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By: Tracey Lukasik

The evening was billed as ” An Acoustic Night of Triumph…and More,” and fans could not have asked for more than what was delivered this past Friday night. With the exception of “Hold On,” a Triumph favorite that Emmett regularly performs at the end of most of his live shows, a bevy of the Canadian Trio’s most well known songs were offered in a refreshed and acoustic format. Rik’s current band mates, Dave Dunlop (guitar) and Steve Skingley (bass/keyboards) enraptured the crowd with rousing renditions of “Fight the Good Fight,” “Lay It on the Line,” and “Magic Power.” The biggest crowd pleaser of the night was “Ordinary Man,” that earned Rik a thunderous standing ovation.

The intimate setting of the Bears Den allows for a fairly interactive audience experience and also encourages a playful and comedic dialogue between the boys in the band. Fans were part of the fun as Rik and Dave often traded barbs in jest, and tattled each other’s personal idiosyncrasies to the crowd.

The comedy act continued through the instrumental, “Midsummer’s Day Dream.” During a small break in the song, which was played with jaw-dropping precision, Dave took it upon himself to add a full bodied “burp.”Rik erupted in laughter and even expressed his hope that someone in the audience captured the impromptu prank on video (Rik, we’ll be in touch…wink, wink).

Emmett, who recently welcomed his first grandson to the world, explained that age has indeed affected his ability to hit notes of certain octaves on many of the original Triumph classics. However, this has also afforded him the opportunity to “grow” these songs into “adulthood,” as he put it. The versions turned in this evening by Rik, Dave and Steve rivaled those performed in arenas worldwide during the magical 80’s. Emmett briefly reflected on Triumph’s 2008 reunion and fondly dedicated a song to his former band mates in Triumph, Gil and Mike.

As the set continued, the guys also played two cover songs off of their recently released “Recovery Room 9” CD, which is a collection of 9 diverse tunes hand picked by both Rik and Dave. Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious,” were effortlessly worked into the evenings repertoire.

Rik Emmett consistently honors his loyal followers with his awe inspiring fret work. His genuine love and respect for music, in addition to his fans, resonates with every note he strums or sings.

Setlist:

  1. Never Surrender(Triumph song)
  2. Petite Etude/Lay it On the Line(Triumph song)
  3. Light of Day
  4. Superstition (Stevie Wonder cover)
  5. Fantasy Serenade(Triumph song)
  6. Fight the Good Fight (Triumph song)
  7. Out of the Blue
  8. Boys of Summer (Don Henley cover)
  9. Midsummer Day Dream (Triumph song)
  10. Ordinary Man (Triumph song)
  11. 3 Clouds Across the Moon
  12. Magic Power(Triumph song)
  13. Encore: Suitcase Blues(Triumph song)
An Acoustic Night of Triumph with Rik Emmett
An Acoustic Night of Triumph
with Rik Emmett

Vocalist, guitarist, and founding member of the Canadian rock band Triumph, Rik Emmett is best known as a premier rock guitarist.

His playing style incorporates rock, blues, jazz, classical, bluegrass and flamenco techniques. Similarly, his songwriting and discography demonstrate his ability to employ and blend multiple genres.

About Stephen Leacock Theatre

The Theatre was named after one of the English-speaking world’s best known humorists, Stephen Leacock (1869-1944), whose amusing home-spun stories about small-town Ontario endeared him to readers throughout the world. His gravesite is located at St. George’s Anglican Church on Hedge Road in Sutton.

The campaign to build the Stephen Leacock Theatre was spearheaded by the late Whipper Billy Watson, who was also a life-long resident of Georgina. This beautiful building, located at 130 Gwendolyn Drive in Keswick, houses both the Theatre and Club 55 for seniors.

The Town of Georgina’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Culture also produces shows and events at the Theatre. If you are not familiar with our Theatre, you will be pleasantly surprised with our excellent seating arrangement and rich acoustics. Entertainers and the audience alike are delighted with the up-close and personal ambience of the Stephen Leacock Theatre, which is committed to providing quality entertainment at affordable prices.

An Acoustic Night of Triumph with Rik Emmett
An Acoustic Night of Triumph
with Rik Emmett

Vocalist, guitarist, and founding member of the Canadian rock band Triumph, Rik Emmett is best known as a premier rock guitarist.

His playing style incorporates rock, blues, jazz, classical, bluegrass and flamenco techniques. Similarly, his songwriting and discography demonstrate his ability to employ and blend multiple genres.

About Stephen Leacock Theatre

The Theatre was named after one of the English-speaking world’s best known humorists, Stephen Leacock (1869-1944), whose amusing home-spun stories about small-town Ontario endeared him to readers throughout the world. His gravesite is located at St. George’s Anglican Church on Hedge Road in Sutton.

The campaign to build the Stephen Leacock Theatre was spearheaded by the late Whipper Billy Watson, who was also a life-long resident of Georgina. This beautiful building, located at 130 Gwendolyn Drive in Keswick, houses both the Theatre and Club 55 for seniors.

The Town of Georgina’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Culture also produces shows and events at the Theatre. If you are not familiar with our Theatre, you will be pleasantly surprised with our excellent seating arrangement and rich acoustics. Entertainers and the audience alike are delighted with the up-close and personal ambience of the Stephen Leacock Theatre, which is committed to providing quality entertainment at affordable prices.

Electric guitarists get all the glory – stacks of amplifiers, arenas full of fans, that big, big sound sending shockwaves through adoring crowds. Meanwhile, the acoustic players of the world are the sensitive souls, playing delicately and carefully in their unamplified corners of music history. The best acoustic guitarists have quietly made innovative sounds and amazing tunes that have altered how people think about the guitar.

Well, Gibson.com thought it was high time that the most legendary of acoustic players finally got their due. In tribute to these masters of the guitar, Gibson.com is counting down the Top 50 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time – as voted on by Gibson’s editorial team, writing staff and, most importantly, the readers. Today, they revealed #50-#41 on the list.

Yours truly made the list at #44!

http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/top-50-acoustic-1025/

RIK RETURNS TO TEXAS
Solo Acoustic Performance – Up close and personal

Doors at 1:00 pm
Show starts at 2:00 pm

General admission tickets are $35 advance, $40 at the door.
Age limit 18 years or older unless accompanied by parent or guardian.

For advance tickets, contact Don Wishon at dwishon@jcpenney.com.