Eugene Smith & the Warm-Up Band is holding a reunion show. The event will be held at The Beacon Restaurant in Wasaga Beach. It'll be on Saturday, September 24th. The band will consist of the four surviving members of the original group; Eugene Smith (vocals, tenor guitar, harmonica, jaw harp, kalimba), John Judge (guitar, vocals), Steve Chreptak (drums) and Carl Rabinowitz (bass, vocals). We'll be joined by Grant Slater on keyboards (Grant's a Juno award winner whose credits include stints with Etta James, David Clayton-Thomas, Martha Reeves, Colm Wilkinson, Long John Baldry, Petula Clark and many more) and Pierre Legendre on percussion.
Tickets will be $15.00. They'll only be available by Interac email transfer to Carl@DareMusic.com. Any enquiries can be directed to me, Carl Rabinowitz, at that email address.
Eugene's a veteran of the music business and has lots of interesting stories to tell. He was Ronnie Hawkins' singer for a time back in the day and toured with him in the states. He was there in the Yorkville days when the Riverboat showcased Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Murray MacLachlan and all those people. He had a band of his own called Jay Smith and the Majestics with some of Toronto's top players. It goes on. We (Eugene Smith & the Warm-Up Band) opened for the Beach Boys in Ottawa when I was with him and the Warm-Up Band was in its heyday. Lots of stories.
An interesting recent development is that, after decades with no contact, Eugene recently got together with Ronnie Hawkins at Ronnie's farm to play a private concert for him. It was the first time Ronnie had heard Eugene as a solo performer and, in fact, the first time Ronnie had heard Eugene at all since Eugene left Ronnie's band back in the 60s. It was apparently an interesting and emotional experience for both of them.
In case you're interested in hearing a little bit of the band's music, here's a link to an MP3 of a song from the band's self-produced album, called Warmin' Up. This song, and one other, was picked up and released by A&M Records back in the day and got national airplay for a time: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qkq8kjcznd0w73e/Amy_%28Why_I_Love_You%29.mp3?dl=0. Eugene is quite a prolific songwriter and there is a lot of unreleased original material. Here's a song called Going to the Mountains that was recorded in Kingston, Ontario for a live FM radio broadcast from a popular local entertainment venue at the time called Dollar Bills - https://www.dropbox.com/s/jx071gyv329t1z1/2%20Goin%27%20to%20the%20Mountains.mp3?dl=0.