For the Lakeside Leader
Victoria’s Times-Colonist calls him a “guitar god” and if you have heard him play, you might be inclined to agree. Fresh off a tour with Burton Cummings, and about to start another with Big Wreck, blues rocker and guitarist extraordinaire Jesse Roper and his band will be coming to play the Legacy Centre on Saturday, January 20th.
This is not Jesse’s first time performing in Slave Lake. A number of years ago, while he was working as a surveyor in the area, he volunteered to play on the stage at Dom’s. There was a lot of hemming and hawing from the management, who claimed they “had their own guys,” but once they’d heard his guitar, he was invited to return every night. Some of those same “guys” suggest that the Jesse Roper show could be the best night of live music Slave Lake has ever seen.
Since that time, he’s been busy pursuing a full-time music career making his home just outside Victoria, B.C. Slave Lakers may have heard him play the North Country Fair stage two years ago just before another Stage North favourite, Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer. Your reporter would consider it one of the best nights of music he’s ever experienced in his 25 plus years of attending the fair. Jesse played a workshop set with Harpoonist and the Axe Murderers’ Matthew Rogers that was amazing and his full set with the band was nothing short of a blues-rock barnburner of a show.
Jesse performed in 12 festivals over the summer and he’s selling out venues on Vancouver Island. He recently released the single Cherry and he’s busy working on a follow-up album to his very successful Red Bird. Give him a listen on SoundCloud or YouTube.
Opening for Jesse is Ian Rossiter and the Hot Club of Zama. These topnotch local musicians played some festivals in the NWT over the summer and they are excited to perform their version of Delta Blues and Gypsy Jazz to the Stage North crowd. Wings and ribs by Greg Gramiak will be available prior to the performance that begins at 7:30 sharp at the Legacy Centre. Advance tickets at $30, available online at stagenorth.org, the Rotary Library and Remax. Tickets are also available at the door for an additional $5. Students and seniors, $5 less.
Jesse Roper, appearing with his band this Saturday at the Legacy Centre.
Ian Rossiter, with Hot Club of Zama