The Dakota Tavern Presents
249 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, ON, M6J 3A1
Doors 6:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 19 and over
Watch & Listen
As low-down and lonesome as the Blues may be, listening to the song—or playing it—is nevertheless cathartic, hard-won resilience washes away despair. The despair isn’t entirely removed, however; rather, like a long-handled broom, it is left leaning in the corner. And, of course, the work of composing new Blues music, is also an act of research and preservation. As with any folk tradition, one must reach back to the deepest roots. There one finds not singularity, but rich variety, styles and tunings and riffs that have blended together to be, ultimately, inseparable. And, yet, when the right player and the right voice perform the right songs, the result is wholly singular. That is how one working within a tradition makes an original contribution. And that is how I hear this fine record. Reed Turchi has delivered an original, unvarnished interpretation of a long musical tradition. Tallahatchie taps the sacred and profane roots behind it to make those mysterious, conflicted energies vital all over again. Such renewal keeps the art alive, and this record is as alive as a whippoorwill singing from a midnight hillside.
- MAURICE MANNING
There is a sincerity in Jake Chisholm”s music that is immediately identifiable. Whether his compelling vocal, his memorable guitar hooks, or his thoughtful lyrics ; he excels in all areas, providing the listener with the feelings of both familiarity and being privy to something cutting edge ; both at once. No fancy bells and whistles here, just a deep and full sound that is a fresh take on blues and adding rock ‘n’ roll elements. Inspired by classic blues, soul and rock n roll, Chisholm’s tasteful yet intricate guitar work and songwriting evokes vivid and shameless tales of love, lust, and lessons learned.
An in demand session player on the Toronto jazz & blues scene, Chisholm earned a reputation as a talented and respected young vocalist/guitar player. Chisholm is the founder and leader of the popular blues band Jake and the Blue Midnights, who rapidly and deservedly gained the attention of Canada’s blues scene, performing at numerous club gigs and notable festivals around the country. This lead to a busy sideman stint backing many Toronto based blues artists including Julian Fauth, Paul Reddick, Raoul and the Big Time, and Jerome Godboo.
Reprising his role as a dynamic front man, Chisholm breaks out of blues convention with his new CD Diamond In A Coalmine. Featuring seven originals and two creative cover songs (Robert Johnson’s “Traveling Riverside Blues” and The Young Rascals’ “You Better Run”), each track on the CD is generous with infectious guitar hooks and gritty vocals from Chisholm, fat bass lines from Chris Banks, and heavy pulsing grooves from drummer Sly Juhas.Jay Danley provides additional support with the tambourine and maracas.
With his thoughtful, creative and powerful interpretation of the blues, Diamond In A Coalmine is a testament to Jake Chisholm’sskills as an exceptional songwriter, masterful guitar player and charismatic front man, while also paying homage to his musical influences.
$8.00 - $10.00
Tickets Available at the Door