IN THE EARLY 90’s the 13th Avenue Blues Band was formed with members Herb White, Guy Plecash, Annelie McKenzie, Rob and Sue Webster.
They played weekly at The Mustard Seed Street Ministry when it was located at 521 13th Avenue SW.
They gave Amazing Grace a raw bluesy feel and took classics like Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven’s Door to a whole new level.
Suffice it to say that the 13th Avenue Blues Band was the favourite house band.
Well that was almost two decades ago.
Recently Annelie came back to Calgary to visit. Back in the 90s she was a cool 15-year-old drummer.
More recently, she’s been living in LA for 14 years. She recently completed her Masters in Fine Arts and loves her life south of the border.
On Saturday seven of us gathered to talk about the good old days and watch three of the original band members engage in a jam session.
Herb arranged this reunion of sorts when he caught wind that Annelie was visiting. He offered Cornerstone Youth Centre ,where he is the executive director, as the place that we could meet up.
Cornerstone provides a place for kids to go after school. One of the programs kids can participate in is the music program; and cornerstone has the coolest music room to facilitate that.
Photos of many of my favourite artists of the past hang in the music room. Greats like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and more.
Once we spent some time catching up, Herb, Guy and Annelie headed to the music room and played together. It didn’t take them long to get in sync with each other again. They played some of their old covers and Herb played some of his new originals with the others joining in.
The rest of us watched and danced and sang along to the songs we knew. A great time was had by all.
Below some pictures I took on Saturday.
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I always enjoy getting together with people I haven’t seen in a while. Do you like reunions? What one reunion did you attend that had the most years since the last time you saw an old friend? Can you play a musical instrument? Which instrument?