Tupelo Music Hall
Tupelo Music Hall

Come join Rik Emmett, lead singer and guitarist for the rock band Triumph, for a special performance at Tupelo! Rik will be performing a mix of classics, acoustic , jazz and blues, as well as performing as part of the Strung Out Troubadours with guitarist Dave Dunlop. It is a show not to be missed as these two master guitarists duke it out on stage.

Emmett and Dunlop (from the rock band Full Nine) first played together during a master class session at the National Summer Guitar Workshop in 1990. Much of their material originates from their acoustic guitars, with Rik singing lead vocal on some selections.

In 2007, Strung-Out Troubadours won “Album of the Year” and “Group/Duo Of The Year” at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, where they were the most heavily-nominated act. Both Rik and Dave were also nominated for “Best Guitarist”, a category that Emmett had captured back in 2005.

Tupelo Music Hall

Tupelo Music Hall presents talented nationally-recognized musicians who perform in a friendly, relaxed and attractive setting. The hall is an intimate venue with flexible seating arrangements and a whole lot of charm.

An assortment of light meals (salads, soups or chilis, nachos, sandwiches), desserts and beverages are available at performances. We ask that you refrain from bringing your own food into the Music Hall.

BYOB Tupelo Music Hall allows guests (over age 21) to bring their own beer and wine only. Wine glasses and bottle openers are available for your use at no charge. Please avoid bringing in large coolers–space is limited. The Drinkery wine & beer shop in the basement of Tupelo Music Hall is open during Tupelo performances. You are welcome to stop by The Drinkery to purchase your wine, beer and gourmet snacks before the show.

Tupelo Music Hall is a non-smoking facility. Smokers are welcome to smoke outside in designated areas.

Because we’re not a bar and we’re non-smoking, we think Tupelo is a great place for all ages including children. Children who are older tend to enjoy the majority of our shows more than the little ones (believe us, as parents of two little ones ourselves, we know!).

Casual attire is appropriate. Wear what makes you comfortable, as long as it’s not your birthday suit. (Shoes and shirts required, too.)

Rik Emmett returns to Dallas!

Rik returns to Poor David’s Pub in Dallas for the fourth consecutive year and will perform an intimate acoustic concert along with Dave Dunlop (the Troubs) in support of their new album/cd “reCOVERy room 9“.

Hear their versions of such classics as “The Boys of Summer”, “Superstition”, and “Message In A Bottle” along with Triumph classics – “Magic Power”, “Hold On”, “Lay It On The Line” and “Midsummer’s Daydream” and more.

It will prove to be a very special Saturday evening with one of the most proficient and versatile guitarists of all time.

Chris Clay
Mar 09, 2012

Cover album for the Troubs

The latest album by Mississauga band The Troubs started off as a challenge between the band’s two members, Rik Emmett and Dave Dunlop.

The two were kicking around ideas to help flesh out their set list and were considering what cover songs they’d like to perform live. Talk quickly turned to what songs would be interesting to play, considering the band is essentially just two men and two acoustic guitars.

“It became a bit of a game, making the list,” said Emmett. “Then we looked at it as being a challenge to come up with some songs that would be unexpected (coming from us).”

The band’s nine-track album, reCOVERy Room 9, was just recently released. It’s an album entirely of covers, from The Police’s Message in a Bottle to Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run and Bill Joel’s Always a Woman.

One of Emmett’s favourite songs on the album is The Galaxy Song. It’s written by Monty Python’s Eric Idle and fans of the seminal comedy troupe will remember it from the movie Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

It’s an irreverent and fun song, and Emmett pushed hard to have it included on the album.

“I had to sell Dave on it because he originally didn’t want to do it at all,” said Emmett. “I told him to just trust me and that it’s going to be fun. It turned out great and the solo Dave plays on it is just brilliant.”

One of the joys of recording an album of covers, said Emmett, is it’s a way to break down people’s conceptions of the style of musician he is.

“It let me step so far out of what people think is Rik Emmett’s comfort zone,” he said. “People didn’t expect that and I think that’s very cool.”

The guitarist understands when you start covering other artists music, such as Don Henley (The Boys of Summer), The Beatles (I’ve Just Seen a Face), and John Hiatt (Have a Little Faith In Me), some people aren’t going to like it. But, for the most part, people are receptive to different takes on popular songs, he said.

Emmett, who rose to prominence with the band Triumph, and Dunlop, from the rock act Full Nine, first had a chance to play together at the National Summer Guitar Workshop in 1990. They’ve released several studio albums since the band’s inception, including their self-titled 2006 debut. In 2007, they released an album recorded Live at Hugh’s Room the previous December while the 10-track Push & Pull dropped in 2009.

The band won Album of the Year and Group/Duo Of The Year at the 2007 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards.

Copies of the album are available for purchase through

He’s also been working with Michael Shotton on a new album called Marco’s Secret Songbook. It’s a concept album that’s semi-autobiographical following a young man who leaves home to venture out into the world to experience life.

The album, which has 15 songs and includes some spoken word narration, is viewed by Emmett as somewhat of a legacy project. With little electric guitar, and mostly acoustic, plus plenty of orchestral instrumentation, Emmett holds a special place in his heart for the project.

“I think it’s a good representation of the musician I’ve been all along,” said Emmett. “It certainly has a legacy quality to it. This is how I’ve always been (as a musician) and this is what I’m leaving behind.”

Emmett is encouraging fans to keep an eye on his website for more details on when the album is going to be released.

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Limited Edition Collector’s Bundle also available!

Rik & Dave return to New York City!

THERE WILL BE FIFTY (50) VIP TICKETS available for $55 each. Each VIP ticket includes reserved seating, a show poster, and a Meet & Greet with Rik & Dave after the show. Regular tickets $25 in advance, and $30 day of show.


Tickets go onsale Tuesday, April 3rd at 10AM. General admission seating; first come, first served. Reserved VIP booths on the floor available for 4 & 6 people, $55 per ticket — must buy entire booth. VIP reserved seats at tables on center floor are also available for $55 each — this VIP section is GA — first come, first served. * All VIP ticket buyers receive (1) show poster and a post-show Meet & Greet with Rik & Dave.

Tin Angel’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!

During the month of November, the Tin Angel will be celebrating 20 YEARS of live music with a very special line-up of artists hand-picked by the venue owners; their favorite performers to grace the stage during the Tin Angel’s 20-year history. Rik & Dave have been invited to be a part of this celebration.

THERE WILL BE THIRTY (30) VIP TICKETS available for $60 each, which includes a LIVE CD RECORDING of that night’s show (disclaimer: CD will be un-edited, and may include profanity), plus a Meet & Greet with Rik & Dave after the show. Regular tickets will be $35.

This promises to be a very special evening!

Tickets onsale now

Tin Angel offers candlelit table seating, great coffees and teas, as well as a complete selection of liquors, wines, beers and mineral waters. Fine dining is also only a flight of stairs away at Serrano, renowned for its “International Home Cooking.” Reserved seating is available for those who dine at Serrano before the show. Reserved seats are assigned based on the order in which dinner reservations are made. Doors for Tin Angel shows open 30 minutes before showtime.

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