By Carey Langsner, Rock At Night Ontario Correspondent
Venue: Club NV, Brantford, Ontario–February 25, 2017
The Darren Ross Agency was founded by Jace Martin in January 2015, and is named after his late brother Darren and grandfather Ross. With over 20 years in the entertainment industry as producer, writer, performer, promoter, Jace has taken his knowledge and is applying it to this new company. By 2017 the Roster of artists includes JUNO Winners, Derek Miller, Crystal Shawanda, Murray Porter as well as CCMA Winner, Shane Yellowbird & Guitar Player “Top 50 Guitarist of All Time”, Stevie Salas, and Billboard “Top 40′′ Recording Artist Jace Martin. The Roster of Emerging Includes: Mimi O’Bonsawin, James Alphonse, Rob Lamothe, Missy Knott, AK Mcleod Blues Band & Leah Belle.
The Bad Guys (Dan Porter-vocals, Clayton Jesse Porter-guitar and Evan Williams-Drums) opened the evening with their big guitar sounds and hard drum beat. Tonight, the Bad Guys had a special guest, Lacey Hill, playing on Bass and singing both back up and lead vocals. After the Bad Guys was Alexander Kenneth McLeod, or as he is more commonly known A.K. McLeod. A.K. is a blues and rock guitar player, singer originally from Moose Factory Ontario (on the southern shores of Hudson’s Bay) he now makes the Six Nations Reserve his home.
Tonight A.K. McLeod performed songs from his latest CD, “You Better Mean It”. This album has the perfect combination of good old Blues mixed in with Rock & Roll. His performance is not only a pleasure to listen to it is also great to watch. With his
The Healers took to the stage after A. K. McLeod. They are a four-piece band from Six Nations of the Grand River consisting of; Randy Miller-Vocals/Guitar, Carter Bomberry-Vocals/Guitar, Jason Miller-Bass, Frank Miller-Drums. Throughout their set the played everything from AC/DC to ZZ Top. A little Bruno Mars thrown in, for the younger members of the audience near the end of their set caused a flood of dancers onto the dance floor.
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