March 2, 2019 in Essex

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By  Dan Savoie  - March 5, 2019

It was a sold-out evening in Essex for the official Chaps & Spurs Country Festival Kickoff Concert inside Essex Recreation Complex on Saturday night (March 2). Country fans gathered not only to hear the announcement of the festival, but to rock out with two of last year’s performers, Eric Ethridge and Buck Twenty, with a surprise appearance by Bob Quick and the Blues Brothers Dance Revue.

While the complete festival lineup is still to be announced, headliners The Hunter Brothers and The Road Hammers were announced for the Aug. 16 and 17 shows at the intermission.


Bob Quick and the boys did a quick set of Blues Brothers favourites, in full costume, giving the show an exciting and fun start. Although, not really a live performance, the guys were absolutely a blast and a great little surprise from promoter Joe Garon.

Buck Twenty returned to the stage for the first time since November. This up-and-coming Harrow band has been enjoying some success with their single ‘Here’s to the Nights,’ which reached #58 on Canadian Country Radio Charts a couple years ago. They’ve been working some new material and gave fans a sneak peak of some of those new tracks at the show, including the upbeat and catchy Last Night’s Blue Jeans.

A highlight of the set was a killer version of Jimmy Eats World’s The Middle, followed by a mini-medley of 90s hits Dust On The Bottle, I’m In A Hurry and Mr. Jones. By this point, the crowd was rabid. Buck Twenty owned the audience at this point and could have literally did anything and they would have eaten it up – instead, they kept the music going and eventually ended with an inspired version of Here’s to the Nights.

Eric Ethridge is on a quick rise to stardom. The Sarnia country hero is becoming a household name in the Canadian country music industry, mostly from the success and sales of his self-released debut EP. It debuted last year at #1 on the iTunes Country charts and was streamed over three Million times in the first six weeks of its release. His last single ‘California’ spent time as the Most Streamed Canadian Country Song in Canada and was certainly a highlight of the show.

Eric is a fan favourite because he interacts with them, sings with them and leads the party like a true champion. His short 75-minute set was lively, energetic and passionate. He left the fans wanting more, except for maybe Tianna Towriss, who he brought on stage for his take on the Dan + Shay hit Tequila.

Along with tracks from his EP, Eric played a couple new songs and rocked the crowd with a little Bon Jovi and Journey action.

Eric Ethridge joins the family at Canada’s Boot and Hearts festival this year at Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte, On from August 8 to 11.

The crowning moment of the entire show was the Chaps and Spurs announcement, which just teases a full festival announcement that’s coming in the future. The entertainment line-up announced so far, includes:

Friday, August 16
HUNTER BROTHERS
RYAN CONNOLLY & THE MUD SLINGERS
RYAN LANGDON

Saturday, August 17
THE ROAD HAMMERS
BUCK TWENTY


For more information visit the Chaps & Spurs Country Festival on Facebook.

Eyes On Windsor

 

By  Eric Bonnici  - March 7, 2019

Organizers of the 3rd Annual Chaps and Spurs Country Festival , set for Aug 16 and 17, have announced several acts including headliners the Hunter Brothers, and The Road Hammers.

 

Lead festival organizer Joe Garon, along with radio personalities from Windsor's Country 95.9 & 92.7, made the announcement during a sold out Chaps & Spurs Country Festival kick off concert at the Essex Recreation Complex of Saturday night (March 2).

The concert featured Eric Ethridge with special guests Buck Twenty , and a surprise appearance by Bob Quick’s Blues Brothers Dance Revue.

 

In addition, the event featured a raffle with proceeds benefiting Autism Ontario Windsor-Essex, and attendees where invited to bring their Windsor’s Country sign, and/or wear Windsor’s Country swag for a chance to win prizes.

Chaps & Spurs Country Fest 2019 @ Lanspeary Park in Windsor ON.

Friday, August 16
Hunter Brothers
Ryan Connolly & The Mud Slingers
Ryan Langdon
And more to be announced.

Saturday, August 17
The Road Hammers
Buck Twenty
And more to be announced

#YQG #ChapsAndSpurs

Eric Ethridge - "Still Buzzin" video post

Windsor's Country Radio - Live w/ Eric

 It's a foot-stomping, hell-raising, heckuva good time!

Proceeds in support of Autism Ontario Windsor-Essex

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