23 November 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 23 November 2009


13th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees Announced!


Nominees from across Canada have been announced for the 13th Annual Maple Blues Awards! The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field. Voting is open until Sunday, December 13th at noon (EDT). Blues fans cast their votes online, at www.mapleblues.ca.

Ottawa based swamp boogie, soul R&B and bedroom funk band MonkeyJunk leads the way with six nominations! They received nods in the Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, and Recording of the Year, for their record “Tiger In Your Tank”, categories as well as Male Vocalist of the Year and Harmonica Player of the Year for Steve Marriner and Guitar Player of the Year for Tony D.

This year's winners will be announced at the 13th Annual Maple Blues Awards Gala in Toronto, on January 18, 2010 at Koerner Hall. This very special evening is Canada's national annual celebration of homegrown blues talent. It's also a night of great music by the Maple Blues Band, comprised entirely of Maple Blues Awards winners and nominees. Koerner Hall is the newest addition to Toronto’s fine list of cultural centres and theatres. The intimate and elegant hall opened in September 2009 with 1,140 seats and features state-of-the-art acoustic treatment. Danny Marks, Host of BLUZ FM and David Gogo, Cordova Bay Recording Artist, will be hosting the Maple Blues Awards.

MonkeyJunk drummer fans please note … you can write in candidates on your ballot, so you can vote for Matt Sobb too!




Ricky Paquette

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, November 28 @ 9:15 pm

Ricky Paquette has been playing guitar for half of his life. His style combines his love of blues with classic rock, though he has studied classical guitar as well. In September Ricky was in Afghanistan with Bruce Cockburn and Finger Eleven, entertaining the Canadian Forces men & women posted there. In October he picked up two Lys Blues Awards (Quebec Blues Awards) for Performance Artistique and Spectacle de l'Année.




Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Tuesday, November 30 @ 9:30 pm

After two successful albums "30 Pieces of Silver" and self-titled "bluessmyth", "Sola Gratia" has just been released. This riveting and introspective recording from the Canadian trio includes powerful tracks written about Hurricane Katrina and deep human experiences such as reaching out in despair, soul searching, and finding redemption.

In essence, bluessmyth creates beyond the confines of a single genre. The name of the group melds together "blues" and "smyth" (or smith) as the symbolic forging and fusion of the roots of blues music with heavy metallic overtones, and gospel & soul influences. The dynamic of bluessmyth has evolved with the addition of drummer Celene Yohemas. Seamlessly matched with the solid, definitive bass lines of Jason Yaholkoski, and supporting soulful singer and guitarist Chris Yaholkoski, the new dynamic is a recipe for international success.





22nd Ottawa R&B Fest 2009

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday to Sunday, November 26-29

Once again we come to celebrate Ottawa area R&B talent in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of The Rainbow. R&B, Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Reggae, Surf, Swing, Rock-a-billy and Ska are all covered ... once again giving an ‘all shades of blue’ variety to this year’s festival. Come on and dance to the beat of the Blues.

Thursday, November 26, $5

9:30 pm Roots Movement

Friday, November 27, $10

9:30 pm Double Double

10:45 pm Pipeline

12:15 am The FunKtion

Saturday, November 28. $10

9:30 pm King Rattler

10:40 pm Mudboys

11:50 pm Ken Workman and The Union

1 am The Jesse Greene Band

Sunday, November 29

3-7 pm River City Junction $3

9:30 pm Ska Fest $5


Drew Nelson Band

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Friday, November 27

After a couple of years in self-imposed semi-retirement Drew has decided to lunge back into the music world in a much more active fashion. The newly re-configured band consists of Drew Nelson, Scott Amey on guitar and vocals, Steve Trecarten on sax and keyboards, Matt Wood on drums and vocals, as well as Andy Gorham on keyboards. The return of Drew's original bass player and arranger, Kurt Walther has provided an extra spark. Kurt recently has recovered from a severed tendon in his hand as well as a bad case of being a financial advisor. The band is pumped and ready for action.

Drew says: “This may be your last opportunity to witness this newly re-configured spectacle, seeing as we are touring sub-saharan Africa for the remainder of the year.” [Editor thinks seeing a few snowflakes on the Quebec side has Drew on the run!]



