Goose this Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are available at Donnelly’s Pub, 54 Front St. South, Thorold and Trillium Industrial Safety, 526 Queenston St., St. Catharines.

Information and tickets are also available on the Canal Bank website.

Bob Liddycoat

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