Three nights of rock’n roll on tap

After being entertained by hypnotist Michael Leach last night under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina, three nights of rock ’n roll are now on tap in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
At 9 p.m. tonight, Thunder Bay-based “The Sensational Hot Rods” will take the stage with their “Legends of Rock” show. They’ll be playing well-known favourites from the ’50s and ’60s.
They’ll be followed tomorrow night by Dameon Styles, a Las Vegas-based entertainer who will be performing the “Ultimate Rod Stewart Tribute Concert.”
According to Styles’ website, “[He] has been performing since the mid-’70s and continues to excite and please audiences as ‘Thee’ Rod Stewart tribute artist.”
“The level of professionalism and entertainment cannot be compared,” it adds.
“The reason Dameon is able to deliver a show of this magnitude is because he feels the music, persona, stage antics, and the warmth that is Rod Stewart more than anyone else.”
And on Saturday, “Straw Dogs,” featuring Arden Bruyere, Chris Krienke, and Brad Leishman, will close out this year’s FFCBC after the final weigh-in and awards presentation.
Tickets for all three shows cost $12 each in advance at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office on Scott Street or $15 each at the door (age of majority is required).
Chamber manager Dawn Booth said this morning that although ticket sales have been picking up since the start of the week, there are still plenty left for all the shows.
Also opening its doors today at the FFCBC site is the “Budweiser Big Rig,” which promises plenty for people to do and see. It includes a stage for local entertainers to perform, a beer garden, music mash, and seven interactive zones for public participation.
Included in the interactive events are an armchair quarterback (four throws, three targets, and one hydraulic-operated armchair), Xbox games, and a NASCAR pit pass, where competitors can try their skills against the “Bud Girls” changing tires on a #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. race car replica.
Participants in teams also can challenge their skills as they try to build a four-foot beer can puzzle, or DJ wanna-bes can learn to scratch and mix CDs and MP3s in the Music Mash lounge.
This lounge is air-conditioned and stacked with high-tech music equipment, including a RM406 mixer, CD players, software, music library, speakers, and a video feed to the beer garden.
This is the only place in Northwestern Ontario that the “big rig” will be this summer outside of North Bay and at a Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ football game, noted FFCBC chairman Jim Cumming.
In related news, the FFCBC is charging admission to the tournament site today through Saturday. The cost is a loonie for singles or a toonie per family.
This admission fee gives tournament-goers access to all the daytime festivities on site.