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chicago electric blues
December 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
With techniques acquired more in welding school and fab shops than during the completion of his degrees and diplomas, publishing and record contracts, film scores and jingles, residency gigs, festivals, tours, workshops, radio, television, club and sidewalk appearances, Paul Taylor has been known to literally break in pianos. He broke three strings on the old piano at Manhattans and put his finger right through a keyboard – “I like being a welder/fitter, it gives me better tone.”
Sandy MacDonald is a full time professional musician (guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, vocals) with thirty-five years experience. As co-leader of The Beirdo Bros., he played in numerous schools, libraries, clubs, universities and corporate functions throughout Southern Ontario. He performed on The Elephant Show with Sharon, Lois and Bram, and toured Germany with the Canadian Department of National Defense Schools. Sandy has a BA in Drama from the University of Guelph and studied classical guitar and music theory at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Kitchener Record calls him “one of the areas most popular club musicians.”
Originally from Winnipeg’s north end, Ron Braschuk picked up the guitar in 1967 after years of hearing his Dad’s 78 r.p.m. boogie-woogie and swing records. After the “will weld or play guitar for beer” years lost their shine, he founded and led the classic R & B band “Night Train” for 11 yrs. around the GTA. He now resides in Guelph with his wife Barb and Bara “the wonder dog.”
Drummer and percussionist, Pete Pascetta’s professional style has taken him from teaching at the Conservatory of Music, to touring Europe and North America. Performing in many venues from festivals to bars and recording with many acts. Pete is a jingle writer and performer of a wide range of music from jazz to country. In addition, he has worked on audio portions of film, videos, and animated works. Some of the professional bands that Pete has toured and recorded with are: Adrian Raso, Enzo and the Surf Riders, Delerium, Danny Brooks, Stu Hayden, Douglas Watson and The R & B Revue, Lesley Pike, Black Cat Bone, Risque, Rodium, Little Joe and the Werewolves, to name a few. Pete is proud to be part of Open Stage Tuesdays @ Manhattans.