Just a quick note to thank the nearly 1,000 music fans who jammed The Corona Theatre Friday night for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of The Last Waltz.

It was magical.

From the moment an ailing and burned out promoter walked into sound check just after three o’clock to hear the unmistakable sound of a trumpet to signal the start of The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down with Matt Mays and Shane Murphy trading verses, it was obvious the night was going to surpass even our own best case scenario. It took about three minutes for me to feel a whole lot better.

The thank you’s from a lot of the crowd in the immediate aftermath of the 4 1/2 hour concert were so heartfelt and appreciated. And then the messages and e-mails started rolling in and I realized we touched a nerve. One emotional fan at the After Party at Hurley’s hugged me and said, “Incredible. I never thought I’d get to hear those songs played live like that. Thank you. Thank you.”

So thank you for supporting the concept and the event itself. But most of all thank the artists who gave us a night to remember. The whole point to most of what we’ve done lately at Billy Bob Productions is to expose our terrific local musicians to a bigger audience. So the next time you find yourself restless at home, flipping the TV remote aimlessly from one channel to another, or shaking your head at the local movie listings, or wasting hours on social media while finding yourself trapped in energy-wasting discussions of little to no merit, get out of the house and get yourself to a pub, or a bar or an intimate room or music club or venue and have your spirits lifted by the wonder of  live music – as performed by the likes of Shane Murphy, Alec McElcheran, Rob Lutes, Rob MacDonald, Bobby Stagg, Johnny Griffin (John Jacob Magistery), Mack Mackenzie, Chris Velan, High & Mighty and so many others in search of an audience. And the next time members of our out of town crew come back to visit – Andrea Ramolo, Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station, The Wooden Sky, Tom Wilson and Matt Mays – let them know you’ll be there to thank them again now that you know a little (or a lot) more about them than you did before the night began. In fact, we’ve already made plans to talk to Tom about a return visit in the spring by Lee Harvey Osmond.

Please check back here again shortly for a full set list and in depth description of what went down. And there will be a separate posting featuring more stunning photos like this one courtesy of Tim Snow.

Oh, and one other thing to be thankful for as we get set to turn the page on an historic American Thanksgiving event – we smashed the record at The Corona for most alcohol sales in the history of the Theatre.


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  1. Pete

    I wasn’t even born when the original show took place but I can’t imagine a more fitting tribute than what I witnessed on Friday night. Such a night! Thanks Mitch

  2. Will

    Congrats Mitch.

    I love that Mack M was there. I discovered Three O’Clock Train when my brother brought their albums back from McGill. I still listen to them regularly, and I will never understand why they didn’t “make it”.