The Annual Baobab Tree Fundraiser, Rhythm Café

Tree House Studio, 415C Piccadilly Ave.

Sunday, November 29, from 2-5 pm; Adults $10, Students/Seniors $8; Kids under 12 free

Baobab Tree Drum Dance Community presents a fun, creative and interactive afternoon for all ages.,

This popular performance cafe features coffee and delicious desserts donated by Bridgehead Coffee House, Cocoa Camino and Planet Coffee, a silent auction, and all ages drum workshop, and of course drum and dance performances by the Baobab Youth and Roots kids. Rhythms and dances in styles from the vibrant traditions of Ghana will have everyone grooving.

Join us for this exciting afternoon of Concert/Coffee & Desserts/Silent Auction. Proceeds from the event will support baobab Tree's ongoing arts education programs.

This year's special guest is Storyteller Damay Gagnon, who will present "Jungle Drums" featuring drumming and dance by the youth performers. The story is enhanced by fantastic artwork by Maureen Clarke.

Baobab Tree Drum Dance Community is a registered Canadian Charity and was formed in 1995. Directed by Kathy Armstrong, Baobab Tree offers arts programming for ages 7 through adult. Their performances have supported local charities, and as well, educational trips to Ghana have enhanced the performers' understanding of the culture and music. The organization gets its name from the resilient and unusual African Baobab Tree.

For more info: (613) 725-6994





Music By The Bay Live Concert Series Presents

Stephen Fearing

The Waterfront Bistro; 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Thursday, November 26 @ 8 pm; tickets $25 (advance), $30 at the door

Multiple Juno Award winner, Stephen Fearing is one of the foremost performing singer-songwriters in
Canada. The consistent quality of his work produced over his two decades plus career has earned him a West Coast Music Award for Best Folk Music Recording and five Juno Award nominations as a solo artist. Mixing powerful lyrics, creative arrangements and brilliant guitar playing, Fearing has built up a loyal and dedicated international audience with a wide range of songs – from his 1988 release “Out to Sea”, to his last Juno winning album “Yellowjacket”.

The Waterfront Bistro provides seating for everyone to enjoy the performance in this intimate 100-seat venue where free parking is available. Enjoy dinner before the show and receive a 10% discount on your meal (food only); reservations @ 905-420-2020.

Tickets available at The Waterfront Bistro, Legend Music, Wilson & Lee Music Store, Durham School of Music and http://www.musicbythebaylive.com or by calling 905-831-8661.




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.

Special guests this month:

               November 26 – Jed Rached


Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

November 29 – BD and the Blu-Tones



Open Blues/Rock jam

Le Petit Chicago in Hull Centre-Town, 50 Portage Street

Sundays, 8-11 pm, starting March 29

We provide drums and amps, just bring your instrument. One musician at a time can play, with the band for improvisation, or as a standalone, for 15/20 minutes. You can register your name on a list at the door, choosing at what time you'd like to play. We suggest that you know how to communicate in terms of chords and rhythms, to make the improvisation easier and more convenient for the other musicians. You're more than welcome to come and play with us, and bring your friends! Le Petit Chicago is a very nice bar and we hope to see a lot of people. Spread the word!


Jesse Greene Band

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Every Sunday night, 9 pm

Jesse Greene and band perform live at Irene's every Sunday night. Blues/jazz originals rock, funk, folk, R&B, don't miss out! This is a kick-ass band. Jesse is an amazing guitarist and songwriter. Bluesfest performances, and shows with her other two bands Jokko and Frank and Jesse James have really started to turn heads and win hearts. But this is by far the best yet!
Drums - Jason Cote; Guitar - Luke Donovan & Jesse Greene; Harp - Marc Seguin; Bass - Dan Grewal.





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!


Drum Church

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

Every Sunday, 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.




Coco Montoya

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Thursday, December 3 @ 9:15 pm

The former drummer turned guitarist for Albert Collins paved the way for a stellar career in his own right after building a big time reputation as guitarist for British blues legend John Mayall as part of the Bluesbreakers, with whom he toured for 10 years.

