18 February 2019

Ottawa Blues This Week - 18 February 2019

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
Congratulations to Lori Murray, co-founder of regional concert promoter Music by the Bay Live, for her appointment to the Uxbridge Music Hall Advisory Board!
Lori's responsibilities will include ensuring that the Uxbridge Music Hall meets the needs of its users and our community, operation of the Hall conforms to its budget, that the building's equipment and furnishings are properly maintained, and to promote and expand the use of Uxbridge Music Hall. 
Legends of Motown
Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe, 1 Centrepointe Drive
Saturday, February 23 @ 7:30 pm; $49.50-$59.50
Legends of Motown is a 16-piece cast of singers and musicians performing live look-a-like/sound-a-like tributes to The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Jackson 5, Martha and the Vandellas and more and features all your favourite songs of the Motown era.

With dazzling choreography, authentic costumes, stunning vocal performances and a fabulous live band, this high-energy show with the most timeless music of our lives is not to be missed!
Saint Barnabas Church, 70 James Street
Friday, February 22; 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm; $35

“With clever lyrics, superb harmonies and high-quality backing musicians, this debut album is an absolute joy from first track to last.”

Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson - collectively known as The LYNNeS, are bringing their heartbreak songs, harmonies and gritty lyrics back to Ottawa on Friday, February 22 at St. Barnabas Church in Ottawa. Recently awarded Canadian Folk Music Awards for Album of the Year and Songwriters of the Year, The LYNNeS have seen much success with their debut album "Heartbreak Song for the Radio".  Together, they have been touring across Europe and North America.  This show will be a rare opportunity to see the duo in Ottawa this year.
Celebrating Black History Month
Out Of The Cold Benefit Concert
Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street
Saturday, February 23 @ 7:30 pm, doors @ 6:30 pm; $20

Hosted by Big Soul Project.
Benefit for Out-of-the-Cold – Centre 120, who serve hot meals every Saturday to the less-advantaged of our community.
Free parking at City Hall.
CKCU Johnny Cash Bash
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, February 23 @ 9 pm; $12 advance, $15 at the door

The 9th annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash is upon us again! Join Ray and Lefty from Friday Nite Truck Stop, with their friends The Whiskey Standards and a slew of special guests, celebrating the life and music of The Man In Black, all night long!! Proceeds go to CKCU 93.1FM, Ottawa's longest-running community radio station. Special guests include Slo' Tom, Pat Moore, Steve Stacey, Mabel Beggs, Ashley Newall, Jon Laurie-Beaumont, Howie Hooper, Maria Hawkins. The Whiskey Standards will be slogging away all night, show them lots of love too, Ray Harris/Lefty McRighty - hosting, guitars, etc, John Cormier - electric guitar, Steve Donnelly - upright bass, Ian Cook – drums, Jim McDowell – keyboards, Gary Schertzer - harmonica/percussion. Bring some cash for raffle prizes, including prize packs from The Record Centre, and customized Johnny Cash Guitarwork from Hipcrank.
Big thanks to our sponsors The Record Centre, Hipcrank and The Rainbow Bistro!
Steve Hill
Salle Jean-Desprez, 25 rue Laurier, Gatineau QC
Friday, February 22 @ 8 pm

Steve Hill s’impose en véritable homme-orchestre. D’un bout à l’autre de son spectacle, en plus de chanter et de jouer de la guitare, il manie également l’harmonica, active une grosse caisse, une caisse claire, une cymbale double et d’autres percussions avec ses pieds… le tout debout! Une authentique bête de scène, il remporte prix et distinctions par dizaines (Gala de l’ADISQ, Gala Lys Blues, Prix Juno, Maple Blues Awards).
Music by The Bay Live presents
Marriner, Caddell & O’Brien
Brooklin Community Centre, 45 Cassels Road East, Whitby ON
Saturday, February 23 @ 8 pm; $52.24 advance including HST

Steve Marriner: is a dynamic and powerful performer. His incorporation of various styles of blues, roots and soul come together to form an original sound that is both deep and genuine. Steve has toured internationally and performed at prestigious festivals, concert halls and music clubs throughout Canada, The US, Europe and Australia. While he currently dedicates most of his time to fronting the acclaimed roots sensation MonkeyJunk, Steve can often be found performing intimate solo shows and joining other artists as a dynamic sideman. During breaks between tours, Steve has developed a sterling reputation as a studio musician and producer. Not yet thirty years old, he has already produced ten full length studio albums. The man doesn’t stop. Originally renowned for his prowess on the harmonica, Steve has become a multi-instrumental force in recent years adding bass, guitar, drums, and keys into the mix. He’s won multiple Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player and Male Vocalist of The Year, as well as a 2012 Juno Award for Blues Album of The Year with MonkeyJunk.

