May 9 & 10, 2014




Happy Mothers Day!

DAVID ROTUNDO and his great band showed why he has played more shows at BLUES ON THE RIDEAU at THE COVE INN, Westport ON than any other band over the 9 years this Series as been running. He puts on a fabulous performance, every time, and the crowd loves him! David blew harp like a man possessed all night long, sang, laughed, entertained, did his famous walkabout through the packed house and worked hard! Check out the sweat stains on his shirts in the pictures! David Rotundo leaves it ALL on the stage when he performs and that's why people love him. His excellent band included his old friend Des "Downtown" Brown on guitar, Michel Facen his Argentinian/Mexican/Dutch bass playing buddy who switched to drums for this show and James Rasmussen who split his time between bass guitar and keyboards. Multi-talented Cove Manager/waiter/musician Seamus Cowan joined them on stage on bass guitar for a number of songs too - much to the audience's delight.
David doesn't play that many gigs in Canada anymore he's in such demand in other parts of the world. He spends his winters in Mexico and recently toured Ecuador, Estonia and Russia and he's on his way back there shortly.

So we are lucky to have him perform at BOTR @The Cove every year. Rumour has it he'll be back next May as part of the "Best Of" 10th Anniversary year. The Cove's delicious buffet included:
Friday: beef skewers in chimichurri sauce with chicken breasts in lemon cream sauce.
Saturday: the Cove's famous roast beef plus asian chicken w. peanut sauce. And the usual mix of roast potatoes, fresh veggies, salads, home made rolls and raspberry rhubarb crumble for dessert.

Comments from COMMENT CARDS - there were lots of "fabulous", "great", "fun", "awesome" "amazing" etc on the cards from these 2 nights!

"We've attended 5 of these shows over the years and always have a great time. Excellent service and food. And David Rotundo is fabulous! 10 out of 10 for everything". Bob Gardner, Amherstview ON

"We were treated so royally! Love this spot. We will definitely be back. 10 out of 10 for everything"

Debb Coghlin, Barrhaven (First-timer)

"We were treated very well and made to feel very welcome. 10 out of 10 for everything. It was a special night for us - I just proposed to my lady! We'll be back - next time as husband and wife :-)!" Nick Allen, Toronto (First-timer)

"What can I say - The Cove rocks and David Rotundo is the BEST! 10 out of 10 for everything" Pat Lacroix, Ottawa (been to 6 shows)

"It gets better every time we come here. Thank you for bringing such great artists to The Cove. 10 out of 10 for everything - again!" Andre Pelletier, Lombardy (been to 20+ BOTR shows)

"David Rotundo rocks! Great food. Incredible atmosphere. 10 out of 10 for everything. 10+ for the band!"
Barbara Brousseau, Ottawa (her 3rd BOTR show)

Being the last show of the season 2 WINNERS were drawn from ALL of the Comment Cards submitted over the year and they were:
First prize: 2 night Getaway at The Cove Inn - Sharon Benson, Westport
Second prize: Dinner & Show for 2 for a 2014/15 BOTR Show - Neville Murphy, RR#2 Perth Road
$1,350 was raised for Westport In Bloom and the Rideau District Museum bringing this year's total fundraising to just over $5,000. The total raised for local Westport charities now exceeds $50,000 since BOTR @ The Cove began 9 years ago.

Des Brown w. David

Michel Facen on the the skins - with our Sponsors behind him!

David "blowin' for broke"

2 young Blues fans with Des Browne

David, Seamus Cowan, Cove Manager on bass (still wearing apron) and James Rasmussen on keyboards. Michel Facen on drums in the back.

Attendee holding microphone for David while he blows harp - during his walkabout while playing a song.

He's got the "Workin' Man's Blues"

The sumptuous Cove buffet


Pat Brown & Candy Stothart from Westport In Bloom with Seamus Cowan, The Cove & James Doran, Choose The Blues Productions - receiving fundraising cheque.

Seamus & David

The cake girls! These sweethearts follow David wherever he plays and always bring him fresh baked cake and cookies. They were extra happy since they won a 2 bottle gift pack from Dan Aykroyd Wines at the Show.

The dance floor, as usual, was packed all night.

Blues fans from NY state - had that power chair workin' to the groove!

An after-show group shot of some of the fans,
Cove staff and band.

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