We have not had too many real cold days so far this winter but Friday night was one of them so I was a bit concerned about musicians wanting to drag their instruments down in that cold, especially someone like Robbie Daug who was forced out of his home in that infamous Christmas evening fire in Verdun. Robbie has been staying downtown in a hotel until new accommodations can be arranged. This has got to be one of the most stressful life situations there is, yet, who do I see walking in to Cafe Kali with his gear on Friday night? Yep, Robbie. And he bikes it in from downtown, picks up the gear at a friend’s place, does the jam, bikes the gear back to friends place, then heads back downtown. So while there is no official “Special Guest” at the Jam in January, I think we all should give a special round of applause for this awesome person and great musician, Robbie Daug! Yay! Robbie!
And it did start off quietly, but by 7 we had a full slate of musicians ready to go, a treat for those who braved the cold to come on down to Verdun’s best ongoing free live music event every Friday night at Cafe Kali!
Wally Dae (center) with Robbie Daug and Barry MacPherson kicking it off.
A big part of what has made the Jam so successful has been the quiet but steady leadership of Wally Dae.
Singer songwriter Jean Francois Houle soon joined in, a first time Jammer!
This young person joined in on percussion but he was gone before I could get his name (hint hint).
Ray Garneau on the big drum and Jean Francois Houle takes the mic.
Robbie Daug, Jean Francois Houle, Barry MacPherson.
Ray Garneau, who has been doing percussion every Friday, gets up to sing a few JF Houle songs.
Patrick (middle) joined in on bass for Knockin on Heaven’s Door.
Kids are always welcome too.
Helene Pitre brings the mouth harp.
Looks like they are ready for an extended blues jam!
But it’s mainly about stepping out and having some fun.
Lorraine O’Donnell and Nancy Brown singing a few songs together.
Closing it out with Wally Dae!
And that’s it for another great night at The Jam!
Hope to see you there next week!
52oo Verdun Avenue (Corner Desmarchais – Metro Verdun)
Every Friday from 6 to 9 pm.
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And just to remind you that there is an ongoing art show at Cafe Kali open every day so please stop in anytime and consider supporting your local artists.