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Rebelljo Band plays ‘soothing music’

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MISSISSAUGA — Singer/bassist Joseph Rebelljo, drummer Larry Crowe, and keyboardist/vocalist Connie Scriver are the Rebelljo Band, billed as playing “soothing music” on Sundays at Streetsville’s Bayleaf Restaurant.

But that’s only the beginning: They moved impressively from powerful singalong standards (I Can’t Stop Loving You, Wasted Days & Wasted Nights) to soulful dance mantras (Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry, UB40’s Red Red Wine).

“Soothing. It’s Sunday afternoon,” he smiles. “We can do the rock stuff.”

This Meadowvale resident was singing by the age of six, in his native Tanzania. He moved here in 1989, and by day is in technical support with IBM.

“I love singing with Joseph. He’s so versatile. That’s how we can get away with no guitar (in this trio),” says Scriver, who handles lead on the Fleetwood Mac hits Rumours, and Don’t Stop.

Crowe notes he plays bass, “with a lot of gusto.”

Rebelljo is returning to Tanzania for a December tour with a full 8-piece band, including Mississauga pop/R&B diva Liberty Silver. Bearing the mantle, Twende Afrika Rebelljo, this band will be raising funds for Addiction Awareness.

“It’s my personal experience,” he says. “I was getting through it last year, and decided to do this.”

“The drug situation is really bad over there, and they don’t have the awareness of what drugs and alcohol can do to you. I’m trying to help out in my home town.”

His former band Naked Flame will be playing a reunion show on June 13 at the local Clareport Banquet Hall, to fundraise for this cause.

There’s a 4 p.m. start on Sunday at the Bayleaf Restaurant, 168 Queen St. S.

On the town tonight: John Chantry hosts the open jam at the Erin Mills Pump; Kirt Godwin does the same at Spice.

Thursday: The Tonkas play roots rock at Roc ‘N Doc’s; Brian MacIntyre hosts the weekly Celtic session at the Brogue Inn.

Friday: Fried Angels return to Lucy’s; Virgil Scott sings rock ‘n soul at the Graydon; Souled Out is back at the Franklin House; North Of 49 returns to the Lionheart.

Saturday: Iain Leslie Band plays Lake Affect; Glenn Groves checks into the Clarkson Pump; Afterglow appears at the Abbey Road; Jordan Jamieson hits the Hensall Circle Legion; Silver Wings do country at the Army Navy & Air Force Veterans Centre.

Monday: Tom Barlow & John Bride jam at The Harp.

Tuesday: Chris Smith Band does its weekly show at Ten; Matt Zaddy jams at Cuchulainn’s.

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