Chris Caddell: Who would’ve thought that Belleville, Ontario could produce a musician with the southern vibe and bluesy reverence of a Stevie Ray Vaughan or Doyle Bramhall II? Chris Caddell’s raw soulful voice and emotive guitar skills were an instant hit when the then-teen made the big move to Toronto. Within no time, his versatility was sought by various acts. He landed a lengthy gig touring with platinum-selling pop singer Fefe Dobson and has also played with more rock-driven artists like Thornley and Rex Goudie. His primary current gig is as the other guitar player in Colin James’ band, and Chris also tours theatres in the fall acoustically as the other half of Colin’s duo. His 2008 debut solo album, Chris Caddell & The Wreckage", was produced by Casey Marshall, and included collaborations with Ian Thornley. Enjoying working as a sideman and front-and-centre, Chris says, “I just want to be known as a hard-working musician. I make a living playing with other people, but I’d like to be my own boss eventually.”

Jesse O’Brien: played his first gig, with his father, at the age of 12. A few years later, he was playing piano for Ronnie Hawkins, and the teenager launched into an award-winning career as a keyboardist. He was inspired by the late, great Buffalo-area musician Stan Szelest (one-time member of The Band), whose ability to play any style of music was something O’Brien admired. It was through Stan and his father, Michael that he first met Levon Helm being invited to perform with Levon at two Szelest family weddings and then later on to Join multiple tours with “Levon And The Barnburners” and even be invited to sit in with The Band for a few songs in Arkansas along with his Ronnie Hawkins bandmates.
Recently nominated for keyboard player of the year 3 times at the Maple Blues Awards Jesse received his first Juno for Co-producing The Harrison Kennedy album This is From Here” in 2016.
Monday, February 18
Pianoman Mondays with Jeff Rogers @ Queen St. Fare, 5-8 pm
Wednesday, February 20
Jeff Rogers Solo @ Social, 6:30 pm
Friday, February 22
The LYNNeS @ Saint Barnabas Church, 7:30 pm
Lucas Haneman & Megan Lawrence Acoustic Duo @ Nepean Sailing Club, 8 pm
Saturday, February 23
Angelina Hunter Trio @ The Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Out Of The Cold Benefit Concert @ Knox Presbyterian Church, 7:30 pm
CKCU Johnny Cash Bash @ the Rainbow, 9 pm
Sunday, February 24
Lucas Haneman @ Brookstreet Hotel’s Perspectives Sunday Brunch, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow hosted by Kieran Howes, 3-7:30 pm
Sensationals @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
(almost) EVERY WEEK
Robert Farrell
Daniel O’Connell’s, 1211 Wellington Street
Mondays, 8:30–10 pm
Mark’s Music Mondays
Sandy Hill Lounge & Grill
Mondays @ 7 pm, starting October 15
Blues Tuesdaze with Brian Downey
Grace O’Malley’s Pub, 1151 Ogilvie Road
Tuesdays, 7-11 pm
The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover
6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre
Dr Dave Blues & Jazz
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Wednesdays, 4-7 pm; no cover
John Carroll
Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street
Wednesdays, 8 pm
Irene’s Blues AllStars 
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Thursdays, 9 pm – 1 am; no cover
A bonafide grass roots event that has grown out of the very floorboards of Irene’s Pub and has become a real crowd pleaser for musicians and music lovers alike, this weekly Thursday night jam features Corky Kealey on drums with Vince Halfhide on bass and a host of great local players who rotate according to availability. Each week the cast is topped up with a guest host who steers the song selections in whatever way they're inspired and the jamming begins. It's a great concept and the proof is in its continuing popularity. 
Hosted by Corky Kealey and Vince Halfhide.
Special guests: 
            February 21 – Dave Schroeder
            February 28 – Clint Everson
            March 7 – Al Wood
            March 14 – John Yemensky
            March 21 – Luke Ambridge
            March 28 – Don Cummings
Weekly jazz jam
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
Thursdays, 7-11 pm; no cover
Friday Night Music
Nepean Sailing Club, 3259 Carling Avenue
Fridays in February & March @ 7:35 pm
February 22 – Lucas Haneman & Megan Laurence Duo
March 1 – Ty Hall Band
March 8 – Dana-Lee Krieger Band
March 15 – Joe McDonald and the Walkin’ Hawks Trio
March 22 – Blues Wind – Larry Church
Open Jam
Pocketz, 1696 Carling Avenue
Fridays @ 7:30 pm
Blues and more … bring your friends, hear some great talent & join in in the fun.
The Allaire Show
          with John Allaire & special guests
Quinn’s Ale House, 1070 Bank Street
Last Saturday of the month, 3-5 pm
Songs and stories from around the world.
Sundays at Brothers
Brothers Beer Bistro, 366 Dalhousie Street
Sundays, 11 am – 3 pm
Come and enjoy brunch prepared by Ottawa favorite Steve Mitton and enjoy the music of John Carroll. Every Sunday from 11am-3pm.
Jazz Brunch with Peter Brown
Juke Joint Soul Kitchen, Carp ON
Sundays, 11 am – 2 pm
Peter says: “Wonderful food there and our music ain’t bad either.”
Open Blues Jam
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Every Sunday, 4-7 pm; cover $3 (jammers free)
The jam is open to all ages. Jammers sign up on the jam sheet at the door & each jam session lasts for 3 songs. Drums & amps are provided; you only need to bring your instruments (but you can bring your amps if you want to).
Southern Soul Sunday Brunch Buffet, @ 10 am & 2 pm
With Sherri Harding
Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 34 Murray Street
Constant Black’s Jazz Sundays
Industria Pizza + Bar, 225 Ch Marché 107, Landsdowne Park
January 20; February 3 & 17; March 3, 17 & 31; 4-7 pm; no cover
We're really excited to announce our upcoming dates at Industria Pizzeria + Bar in Landsdowne Park. The food is great and the room is beautiful. Come check us out!
Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
Sunday Sessions, 9:30 pm, no cover
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
FEBRUARY – Tariq Anwar & Novusolis
Virée Blues Moosehead
Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Blues On The Rideau
The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Once a month 7-11 pm; $65 (buffet dinner, dancing & door prizes included)
Advance reservations required. Call The Cove 613-273-3636

