06 April 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 6 April 2009




Cajun and Zydeco Dance Lessons
Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Sundays, 7-9 pm, April 19 through May 17


What a great idea! Cajun and Zydeco dance lessons. Something new we're trying. Tell your friends... What the heck, tell the neighbours too.

Jody Benjamin and Michael Ball will guide you through the Basics and Beyond in Three Classic Dances that are staples in clubs throughout SW Louisiana and now very popular in the New England States. It is a session of 5 consecutive Sundays starting April 19 and ending May 17. Classes are $10 each, pay as you go.

There will be instruction from 7-8 pm and supervised Free Dance from 8-9 pm. Singles are welcome. Our goal is to teach men and women how to lead and follow and leave you all with a dancing vocabulary that will stand you in good stead with a cool head in many dancing situations. The focus will be Cajun and Zydeco but keep in mind these dances work with other styles of music as well.

Dancing is a social activity by definition. This is not dancing for performance or competition. This is an inclusive activity that will help you be at ease in social settings where dancing would be a fun option. The Elmdale is an ideal setting for this activity with its old school charm and, not least, because the dancer will inevitably benefit from his/her proximity to the delicious tasting, high quality beverages available there.

Jody and Michael will provide music from their collection of recordings gathered over their many trips to SW Louisiana and to various festivals in the North East US.

These dances will culminate with a special event: On May 23rd Our friend and hero Jesse Lege', direct from Lake Charles Louisiana, is coming to play a Cajun Dance Party at the Knights of Columbus Hall (260 McArthur Ave) here in Ottawa.

We'll keep you posted.
Michael Ball





Singing R&B and Blues

903 Carling Ave. @ Sherwood Dr. (Dow’s Lake/Preston area)

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm; 8 week course – April 21 – June 16 (no class May 26)

Sing classic Blues, Soul & Motown favourites. This course will focus on the stylistic considerations of the R&B and Blues genres. You will learn vocal techniques for breath support, phrasing, flexibility, range, judicious use of vibrato, diction, how to “belt” responsibly, lyric interpretation. Tour the background history of these styles, and the artists who have influenced these styles. Explore the art of backing vocals. All participants will be singing lead and back-up.

Instructor: Elise Letourneau, B.Mus., M.Ed.
$175.00 (non-refundable)
Some singing experience is helpful.

What to Bring to Class: water, a notebook, recording device optional.

Note: This is a "less scent" class please do not wear perfume, cologne or body spray.

To Register please call Alcorn Music Studios

613-729-0693 or info@alcornmusicstudios.com




Mighty Popo

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, April 10 @ 8:30 pm

Juno Winner, Popo has inherited a love of the traditional music of Rwanda and Burundi, but he also has a lifelong connection with rock and roll, blues, jazz, R&B, Reggae and folk traditions.





Matt Anderson

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Wednesday, April 8 @ 8:30 pm

New Brunswick's Matt Andersen has an enigmatic personality that is coupled with a larger than life showmanship that has been earning him a fervent and steadfast audience wherever he graces the stage. Matt's sprawling Blues, Roots and Rock Musical hybrid with his sorrowing and soulful voice has sparked a phenomenal buzz on the east coast and that grass roots word of mouth can not be contained any longer! In the past couple of years Matt has released his introductory E. P "One Size Never Fits" along with two critically acclaimed fan favourites-The Live CDs; "Solo at Sessions" which was multi-nominated for The East Coast Music Awards and most recently "Live at Liberty House.



Morgan Davis

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, April 9 @ 9:30 pm

In a recent post on his website (http://www.morgandavis.com/04History/04Hist08.html), Morgan celebrated the HALF-a-MILLION "K" mark on his Astro van. He says:
“Well now folks here's how it all come to be .... I bought the Astro van back in '98. I was then driving the second of my Suburbans, and gas prices were climbing. The Suburban got about 11 MPG (with the wind behind it), so I had to go economy ... bought the Astro because you sit up high, (so good visibility), and it had a 6 instead of the big 350 V-8. Well now, all these kilometres, over 11 years, comes to about 43,000 kms (or about 25,000 miles) a year! ... that would be the circumference of this earth! So each year, I drive the equivalent of once around the world. I change the oil every 5000 kms (3000 miles), keep the tire pressure right, and listen close when it's talkin' to you. Hey General Motors!!... I'm ready for sponsorship!”

