Sat, January 27 2018, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The​ ​Cross​ ​Country​ ​Show​ ​Band

Theatre

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The​ ​Cross​ ​Country​ ​Show​ ​Band​ ​covers​ ​not​ ​only​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​generation​ ​of​ ​country​ ​music​ ​but​ ​also​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of Western​ ​Canada​ ​with​ ​dedicated​ ​and​ ​professional​ ​musicians​ ​spread​ ​from​ ​West​ ​of​ ​Calgary​ ​AB​ ​to​ ​East​ ​of Saskatoon​ ​SK.​ ​The​ ​band​ ​was​ ​started​ ​with​ ​a​ ​vision​ ​of​ ​Keith​ ​McConnell,​ ​who​ ​with​ ​a​ ​very​ ​successful​ ​career in​ ​music​ ​handpicked​ ​friends​ ​and​ ​fellow​ ​musicians​ ​together​ ​for​ ​a​ ​band​ ​that​ ​not​ ​only​ ​had​ ​been​ ​fellow band​ ​members​ ​but​ ​also​ ​friends​ ​who​ ​shared​ ​the​ ​same​ ​vision,​ ​i.e.:​ ​ethics,​ ​volume​ ​control,​ ​professionalism and​ ​onstage​ ​dress​ ​code.​ ​They​ ​also​ ​let​ ​the​ ​singers​ ​sing​ ​and​ ​the​ ​musicians​ ​complement​ ​the​ ​singers.​ ​Keith McConnell​ ​is​ ​an​ ​accomplished​ ​steel​ ​guitar​ ​player,​ ​dobro,​ ​vocals,​ ​lead​ ​and​ ​rhythm​ ​guitar​ ​and​ ​also​ ​passes his​ ​talent​ ​on​ ​to​ ​other​ ​people​ ​through​ ​instruction.Karen​ ​Blackwell​ ​Jones​ ​plays​ ​keyboards,​ ​sings​ ​lead​ ​and harmonies.​ ​Another​ ​versatile​ ​player,​ ​Chris​ ​Studer​ ​gives​ ​the​ ​bass​ ​line,​ ​lead​ ​vocals​ ​and​ ​harmonies​ ​plus​ ​the tasteful​ ​harmonica​ ​can​ ​fill​ ​in​ ​on​ ​guitar​ ​and​ ​keyboards​ ​if​ ​needed.​ ​Mr.​ ​Paul​ ​Simister,​ ​what​ ​can​ ​we​ ​say,​ ​not much,​ ​adds​ ​a​ ​great​ ​set​ ​of​ ​lead​ ​vocals​ ​to​ ​the​ ​band​ ​and​ ​also​ ​his​ ​infectious​ ​smile​ ​and​ ​gets​ ​himself​ ​into situations​ ​that​ ​leads​ ​to​ ​funny​ ​stories​ ​and​ ​​ ​to​ ​the​ ​band.​ ​Brad​ ​Stratychuk​ ​had​ ​been​ ​holding​ ​the​ ​band together​ ​with​ ​his​ ​rhythm​ ​and​ ​timing​ ​on​ ​the​ ​drums.​ ​We​ ​can't​ ​ask​ ​for​ ​a​ ​more​ ​tasteful​ ​drummer​ ​for volume​ ​and​ ​timing.​ ​The​ ​Cross​ ​Country​ ​Show​ ​Band​ ​appreciates​ ​the​ ​talent​ ​of​ ​Brad.​ ​They​ ​say​ ​he's​ ​that good​ ​that​ ​they​ ​don't​ ​know​ ​he's​ ​on​ ​stage.Adding​ ​more​ ​tasteful​ ​music​ ​is​ ​Ken​ ​Goodman​ ​with​ ​his​ ​smooth multi​ ​instrument​ ​stylings​ ​on​ ​guitar​ ​,fiddle,&​ ​banjo.​ ​​ ​Kevin​ ​Harcourt​ ​has​ ​a​ ​great​ ​time​ ​being​ ​the​ ​MC​ ​and causing​ ​havoc​ ​to​ ​the​ ​fellow​ ​band​ ​members.​ ​He​ ​also​ ​does​ ​lead​ ​vocals,​ ​playing​ ​rhythm​ ​on​ ​his​ ​12​ ​string guitar​ ​and​ ​having​ ​a​ ​great​ ​time.​ ​All​ ​the​ ​Cross​ ​Country​ ​Show​ ​Band​ ​have​ ​the​ ​same​ ​objective,​ ​to​ ​give​ ​the listening​ ​public​ ​controlled​ ​volume,​ ​clean​ ​show​ ​and​ ​full​ ​value​ ​and​ ​quality​ ​every​ ​show.

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