The Tea Party …Now That’s Both My Cup Of Joe And Tea!
While home-grown rock ’n roll bands may not be everyone’s “cup of tea,” local area bands and performers like The Blue Stones, Autumn Kings, Jody Raffoul, Billy Raffoul, Nicholas Burrows (just to name a few) are definitely my “Cup of Joe” and my “Cup of Tea.” These bands and performers have achieved national and international acclaim and have helped put Windsor on the music map. But, none is bigger than The Tea Party, which formed in 1990 and consists of Jeff Burrows, Jeff Martin and Stuart Chatwood.
They are once again hitting the road with their “Black River Tour,” sending this multi-platinum Canadian rock band to 35 stops across Canada and the U.S., starting in Kingston, Ontario on March 16, 2019, and ending in Los Angeles, California on May 18, 2019.
The great news for Windsor Essex fans is they are playing The Colosseum inside Caesars Windsor on Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m. Presented by New Rock 89X and Caesars, tickets can be obtained at Caesars Windsor; Ticketmaster.ca or in person at the Caesars Box Office.
According to the Caesars Windsor website on the event page: “In a unique collaboration between the Tea Party and theatre venue, a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Windsor Cancer Research Group” to benefit our local healthcare in Windsor Essex.
The tour is named after their most recently released chart-topping single, “Black River.”Stuart Chatwood, The Tea Party’s bass and keyboard player tells us about the single: “The charts are really complicated now; there’s so many formats for rock ’n roll. But, our single is number three (at the time of writing in mid March) on Active and Mainstream Rock Radio. It’s amazing; the most successful thing we’ve done since the 1990s.”
Chatwood said the band had an “inkling” this song would be big for them when Liam Killeen, the band’s Toronto-based Manager started fielding calls from managers of bands such as OUR Lady Peace and Simple Plan who heard the song and wanted to record it. They also heard from Warner Music Canada who wanted it recorded on their label.
According to Chatwood, “Black River” is a river that meanders through fellow band member Jeff Martin’s sprawling property in Australia. Chatwood describes it as an “oasis” of sorts — filled with frogs, turtles and an assortment of other natural life. “Black River” is the spot where the song was first conceived, but finishing touches came over the next few years back in Canada.
Radio Personality Dan MacDonald, from 93.9 The River, has watched this group evolve over the years.
“There was always this dark undertone, there was something mysterious about them — the first song I heard from them was their big break out song —’The River’ . . . and hearing this new one —’Black River’ — it’s the hardest I’ve ever heard them,” he expresses. “It’s full of adrenaline, passion and power — and that’s what you get when you see The Tea Party live.”
Fellow radio personality from 93.9 The River, Greg Gnyp, states, “The Tea Party has gone back to their roots and have re-discovered the sound that shot them to fame. It’s a big bold rock sound that sounds fresh again because it sounds a bit raw and a bit ‘aggressive.’ I am loving how the guys seemed to have forgotten the past 30 years and the different sounds they have created . . . by coming out with a new song that says ‘This is The Tea Party! This is us! Like it or not, we are doing it our way’!”
Chatwood, Martin and Burrows are excited to be playing the casino for their second time.
“The Colosseum is one of the great houses in all of Canada to play; acoustically, staging and lighting — it’s second to none,” claims Chatwood. “We are so thrilled to have a lot of fans coming in from Chicago and the midwest for the show.”
His only regret: “I wish I could fly all our Australian fans to Caesars to see the show — it’s that great a room and will be a great show.”
Opening for The Tea Party is Windsor area’s own Autumn Kings, which, according to 97.7 HTZ-FM, “are a modern rock quartet . . . founded in mid-2015, their sound has been compared to the likes of Billy Talent, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Finger Eleven and Maroon Five.”
So, friends, let’s get out and attend this concert. Remember, they have been nominated for numerous JUNO Awards and have received 22 Much Music Video Award nominations, in November 2018 including three People’s Choice Awards for “Favourite Music Video.” They have sold over 1.8 million records worldwide. They are OUR Tea Party and deserve our support.
See ya there!