For 33 years, Morgan Davis has played the blues in Canada from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, Newfoundland, as well as Europe and the US. Morgan writes the songs, drives the truck, sets up the gear and performs traditional and original blues. His venues range from 30 seat coffee houses in the BC interior and Annapolis Valley to huge folk and blues festivals, performing for crowds of thousands. Playing with a band for the first 25 years of his career, recent years have seen Davis make a successful transition to performing as a solo artist. During his years on the road, Morgan perfected his repertoire of Blues classics, songs that figure prominently in his performances today. His style is taut and tough, and relies on intensity rather than speed and pyrotechnics to make its point. Morgan Davis’ passion for the Blues has never wavered ... and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life. Blues ‘road-warrior’ Morgan Davis will be in Ottawa on Thursday, April 9.



David Rotundo

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, April 11 @ 9:30 pm

David Rotundo returns to Ottawa to spread some heat with his brand of rockin' blues celebrating the release of his fourth album "No Looking Back".

Rotundo, who first appeared on the Canadian Blues scene in 1997 has performed with numerous respected musicians, garnered a loyal following and earned many nominations and awards which has led him to be described as "one of the top ten blues performers in Canada". David has become known for his high energy and engaging live performances.

Recorded at east Toronto's Bassline Studio, "No Looking Back" features twelve tracks produced by Shane Scott and David Rotundo. Released by Stone Pillar Productions, this highly anticipated
album follows up to "Live at Roc `N Doc's", on the same label (2007).





Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

The Chelsea Pub, 238 Old Chelsea Rd, Chelsea QC

Thursday, April 9, 7-10 pm

Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman are bringing their duo act to the Chelsea Pub where they’ll perform some of their favourite jazz and blues selections and, of course, their own originals. The Chelsea Pub is situated at the foot of the Gatineau Hills, 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Take a left from exit 12 off Route 5 N.





Twister – Easter/Good Friday Dance

McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall, McDonald’s Corners ON

Friday, April 10 @ 8 pm; $12

Twister is: Michael Ball [fiddle], Peter Bigras [drums], Keith Glass [guitar and vocals], Cam Grey [bass], Wayne Mills [tenor sax], Jeff Kohl [piano and organ]. We play a mix of vintage rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and blues, cajun/country and whatever else it takes to make it impossible not to dance. This will be a licensed event so there is no danger of dehydration due to dancing.

This is a rock ‘n’ roll band like no other in the area. Come with or without your partner. Tell your friends in the Carleton Place, Almonte, Balderson, Lanark, and Perth areas, as well as Maberly to the west. Happy Easter Everybody!

Michael Ball


Ball and Chain & the Wreckers
Kaffé 1870, 715 Ch Riverside, Wakefield QC
Saturday, April 11 @ 9 pm; $5 at the door

Kaffé 1870 – this place is so cool. It’s Wakefield’s Little Honky Tonk Hideaway. Food is light fare but good. Service is relaxed but attentive. Great ViBE, excellent DJ, good selection of first rate beverages. And don’t forget... your favourite Honky Tonkers [that’s us] will be right by your side. Slide on by and take in the sunset, a cool one, and a few tunes.





Irene’s Blues Jam

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Thursdays, 9 pm – 1 am

The Stellar Cast Blues Jam is 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. The Stellar Cast features Mike Ktenas (bass) and Corky Kealey (drums) as the foundation, and is filled out by 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 the popularity the night has garnered over the years.

Guest hosts this month:

April 9 – Victor Nesrallah

April 16 – Guy Short

April 23 – Pat Johnson

April 30 – Guy del Villano


Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

Sunday, April 19 – Zydeco Loco

Hey People, come out and see Zydeco Loco. The music ranges from Li’l Bob and the Lollipops to the Texas Tornadoes with a nice spoonful of SW Louisiana in the middle. Come and practice your Cajun and Zydeco dance steps. See you there!