Dinner & Show Fundraisers
Once a month September through May (December excluded).
Proceeds from each show support local charities.

Visit www.coveinn.com for info about the Inn
Well-priced accommodation available at The Cove, nearby B&Bs and motel
Westport is a beautiful historic town on the Rideau Waterway - a 90-minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston.

2018-19 LINE-UP:
March 22, 2019 – Ria Reece Band
April 19, 2019 – Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick Band
May 10, 2019 – Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin

More info including artists’ Bios, links to their websites and YOU TUBE videos at www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca 
in cooperation with The Cove Inn, Westport www.coveinn.com  
Sponsored by Jacob’s Creek Wines www.jacobscreek.ca
Perth Brewery www.perthbrewery.ca
DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com
Ottawa Blues Society www.ottawabluessociety.com
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Music by The Bay Live presents
John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band
Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts, 302 Queen Street, Port Perry ON
Thursday, February 28 @ 8 pm; $68.50 advance including fees & HST

You can’t paint the blues without the Primer.

As the bandleader and lead guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, John Primer’s virtuosity as a blues musician was forged by legends. John started playing on Maxwell Street, the birthplace of Chicago blues and soon became the house bandleader at the infamous Theresa’s Lounge for seven years alongside Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, James Cotton and others.

John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echoes of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa’s, Checkerboard and Rosa’s Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today. Having played or recorded with a who’s who of blues greats including Gary Clark Jr., Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy to name a few, John Primer’s personal accolades, including Lifetime Achievement Awards, reflect his countless contributions to the history of the blues.

There are very few blues fans, critics or musicians who will deny the fact that John Primer is the real deal and a Chicago Blues Living Legend.
Music by The Bay Live presents
Sonny Landreth & Marcia Ball
Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts, 302 Queen Street, Port Perry ON
Friday, March 8 @ 8 pm; $85.00 advance including plus fees & HST

Southwest Louisiana-based virtuoso slide guitarist, songwriter, and singer Sonny Landreth is a musician’s musician. The noted slideman cut his musical teeth in The Red Hot Louisiana Band of zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and has since recorded and toured with artists ranging from John Mayall to John Hiatt. Landreth has collaborated with the very top names in guitar over the years; Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Derek Trucks – the list goes on.

Marcia Ball is the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year and has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow.
Music by The Bay Live presents
Duke Robillard
St. Francis Centre; 78 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Saturday, March 9 @ 8 pm; $50 advance plus $4 charge & HST

Duke Robillard is a Grammy nominated blues guitarist and singer.  Robillard was a founding member of blues and swing band Roomful of Blues, a member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds (replacing Jimmie Vaughan) and has released over 30 albums under his own moniker.  An accomplished bluesman, Robillard has won a handful of Blues Music Awards over the years, including Best Blues Guitarist four out of five years (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) and most recently in 2016 for Best Acoustic Blues album of the year, The Acoustic Blues of Duke Robillard.

He has also notched two Grammy nominations for Best Traditional Blues Album, 2006’s Guitar Groove-A-Rama and 2009’s Stomp! The Blues Tonight.  Ever the versatile performer, Robillard has also incorporated everything from jazz to swing to jump-style R&B Blues into his music and collaborated with a who’s who of music legends from Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Dr. John, John Hammond and a host of others.  In fall 2017, Robillard released a new album with a delightful collection of swing tunes from the 20’s and 30’s on MC records entitled “Duke Robillard and his Dames of Rhythm” featuring special guests Sonny Crownover, Madeleine Peyroux, Catherine Russell and Maria Muldaur.
Music By The Bay Live presents
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Uxbridge Music Hall, Uxbridge ON
RESCHEDULED from Friday, November 30
Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 8 pm; $95

For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group's distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as "Tuff Enuff" and "Wrap It Up." Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.

"We started as a straight blues band," vocalist and harmonica player Wilson says. "We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles. We're an American music band and we're much higher energy than we were before."

"To be in the T-Birds, you need to understand the different styles of music and different ways of playing," Wilson comments. "You have to be willing to adopt a more contemporary style. The guys we have now are able to do that."

