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Posted by Jer / April 26, 2008

I realize that suggesting something other than watching the Canadiens-Flyers game tonight is sacrilegious, akin to heresy in these here parts. But, for those of you not caught up in Habsmania, a living legend is coming to town.

Richie Havens - the soulful folkie who opened Woodstock in 69, the savvy strummer who rose to prominence in the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, the man who at 67 can still play himself a meaner guitar than people one third his age - is playing Oscar Peterson Hall tonight (Sat. Apr. 26)

Local folk promoters Hello Darlin' production are responsible for this high profile folk coup. Getting Richie here is a testament to strength of the shows they consistently bring to Montreal. If you're still on the fence, here's a little reminder of what Richie Havens does best.

Richie Havens plays tonight at
Oscar Peterson Hall,
7141 Sherbrooke St. W.
Saturday Apr. 26



Michael Black / April 26, 2008 at 03:07 pm
Of course, Richie Havens was here a decade ago,
on Oct 11, 1998, opening for Roger McGuinn, playing
the same venue. My recollection is that it was a
relatively small audience, with a whole section closed
off. I had to look it up, I could have sworn it was
more recent than that.

It is a great venue, nothing blocking the sightlines
and roomy seats. Beats the smokey club that Roger
McGuinn and Gene Clark performed at in the spring of '78.

In the early eighties a bunch of big folk names
played the Golem (barely bigger than the Yellow Door),
and Richie Havens might have played here then. I can't
remember, but there was a whole stream of
performers like Odetta, Mimi Farina, Dave Van Ronk and
of course Utah Phillips.

There was a time when Sam Gesser would bring that calibre
of acts to Montreal, even specifically Place des Arts. Joan
Baez a few times in the early eighties, Pete Seeger in the
fall of 1978 (and then with Arlo Guthrie in '84 or '85), and
he might have been responsible for Judy Collins performing
in the fall of 1980. But it's been a while since he
was actually promoting, and of course he died recently.

It's been said that the market is too limited to bring a
lot of "secondary" acts to Montreal.

Jer / April 27, 2008 at 06:10 pm
Thanks for the background Michael. That's really helpful. I couldn't make the show, unfortunately...did anyone go? How was it? Good crowd?
HDP / May 5, 2008 at 04:24 pm
happily, it was sold-out
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