Other bands & dates to be confirmed; check out their new website





Honky Tonk Saturday Night

With Ball and Chain and the Wreckers

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

First Saturday each month @ 9 pm; $6 at the door

Honky Tonk Saturday Night is a monthly event happening the first Saturday of every month.



Open Blues Jam

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street

Last Sunday of each month, 4-7 pm; cover $5 (jammers free)

Hosted by River City Junction, 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).



Blues Jam

Avant- Garde Bar & Restaurant, 135 1/2 Besserer Street

First Tuesday of each month @ 8 pm

Hosted by River City Junction, this jam is open to guest performers, but is not an open jam’.

If you want to play, please contact River City Junction in advance to work out what instrument you play & what songs you would like to do.

Contact Jason jason@rivercityjunction.com




Roots and Blues at Beaus

Beaus All Natural Brewing Company, 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill ON
1st Tuesday of every month, 7-10 pm; $10

Terry Gillespie is on hiatus from Blues on Tues, but has decided to share the gig with his friends. He has always wanted to style a juke and this is pretty close. Every time we play at Beau’s it gets a little better. Steve Beauchesne our host has added xmas tree lighting - much more intimate!

Tuesday, March 3rd features an obvious first choice, our friends: Stephen Barry, Gord Adamson, Andrew Cowan and Jody Golick, AKA the Stephen Barry Band.

The Stephen Barry Band plays a whole range of styles - some bluesy, some that swing - songs performed with such outstanding musicianship you can't imagine them done any better." Montreal International Jazz Festival


Drum Church

Beaus All Natural Brewing Company, 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill ON

Every Sunday Starting April 4th, 10 am to noon; $5

DRUM CHURCH: Because Terry Gillespie loves music and thinks everyone should be in a band.
Drum Church has rules: No Songs and No solos!

Bring any instrument you want; electric or acoustic guitar, drums, broom stick, spoons, whatever.




Big Mo and the Blues Mission

The Mansion, Kingston ON

Thursday, April 2 @ 8 pm


Johnny Winter

The Ale House, Kingston ON

Saturday, April 11

Advance tickets $35.00 for KBS members, $45.00 at door

Presented by Zapp Productions, The Ale House and the Kingston Blues Society, the double-bill Rockin’ Blues show of the year! Blues legend Johnny Winter and his Blues Band with Jimmy Bowskill and his band opening!

Visit www.zapp-productions.com for up to date details and tickets.


“Night in Blues 3”

Featuring Erin McCallum

Davies Hall, St. Lawrence College, Kingston ON

Saturday, April 25; 6 pm until 11:30 pm

The Frontenac Children’s Aid Society presents “Night in Blue 3”, an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing featuring blues artist Erin McCallum, big voice, big sound - one of the hottest new acts on the blues scene.

Preshow will feature our favorite blues sax man – Mike Butler. Opening the night will be Mojo Shooter (watch for their special guest announcement)

All proceeds benefit The Children’s Fund.

Visit http://www.nightinblue.ca for more information.



Kingston Blues Society Monthly Jam

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario St. (big blue door), Kingston ON

3rd Saturday of each month, 9 pm – midnight; $3 at the door

Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited.
Come out and see Mojo Shooter (one of Kingston's best bands) and a special guest each month. Then watch and dance as Mojo Shooter and some of Kingston's best musicians get together and jam the night away.


David Rotundo

The Ale House, Kingston ON

Saturday, May 2


Jerome Godboo

KBS 3rd Anniversary Show

Confederation Place Hotel

Saturday, June 13


Weekly events

Georgette Fry

Brandees, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Every Thursday night at 8:30 pm (new start time)

The Ones

Monte’s in the Prince George Hotel, 200 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Every Thursday night @ 9 pm


For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society





Garrett Mason

The Core Center, Old Corby Library, Belleville ON

Thursday, April 16 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door

Who is Garrett Mason the Axeman, You ask?

The Great White Hope of East Coast Blues, Juno Winner, IBC Rep, son of a legend and a great person


The Fellowship needs your support, to keep these monthly shows happening, so bring all your friends. The Core Center is a great new venue, with state of the art sound system, raised stage and comfortable seating. Located in the Old Corby Library on Pinnacle St (enter through Campbell St. door), lots of free parking behind courthouse or beside Pinnacle Playhouse.

