Saturday Night Special was founded in 2011 in our home studio. It originally started as a Southern Rock project with 5 members. We were planning on doing a full tribute to the Southern Rock Genre covering groups like Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, etc… Our sound was coming together quite fast and one evening during a rehearsal we were playing the ever so popular song “Saturday Night Special” from the Legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd band and it came to us…. Let’s turn this into a full homage to the original “Lynyrd Skynyrd as we were all huge fans and knew all of the hits? The SNS name was also obvious.

We soon brought in a piano player and two spectacular female vocalists and began putting the pieces together. There have been several members change over the years whom all were skillful players and have helped bring the group to where it is today. SNS uses only two guitar players instead of three to keep the stage less congested.

After a couple of years in we were contacted by Mark Basile (Lawyer) from New York. Little did we know that there was a SNS in the USA. They only played a couple of shows but it did include some of the surviving Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash members. Oooops!! Mark informed us he was a Lawyer but beyond that he was a trained guitarist that would fill in if on of the Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarists was sick on tour. He was close and friends with the group. WOW!!!

We thought we would have to change the name but he was quite nice about it all. Since there shows were over Mark said it was all right to carry on with the name SNS. He also advised some of the guitar riifs were slightly off from original. He was such a great guy that he sent instructional videos of the few guitar parts that should be corrected.

Years later here we are playing for some thousands of people. SNS targets mostly open air music festivals love the music and the feeling of keeping it alive. We mostly play the large stages in the summer, only  because this accommodates the size of the group but it also portrays the image of the original “Lynyrd Skynyrd” group that played so many open air festivals back in the seventies. The festival goers are there for the music and are very appreciative.

Long live Southern Rock!!!


SNS VIDEO

Canada’s Best Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band


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Mark Basile said... (Marc played a tribute with Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash survivors, Artimus Pyle (Drummer), Ed King (Guitar player), Leslie Hawkins (Honkette) and the late JoJo Billingsley (Honkette)...) Mark also was a fill in guitar player for Gary Rossington (with the all original band lineup) when Gary was hospitalized in the 70's during a tour.

"I watched the demo video and have to tell you that its RARE a Skynyrd Tribute band actually captures that "space" between notes, so when I say "clean" its probably the highest form of compliment I can give you. Can see that you guys concentrate on the music, as it should be, and "spaces" are awesome!!!! Too many tribute bands sonically just don't cut it - you guys do! Congrats!" Martin Drainville - Well as one of the committee members of the New Liskeard Bikers Reunion it was our extreme pleasure to have the band Saturday Night Special bring their Southern Rock show to our 15th annual cancer fundraising event. They were a pleasure to work with and put on a fantastic show with talented musicians and great vocals. If the Bikers Reunion would have continued we would have had them back. If you want to have a show that will make your event memorable definitely bring this band in. Martin Drainville New Liskeard Bikers Reunion...
Martin Drainville - Well as one of the commmitee members of the New Liskeard Bikers Reunion it was our extreme pleasure to have Saturday Night Special bring there Southern Rock show to our 15th annual cancer fundraising event. They were a pleasure to work with and put on a fantastic show with talented musicians and great vocals. If the Bikers Reunion would have continued we would have had them back. If you want to have a show that will make your event memorable definitely bring this act in. Martin Drainville New Liskeard Bikers Reunion...

 Sun Media's Stephen Uhler - re SabStock show: " You guys were amazing, especially to an older fellow like me who knows who Skynyrd is beyond the tunes... ;) "

Craig Jefferson - "These guys (and gals) are the REAL deal! Great stage show, always professional. Lynyrd Skynyrd at it's best! Saturday Night Special bring it!"

 Dan Dubé - Continental Entertainment: "One of the better tribute bands I've seen from Northern Ontario....Great front man, back up singers and musicians....what else can I say."

 Bill Davidson - Fan: "Having seen Lynyrd Skynyrd 6 times since 1991. Saturday Night Special host's a "rolicking" good time....the perfect blend of "in your face guitars and vocals' mixed with that sweet, Southern Rock boogie rhythm section. As close to the the real thing as you will ever find!"

SNS Would like to thank the following for dedication and ongoing support...

- ORP.ca Productions for stellar video production and photography. Along with Mitch Ross, Tracy Sanders and Brent       Wohlberg!!!!
- Mark Basile from Axius Entertainment for most valuable mentoring.
- Billy Bruhmuller, our sound technician as well as recording tech.
- Brenda Stobo, for your ongoing support and photography.
- Jorge Cueto Herrera Photography
- Dale Lalonde Photography
- Larson's Gallery
- The Guitar Clinic
- Jett Landry Music
- Prom Music
- Long and McQuade Music
- Andre Lecouteur @ Precision Guitar Worx 
- Jonsey Blues
- Sheptone Pickups
- Matt and Perry Kessler - Video 
- Larson Heinonen Photography
And of course TO LYNYRD SKYNYRD and all of the faithful fans. Without whom, we wouldn't be here.
Long live Southern Rock...
 

Upcoming Shows

SUMMER 2017 TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!!
Friday June 10th 2016 - Chemmy Mud Bogs. Opening for Quiet Riot
Sat June 2nd 2016 - Private Corporate Party
Saturday July 16th 2016 - Wasaga Beach Bike Rally
Sudbury Ribfest 2016 - September 2 5PM
Steelworkers Union Hall 2016/2017 - RESCHEDULING
Sudbury Vale Hospice Fundraiser to Norm Hein - Date and Venue to be announced
Cousin Vinnies - CHRISTMAS BASH - Dec 17th 2016
Rockin Valentines Show - The AC DC Show and SNS Feb 10th 2017 Caruso Club Sudbury
Cornwall Nav Center - April  2017
Rescheduling - New York Town of Niagara Concert Series
August 19th - Rock n Roar Spanish
August 26th 2017 - Timmins Kayak Challenge

Just some of our Previous Shows: HEY, don't forget to check out our picture gallery!! If you have a picture, please send it in on our contact form!!!

Sudbury Downtown Ribfest
Summerfest
Valley East Days Festival
Bell Park Amphitheatre NHL Legends Golf Classic
SabStock - Pembroke Ontario (Opening lineup for David Wilcox)
Uranium Heritage Festival - Eliott Lake (Opening Lineup for Finger Eleven)
Little Montreal Double Bill with Bluez Brotherz
RibFest - Sudbury
Private Corporate Party
SummerFest - Sudbury
Waltonian Inn - Labor Day Bash Callandar Ontario
Bike Fest - New Liskeard. Over 8000 bikes...
PUB Productions Venue
Cousin Vinnys Venue
Plaza Venue