15 February 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 15 February 2010




Rev. Ernie Cox and Band

CD Release

NAC Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin Street

Friday & Saturday, February 19-20; tickets $25

The Rev. Ernie Cox and his 5 piece band, along with the London Family singers, present two evenings of soulful Blues and black Gospel music. This is a special CD release concert for Ernie's brand new Blues and Gospel disc, recorded in Montreal Studio Victor.





King Rattler & the Mud Boys

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, February 19

Cousins Rod Williams and Dean Dupuis bring their bands together for a Double-Bill at The Rainbow in the Byward Market Ottawa!




Benefit for Haiti’s Future

Avant-Garde Bar, 135½ Besserer Street

Friday, February 19, 6-11 pm; $10 or donation

"Focus on Development", a small local NGO, would like to invite you to an evening in support of a small community in Haiti. This community is dealing with the devastating effects of the earthquake but also has long term needs that Focus is committed to supporting. An evening of live entertainment, Haitian art and photographs – http://www.rocksandtrees.ca/ taken by the kids of this community has been planned.

Some of the artists that will be performing:
~ Oni the Haitian Sensation
~ Adam Pender
~ Christophe Elie
~ Jennifer Noxon
~ Razor Mike
~ George Turcotte
~ River City Junction
~ and more to come ...

Let us introduce you to this small place in the world and come join us in support of their community as they work to recover from this tragedy and build a solid foundation for their future.





Music By the Bay Live presents

Mardi Gras Party

With Loco Zydeco

The Waterfront Bistro, 590 Liverpool Rd. S., Pickering ON

Thursday, February 18 @ 8 pm; tickets $20

Loco Zydeco is a 6-person, high energy, Canadian Zydeco band, based in Toronto. Loco Zydeco has created a unique take on Louisiana's most exciting musical export – the accordion and rub-board driven, get the crowd movin’ and groovin’ straight out of the steamy Creole bayou music called Zydeco. In all its toe-tapping, hip-shaking glory, only a very few bands in Canada perform Zydeco.

Formed in 2002, Loco Zydeco has earned a reputation for pumping up a crowd of any age, getting them moving in their seats or onto the dance floor and joining them on stage to try their hand at the rub-board during their energetic live performances.


There will be seating for everyone to enjoy the performance in this intimate 100-seat venue. Free parking is available. Enjoy a Mardi Gras-inspired dinner before the show and receive a 10% discount on your meal (food only); reservations @ 905-420-2020.



Blues on the Rideau presents
Jerome Godboo Band
The Cove, Westport ON

Friday, February 19, 7 pm buffet dinner, Show 8:30 – 11 pm

$55 for dinner & Show (taxes and donation to charity included)

Jerome Godboo is a singer, songwriter and harp player extraordinaire. Those who have seen him live hae the image seared in their mind - there's the machismo and the mischievous grin, the low-slung leather belt of harmonicas, and there's a tenderness and vulnerability as well. Based purely on first impressions, it's easy to make comparisons to Jagger and Morrison, but Jerome imitates no one. If the respect of his peers is anything to go by, Jerome Godboo is a giant on the music scene in Canada. All in all, it's a potent mix, one that combines the still vibrant musical legacy of more than a century of the blues with a passion and urgency that constantly renews itself.

"In this music everybody wins if anybody wins. I try to give the band just enough information to kick off their intrinsic responsiveness. I might express pain and they might respond with beauty. Anger and love are free to mix. All I ask from the band is careful attention to what I'm saying and an honest response. I believe that a fuller picture of things comes from this free movement." - Jerome Godboo


Jerome is bringing three great Kitchener/Toronto artists with him – Shawn Kellerman (Mel Brown protégé) on guitar, 2009 MBA Bass Player of the Year Alec Fraser and Al Cross (formerly with Big Sugar) on drums. This will be a happening night. Don’t miss it!

Proceeds to the Rideau Waterway Land Trust & Friends of Foley Mountain



Saturday Nite Blues Dance

With Terry Gillespie

The Atlantic Hotel, 36 McDougall, Alexandria ON

Saturday, February 20 @ 8 pm; $10

Terry Gillespie with a full band; the rhythm section will be driven by our favourite power house Gordon Adamson courtesy of The Stephen Band.:
The Atlantic will have two new dinner specials for the hungry people: for $12.95 you can have a choice of Steak Dinner or 1/2 chicken.





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:

February 18 – Terry Gillespie

February 25 – Dr. Dave


Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)



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

2nd Sunday of each month, 4-7 pm; cover $5 (jammers free)

Hosted by Smokestack Lightning, the jam is open to all ages.