Ron Foxall, El Prez

Loyal Blues Fellowship Inc.



Paul Reddick & the Sidemen

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Saturday, April 18

Paul Reddick, his website tells us, "is a singer, songwriter and harmonica player whose songs help keep the roots music tradition moving forward. His songs explore the beauties and mysteries of the blues, country and folk music. And take the road less travelled around the lost and found landscapes of longing and love."

Not all songwriters are poets, though most can make their lines rhyme when they want to. Paul Reddick is a poet -- a very good poet -- and his songs not only take the aforementioned 'road less travelled', they explore entirely new roads. His latest CD, "SugarBird", is a beautiful example. The stunning illustrations (and graphic on the disc itself) of the Mango Hummingbird are taken from the Audubon Centennial Edition of John James Audubon's "The Birds of America". The songs, co-written with collaborator Colin Linden, are a perfect mix of up-tempo and soulful, the lyrics thoughtful and thought-provoking and the overall impression -- haunting.





BC Scene in Ottawa/Gatineau

Various venues

April 21 to May 3, 2009

Fusion! It’s in the air in British Columbia. From food to music, via theatre, visual and media arts, dance and literature, B.C. artists are collaborating to present a new kind of artistic experience. In spring 2009, Canada’s National Arts Centre will present 600 artists from all disciplines on the stages of the nation’s capital, and you’re invited.

BC Scene will celebrate a dynamic culture that is the fusion of traditional and contemporary, East and West and established and emerging artists from all parts of the province. Musicians, actors, dancers, visual and media artists, writers and master chefs will be bringing their magic to concert halls, theatres, galleries, bars, clubs, museums and restaurants in the national spotlight. While showcasing B.C. artists to diverse audiences, the Scene will also offer a chance for 80 national and international presenters to discover the best of contemporary B.C. talent. With over 90 events, BC Scene will present a vast living portrait of the province, capturing its edgy creativity and palpable energy – one represented by artists from every discipline, fusing history, modernity, cultural diversity and art to create something entirely new.

Blues-related events:

Ndidi Onukwulu

Library & Archives Canada Auditorium, 395 Wellington Street

Thursday, April 23; $15

With a sound as unique as her name, Vancouver native Ndidi Onukwulu is steeped in the blues, and talented enough to make you feel it. She has proven she can wrap her silky voice around anything from country blues to her own rootsy salon sound.

While singing a capella on New York City’s open mic circuit, Ndidi started jamming with some of the most accomplished hip hop and blues players on the scene. After leaving New York for Toronto, she sang in a rock band, and then in an electronic one. It was great training for her voice, but Ndidi ultimately stood by the blues music that first inspired her and developed a style that “demands to be listened to.”

Expect some amazing chemistry when Ndidi is joined onstage at BC Scene by guitarist Dave Sikula, violinist and mandolin player Jesse Zubot, drummer Skye Brooks and bassist Roey Shemesh.


Gospel and Blues Revue

Library & Archives Canada Auditorium, 395 Wellington Street

Friday, April 24; $15

Famous for his evocative, smoky vocals, Jim Byrnes has been on the blues highway since his first professional gig in 1964, and has appeared on stage with a virtual who’s who of musical history including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, and Ray Charles. Multi-instrumentalist, producer and multi-award winner Steve Dawson is constantly striving for unique sounds and approaches to acoustic music. His instrumental abilities have landed him on stages with artists as diverse as Gil Scott-Heron, Long John Baldry, Justin Rutledge, and Oh Susanna, to name just a few.

Jim hosts this special evening, which also includes the talents of up-and-coming gospel trio The Sojourners (seasoned vocalists Will Sanders, Ron Small and Marcus Mosely) who originally came together to provide background vocals for Jim’s 2006 album “House of Refuge.” He was so pleased with the trio’s contribution to his CD that he christened them “The Sojourners” and it stuck.

Now the veterans and the up-and-comers get together on stage for a one-of-a-kind evening of soulful blues and gospel music.


Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, May 2; $10

High energy boogie-woogie that makes you want to get up and dance – that’s what Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne delivers, with an original sound that plays tribute to the greats of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Blues. Think Fats Waller and Johnnie Johnson and you have an idea of what’s in store when you spend an evening with Canada’s premier purveyor of red-hot contemporary blues piano.

