WALKERTON – The crowd that filled Victoria Jubilee Hall on Saturday, June 18, almost to capacity was delighted to be back after two years of COVID – and even more delighted to enjoy Jim Witter’s show, “Feelin’ Groovy.”
Witter and his band set the perfect tone for the first concert that’s been in the hall for far too long – a look back at the 1960s, and the music of Simon & Garfunkel.
Witter quipped early in the show, “If you remember the ‘60s, you weren’t there!” A good many audience members proved that they may not remember a lot about that decade, but they certainly remember the music. They loved it then, and they still do, especially when it’s performed by a group as talented as Witter and his band.
While the political, cultural and entertainment history of the ‘60s played on the screen behind the band, Witter and his band performed Simon & Garfunkel hits including “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Boxer,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and of course, “Feelin’ Groovy” – the audience knew all the words.
The second half of the show was devoted to the music that influenced the award-winning duo, especially The Everly Brothers – timeless music that sounds as wonderful now as when it first hit the airwaves.
Witter is no stranger to Victoria Jubilee Hall – he brought the local audience an amazing performance of “The Piano Men” concert a few years ago. Back by popular demand, the band and their look at the music of Simon & Garfunkel did not disappoint. When members of the audience dance their way out of the hall, still singing some of the songs they just heard, it sets a wonderful standard for what promises to be an exciting season of entertainment.
This year marks the 125th anniversary of VJH, and the 25th year since the jewel of downtown Walkerton was saved from demolition. When a hall built over a century ago is still the vibrant focal point of entertainment in a town – that’s something to feel groovy about!
For the full list of this season’s performances, check the VJH website at www.vjhall.on.ca – order your tickets now.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times