Concert Review/By Pam Astle
2nd Annual Hagersville Rocks 2015
On Saturday July 25th, 2015 Hagersville Rocks at Grant Kett Memorial Park was spectacular. With its Amphitheatre look paired with great weather and amazing music made the day perfect.
Each and every act had their own talent and style of music. Starting with Mark Laforme who had a very young age starting playing guitar. Mark singing a variety of his own songs and some of Stomping Tom’s. He toured with Stomping Tom, Mark was requested to sing “ I am the Wind” at Stomping Tom’s memorial service.
Ally Howatt (making her second appreance at hagersville rocks) loves her country music. Covering hits such as “Suds in the Bucket”, “Born to fly” , by Sara Evans, along with her own hits “Ride of your life”, “Too good to be true” , among others. Ally has shared the stage with artists Sara Evans, Gord Bramford, Tim McGraw, among others.
Following Ally, The McCartney Years. Wearing the same wardrobe from the “Wings over America” mid 70’s tour, rocked the stage with hits like, “Live and Let die”, “Let it Be”.
The Practically Hip, (following The McCartney Years) the Tragically Hips most sought after tribute act across Canada and the US. Listening to lead singer Dean Hughes you would think Gord Downie was singing. The Practically Hip have played in club, universities, and colleges throughout Ontario. They have played festivals opening for Kim Mitchell, David Wilcox, Big Sugar, and many more.
Dry County followed The Practically Hip,. Dry County also known as The Redneck Mafia kept the party going and may even have gotten the party really started. Dry County with their high energy new country with southern rock style, rocked the stage with hits like “ Waiting on Hank” “Drink till she’s pretty”. Dry County has always brought many followers, they never fail to get and keep the party going. And they did just that by getting the crowd in the party mood just in time for the one and only Alan Doyle.
Alan Doyle, actor, producer, best selling author,, and best known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s most loved band “Great Big Sea”, kept the party going with his hits such as “ So Lets Go”. The crowd flocked to the front of the stage to get up close to Alan Doyle and he did not disappoint his fans.
Headliner Tim Hicks, closed the show with his dramatic entrance which included have a white sheet pulled down to cover the stage , then taken down once he hit the stage. Tim Hicks with a 2014 CCMA Award Nomination for Rising Star, 2014 Juno Nomination for Break Through Artist and Country Music Assoc. Of Ontario Award for Male Artist of the year. What better way to end the night then with a spectacular Country music artist as Tim Hicks from taking selfies with the crowd to singing hits “Stronger Beer”, “Here comes the Thunder”, “Hell raising Good Time”, and many more.
Hagersvile most defiantly Rocked Saturday. Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings.
Photos By Dwight Edwards