The Second Annual Summer Concert Series Returns to Meaford
The Meaford Summer Concert Series which takes place in the Market Square (beside Meaford Hall) will be returning this year with another exciting lineup that combines acts brought in from outside the area with local artists to create a free event on select Friday evenings through July and August. Once again the series has been organized by Chris Scerri (now Chris Scerri Presents.com). Last year’s series was the catalyst that initiated an impressive growth in live music locally, and, incidentally, was the reason for this website coming into existence. Once again a number of sponsors have stepped up to make the series possible, led by the Meaford BIA and the Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation.
“One thing this year that’s different,” says Chris, “is that we will not only include young local artists, but there will be other opening acts to give local artists a chance to participate.”
The youth contingent last year was an important part of the series, showcasing some of the incredible talent that has emerged from Patrick Delaney’s music program at the high school. It included the Ted Brownlow Band, a previous GBSS winner of Battle of The Bands, and Cry For Ophelia, a band which won this year’s Battle of The Bands and has been booked to be part of Meaford’s Canada Day Celebration.
Another change this year is that the same artists that appear as openers for the headliners at the main stage in the Market Square will head across the street afterwards to perform for the evening at The Leeky Canoe, which is one of the sponsors of the series. Last year it evolved that visiting bands enjoyed themselves so much performing in the Market Square that pretty much all of them extended the night by going to The Leeky afterward.
One of the by-products of last year’s series was that the headliners who were brought in to play, most of whom had never performed in Meaford before, liked it so much they have returned often to play Meaford again, helping to create the buzz which is making the town’s reputation as a centre for live music. The most notable of these is Tyler Yarema, often performing with Gracie. They have become an integral part of the fabric of live music in Meaford and Tyler has worked with Chris to create a number of amazing shows through the year.
“I’m always hoping they’ll come back to Meaford one way or another,” says Chris of the out-of-town artists, “whether at a venue or a festival.”
You’ll learn a lot more details about the concerts by keeping an eye on this website so stay tuned! meafordlivemusic.com
There has been a lot of growth in interest in live music in the past year, not only in Meaford but in the surrounding area. Meaford’s reputation for live music has grown to the extent that it will be included for the first time in this year’s Peak To Shore Festival sponsored by Blue Mountain Village.
For Chris the growth has been doubly significant, allowing him to set up his own company to create and promote musical events on the one hand, but also giving him a chance to stretch his own performing chops by gathering together top-notch musicians in a variety of settings to accompany him as a vocalist.
The final show in this year’s Summer Concert Series will be special for him because he will have a chance to open the final concert of the series which features the headliner Tom Barlow.
“Tom was one of the people that helped me get started,” he says, “I would go to his open mic when I started singing, and so I’m excited about this chance to open for him with my band.”
The series includes two series in July and two in August. Each starts at 7 pm on a Friday night and is free. You’re encouraged to bring non-perishable donations for Golden Town Outreach. The concerts will happen rain or shine, moving inside to Meaford Hall in case of inclement weather.
Here is the lineup (mark your calendars):
July 7th: Strummers Union with Tomi Stick, Scott Almond
July 21st: Higher Funktion, CW Ragwax, Sophie Wensley
Aug. 4th: Jenie Thai, Hunnay, Amanda Dorey, Sequoia Koop
Aug. 25th: Tom Barlow, Chris Scerri, Greg Smith