All-star lineup on stage tonight in Riley tribute

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Tickets still available for memorial concert at Centre

There are still tickets available for tonight's memorial concert at Confederation Centre of the Arts celebrating the life and music of legendary keyboard player and composer Doug Riley.
Riley, best known as Dr. Music, died this past August at the age of 62, bringing down the curtain on a career that saw him produce and perform on recordings with artists like Ray Charles, David Clayton Thomas, Bob Seger, Ringo Starr, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray and many more.
The Charlottetown concert will feature a stellar lineup that includes Doug Mallory, who had played with Riley in Dr. Music, plus Jackie Richardson, Bernie LeBarge and Catherine MacKinnon.

All-star lineup on stage tonight in Riley tribute

There are still tickets available for tonight's memorial concert at Confederation Centre of the Arts celebrating the life and music of legendary keyboard player and composer Doug Riley.
Riley, best known as Dr. Music, died this past August at the age of 62, bringing down the curtain on a career that saw him produce and perform on recordings with artists like Ray Charles, David Clayton Thomas, Bob Seger, Ringo Starr, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray and many more.
The Charlottetown concert will feature a stellar lineup that includes Doug Mallory, who had played with Riley in Dr. Music, plus Jackie Richardson, Bernie LeBarge and Catherine MacKinnon.
Acclaimed Canadian tenor Michael Burgess will be featured.
Burgess, whose many theatre credits include the starring role of Jean Valjean in the Toronto production of Les Miserables, was a longtime friend of Riley.
Riley had served as Burgess' musical director for many years.
Former Tower of Power trumpet player Rick Waychesko and Doug Riley's son Ben will share the stage.
On the bill tonight as well are Joey Kitson, Terry Hatty, Catherine O'Brien, Alan Dowling and Chris Corrigan, all of whom performed with Doug Riley when he guested in Canada Rocks: The Hits Musical Revue at the Charlottetown Festival.
Jazz guitarist Ian Toms is on the bill, as are the jazz ensemble Field Trip, blues guitarist Danny B., Jamie Gatti, Brett Ryan, Chris Mitchell, Mark Haines, Roy Johnstone, Shawn Ferris, Chas Guay and the P.E.I. Jazz Band.
Tuesday night's show will be broken into several sections and will feature everything from a string ensemble to a monster horn section.
Respected Halifax sax player Chris Mitchell will serve as the musical director for the show.
Matt Rainnie, host of CBC's Mainstreet, will serve as master of ceremonies for the Charlottetown tribute.
Don't expect a lot of talk during the show.
"Doug would have hated anyone talking about him, anything like that," says Jan Riley, wife of the late musician and composer. "I'm doing a small eulogy and that's it."
Proceeds from the Charlottetown event will be split between the music faculty at UPEI and the Atlantic Veterinary College.
"Animals were Doug's other great love," Riley said.
Tickets to tonight's show are on sale at the Confederation Centre box office at $20, $30 and $40. The Centre's box office phone number is 566-1267.
The Charlottetown show is the second major musical tribute to Riley.
An earlier tribute took place at Convocation Hall in Toronto.

Organizations: Atlantic Veterinary College, Confederation Centre, CBC

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Toronto

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