Artsbeat: Birthday bash features the full Monte

Bluesman Doc Maclean on washboard during Nov. 9 concert with Morgan Davis at the Duncan Garage Showroom. - Peter W. Rusland
Bluesman Doc Maclean on washboard during Nov. 9 concert with Morgan Davis at the Duncan Garage Showroom.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

A weekly compilation of facts, figures, and fascinating Cowichan culture:

• The POGs have invaded the Cowichan Theatre lobby with dozens of hand-pulled prints. The valley’s Printers Only Group offers an array of pressed images from linocuts, etchings, and woodblock and other sources.

• Valley painter Soleil Mannion has hauled her big, happy works into Just Jake’s bistro on Craig Street for November. Mannion is also the art teacher at Brentwood College’s new high-tech arts complex. Mannion’s subjects span poppies and seascapes to horses and abstracts.

• Enjoyed blues duo Doc Maclean and Morgan Davis Nov. 9 at the Duncan Garage Showroom. Baritone- singer Doc on National steel and washboard was perfectly paired with mellow, amusing fare prescribed by Davis on several vintage axes.

Very relaxing due to civilized acoustics from Longevity John’s living room-setting stage. Blues concert rating: 9 picks out of 10.

• Rock ‘n’ roll fans reached back a decade to enjoy Sunday’s reunion of Monte & The Beaumonts at Maple Bay’s Brigantine Pub, owned by Brian Leckie. Monte Nordstrom was flanked by Bill Winter, Nick Jarvie, Dave Rowse, Doug Rhodes, and Jeremy Sagar during the 60th birthday for a retiring Larry McIntosh. Other guests included Derek Walsh and Ronique Taylor, Jennifer Lawson, Paul and Lorna Ruszel, Donna Wakefield, Carol Jarvie, Dale and Sandra Carswell, Linda Richter, John Martin, MaryAnne Nordstrom, Gary Rivest, Chris Clement, Virginia Blatchford and husband Larry (who turned 70), and many others.

Peter W. Rusland has been covering Cowichan’s arts and entertainment community for two decades. If you’d like to add to this column, reach him at arts@cowichannewsleader.com.

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