In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass.
Music By The Bay Live presents
Anthony Gomes
Avalon Lounge, Port Whitby Marina, 301 Watson Street West, Whitby ON
Saturday, April 6 @ 8 pm; $50 advance plus $4 charge & HST

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Gomes has taken his blues to 17 countries and performed with luminaries like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Joe Bonamassa, .38 Special, Jonny Lang, Robert Cray, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. His high-level guitar, vocal, and songwriting skills have made him one of the top drawing artists in the blues/rock world. His 2015 release Electric Field Holler, debuted at Number Three on the Billboard Blues Chart and he has had five records make the Top Ten there, including 2008’s Live, which debuted at Number One. His song Love Sweet Love has racked up over 3.5 million plays on Spotify and was selected by Relix Magazine from more than 40,000 submissions to its song competition for its CD sampler. Clearly, the world is listening.
Alastair Greene
St. Francis Centre; 78 Church Street South, Ajax
Saturday, April 27; 8-11:30 pm; $50 advance plus $4 charge & HST

Alastair Greene’s musical journey has been anything but traditional. His combination of Blues, Southern Rock, and Jam Band sensibilities has been thrilling audiences for nearly two decades. With recent performances at the Chicago Blues Festival and the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas as well as a recent tour filling in on guitar with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, and many guest appearances with such luminaries as Eric Burdon, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Savoy Brown, John Nemeth, and Debbie Davies, it’s crystal clear … Alastair Greene’s star is on the rise.
Alastair recently plunged headfirst into a full-time solo career, stepping down after 7 years touring the world as the guitarist for Rock legend, Alan Parsons. Alastair is philosophical about his time playing with Parsons, saying, “I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity Alan gave me to handle guitar and vocal duties in his band. It was an honor to play the music created by the Alan Parsons Project to Alan’s fans around the world. After 7 years, the time has come for me to truly pursue my own musical dream.”
Music By the Bay Live presents
Mike Zito
St. Francis Centre; 78 Church Street South, Ajax
Saturday, May 11; 8-11:30 pm; $55 advance plus $4 charge & HST

There may not be a more honest bluesman than Mike Zito, whose 15th album ‘First Class Life’ comes out May 11 on RUF Records. The rocking yet poignant title track explores his journey from addiction to sobriety and then musical recognition; he is a two-time 2017 Blues Music Award nominee. Zito’s star has been on the rise of late both solo and as a member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood, with bandmates Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott.

In addition to the press and Blues Music Award love, Zito has earned from fellow artists. Anders Osborne says, "I love Mike Zito! He's got that rare kinda voice that resonates in your soul. All his hardship, life experiences and kind heart oozes out of every note his sings. His guitar playing dances delicately between a contemporary blues virtuoso and an old fashion soul man. Mike continues to impress me with his straightforward and honest songwriting. His joy and grace shine through every record he makes."
John Primer
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, March 1 @ 9 pm; $25

John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echoes of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa's, Checkerboard and Rosa's Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today. John Primer is a Chicago Blues Living Legend.

Over his amazing career, John has recorded with, opened for or played with a who's who of other great bands and artists. Two-time Grammy nominated artist, he was the bandleader and guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Magic Slim & The Teardrops. His personal accolades, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, reflect his countless contributions to the history of Chicago blues.

There are very few fans, critics or musicians who will deny the fact that John Primer is the real deal.
The Commotions
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Friday & Saturday, March 1-2

Ottawa’s The Commotions have sidestepped the lightweight pop craze and taken the back roads straight into the hearts of their loyal followers, earning unwavering support from the true lovers of genuine, unsullied soul music. This 12-piece, sharply dressed, original throwback to the days of Motown is an evolved collection of Canada's top funk & jazz players. It’s not just that the dapper Ottawa-based combo— 11 regular members plus a touring vocalist — has two lead singers, three songwriters, and a five-piece horn section featuring tenor and baritone sax, a pair of trumpets, and a trombone. The Commotions write epic, sparkling, uncommonly skilled jazzy, funky soul/pop that …conjure everything from Motown to Stax to Jake and Elwood. 
The Back Beat
The Taproom, 260 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans
Saturday, March 2 @ 8 pm

A quick note to let you know about The Back Beat's next outing, scheduled for Saturday, March 2 at the Taproom 260, located at 260 Centrum Boulevard in Orleans.  We get underway at 8:00 PM.  

The Taproom 260 was formerly D'Acry McGee's and following a major renovation last summer, it re-opened with great reviews. We had the pleasure of being the first band to play in the new venue last September, which resulted in one of the best nights we've had - what a blast.   

The Taproom 260 is a really nice, upscale room with good sound, lots of free parking, no cover charge and a great menu with many food and drink choices. More info here: taproom260.com

We hope you can join us.