In 1993 Coco Montoya released his first solo record and the rest as they say is history! Known not only for the stinging licks that he learned from the Ice Man, Montoya is also an incredibly soulful singer and songwriter.


Big Soul Project Christmas Concert
Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street

Saturday, November 5 @ 7:30 pm

Those who have been to our performances before know we bring great positive energy to the stage and deliver fresh, upbeat interpretations of traditional Gospel music. We perform all this great music with a soulful beat, thanks to our talented R&B Band. The concert will also give everyone a chance get into the Christmas spirit, with our popular sing-along carols. This year the choir is delighted to welcome two guests who will bring an exciting new dimension to Big Soul Project’s performance.

The first is Sheldon Neil of Sole Purpose Mime. Sheldon silently interprets positive messages delivered through song, spoken word, instrumental and theatrical avenues, and combines these with various elements and styles of interpretive dance and stage props to present a fresh message of empowerment to audiences. Sheldon is a local Ottawa boy and a graduate of Canterbury High School.

Our second special guest is Bertram Boldon. Bertram is credited with having helped to form the first steel band in Montreal, maybe even in Canada. Steel band has its origins in the backyards and neighbourhoods of Trinidad and Tobago. Through his years as a professional musician, Bertram has maintained an excellence in his playing that matches the standards set in Trinidad. Audiences are in for a huge treat, as Bertram’s steel pan will be a featured instrument in our concert.

Big Soul Project’s Music Director, Roxanne Goodman has helped the choir to grow and evolve over the last year, with new songs added to our repertoire, new soloists and new treatments of Gospel favourites. Roxanne brings a wealth of experience to the choir, as an accomplished vocalist, composer and pianist.

The concert will also see the release of our new CD, “Dancing in the Joy”. Hosting our concert will be CBC’s Adrian Harewood.



Oxfam Presents The Mighty Popo

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Tuesday, December 8 @ 8:30 pm; $10 ($5 at the door for students, seniors, unemployed)

‘A night of music and awareness: come and celebrate Women’s Rights and initiatives to tackle violence, poverty and HIV/AIDS.


Open Stage Fundraisers

for The Jesse Greene Band ‘On the Road to Memphis”

Saturday, December 12, 3-6 pm

The Jesse Greene Band are on their way to Memphis for the International Blues Competition. To help them out with this, we are holding 5 Open Stages to raise funds needed by the band to get there! Bring your friends, family and especially musicians for a fantastic day featuring some of the best local talent in Ottawa! There will be 50/50 draws throughout the day at all locations. The open Stages start at 3:00 pm and will run till 6:00 pm. The after party will be held at the Carleton Tavern.

The locations are as follows:

Daniel O'Connell's - 1205 Wellington Street West, Ottawa
Carleton Tavern - 223 Armstrong Street, Ottawa
The Atomic Rooster - 303 Bank Street, Ottawa
Irene's Pub - 885 Bank Street, Ottawa
The Elmdale Tavern - 1084 Wellington Street West, Ottawa


Jack de Keyzer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, December 18

Jack de Keyzer is a Juno and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer and is considered one of the finest blues guitarists working today. The British born, Canadian resident’s career has spanned three decades. De Keyzer has released 6 CDs and 1 DVD as a leader and appeared as a session guitarist on hundreds of recordings. Jack de Keyzer’s songs have also appeared in video; rock & blues radio charts; other artists; TV soundtracks and in Motion Pictures.

In 2003 Jack was awarded Canada's highest musical honour, the Juno award for Blues Album of the Year, "6 String Lover". In addition to the Juno, de Keyzer has won 7 Maple Blues Awards and in 2007 won the International Songwriting Competition's first place for the song ‘That's the Only Time’. Jack's most recent accolades came from two very Canadian institutions. First, Prime Minister Steven Harper's son Ben received a guitar lesson from Jack at the request of Ben’s mother Loreen Harper (a fan) at the Prime Minister's residence in January of 2009. Jack was also awarded Great Canadian Blues Artist of the year from a poll of CBC radio listeners in 2009.

