Mar 27

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Allstage Crawl: Fireside Grill

Allstage Crawl: Patrick Fockler

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This past Saturday, March 23rd Barb and I got the chance to go and see a good friend of mine as he played a show in London - Patrick Fockler.

Patrick played at Bluesfest in Harris Park a couple of years ago and was a fan fav that day with his gritty southern New Orleans back bayou blues set. Make no mistake about it – I’ve never heard anyone play the blues like him be it in a band environment or solo – you end up looking at your shoes to see if they have mud on them because he takes you back to the bogs of the bayou with his music so convincingly. I’ve seen a lot of great blues players the last few years from the legendary Bill Durst to Anthony Gomes – and Patrick is right up there with them talent wise. Living way up North near Haliburton, London audiences will only see Patrick every so often which is our loss, but if you see him doing his show at The Fireside Grill again – go check him out and enjoy the show.

The Fireside Grill

The Fireside Grill where Patrick was playing is one of my favorite live music venues around town. Jeff Rowe, Tom and the entire staff are friendly and will make a point of hanging out with you, having a beer and take the time out of their busy schedule to get to know you their customer. Often when I go in there to see someone there is local artists there having some food and drinks doing the same thing – this past Saturday was local sax icon Chris Murphy and his beautiful wife taking in the sets. Many local artists perform there be it Patrick, The Pairs, Michael Trudgen, Steve Strongman, Rob Szabo, Dan Walsh and many others.

The stage is small and intimate, the capacity is about 180, the room sounds great for musicians, the food is EXCELLENT and the music acts play usually 7-10pm which gives you a night out of dinner and music and not getting home at some ungodly late time.

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