Many thanks,
Tom Rowe
Bassist and Band Leader
Rocksnake with special guest BONECAT
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, March 2; 9 pm

The Snakes are back. Let's kick it!
Special guests Bonecat.
CCR Tribute by the Uninvited Guests
Overflow Brewing Co., 2477 Kaladar Avenue
Saturday, March 2 @ 8 pm; $11.34 w/service charge

The Uninvited Guests bring their musical tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival to the taproom at Overflow Brewing Company!
They will be playing all your favourite CCR hits as well as John Fogerty solo hits. The band will also perform a bonus set of classic rocks covers.
The Uninvited Guests are:
Corey Sullivan - lead vocals, acoustic/electric guitar
Dave Shroeder - bass, vocals
Marty Sobb - electric guitar
Matt Sobb - drums
Mardi Gras Matinee Party
With Ball and Chain and the Wreckers
And the Vanier Playboys
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Sunday, March 3 @ 3 pm; $10

Featuring dancing … and red beans & rice!
Prime Rib Band 2nd Anniversary Party
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, March 6 @ 8:30 pm
The Prime Rib Big Band will be celebrating 2 years together! The band has performed 30+ shows since March 2017 and on Wednesday March 6 we'll be celebrating this great accomplishment at Irene's Pub! We'll be joined by special guests Alex Moxon on guitar and Nick Adema on Trombone. This will be an awesome show with yet more brand-new original material to be showcased.
Overflow Blues Bash
Overflow Brewing Co., 2477 Kaladar Avenue
Saturday, March 9 @ 8 pm; $29.97 online

We are proud to announce our next concert series show ... The Overflow Blues Bash featuring 2x Juno Award winners MonkeyJunk, multiple Maple Blues Award winners Paul DesLauriers Band and Keith Glass Band featuring Keith Glass, guitarist/songwriter from Juno and CCMA winning band Prairie Oyster! This is a rare chance to see these 3 bands play a show together in the same place as they all maintain busy touring schedules.
Get your tickets now, this one will fill up!
Jumpin’ with the Dimestore Duo
Juke Joint Soul Kitchen, 3740 Carp Road, Carp ON
Saturday, March 9; 7-10 pm

Ian and Ian, return to the thriving metropolis of Carp for another rare Dimestore Duo appearance. Always a fun time, the boys can't wait to bring their unique brand of rockabilly/swing/classic country to the grooviest little spot in the valley. No cover. Reservations are recommended.
Matthew Chaffey
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, March 9 @ 9 pm; $10 advance, $15 at the door

The Split’s lead singer, Matthew Chaffey is putting on a show at the Rainbow. Soul + Funk + Pop = Dance Party! He’ll be playing new material that’s on the new album, and lots of stuff to shake, Shake, SHAKE!
2nd Sundays at the Wild Oat
Wild Oat Bakery, 819 Bank Street
Sundays, March 10 & April 14

The Duo, the original configuration of Ball and Chain, will be playing all sorts of stuff from our catalogue including Country, Cajun, oldtime, and some lesser known older pop ballads and other gems.
The Wild Oat Bakery has much on offer besides Bread and baked goo.ds; is licensed with craft and gluten free beer, good coffee and tea, great sandwiches and soup, and fresh eggs too... in short everything you could want on a stroll in the Glebe on a Sunday afternoon. Go for a skate on the canal and stop in for a tune or two... see you soon.
Michael Jerome Browne with Harrison Kennedy
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, March 13 @ 8 pm; $20

Special guest Harrison Kennedy. John McColgan on drums.
Tony D Band
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, March 16 @ 9 pm

Tony D … long time Ottawa Blues performer.
1/3 of the JUNO Winning act MonkeyJunk.
Early bird tickets are only $10. They go up to $15 after Feb 15. $20 at the door.
The Hornettes
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, March 16 @ 9:30 pm; $15

We're back, baby! Come on out for a night of dancing and sweating to the Hornettes' favourite funk, soul and R&B jams!  
Ottawa Nostalgia & Collectibles Show
1701 Woodroffe Avenue
Sunday, March 17; 9 am – 3 pm

Classic Shows presents Ottawa oldest and most revered vintage show. It has been a staple in the collecting community for years now. Spend a Sunday afternoon walking through tables of amazing vintage items from advertising and toys to glass and ephemera and everything in between! Parking is free ...

Just a small sampling of what you may find at one of our shows... • Small Antiques • Old Tin Toys • Dolls • Advertising Signs • Country Store Items • Vintage Paper Items • Bottles • Coca-Cola Collectibles • Books • Tools • Postcards • Tins • Coins • China • Vintage Comic Books • Vinyl Records • Board Games • Music, Movie & Television Collectibles • Military Items • Railroad, Automobile & Gas Station Memorabilia • Brewery Collectibles • Vintage Sports & Non-Sports Cards • Vintage Collectibles from the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s.
As always, too much to list!
LIVE! on Elgin, 220 Elgin Street
Saturday, March 30; doors @ 7 pm, show @ 7:30 pm; $19.99 + tax