A Juno Award-winning keyboardist/singer/songwriter, Kenny is famous for his energizing boogie-woogie piano, rolling New Orleans blues and jazz, improv-heavy Kansas City swing, and vibrant West Coast jump. His smooth-as-silk singing voice, along with his sartorial flair, have made him a favourite with audiences and musicians from coast to coast.

With his supercharged new album entitled “Can’t Stop Now”, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne clinches his reputation as Canada’s foremost king of swing.


B.C. Music Legends

Centrepointe Theatre, 1 Centrepointe Drive

Friday, May 1; tickets $34.50

B.C. Music Legends is hosted by the most beloved folk musician on the West Coast, the inimitable Valdy, joined on stage by lyrical singer-songwriter Barney Bentall of Legendary Hearts fame; veteran blues singer Leon Bibb; folk legend Ferron; much loved singer-songwriter Roy Forbes; Will Millar, former lead singer of the popular Irish Rovers; and Shari Ulrich of celebrated ‘70s band, Pied Pumkin. This is a rare chance to catch these music heroes together on the same stage! Rejuvenate your musical soul with an evening of great songs, great performers, and a couple of trips down memory lane with some of the West Coast’s best musicians – you’ll be happy and humming all the way home.


New this festival, the BC Scene music pass (Available only at the NAC Box Office) is your superb value ticket to any 6 of 30 exciting performances for only $50! Buy before April 1 and save an extra $5. Three of the shows listed above (Ndiddi Onukwulu, Gospel & Blues Revue and Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne) are among the 30 eligible peformances. (B.C. Music Legends is not.) Single ticket prices for these three events total $40. To see which other music events are eligible for this pass, go to http://www.bcscene.ca/en/tickets/

For a full listing of all music events and links, check out http://www.bcscene.ca/en/events/byDiscipline.asp?dID=22




These great Dinner & Show fundraiser nights, featuring some of Canada's best blues artists in the intimate friendly setting of The Cove Inn, Westport continue to attract full houses - many coming from out of town and staying overnight at the Inn or nearby B&B's along with over 50% at each Show who are multiple time attendees. Treat yourself to a wonderful night of dinner, blues and dancing for only $55. You can spend that much on a dinner alone at many restaurants. Rooms are in the $100 to $130 range based on double occupancy, accommodation and breakfast for two included! Great value during these recessionary times.

Check out the Line-up for the rest of this season, pick your favourite and CALL THE COVE ASAP at (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN before all the seats are gone. As of this date there are still tickets available for all Shows.

Remaining 2008/09 Season Schedule


2009 Maple Blues Award Winner Songwriter Of The Year, nominated for Harmonica Player Of The Year. A poet of song with tremendous presence and delivery on stage.

Proceeds to Rideau Waterway Land Trust


Another one of Ottawa's great young blues artists. JW has garnered praise everywhere he has played and that includes 13 countries on 4 continents. Straight up rockin', jump blues as good as it gets. Nominated for two 2009 Maple Blues Awards - Guitarist & Electric Act Of The Year.

Proceeds to Westport in Bloom


You will think you are driving into Memphis listening to the radio when you hear Danny & his band. This is his second visit to BOTR at The Cove and if his Show is anywhere near as good as the last one (and it will be) you are in for a wonderful and memorable night.

Proceeds to Compassion Canada Sponsor a Child & Habitat for Humanity


Montreal based Stephen Barry and his band have been playing their great style of blues for so long he is known as "the father of Quebec blues". For years Michael Jerome Browne was a key member of the band as the lead singer playing guitarist, mandolin and fiddle before he branched out to a very successful solo career as an acoustic roots/blues artist. Either one of them is worth the price of admission. What a special treat to have them reunited and playing together for these two Shows.

Proceeds to Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship & Westport Library

DINNER & SHOW $55 (includes taxes & donation to charity)

Buffet at 7 pm, Show at 8:30

Advance reservations required

CALL THE COVE (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN

Artists may change - check the web site or call The Cove for updates.

Visit www.bluesontherideau.ca for more information

See you at The Cove!




