Who: Maxine Peters, Quinton Blair, David James
When: March 16, 2016
Venue: The Park Theatre
Where: Winnipeg, Manitoba
On what was a cold, wet snowy Wednesday night – the kind of night where you just want to stay at home in front of a fire or TV – inside the classic venue known as The Park Theatre was pure warmth mixed with high energy all night long. Family, friends and fans packed the house in support of David James and the release of his debut EP Songs About a Girl. They were thrilled to also be treated to two other talented Manitoba artists – Maxine Peters and Quinton Blair. All three artists had stellar stage presence and with their fabulous interaction with the crowd it made the night absolutely incredible.
Maxine Peters, a Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter, was the first opening act of the night. She has a beautiful voice. Her vocals were powerful yet sweet. She grabbed the crowd’s attention from her first song right to her last. Her music moved the room.
Next on stage was Manitoba Country Music Association 2015 Roots Artist of the Year, Quinton Blair. QB (as he is known) describes himself as a troubadour, tale-spinner, songwriter and people person. Imagine Steve Earle crossed with Dwight Yoakam and there you have this talented quintessential honky tonk artist. What is so very special about this man is that puts his whole heart and soul into his music. Blair had the audience in stitches with his genuine and engaging stories. He performed two of my favourites – “Blues Man” and “Time Keeps on Tickin.” He held the audience’s attention for his entire performance because he cares deeply about the stories he tells and the music he sings is truly engaging.
David James. He came. He saw. He conquered. He electrified the room. His over an hour long set covered his own tunes including a few from his debut EP Songs About a Girl, his just-released single “Lonely Girl” and some previously released singles. His covers, from “Uptown Funk” to “Footloose,” were dynamic. He had the crowd dancing all night long. James’s vocal ability is undeniable. He proved that with his encore song “Whole Lotta Love,” a Led Zeppelin 1969 classic rock song. It was the pinnacle of the night. When he hit and held those insane falsetto notes, the whole room just stopped and watched. He owned that moment.
By the end of the night, we were left with some everlasting phenomenal memories.
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Hi all. I’m Nanci Dagg. I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and have lived my entire life here. There is nothing I like better than supporting local artists followed by supporting Canadian artists. Although I was a classic rock gal, my go to genre is country. Something about this music that just makes me feel great. I can be found at most country music concerts and shows (from someone’s house to really large venues) taking lots of pictures. Music and photography are two of my passions. Add to this mix, writing about artists, well let’s say, life doesn’t get better than this.