After 18 albums, countless awards and wowing sold‐out audiences around the globe, THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year with a brand‐new show featuring hits like “Flip, Flop & Fly,” as well as fan favourites and hidden gems from throughout their illustrious career. Downchild will be joined on stage by some very special guests for this monumental performance, that will be announced shortly. With a stellar lineup of talent being assembled, sparks are sure to fly!
Downchild came to international prominence as the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi’s hit film, The Blues Brothers. In fact, two Downchild songs, “Shotgun Blues” and “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” were even covered on The Blues Brothers’ 1978 multi‐platinum album Briefcase Full of Blues. The band is lead by founder, Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh on guitar and harmonica, singer Chuck Jackson, who also plays harmonica, tenor sax man Pat Carey, Michael Fonfara (who was a member of the early American rock supergroup
Rhinoceros and Lou Reed’s band) plays keyboards, Gary Kendall on bass and drummer Mike Fitzpatrick.
With their signature jump‐blues style and infectious, soulful sound, Juno Award winners Downchild deliver a live performance that is second to none, and this special anniversary show is one ‐ not to be missed!
While most bands milk their anniversary tours, Downchild had theirs extended because of a worldwide pandemic! With their sense of humour still intact, the band fittingly officially revised the name of the tour to The Longest 50th Anniversary Tour Ever!
Sadly, Downchild’s long-time keyboard player and former Lou Reed bandleader, Michael Fonafa, passed away last month. The band is dedicating the remainder of the tour in his honour.
In accordance with the new provincial health guidelines, The Empire Theatre, as of October 12th … all patrons, volunteers and staff will require the proof of vaccination passport.