The improv magic you hear on JW-Jones’ 10th album, “Live”, is the spark that has awakened new sonic frontiers for the veteran Maple Blues Award-winning Ottawa bluesman. 
As he continues to evolve as one of Canada’s most versatile bluesmen, with one foot in the terra firma of the traditional blues espoused by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf sideman Hubert Sumlin and harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite (who both guested on Jones’ memorable Midnight Memphis Sun, recorded at the historic Sun Studio) and blues contemporaries Robert Cray, for whom the JW-Jones band has occasionally opened, he continues to challenge and raise his standards through his recordings and the 130 dates on average yearly that he clocks in on the road. 
An additional highlight is the inclusion of the JW-Jones showstopper – the 17-song medley that rifles through snippets of classic guitar riffs backed by the energetic support of 2018 Maple Blues Award Bassist of the Year Laura Greenberg and the inimitable Will Laurin on drums. “It’s been a staple of our live show for years,” says Jones. “People have been asking us to record it forever, so now we’ve finally captured it for everyone to enjoy!” 
And everyone will enjoy “Live”, an album for the ages that captures the JW-Jones lightning in a bottle. 
– Excerpts from a review by Nick Krewen, freelance contributor for Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Grammy.com, and Billboard
Main & Abbott Spring & Swing Dance Party
Nepean Sailing Club, 3259 Carling Avenue
Saturday, March 30; 7:30-11:30 pm; $10
          Open for Dinner - Music starts at 8:00

Enjoy Swing Music and Dancing to Nostalgic Big Band Music
Featuring Vocalist Joanne Hotte-Sigouin

All the Great songs from the Big Band Era including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey with vocals made famous by Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.
A Night of Chicago Blues, with
Maurice John Vaughn
Joseph Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters)
Freddie Dixon (son of Willie Dixon)
Shirley Johnson
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, April 6 @ 8:30 pm; $30

So much Chicago blues/ history, all in one night!

Maurice John Vaughn is a true blues original. A triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals, Vaughn writes powerful, innovative and often humorous songs that spring directly from his vast musical experience. His soulful and passionate vocals are convincing because they are earned – Vaughn means what he sings. Coming out of the streets of Chicago, Vaughn was raised on Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, black Top 40 and James Brown. Like the greats who have come before him, he has incorporated his various influences into a blues and R&B style that is completely his own.

Son of Willie Dixon, whose 500+ songs include "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "Little Red Rooster", "My Babe", "Spoonful", and "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover.”

Born April 14, 1964, in Chicago Illinois, Joseph is the youngest son of the world-famous Muddy Waters.

Like so many African-American vocalists, Shirley Johnson started out singing in church and then went on to embrace secular music. The Chicago resident, whose influences range from Mahalia Jackson to Koko Taylor, Etta James, and Ruth Brown, is a gritty, big-voiced blues singer who can also handle soul and gospel. Although Johnson has spent much of her adult life in Chicago, the Windy City is not her hometown; she was born in Franklin, VA and raised in Norfolk, VA. Shirley came from a very religious family and was only six when she started singing gospel in a church choir.
Jackson Delta
Bringing It All Back Home
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte Street, Peterborough ON
Saturday, April 20, 8-10:30 pm; $35 general admission, $45 assigned cabaret table seat
Tickets available in person at the Market Hall Box Office,
by phone at 705-749-1146, or online at markethall.org

Celebrated by critics as Canada's best acoustic blues band Rick FinesAlan Black and Gary Peeples have garnered a list of awards and accolades over the years including 2 Juno Nominations, runner up in the prestigious Handy New Talent Awards (The first entry from outside of the United States), 2 Peterborough Pathway of Fame Inductions, Maple Blues award (Rick Fines), and Wire Magazine awards winners in blues category. They have toured extensively across North America and the U.K. performing at every major Folk, Blues and Jazz festival and along the way providing back up for Colleen Peterson, Ann Rabson and Pinetop Perkins as well as many others. Each member is a force in their own right but together as Jackson Delta they serve up a potent gumbo of the best acoustic blues north of the Mason/Dixon Line.
Big Band Night with the Stan Clark Orchestra
Wasabi, 41 Clarence
Monday, April 22; 7:30-10:30 pm; $10
          Dinner reservations available - 613-241-3636

Live Big Band! Dining and Dancing at the Wasabi.
Listen to the 17-piece Stan Clark Orchestra featuring guest vocalist Johnny Vegas. All your favourite tunes from the big band era performed live.
Come dance, eat and celebrate with us!
NAC Presents
Suzie Vinnick
National Arts Centre 4th Stage, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, April 25 @ 8:30 pm; $20

Earnest, and with a touch of heart-felt twang, Suzie Vinnick is a prodigious singer-songwriter, and veteran of the Canadian roots scene. A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, she’s the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, serious guitar chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.

Among her most recent successes: being nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards (she has been nominated for 22 so far!), won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.

Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café and the John McDermott Band, and performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years. Suzie’s latest album, “Shake The Love Around”, is a full-band roots and blues extravaganza!
Jack de Keyzer
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, April 26 @ 9 pm; $20

Jack de Keyzer is a British-born Canadian blues guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer. He has twice won the Juno Award, Canada's highest musical honour, and seven times received Maple Blues Awards, including for Blues Album of the Year in 2000 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. Real Blues Magazine crowned him Live Act Of The Year in 2001, and has twice named him Guitarist of the Year.
120 Principale Street, Gatineau QC

Adam Karch,
Friday, March 1

Ghost Town Blues Band
Saturday, March 16

Mississippi Heat
Saturday, April 27

Friday, May 31
Big Phat Horn Band, featuring Kingston Divas
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, February 23 @ 9:00 pm; $15

If you haven’t seen this band – they are a must see – a do not miss show!!!!!!
Raoul & the Big Time
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, March 2 @ 9 pm; $20

Maple Blues Award winners and International Blues Challenge (Memphis) semi finalists:
Raoul Bhaneja on vocals and harmonica (Raoul has played and recorded with Junior Watson of Big Mama Thorton fame, Larry Taylor from Canned Heat, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Monkees, Rusty Zinn, Curtis Salgado, Richard Innes, Johnny Sansone and many other blues greats), he is also one of our country’s finest actors appearing in many TV shows and Hollywood movies. 
Darren Gallen (Mighty Duck Blues Band) he is a top-notch player and has played with Raoul and the Big Time since the beginning of the band.
Tom Bona (Maple Blues Winner for best drummer, also drummer for Soulstack, and Sue Foley)
Justine Fischer on bass (often referred to as “Justine the Bass Machine”) she has played with some of the best and is part of the great Women of Blues Showcase band that performs every year in Toronto.

If you liked previous KBS shows featuring Jack de Keyzer, Jerome Godboo, and Soulstack 
This band puts on the same high-quality show – like those other bands they will amaze you – they are extremely tight, have incredible musicianship, incredible energy and they will have you singing and dancing all night long.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFHmP8ZtFGM – this is a dance all night long band.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IyoVT_JqNA – another professional produced video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akCoVy2byFk – covering Hoochie Coochie Man
The Dimestore Playboys
Little Texas Roadhouse Bar & Grill, 515 Days Road, Kingston ON
Sunday, March 24, 3-6 pm

The Dimestore Playboys invite you to a rare, Sunday afternoon performance, at Little Texas Roadhouse Bar & Grill in beautiful, Kingston, Ontario. Stop by for a few drinks and fill up on Rockabilly, Blues, Classic Country, and Swing favourites. It's never too early to cut a rug!!
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, March 29 @ 9 pm; $20
Smoke Wagon Blues Band
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 6 @ 9 pm; $15
Colin James
“Miles To Go” Tour
Grand Theatre, 218 Princess Street, Kingston ON
Wednesday, April 10 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $64.64 + HST & handling

With his 19th album, “Miles to Go”, Colin James is getting back to the blues. Wait a minute, you ask: hasn’t Colin James always played the blues? Well, yes, but back when he was signed to his first record deal in 1988, his producer—who’d worked with Ray Charles and Derek and the Dominoes—explicitly told him not to play any blues, because the label expected a pop hit. When James later made one of the biggest albums of his career—1993’s “Colin James and the Little Big Band”, released years before the so-called “swing revival”—his label hated it, as did critics and many fans before it went on to go triple platinum in Canada. Then there was the acoustic blues album “National Stee”l in 1997, made with Colin Linden, which was the first time James made a full-on blues album, which landed him on folk festival bills alongside the likes of John Prine and John Hiatt. It was an explicit embrace of the blues James had loved since the Regina-born guitarist was 16 years old and was blown away by James Cotton at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. A song that Cotton played that night, “One More Mile,” became the title track to the new album: bookending it in electric and acoustic versions.
It wasn’t until 2016’s “Blue Highways” that James found himself on a blues chart: the album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart. It also landed him one of his biggest hits: “Riding in the Moonlight,” a Willie Dixon song that James once covered when busking in the streets and subways of Toronto and Montreal, landed on a Spotify playlist and garnered millions of streams.
When James set out to make “Blue Highways”, an album of blues covers recorded with his touring band, he always intended it to be the first of two installments. Now we have “Miles to Go”, in which James records nine new covers of his favourite artists (Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Little Willie John, Robert Johnson, etc.) and adds two originals, ‘I Will Remain’ and ‘40 Light Years’. “Blues has always been a pass-it-forward kind of thing,” says James.
“It’s also surprisingly hard to write. You have to be careful how modern you get in your phrasing. Certain writers can write a song that sounds like it was done 40 years ago, but it’s deceptively hard.”
To be a blues musician is to always have a dialogue with the past. As with much blues music, it’s the performances on the original versions rather than the actual song that drew James to them. That said, what could he possibly bring to them in 2018? “You bring what you can,” he says. “If I feel like I’ve brought enough, then I put it out. I knocked a bunch of songs off this record when I realized that I can’t bring anything to them that isn’t there already. All my life I’ve tried to bring vitality to older songs. Hopefully, my dedication to it is what floats it over the mark. That’s a subjective thing; some people will always prefer the original. However, there’s always a group of people coming up to see me after a show who might say, “Oh, I never would have heard ‘One More Mile’ by James Cotton—nothing in my life would have pointed me there.”
So much of Colin James’s career has pointed him to this moment: joyfully tangled up in the blues, which, as he notes, “is the only genre where you can maintain a young profile at the age of 53.”
KBS Monthly Jam
The Standeasy
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Third Saturday each month @ 8:30 pm, $3 at the door

