After a long absence, Coronation Royal Performing Arts returns with a performance by Drew Gregory. – Independent Stettler

Coronation Royal Performing Arts kicked off its 2022 concert series with a bang on January 29, 2022, when country singer Drew Gregory and his band came to town.

The award-winning, Alberta-based Gregory was the first show hosted by the Coronation Royal Performing Arts since the COVID-19 pandemic caused an abrupt end to the concert season in spring 2020.

When restrictions eased in the summer of 2021, plans were offered to host a show in November; however, due to a huge spike in COVID cases forcing the Alberta government to reinstate restrictions, those plans were scrapped.

Plans began again when the province introduced the Restrictions Waiver Program, which gave the volunteers who organize the event a path forward.

That path led to Gregory’s gig on January 29, which will be followed by Fleetwood tribute band Mac Mac Daddy on March 19 and the Dirt Road Angels on April 9.

As a thank you to Coronation Royal Performing Arts fans, all three Spring 2022 performances are being offered at a reduced price.

Tickets are $25 for the show and $45 for the meal and the show.

During his almost two hours on stage, Gregory performed a variety of songs, both his own artists and others, in front of an audience of 119 people.

Gregory and his band played two sets for nearly two hours, including an encore.

Guitarist Mitch Jay, bassist Paul Bergeron and drummer Dallas Clifford joined Gregory on stage.

However, not everything went smoothly during the performance.

Three songs into the band’s first set, the sound system speakers began to elicit feedback.

The musicians and sound technicians got to work and after 20 minutes Gregory returned to the stage with guitarist Jay, while Bergeron and Clifford headed backstage.

Performing for around 30 minutes, the duo finished the first set before taking a break.

During the break, the sound technicians and musicians went back down to the PA system and managed to get things going again.

When Gregory returned to the stage about 20 minutes later, the full band was back with him.

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Alberta country singer Drew Gregory performed in Coronation on Jan. 29, 2022. (Kevin Sabo/BLACK PRESS NEWS MEDIA)

119 people were in attendance for Coronation Royal Performing Arts' first show of the 2022 season.  The restriction exemption program was in effect.  (Kevin Sabo/BLACK PRESS NEWS MEDIA)

119 people were in attendance for Coronation Royal Performing Arts’ first show of the 2022 season. The restriction exemption program was in effect. (Kevin Sabo/BLACK PRESS NEWS MEDIA)

Country singer Drew Gregory is accompanied by his bandmates, drummer Dallas Clifford and bassist Paul Bergeron.  Guitarist Mitch Jay is not pictured.  (Kevin Sabo/BLACK PRESS NEWS MEDIA)

Country singer Drew Gregory is accompanied by his bandmates, drummer Dallas Clifford and bassist Paul Bergeron. Guitarist Mitch Jay is not pictured. (Kevin Sabo/BLACK PRESS NEWS MEDIA)