Lance Anderson’s critically acclaimed performance of ‘The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The BAND – Live’ celebrates the 48th Anniversary of the historic concert in 2024.
An all-star Canadian cast of award-winning blues and roots musicians, under the direction of Juno award winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, will perform their hit show on Sat. March 23rd, 2024 at the Empire Theatre in Belleville ON. They will be recreating the atmosphere of The Band’s final concert, which was captured in Martin Scorcese’s award-winning concert film, The Last Waltz.
2024 will mark the 14th year this cast of The Last Waltz has performed Live. The full stage show has an all-star line-up, featuring 4 guests. Chuck Jackson (lead singer of the legendary Downchild Blues Band), Matt Weidinger, (The Tone-wheels) Johnny Max and Quisha Wint (Matchedash Parish) are the guests scheduled for this show. The show also features Jerome Levon Avis (Levon Helm’s godson) and son of The Band road manager Bill Avis.
In this homage to The Last Waltz, Anderson’s special guests will perform a few of the songs played and sung by these guest artists at the memorable 1976 concert…which included Van Morrison, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins and others.
Backed by a 9 piece band that includes Jerome Levon Avis on drums and vocals, Terry Blersh on guitar, Rob Gusevs (Blood, Sweat and Tears) on organ, Wayne Deadder on bass and musical director Anderson (Matchedash Parish) on piano and vocals. This is a group of seasoned veterans who love the music. Ander-son’s band also features a stellar four-piece horn section all Canadian All-stars.
What makes this performance special is the connection these musi-cians have to the music,” says Anderson. “They love the music and per-form these tunes from the heart.” Anderson’s production of The Last Waltz has experienced rave reviews at the many festivals where it has appeared over the past few years and has consist-ently been referred to as the “best of the festival.”
This two hour inspired performance of The Last Waltz includes a wide selection of fan favourites, such as The Band’s ‘The Weight’, ’The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Up On Cripple Creek’, ‘Life is a Carnival’, ‘The Shape I’m In’, ‘Rag Mama Rag’, ‘Ophelia’ and more plus music from their special guests.
Don’t miss this opportunity Saturday March 23rd. 2024 to join in our celebration of the music of this legendary group on the 48th anniversary year of The Last Waltz!