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. On the last Sunday of every month, the show goes “down in the delta” for a selection of acoustic blues tracks in the final half hour of the program.


Wednesdays: 9-11 pm

In A Mellow Tone

with Ron Sweetman

Jazz from every era & every style – from 1917 to 2008. Each program features an artist, group, instrument, event, city or record label. Check out Ron’s website www.inamellowtone.com for info on upcoming shows and playlists (current show is posted several days in advance and past shows are archived). Ron is always happy to hear from listeners at ronsweetman@kalixo.com

This week, April 8 – B. C. Scene: Let’s welcome the British Columbia jazz artists who will be appearing in the National Capital Region between April 21 and May 3: Seamus Blake, Bill Coon, Chris Gestrin, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Hard Rubber Orchestra, Francois Houle, Diana Krall, Brad Turner and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.

Next week, April 15 – Birth of the Cool: April 2009 marks the sixtieth anniversary of one of the influential recording sessions which demonstrated a new approach to arranging and playing jazz. Tonight we’ll play all three recording sessions from 1949 and 1950, and contrast them with the re-creations of these sessions by participant Gerry Mulligan in 1992.


Last Saturday of the month, 9-9:30 am

Honky Tonk Saturday Morning

with Ball and Chain

This 12-part series features Michael Ball and Jody Benjamin performing live on radio. Each month will have a different theme like classic country, bluegrass, old time, drinking, cheating and yodelling.


On CBC Radio One 91.5 FM

Saturdays: 10 pm – midnight

Saturday Night Blues


Host Holger Petersen has been a broadcaster, record producer, album collector, and serious blues fan for over 30 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.


On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio

Thursdays, 8-10 pm

Got The Blues

Pat Watters has been hosting this blues only radio show for the last 2+ years. It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley (except downtown Ottawa).




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, April 7 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Blind Boys of Alabama (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Tuesday, April 14 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Beach Full of Shells (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features singer-songwriter Al Stewart.

Tuesday, April 21 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Waterloo Tennessee (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features the all female bluegrass band Uncle Earl.

Tuesday, April 21 @ 7 pm – Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues (2006)
The life and legacy of guitarist and singer Long John Baldry is examined in this one-hour documentary. Baldry played a key role in the growth of the British rhythm and blues movement, and led bands in the mid-1960s that featured Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom are interviewed in the documentary. In the `80s, Baldry emigrated to Canada, living first in Toronto and then in Vancouver, where he died in 2005.

Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

People Gonna Talk/James Hunter (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features R&B artist James Hunter.

Monday, May 4 @ 9 pm – Johnny Cash: Behind Prison Walls
In this one of only two prison concerts that were filmed for broadcast, "Johnny Cash: Behind Prison Walls" features the ten-time Grammy Award winner performing at the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville in 1976. It features Cash with special guests Linda Ronstadt and Roy Clark performing a selection of their biggest hits such as Folsom Prison Blues, Orange Blossom Special, A Boy Named Sue and Ronstadt's version of the Eagles' Desperado. This concert has legendary status in the USA but has never had an official release in Europe. It is much sought after by Johnny Cash fans and country music fans in general.

Tuesday, May 5 @ 7:30 am - Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Broken Down, But Not Out/Reba Russell (2008): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features singer Reba Russell.




Wednesdays: Dr Dave Revue @ the Rainbow, 5-8 pm

Wednesdays: Brian Downey @ The Avant-Garde Bar, 8:30 pm

Wednesdays: Acoustic music with Jeff Rogers @ Tucson’s, 7:30-11 pm

Wednesdays: Open Jam @ the New Bayou, 9 pm

Thursdays: Acoustic blues with Al Tambay & friends @ Tucson’s, 7:30-11 pm

Thursdays: Mike Ktenas hosts the Blues Jam @ Irene’s, 9 pm to closing

Saturday afternoons: Guy del Villano @ Royal Oak, 318 Bank Street, 2-6 pm

Sunday afternoons: Blues jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm




Friday, April 17

Sweet & the Back Beat @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, April 18

Wicked Grin @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, April 25

Quicksand @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, May 2

robert farrell @ Carleton Tavern, 10 pm



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