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Thursday, October 17, 2024 at 7:30 PM EDT

× Thursday, October 17 @ 7:30 pm Tickets: $70

The Legendary Downchild Blues Band - 55th Anniversary Party with Special Guest Jeff Rogers

“There would be no Blues Brothers if it weren’t for Downchild” - Dan Aykroyd

It’s hard to believe THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND are celebrating their 55th Anniversary this year. As they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

After 19 albums, countless awards and hundreds of sold-out shows around the world, THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND still find it a thrill every time they hit the stage and share their love of the blues with fans. The music invigorates them.

Downchild came to international prominence as the inspiration for Hollywood stars Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi’s hit film, The Blues Brothers. In fact, two Downchild songs, “Shotgun Blues” and “I Got Everything I Need (Almost)” were even covered on The Blues Brothers’ 1978 multi-platinum album Briefcase Full of Blues.

Leader and co-founder, Donnie Walsh, was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019, alongside some of the greatest songwriters of our time, like Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.

Downchild continues to be led by Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh on guitar and harmonica, singer Chuck Jackson, who also plays harmonica, tenor sax man Pat Carey, Gary Kendall on bass, drummer Jim Casson and Tyler Yarema on keyboards.

With their signature jump-blues style and infectious, soulful sound, Juno Award winners Downchild deliver a live performance that is second to none and guaranteed to get your toes tapping and your hips a swinging!

Joined by singer/songwriter Jeff Rogers whose unmistakably soulful voice often evokes weighty comparisons to the past - whether that’s Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles or even Otis Redding…. yet, his tone, range, phrasing, and sincerity, all make him unmistakably contemporary - and totally original. Jeff’s new album Dream Job was recorded in the revered music mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where he was accompanied by some legendary musicians, including Kelvin Holly (Little Richard, Bobby Bland etc.), Clayton Ivey (The Staple Sisters, Thelma Houston), Justin Holder (Keb Mo’, Delbert McClinton) and Shonna Tucker (Booker T. Jones, Drive-By-Truckers). Dream Job features special guest appearances by Grammy Award winner, Colin Linden, Juno Award winning singer, Kellylee Evans and is co-produced by Dick Cooper of The Cooper Brothers.

A night not to be missed!

Here is a live performance video from the band’s 40th Anniversary performance at Massey Hall of “Soul Man” at



Meaford Hall
12 Nelson Street East
Meaford ON N4L 1N6

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