No one likes getting bills in the mail but when the Bills hit the stage here Thursday night as the second installment of the popular Concerts in the Park series, it will be a talented delivery that we will have to accept.
And, if we enjoy your music from the bluesy and roots side, you will accept it with a smile.
Bill Miles is self admittedly recognized by a few, but the London, Ontario, native is a musical tour de force and will take the stage first at 6 p.m. With decades of entertaining experience, he rose to prominence as the titular lead of Two Dollar Bill and the Bad Pennies; an act plying their trade in the London and Ottawa pub scenes.
His biography reads in part: “Having gained just enough local notoriety to be recognized on the street by complete strangers (a real nuisance), he stepped away from the formal music scene, preferring regular busking and pop-up performances instead.”
Pulling from many eras, Miles travels between rockabilly, early blues, gospel, bluegrass and folk. A multi-instrumentalist, you can expect to hear some great banjo, guitar, harmonica and lately even the autoharp!
No stranger to Concerts in the Park, Bill Durst will be making his third appearance on the Island Park stage.
Durst is an award-winning Canadian Blues Rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with seven national radio hits. The Jack Richardson Hall of Famer has opened for Aerosmith, Rush, BTO, The Yardbirds, Johnny Winter, Burton Cummings, Loverboy, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Downchild Blues Band, David Wilcox, Little Feat and more. It is a treat to have Durst, who has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada, return the Concerts in the Park stage.
Aside from being a prolific songwriter, Durst takes ownership of cover tunes — an essential skill in the genre he excels in.
Born in Wingham and growing up in London, Ontario, Durst was heavily influenced by Motown R&B, Toronto psychedelic soul, British blues, Hendrix and B.B. King. Durst entered the national/international stage with his classic rock band Thundermug who had a number one hit in 1972. Thundermug recorded five albums, (three in the 1970s, two CDs in the 1990s), releasing records in the U.S. and Europe. His first two solo albums came in the eighties but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Durst got some real career momentum.
In 2004 Bill formed a fuzzy, little, smokin’ blues band and since then Durst and co-writer/bassist Joe DeAngelis have produced five full-length CDs; The Wharncliffe Sessions (‘05), The Great Willy Mammoth (‘09), Bill Durst Live (‘12), Hard And Heavy (‘13), Good Good Lovin’ (’15).
- Awarded – Best Canadian Blues Rock Album (Artist) 2014, Blues Underground Network
- Awarded – Top 10 Blues Rock Albums (International) 2014, Blues Underground Network
- Fan Voted – “Hard And Heavy” CD voted #2, Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums 2014, Blind Lemon Blues
- Awarded Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2014