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The Wicked Mercy set for first Pembroke show in four years at Lasso Live

By Ryan Paulsen, The Daily Observer

Photo courtesy Ottawa Bluesfest Facebook page
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The Wicked Mercy guitarist Dave Nado rocking the stage at Ottawa's RBC Bluesfest on Saturday, July 16. One week later, on July 23, the band featuring Pembroke's own Cory Zadorozny will hit Lasso Live for their first show in the area since Sabstock four years ago.

Photo courtesy Ottawa Bluesfest Facebook page
The Wicked Mercy guitarist Dave Nado rocking the stage at Ottawa's RBC Bluesfest on Saturday, July 16. One week later, on July 23, the band featuring Pembroke's own Cory Zadorozny will hit Lasso Live for their first show in the area since Sabstock four years ago.

At 39 years old, Cory Zadorozny has already had a musical career to envy, including Juno awards, touring with major bands, and gracing major stages across the country. Now he's bringing his current band, The Wicked Mercy, back to his home town for a Saturday night show at Lasso Live in downtown Pembroke on July 23.

"I'm glad to be able to play for my home town again," says Zadorozny, whose last local performance with the band was four years ago at Sabstock.

The last year has been something of a whirlwind for the roots-rock, dirt-blues five-piece.

During the summer of 2015, the band was holed up in Skylark Park Studios, the then-brand new recording facility owned and operated by Cory's brother Jordon, recording their sophomore album, Sundown.

After the recording and release of Sundown, the band hit the road for a three-week east coast tour for most of September.

"We pushed the album through the colleges and through frosh weeks out there," says Zadorozny, "and that was pretty cool. We got some more people excited about the music and listening to the new album."

Most recently, the band was part of the Saturday, July 16 line-up on the main Monster Energy stage at Ottawa's Bluesfest, two acts before headliner Duran Duran wowed the crowd.

Now, still feeling the good vibes from such a high-profile gig, Zadorozny feels the time is right for a homecoming.

"It's a good time after the Bluesfest show. There's a good buzz around now, and we were a bit choosy about when to do this show, so this'll be good."

Looking ahead, the band will have a few weeks to rest and recover before heading on a southern Ontario tour in late August, and then in October will be on their way back to the maritimes for concerts in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and one in St. John's, Nfld.

The Lasso Live doors should open at around 8 p.m., with local rockers Matt Lemay and Tyler Jamieson kicking the entertainment off starting at 10. The Wicked Mercy will then take over from 11 p.m. until the end of the night. A three dollar cover charge will be in effect for the night.

Find out more about The Wicked Mercy by following them on Facebook, Twitter or through their website at www.thewickedmercy.com.

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