Canada's Rock 'n' Roll Legend, Bobby Curtola, is now a frequent
visitor to Brandon's Cantina - a private haven for musicians living in
the area or for road musicians just passing through. The Cantina was built
ten years ago by university professor Ken Daniels, bass player, singer,
music aficionado, and generous host to the countless musicians who have
visited this unique establishment. The Cantina is filled with an amazing
collection of sound and lighting equipment, instruments and computers,
as well as memorabilia from the far corners of the world. The most unique
feature of this musician's retreat, however, is its construction: the walls
of the building are made of straw bales covered with stucco -- all done
in the style of a Mexican adobe cantina.
The photos below document Bobby's first visit to the club and what
turned out to be one of the Cantina's most exciting and unusual evenings.
After a meal at our house during which Bobby and I relived the good
ole days -- I toured with him back in '63/'64 as part of his backup band,
Dovermen -- we moved over to the Cantina for what was to be a 5-hour
non-stop jam session. Most of our regular Thursday night jammers were there:
Ken Daniels (bass), Doug Matthews (synth, Hammond, guitar), Johnny "Boomtown"
(drums), our son Robin (bass, drums, trombone), Sue-On (drums, keys), and
myself (guitar), as well as numerous drop-by musicians and friends.
The songs, memories and excitement were non-stop but sometime --
long after the witching hour -- we called Bobby's longtime manager and
business partner, Robert "Elvis" Hubbard, to the stage to join us in some
Elvis tunes. A crowd of other friends soon joined the two Bobbys around
the mike and as the beat got a little more frantic the whole mass of singers
broke through the stage floor - an hilarious finale to this unforgettable
evening. The final photos on this page show the jam survivors gathered
around the chunk of stage that had given way under the weight of too many
rock 'n' rollers. Bobby et al signed the stage piece and it now has a revered
spot on the Cantina's "famous visiting musicians" wall.