Green River Revival brings the sixties to Kincardine

Creedence Clearwater Revival was at its most popular just a shade before my time. In their heyday, the late 1960s to the early 1970s, they pumped out hit after hit and were a favourite band of my parent’s generation. That was the music played at home, and as a kid I could sing along with every song. I was oblivious to the meaning of lyrics that were both political and critical of the issues of the day, including the war in Vietnam.
I was curious to see how a small band, Green River Revival, would measure up to the big success of the original CCR, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the sound was terrific, as well as the vibe the band projected.
The stage was decorated with a bayou, swamp theme, perfect for the southern rock style of CCR. Once on stage Green River Revival performed hit after hit, and even a temporary problem with an amplifier during the first set didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.
Fans clapped, sang along and danced in their seats as the group sang favourites such as Bad Moon Rising, Down on the Corner and Proud Mary. Between songs, small tidbits of history were offered by the band that explained the origins of the music. Who knew that the band was actually stuck in Lodi for three days because a gas shortage stopped their trip short?
A talented tribute band is well worth the price of a ticket. In the case of Green River Revival, the music and ambiance transported the audience back to the 1960s: a time of war, a time of change and a time when music defined the social problems of the day. The performance was spot-on, and I can’t imagine that anyone left the theatre without feeling completely entertained. Artistic director Ralph Small said in his introduction of the band that it would “blow the roof off” and he was right.
Similar bands are scheduled in the coming weeks. Midnight Hour sings the songs of the Motown era, while Night Fever is a tribute to the music of the Bee Gees. I highly recommend both performances.
Next on the Bluewater Summer Playhouse schedule is Fair and Square, a play written by Derek Ritschel and directed by Ralph Small. The play runs from July 16 to July 27. The story addresses what happens when two couples pool their resources to buy home with plans to flip it, and the challenges that ensue.
Tickets for all performances are available at the Bluewater Summer Playhouse box office, online at or via

Green River Revival brings the sixties to Kincardine was last modified: July 17th, 2019 by Tammy Schneider

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