140712Sa Shows - Michael Keith adds another star to Junction’s “house” band



Michael Keith adds another star to Junction’s “house” band


For the past several years now veteran bass player Dave McManus has anchored The Junction City All-Stars band that has hosted jams and done showcase nights in a variety of venues in the funky little part of the city centred around Keele and Dundas St. West.

If a neighbourhood could have a “house” band, this one would be it for that particular one –as I’ve recounted before, I first met McManus shortly before the prohibition again selling alcohol in the ward was lifted following the 2000 municipal election, quickly transforming the previously decrepit strip along Dundas West into the very hip place it is today.

The group isn’t currently in residency with a jam (last I was told they’re waiting for one of the owners of The Hole In The Wall, where they used to host a jam at one time, to open a new venue in the area) but does perform regularly at various area venues, including the grandfather of live music in the neighbourhood, Axis Gallery and Grill, where they appear tonight.

JCA-S is an amorphous collection of excellent players that usually also includes a special guest performer, which helps to keep things fresh and to increase their draw. And for their 9:30 show tonight in the room at 3048 Dundas St. West (near High Park Ave.) they’ll have one of the most versatile if somewhat quirky talents the city has to offer on board: guitarist and songwriter Michael Keith.

Michael Keith on a more traditional stringed instrument -Carol Cain

Michael Keith on a more traditional stringed instrument -Carol Cain

I’ve written about Keith several times in the past two decades, noting that this man is a world class talent trapped in a local musician’s life. Adept on six-string guitar (when I first met him he was known as a wailing Rock/Blues guitar) he ventured into Jazz about a decade ago and has never really come back –unless tonight’s show is meant to herald otherwise.

I had him do a feature set at one of my open stages a couple of years ago and he transfixed the room by performing original Turkish-Blues Fusion material on a 3-string ukulele!

I doubt he’ll be playing that particular instrument tonight, but with Michael Keith you just never know. There’s no cover charge to find out and the club offers several interesting draughts on tap, has a really nice patio inhabited by beautiful people from the area and excellent victuals.

-Gary 17,


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