Hard rock and colourful art on display for March First Friday

The works of local Plein Air painter Bill Walters will be on display (and on sale) during March First Friday festivities at Cheeky Monkey on March 6. Handout/Sarnia This Week

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Hard rocking quartet Big Highway will be laying down the musical law on Friday, March 6, performing a slew of scintillating Canadian rock classics at Sarnia’s Cheeky Monkey Record Store as part of March First Friday celebrations.

Comprised of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist James McNaule, lead guitarist Andrew Germain, bassist Dave Johnston and drummer Ric Brown, the local quartet will play an extensive array of covers by bands ranging from the Tragically Hip to Big Sugar to Wide Mouth Mason.

With all four band members coming from very different musical backgrounds and generations, the long-running musical group has developed a one-of-a-kind chemistry that has led them to achieve a musical nirvana of sorts, allowing them have fun while playing at numerous local charity fundraisers and community events.

While the music of Big Highway will occupy the ears of attendees to the First Friday event, visitors’ eyes will be fixed on the tranquil and sedate paintings of local Plein Air artist Bill Walters’ exhibition, Coastal.

Featuring numerous colourful pieces focused on waterfronts and back country lanes, Walters’ artwork will not only be there to gaze at, but will also available for purchase.

Cheeky Monkey’s March First Friday event featuring Big Highway and Bill Walters’ artwork takes place at 130 Christina St. N. from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 6.

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