The KBS monthly jam is always full and both the musicians and the audience always have a great time. Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited. Sponsored by the Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston.
For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society
DAWGFM.com Blues 24/7 on the internet
On CKCU-FM 93.1
The Mighty 93.1
Community Radio serving the Ottawa Carleton Region

Sundays: 9-11 pm
Black and Blues
with John Tackaberry
The show features a heavy dose of electric blues and rhythm and blues, with the occasional selection of sixties soul. The first hour is dedicated to artist profiles and reviews of recordings on particular labels. In the second hour there is a blues calendar, a rundown of events in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and interviews with “new and reissued blues and rhythm and blues tracks on wax”, alternating with “live blues and R&B for a Sunday night” in the last half hour of the show.
Wednesdays: 9-11 pm
In A Mellow Tone
Hosted by Bernard Stepien, Ron Steeds, Allan Wigney, Jean-Michel Labatut and Aidian Thomas, ‘In A Mellow Tone’ introduces listeners to the entire history of jazz, from its beginnings to the latest innovations. Every program has a focus; on a musician, a city, a festival, an instrument, a record label or on recent releases. The hosts draw on their large personal CD and LP collections to supplement CKCU's extensive resources.
On CBC Radio Two 103.3 FM
Saturdays: 6-8 pm
On CBC Radio One 91.5 FM
Saturdays: 9-11 pm
Saturday Night Blues
Host Holger Petersen has been a broadcaster, record producer, album collector, and serious blues fan for over 40 years.  His collection of blues records numbers in the thousands.  On Saturday Night Blues each week you’ll hear a mix of classic blues from the ‘Petersen Vaults’, concerts, interviews, artist features, new releases, plus anything that boogies, jumps, or swings, plus your requests from the Bluesline.
And check out SNB videos here http://www.cbc.ca/snb/video/
On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio
Thursdays, 8-10 pm
Got The Blues
Pat Watters is your host for this blues only radio show, now in its 9th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
NPR from Canton NY
For those who live south of the city, OBS member Bob Cavan notes that the National Public Radio (NPR) radio signal at 89.5 FM in Canton NY comes in pretty strong in Manotick. Bob recommends two shows in particular. Bob says “The Blue Note” Tuesdays 3 pm-5 pm, and “The Radio Bob Show” Wednesdays 3 pm-5 pm are both excellent shows – blues, ‘50s & ‘60s, rock & roll, R&B.
Unsung and On The Side
With Carolyn Fe
Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Re-broadcast Saturday 10 am – noon & Sunday 2-4 pm (all times EST)
It’s all about the Blues, Jazz and its derivatives from around the globe and just around the corner. Songs rarely heard, from the very first recordings all the way to indie artists who consciously push the envelope to the next generation sounds of the genre; some older releases will be spun - just because the album in old, doesn't mean it's forgotten, thus the "On The Side" part of the show's title. 
Streaming great Blues, Roots, Soul, R&B, Folk, East Coast and Celtic music across Canada and around the world 24/7/365.
Check out their Canadian Blues shows and hosts, including James Doran’s ‘Inside The Blues’, Brant Zwicker’s ‘At The Crossroads’, along with Mark Stenzler's ‘Blues Zeppelin’ from Switzerland … and lots more Canadian and international Blues shows. 
Monday, February 25
Pianoman Mondays with Jeff Rogers @ Queen St. Fare, 5-8 pm
Saturday, March 2
The Powergoats @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
The Back Beat @ Taproom 260, Orleans, 8 pm
Rocksnake & BONECAT @ Irene’s Pub, 9 pm
Sunday, March 3
Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow hosted by Kieran Howes, 3-7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 6
Jeff Rogers Solo @ Social, 6:30 pm
The Prime Rib Big Band @ Irene’s, 8 pm
Saturday, March 9
Dimestore Duo @ the Juke Joint Soul Kitchen, Carp, 7-10 pm
Sunday, March 10
Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow hosted by Kieran Howes, 3-7:30 pm
Phoenix @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Wednesday, March 13
Jeff Rogers Solo @ Social, 6:30 pm
Saturday, March 16
Clint Everson @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Tony D Band @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9 pm
Sunday, March 17
Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow hosted by Kieran Howes, 3-7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 20
Jeff Rogers Solo @ Social, 6:30 pm
Saturday, March 23
River Blues @ the Rainbow Bistro, 3:30 pm
Barry & the Blasters @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9 pm
Sunday, March 24
Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow hosted by Kieran Howes, 3-7:30 pm
Sunday, March 31
Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow hosted by Kieran Howes, 3-7:30 pm
Rod Williams Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm