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Downchild will perform a live, pay-per-view concert for the international launch of their 50th anniversary album


After months of waiting to hit the road again due to the pandemic, the legendary Downchild Blues Band is bring live blues back to their fans with a real live performance in front of a live audience of a few lucky fans at the Empire Theatre in Belleville, ON on Friday, Oct. 16 at 8:00 (ET). The show will be streamed worldwide with no overdubs or tape delays as a live one day only pay-per-view concert to celebrate the international release of the band’s acclaimed new 50th anniversary album.

Downchild will be joined by some special guests for this, their final live performance of 2020.

Tickets are on sale now at www.theempiretheatre.com or through the Empire Theatre box office at 613-969-0099. They’re open between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Downchild will donate $1.00 for every ticket sold to the Jane Vasey Memorial Fund at her Alma Mater, Brandon University in Brandon, MB in support budding keyboard students.

Downchild’s 50th anniversary Live At The Toronto Jazz Festival release is getting rave reviews from Australia, Holland, the UK., Canada and the U.S., where the album made its debut at #11 on the respected Living Blues Charts in August.

The band is releasing its first vinyl album in over 30 years when Live At The Toronto Jazz Festival hits record stores across Canada alongside the CD on Oct. 16 to coincide with the international release date.

2018 Juno Award winners, Downchild features some of the most well-respected musicians in the country, who have performed together for over 25 years: guitarist, harmonica player, leader and co-founder of the band, Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh, lead singer and harmonica player Chuck Jackson, Pat Carey on tenor sax, Mike Fitzpatrick on drums, Gary Kendall on bass, and former American super-group rocker Michael Fonfara (of Rhinoceros/Lou Reed fame) on keyboards.


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