It wasn’t long ago a friend of mine proclaimed if music wasn’t worth moving your butt to — there wasn’t much point in it at all.
Luckily for fans at Hagersville Rocks, this year’s event on July 22 was nothing short of a fist-pumping, toe-tapping, booty-shaking good time.
Kicking off the afternoon, The Redhill Valleys brought their own brand of southern rock, acoustic Americana, and soul to the stage. Trading off lead vocals, Danielle Beaudin, Chelsea McWilliams and Tim Allard serenaded the crowd with tracks from their album Falling For You — a great start to a day packed with talent.
Ultimate Urban rocked out in tribute to hits from Keith’s entire award-winning career, including You Look Good In My Shirt, Days Go By, and Long Hot Summer, realized thanks to frontman Michael Thomson.
Bringing the rock, R&B, and funk, Freedom Train entertained fans with a selection of classics, from Johnny Cash to The Beatles, Sly & the Family Stone to CCR. It’s a gig vocalist and bassist Carl Jennings, drummer Tim Jennings, and guitarist Ed Mitchell have been rocking since 1989, and Hagersville couldn’t get enough.
It takes a special kind of guy to really pull off looking hardcore in a kilt; luckily the Mudmen’s Campbell brothers have style in spades. Sandy and Robby, along with Mike Meacher, Dan Westenenk, and Jeremy Burton, kicked things up a notch with some high-energy shenanigans, bagpipes, and game faces worthy of even the most vicious Maori warriors.
As the sun went down, Ontario’s country queen, Meghan Patrick, hit the stage, belting out hit after hit with hair flying and guitar wailing. About half way through her set, the four-time CMAOntario 2017 winner took time out to wander through the crowd during I Believe in Beer, surprising a couple unsuspecting fans, before breaking into a face melting . . . kazoo solo.
Finishing up the night, headliners The Washboard Union kicked the last remaining butts out of their lawn chairs, jumping right into Maybe It’s The Moonshine, and Alton Delmore’s Midnight Train. Next up, the boys busted out their newest single, Shine, a track Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe and David Roberts, put their heart and soul into creating — dedicated to everyone who dreams big and goes for it.
Mashing up classics Mountain Music and Fat Bottomed Girls before paying respect to fellow country-crooner Jon Pardi with Dirt On My Boots, the band kept the party going late into the night, even throwing in a little Alabama and Journey for good measure before wrapping it all up with the anthem, Shot of Glory.
Celebrating its fourth year, Hagersville Rocks has welcomed some of the most exciting names in Canadian music, from Tim Hicks and Gord Bamford, to Alan Doyle and Alan Frew.
We can’t wait to see who they come up with in 2018.