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Johnny Tornado’s life has been as haphazard as a Kansas twister. As a young man, he lived like a nomad knocking around the American south, hustling in pool halls and living in the moment.

He worked as a carnie and entertained the crew with a raw and edgy brand of blues. On occasion he stopped at local blues clubs and witnessed some of the masters such as Freddie King and John Lee Hooker.

By the time he was 40, he was writing and singing tunes his way. This road warrior has a whack of stage and recording experience. But it wasn’t until recently that he recorded his first full-length album – Stormriders, a journey of his life.

Tornado became a Canadian treasure as a gunslinger with a devilish attitude, and he’s travelled from coast to coast beltin’ out the blues.

Next Tuesday he stops by Mark Ammar’s Barsnbands Open Stage at LB’s Pub. This power show starts at 9:30 p.m. No charge.

Getting together 11 songwriters who have written 22 original songs for a benefit concert can be a scheduling nightmare. But when Celebrate! Songs of the human condition was proposed two years ago, singer/songwriters lined up to be part of the event.

It’s an event that not only celebrates the creativity, craft and performance of singer/songwriters, its profits go to a worthy cause. The Larry and Janet Anderson Charity Trust uses 100 per cent of the profits to support youth.

The charity’s partners include the Youth Emergency Shelter, Junior Achievement and Free the Children, as well as several literacy, education and arts charities.

Making their mark on stage is a variety of seasoned and emerging performers such as former St. Albert resident Roland Majeau, Anna Beaumont and Martin Kerr.

The concerts are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Timms Centre for the Arts. Tickets are $20. Call 780-420-1757 or at www.tixonthesquare.ca

Concordia Symphony Orchestra closes the season with two instrumental groups. Dr. Angela Schroeder, music director of St. Albert Community Band, will conduct Richard Strauss’ Suite in B flat for brass and winds.

Instead Blyth Nuttall will conduct the strings with Edward Elgar’s Serenade. Both ensembles join forces on Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition under Schroeder’s baton.

It is held at Concordia College on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $12. Call 780-420-1757 or purchase online: www.tixonthesquare.ca

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