The early afternoon of Saturday May 19th was the perfect day for singer/songwriter Paul Federici to perform outside in front of Cheeky Monkey. Our famous Red Carpet was spread out on the sidewalk under the windows, the heavy duty extension cord was plugged in, the rugged old bar stool was positioned just right and the weather was better then perfect.
Paul was all set up with his 2 favourite acoustic guitars to play for the passer-bys both on foot, in cars or motorcycles. Many a green light was missed by drivers who wanted to linger a little longer to hear Paul playing.
He did a wonderful mix of cover songs from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, City & Colour and Tragically Hip to name a few, along with his own penned songs. Cheeky Charlie very much enjoyed his cover versions, but preferred his originals. Paul has a very sensitive soul and a talent for expressing his thoughts and emotions in song. His ‘real world’ job was as a social worker in the St. Catherines area. The people who have passed through his life are reflected in his music. At this time in his life, he is on a musical journey, following his dream of playing his songs in the many venues throughout Ontario and Michigan hoping to build up his fan base and make a living at doing what he loves to do most.
Throughout the 2 hours he played outside of Cheeky Monkey, many people stopped to listen to him play and chat with him a bit as well. One of the many to linger was a videographer who is working on a film for the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation. It is meant to show off the vibrant arts and culture scene we have in our city.
If you weren’t one of the audience for Paul, not to worry. We have his CD ‘Relative Importance’ for sale as well as we have already booked him to play on an upcoming First Friday. Remember his name – PAUL FEDERICI and watch for details of his return visit to Sarnia.