Jack is currently mixing tracks for a soon-to-be-released live CD while in the midst of writing songs for an all new original CD slated for a 2010 release. He performs across Canada and internationally (US, Mexico, France, Portugal, Greece) over 150 shows per year. Jack de Keyzer is a masterful, electric blues guitarist, soulful singer and songwriter of the first order. Look for his new live CD "The Corktown Sessions" to be released soon on the blue star imprint.



Ottawa Blues Society Christmas Party & Annual General Meeting

With the Jesse Greene Band

Jesse Greene, Marc Seguin, Dan Grewal, Jason Cote and Luke Donovan

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street,

Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

Catch Ottawa's representative to this year’s International Blues Challenge in a full evening of entertainment to showcase the winning act and to help raise funds to cover their expenses to travel to the international competition in Memphis Tennessee, January 2010. All OBS members who attend will receive a gift CD. Additional details will be available soon at www.ottawabluessociety.com

In conjunction with the OBS Christmas Party, Saturday, December 19 at Tucson's, the Ottawa Blues Society will host an Annual General Meeting which will include elections for two Directors.



Maria Hawkins Annual Pre-New Year’s Eve Bash

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Wednesday, December 30

Maria’s annual celebration of the upcoming year. Beat the traffic and the New Year’s Eve chaos and celebrate one day early!





Lucky Peterson

Northside Restaurant, 92 King Street West, Cobourg ON

Monday, December 7; $25

We are having a private Blues Party and you are invited, featuring guitar and Hammond virtuoso Lucky Peterson. A child Blues prodigy raised in the clubs, Lucky recorded his first album at 5 years old. It was recorded by Blues legend Willie Dixon. Lucky is in the area coming up from L.A. and with it being close to Christmas so we thought why not have a Blues Christmas Bash.

Only 50 people for the party! First 50 people to go to Zap Records or the Northside Restaurant Cobourg, pay their $25 for Lucky gets in! Once the 50 spaces on the list are filled – that is it. Cash bar available and food if reservations made.

Check Lucky out on line. Yet another unbelievable player, but Lucky is a cut above the rest.

Zap Records, 20 King street East Cobourg, 1-877-562-2222
and the Northside
92 King Street West
Cobourg, ON K9A 2M3
(905) 377-9709




Choose The Blues Productions is very pleased to announce the 2009/10 Line-Up (our 5th season) for Blues On The Rideau at The Cove. More details on artists will be posted on http://www.choosetheblues.ca shortly.

Blues On The Rideau
At The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series

2009/10 LINE-UP - our 5th Season

December 18 * JOHNNY MAX BAND http://www.johnnymaxband.com
>From Toronto - 2008 Juno Award nominee & 3X Maple Blues Award nominee – sweaty blues, R&B, funk & soul
Proceeds to the Westport Area Food Bank

January 15/16 - DAVID ROTUNDO BAND http://www.davidrotundo.com
>From Toronto - Multiple Maple Blues Award nominee & winner of Harmonica Player of the Year – high energy, dancin’ blues!
Proceeds to Westport’s Rideau Vista & St. Edward’s Elementary Schools

February 19/20 - JEROME GODBOO BAND http://www.jeromegodboo.com
>From Toronto - A potent mix of voice, harmonica & electricity – 2008 Maple Blues Harmonica Player of the Year nominee
Proceeds to the Rideau Waterway Land Trust & Friends of Foley Mountain

March 19/20 - JOHN CAMPBELLJOHN BAND http://www.campbelljohn.ca
>From Cape Breton, NS - Sizzling slide guitar rockin’ blues all the way from Cape Breton – a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee
Proceeds to the Westport Lions Club Mobility Van & Compassion Canada Sponsor-A-Child

April 23/24 - HARMONICA SHAH w. JACK DE KEYZER & BAND http://www.electrofi.com and http://www.jackdekeyzer.com
>From Detroit & Toronto - The Shah of Detroit blues harp & voice with a hot Toronto band featuring the great Jack de Keyzer on guitar
Proceeds to Westport In Bloom & Habitat For Humanity

May 14/15 - TREASA LEVASSEUR BAND http://www.treasalevasseur.com
>From Toronto - Think Etta James, Joni Mitchell, & Dusty Springfield soul, blues, R&B – 3X 2008 Maple Blues Award nominee
Proceeds to Rideau District Museum & Gilda’s Club for Cancer Families

June 19 * DANNY MARKS & THE BLUES ALL STARS http://www.dannym.com
>From Toronto - A child prodigy now one of Canada’s best blues guitarist/singer/entertainers backed by an All Star band
Proceeds to the David McCarthy Scholarship Fund

* indicates 2nd night Show may be added depending on advance ticket sales
Artists & dates may change. Check the web site or call The Cove as the Show date draws closer.

