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The Lucas Haneman Express, and friends, will play a tornado relief benefit concert on Sunday November 4. Photo provided.

Gig Pick: Tornado Benefit Concert at Greenfield’s Gastro Pub—11.04.18

By John McDonald on November 1, 2018




We’ll not soon forget the eerie silent blackness that the September tornadoes brought Ottawa. And for many, the lack of electricity was compounded by severe damage that will take much time to repair.

Guitarist Lucas Haneman and Megan Laurence live in the neighbourhood of Craig Henry/Trend Arlington, directly in the path of one of the tornadoes. While they avoided damage, they are well aware of the turmoil that so many in their neighbourhood, as well as in Dunrobin and parts of Gatineau, are still facing.

As his way of giving back to the community, Lucas called on some good friends, and extremely talented musicians, to play a Tornado Benefit Concert.

“We’re so fortunate that we have the friends that we do. They’re eager to be involved in an afternoon of live music for a great cause. There are so many impacted by the tornadoes. We’re pleased to be able to do this,” Lucas told Apt613.

The all-ages event is on Sunday, November 4th from 1-6pm at Greenfield’s Gastro Public House in Barrhaven. Tickets are $10 at the door with all proceeds going to The Red Cross. Well loved Ottawa radio host J-man (Rebel 101.7/Dawg FM) will emcee the event. A silent auction will be held.

Starting the event is Wicked Grin, known for their gritty roots rock with “a groove that just won’t stop.” The rockabilly swing of The Dimestore Playboys, with Monkey Junk’s Matt Sobb on drums, follows. Capping off the fund-raising event is Lucas and his Maple Blues Awards nominated The Lucas Haneman Express playing “not your Grandparents’ blues.”

The Tornado Relief Benefit Concert with The Lucas Haneman Express, Wicked Grin, and The Dimestore Playboys will take place November 4 from 1-6pm at Greenfield’s Gastro Public House, 900 Greenbank Road. Tickets are $10 at the door.