SweetWater Surreal streaming into homes this Friday

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For the first time, the SweetWater Music Festival organizers will live stream a concert from the Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound Friday at 8 p.m.

SweetWater Surreal Live 2: Measha Jazz, will feature world-renowned vocalist Measha Brueggergosman and her trio.

The move to smaller virtual performances came after the success of SweetWater Surreal in late September – a multi-platform music experience created amid the COVID-19 pandemic in response to the postponement of the group’s traditional music festival.

“It gives me great pleasure to be able to present Measha Brueggergosman as part of SweetWater’s music programme in 2020. Measha has an incredibly rare artistic personality that jumps in between genres with tremendous ease. Her profound love for the music that she sings makes for a stunning show. Please join us, live, or from the comfort of your home,” said SweetWater artistic director Edwin Huizinga in a media release.

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Brueggergosman will be joined by keyboardist Aaron Davis, guitarist Rob Piltch, and bassist George Koller. The evening will feature jazz but include a mix of classical, blues, gospel, funk, francophone folk and ’70s easy listening.

Tickets to see the performance live at Heartwood Hall sold out in less than a week as COVID-19 restrictions mean only 50 people can attend the venue in person. As a result, tickets to a live-streamed version of the concert are being sold for $10.

Tickets are available at the website www.sessions.com/Measha/tickets.

The music festival has partnered with local business CTRE Productions to produce the live-streamed version of the concert.

SweetWater Surreal will continue this program into fall and into early 2021 with additional online, virtual music opportunities. Episodes of Front Row offer up and close and personal opportunities to hear about a performer’s life and career as well as a short performance sequence.

Performers originally scheduled to perform at the 17th Annual SweetWater Music Festival (postponed until 2021) will be featured in the shows.

For more information visit the website www.sweetwatermusicfestival.ca

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