Putting the “Live” Back in Live Music - theHumm July 2021
Putting the “Live” Back in Live Music - theHumm July 2021
By John Pigeau
With live music venues set to open outdoors again, I actually feel a little silly trying to write about the transformative power of live music. I can’t, really. Because that power comes from the genuine human experience between musician and audience — and that transformative power is created live. In the moment. With music and voice, spontaneous gestures and impossible-to-describe feelings. And anyone who loves live music knows that. They don’t need it explained to them; they merely need to hear the music… live.
And now, after a very, very long year and four months without live music, well — they can. And two of the Ottawa Valley’s premier live music venues are pretty jazzed about that.
“Live entertainment is such an important piece of life,” says Mark Enright, one of three owners of Burnstown’s Neat Coffee House — now practically a legendary venue known for hosting truly top-calibre live music throughout the years.
“Live music is part of our heartbeat,” Enright says. “I truly believe it is amazing for mental health, and the experience of live music is second to nothing!”
With that in mind, Neat Coffee House is going, as Stephen King might say, “full-tilt boogie” with its live music lineup for July. And for the rest of the summer, for that matter. They’ll be hosting an impressive line-up of Canadian bands and musicians, including Bif Naked, The Sadies, Terra Lightfoot, Elliott Brood, Great Lake Swimmers and many more.
“I think when all these restrictions relax,” Enright says, “live music will come back stronger than ever. The pandemic has provided a new perspective on life in general, I think — I believe we will appreciate things a bit more now, especially the live music experience.”
Enright says Neat is doing its best to support Canadian artists by getting the shows rolling again starting on July 1. Buying a ticket to a show gets artists paid, he points out, “which is amazing news after a long break.”
The way people can support both the musicians and the café, Enright says, is by choosing the “Ticket with dinner reservation” when booking their seats. That option gets you a delicious meal before the show starts. And “if people are not interested in shows,” he notes, “they can support us by eating on the patio, ordering takeout, buying gift certificates or Neat merchandise.”
You can purchase tickets for shows (with dinner reservations!) at neatmusicandcoffee.ca . You’ll find more information there about their food, coffee, and merch; you can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The folks at Neat will be following all health protocols for their concert series as well as dining outdoors at the café. “We have tables and concert chairs all spaced out 6-feet apart and we are following all protocols with masking, sanitizing, contact tracing, et cetera,” Enright says. “Not an easy task, but after a year-and-a-half it’s almost second nature now.”
Over the years, The Cove Inn in Westport has also developed a reputation as one of the best spots in the Ottawa Valley to see and hear live music from a broad range of truly talented musicians. That’s the plan again this summer, says manager Seamus Cowan, beginning on June 30 when the province’s Step 2 re-opening plans will allow live music venues to open their outdoor venues again.
“We plan to have live music nightly on our waterfront patio,” Seamus says, with “large event waterside shows” as well. In June The Cove opened its newly renovated waterfront patio, and so far it’s been a huge hit with customers, both loyal and new. It also looks like the perfect place to sit with a friend or two and enjoy some great live music.
Seamus is with Mark Enright on this one — he says the best way to support both musicians and local businesses is to get on out to a show.
“Live music is one of the main pillars of our business,” he says. “We breathe music and especially live music here at The Cove. We can’t wait until we have it again, as it has become one our main attractions. Come to our newly renovated waterfront patio and safely enjoy food and beverages with family and friends!”
As they have throughout the pandemic, The Cove will be following all health and safety protocols, which means mandatory masks, sanitizing hands, social distancing of tables, and honouring the maximum number of patrons per table — as well as distancing musicians from patrons and sanitizing all menus, chairs and tables after each use.
Takeout is available too, Seamus says, if the patio is packed — and knowing how badly people want to get out and enjoy good food, great music and a pint or two with family and friends, they just might be quite busy. No worries, says Seamus. “If our tables are full, you can order takeout and drinks and eat at the waterside picnic tables.” It’s best to make a reservation in advance to be assured a table, he adds, as they have limited capacity due to social distancing of tables.
To reserve a spot on The Cove’s newly expanded (and quite lovely-looking) patio, you can call 273–3636. And be sure to keep an eye on The Cove’s website coveinn.com and Facebook page for their live summer music schedule. They never fail in staging exceptional and wonderfully memorable concerts, so be sure to set yourself down at The Cove for a meal and a show this summer.
Also be sure to check in with all your favourite venues — from Bowie’s in Smiths Falls to O’Reilly’s in Perth — to see when they’ll be expecting to host live music again on their patios. It’s been a long drought for everyone, but there’s beautiful noise just around the bend — and joy, laughter and good times too.
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