Galen Weston

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An explosion is a chemical reaction where the big bang is actually the last thing that happens. Propelled by a stunning 2015 debut album, a breakthrough 2016 American and European tour and fierce technical ferocity, the Galen Weston Band has done just that; exploded onto the scene. In a short amount of time GWB has become a force to be reckoned with in contemporary jazz. Famed jazz writer Bill Milkowski wrote of Weston's guitar playing as having "unapologetic fusion chops (that) wail with conviction and rare facility, a talent deserving wider recognition." In other words, the big bang has yet to come. Plugged In is that first album which introduced the soaring six strings of band leader Galen Weston and created the buzz for his band. He hand-picked the players from the cream of the scene of his home base of Toronto. Saxophonist Richard Underhill, keyboardist Matt Horner and percussionist Rick Lazar are the most well-known. Bassist David Woodhead and drummer Al Cross round out Weston's exciting crew. The Galen Weston Band's rapid growth in 2016 was mostly due to the high profile 20-city summer tour as the opening act for the Gipsy Kings, a stint as David Sanborn's backup group and a fall European tour in some of the continent's most respected jazz clubs. American audiences from Atlanta's Chastain Park to New York's famed Beacon Theatre first lit the buzz about GWB. The flame grew through dates in Austria, England, Serbia, Germany and throughout the group's native land of Canada. The jazz world awaits what's next from this talented aggregation. One thing is for certain; with their next album the Galen Weston Band is going to blow up.

As is the case with most overnight successes, Galen Weston's rise is the result of a long trail of interesting experiences. His story is an extraordinary tale of the power of music and the power of the mind. Music actually set dormant for years before, just by chance, it exploded from pent-up frustration into one long burst of creativity and a career change. Galen Weston hails from Freelton, Ontario, a very thin slice of Canada more than an hour north of Toronto that the guitarist calls "pretty much just a street out in the middle of nowhere." So he first discovered the guitar out of boredom. It was the golden age of Heavy Metal, not to mention Canadian and Christian Metal, and soon the preteen was devouring it all; Gun & Roses, Led Zepplin, Stryker, Van Halen and more. Soon he progressed through high school as a rock stylist by distilling from his heroes -Steve Vai, Eric Johnson and Joe Satarini to develop his own sound. "Then one day I was playing with this older bass player who was like in his late 20's who thought I was pretty good," Weston tells of the day that changed his direction. "He said ‘you know you can go to school for this. But you can't do rock. You have to learn jazz.' I didn't even know what the word was."Fortunately the digital age was ushering in and that bass player gave the youngster two crates of vinyl albums. In it he discovered new heroes.

Galen Weston
Performance Schedule

Friday, October 5th
Century Center (on the island)
Full Day Cost: $15.00 advanced | $18.00 at door