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submitted by Tony "Sluggo"
Healeys, Toronto ON 4/8/06

The limo picked up nine of us (and a few coolers) in Oshawa Saturday afternoon and we took off down the 401 to Toronto and Healey`s club where we were going to see Lousianna slide wizard Sonny Landreth...it had been five years to the day since I saw him last at Mid city lanes Rock`n`Bowl New Orleans and I had a picture from that night that I wanted to get signed as well..

We hit healey`s and staked out our tables well ahead of the crowd waiting in the lineup to buy SRO tickets, but that didn`t really matter as (and this is my one and only beef) they let so many more people in they all stood in front of the tables and you had to keep moving all night for a good view..Wasn`t a whole heck of a great idea to buy tickets as far ahead as we did, seems folks just planted themselves wherever they damn well wanted and no one made anyone move all night.. Regardless..Sonny and the boys took the stage about 11 or shortly thereafter and he hit the deck a runnin` with so many great tunes...south of I-10, Native Stepson, Bayou Teche, Levee Town U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile, a few instrumentals..and the one I had wanted to hear all these five years..Congo Square..Sonny`s heartfelt pean to the origins of native music from the square where slaves were bought sold and traded and tribes held their fests, fires and feasts on saturday evenings...

When Sonny and the band get going ..close your eyes and smell salt air..heavily scented perfumed flowers and musty swamps, giant sprawling trees laden with spanish moss..gator eyes glowing red and the smell of tabasco and spilt beer..Sonny does not only just play music from the south he brings the atmosphere with him and pours it out like a fine gulping wine onto your plate....

I have to thank Mark Neveu for making this a reality..bringing to Toronto one of the finest guitar players around these days with a style beholden to no one..what a night..what a magical evening of sound and cajun mystery...

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