$55 for dinner & show (taxes & donation to charity included) - same price as the last two years!
7 pm buffet dinner, Show 8:30 pm to 11 pm – all nights
Well-priced accommodation available at The Cove & nearby B&Bs – stay overnight and enjoy a mini-vacation.
The historic Cove Inn is located in the beautiful town of Westport on Upper Rideau Lake - a 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston. http://www.coveinn.com

Advance reservations required. CALL THE COVE (613) 273-3636 & book your tickets now!
Visit http://www.choosetheblues.ca for more info & updates




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.


Regular 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

Agent Blue

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

First Saturday of each month; early start 8 pm


For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society





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, November 26 – Gift List – International: Suggestions of seasonal gifts by international jazz and blues performers, including Terence Blanchard, Cyrus Chestnut, Alex Cline, Andrew Drury, Denis Gonzales, Heath Brothers, Samuel James, Scott LaFaro, Joelle Leandre, Manhattan Transfer, James Moody and Maria Muldaur.

Next week, December 2 – Gift List – Canadian: Suggestions of seasonal gifts by Canadian jazz and blues performers. Will include Ken Aldcroft, Lina Allemano, Normand Guilbeault, Habalinsky Uprising, John Hanson, Andy Milne, Not the Wind Not the Flag, October Trio and Cory Weeds.


Mondays, 2-7 am

Rockin’ the Blues

with Diane Wells

Diane has a new show, and she’ll be playing … what else, rockin’ blues!


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 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 – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, November 24 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (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 performer Ruthie Foster.

Tuesday, November 24 @ 8 am – Talkin' Blues

Tribute (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features Chicago-based singer/guitarist Nick Moss, a conversation with Mel Brown about his health, a video from Morgan Davis and a salute to late Canadian musician Domenic Troiano.

Monday, November 30 @ 10:30 pm – Garrett Mason, Born to the Blues (2008)
Documentary featuring the JUNO award-winning son of Dutch Mason, the Prime Minister of the Blues, as he forges his own style of music and develops a dedicated fan base throughout Canada.

Tuesday, December 1 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Salty Sessions/Hot Toddy (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 the band Hot Toddy.

Tuesday, December 1 @ 8 am – Talkin' Blues

Little Charlie & the Night Cats (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features a performance and interview from the California-based band lead by Rick Estrin and Charlie Baty, who have worked together for over 30 years.

Tuesday, December 8 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Nothing Halfway, Rick Fines & Susie Vinnick (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 Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick.

Tuesday, December 8 @ 8 am – Talkin' Blues

Curtis Salgado (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features words and music from blues/soul singer Curtis Salgado, who served as the inspiration for John Belushi's Blues Brothers character.




Friday, December 4

Corky Kealey and Vince Halfhide’s 60th birthday bash @ Irene’s, 9 pm

Bluestone @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, December 12

Open Stages for the Jesse Greene Band @ the Elmdale House, the Carleton Tavern, Irene’s, the Atomic Rooster and Daniel O’Connor’s, 3-6 pm

Rudeboy @ Irene’s, 9 pm

Sunday, December 13

Jam with Wicked Grin @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm

Saturday, December 19

OBS AGM & Christmas Party with the Jesse Greene Band @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Thursday, December 24

Trevor Finlay’s Annual Christmas Eve Acoustic Afternoon @ Tucson’s, 1-5 pm

Saturday, December 26

Loudlove @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Sunday, December 27

Jam with River City Junction @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm

Wednesday, December 30

Maria Hawkins Annual Pre-New Year’s Eve Bash @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Thursday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Party with Quicksand @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



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