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, 135½ 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




Matt Anderson

& Wil

Centrepointe Theatre,

Thursday, February 25 @ 8 pm; tickets $35

Matt Andersen is a well-known and established part of the East Coast music landscape, a favourite live performer at clubs and festivals, who won Blues and Male Solo Recording of the Year at the 2009 East Coast Music Awards and recently won the Solo/Duo Competition at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. His sprawling acoustic blues, roots and rock musical hybrid and his soulful voice has sparked a phenomenal buzz. Wil delivers intense live shows with his expansive roots-rock sound and world-weary lyrics.




With Swamperella

Elmdale House, 1084 Wellington Street

Saturday, February 27 @ 9 pm; cover $10 (seating 1st come, 1st served)

Ball and Chain presents MARDI GRAS with Swamperella.

Swamperella is not just a musical group, it's a scene: spicy, melancholy, toe tapping, sexy, the Swamperella experience ‘'defies listeners to stay seated’. Swamperella’s expression of music is deeply rooted in Cajun tradition and the band’s original material attests to a profound understanding of and connection to the ‘Louisiana sound’.

This band has played a myriad of venues and whether the show is in a barn in Gaspé, Quebec for the 400th anniversary of Acadian history, or at Brock University performing with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Swamperella rocks! And people respond! The music is infectious and the Swamperella approach is to pull out all the stops. The old fashioned waltzes drive forward in pulsating rhythm, the plaintive vocal harmonies wrap the listener in a haunting reminiscence, the washboard grooves get everyone moving and those that still won't dance find themselves clapping along and hollering.

Swamperella is honest in its musical approach, its interpretation and its repartée. Swamperella is a five-piece band made up of: lead fiddler, vocalist and washboard player Soozi Schlanger; on button accordion, fiddle and vocals Peter Jellard; guitarist, Conny Nowe; bassist, Rachel Melas; and percussionist, Dave Pontello. Swamperella’s 3rd recording, “On the Line”, contains a mixture of traditional Cajun waltzes and two steps, Swamperella originals, and some upbeat zydeco numbers.

Jody & Michael may sit in for a few songs; there will be a dance lesson and Jody's Famous Black-Eyed Peas will be served in the break.



Mr. Something Something

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, February 27

A little something for the body, a little something for the mind: your soundtrack to a joyful revolution.

With their fourth album, Toronto’s Mr. Something Something continue to gain international recognition for their unique blend of Afrobeat, jazz and pop. Their irresistible rhythms and interactive live shows have long served as a vehicle for social justice & environmental activism, and in 2009, the band took audience participation to new levels with its SoundCycle - Canada’s first bicycle powered sound system. Power to the people, by the people!

Mr. Something Something represents six years of composing, performing, risk-taking, improving and ultimately mobilizing the original vision of founding members Larry Graves [drums/percussion] and John MacLean [saxophone/voice]. Twenty years of playing, studying and traveling passed before these two childhood friends settled on the unbeatable dance rhythms of Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Ghana as the most natural gathering place for the elements that would ultimately make up the Mr. Something Something sound.

Western instruments and concepts of improvisation are explored and layered over what used to be called Afrobeat; but the term strains to contain the innovations happening in the rhythm section at every show. It also fails to express in fiery-enough terms the imaginative solo work of respected jazz guitarist Paul MacDougall. Liam Smith dependably delivers basslines designed to induce and sustain a state of ecstatic dancing. And there is always inspiration to be drawn from mesmerizing on-stage dancer/choreographer Jennifer Dallas. The horn section strikes with power and uplifts with melody. And above it all, acting as a lightning rod, is the lyric statement of the case for change and consciousness, passionately delivered by electrifying frontman Johan Hultqvist.

Aside from wildly energized and unpredictable live shows, the band is becoming increasingly well-known for its green politics and environmental activism.



Debbie Davies

Victoria Hall Concert Hall, Coburg ON

Saturday, February 27 @ 8 pm; tickets $26.50 advance, $32 at the door

A twenty-year veteran of the road, Debbie Davies is truly one of the leading lights on the contemporary blues music scene today. She’s a former guitarist for Albert Collins and John Mayall and her latest Vizz Tone release “Holdin’ Court’ is high on the National Roots Radio Charts (blues). “Holdin’ Court” is all-instrumentals (5 covers, 6 originals), reminiscent of the blues instrumental albums released in the 1960s. Debbie Davis is nominated for a 2010 Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Artist/electric/female.





Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Saturday, February 27 @ 9 pm

Sunday, February 28 @ 4 pm

Canada’s newest blues and roots band is taking the blues scene by storm. After placing 3rd in the IBC in Memphis in February 2009, they toured Canada and appeared at European festivals. They are nominated for 6 Maple Blues Awards and also received a rare, for Canadians, Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist Debut. Formed in late March 2008 in Ottawa, they play an original style of swamp boogie R&B, bedroom funk and love songs that will break your heart, MonkeyJunk is Tony D on guitar, slide guitar and vocals; Steve Marriner on vocals, guitar, baritone guitar and harmonica and Matt Sobb on drums, cymbals, percussion and background vocals. These three musicians apply a combined 56 years of experience in the music business to entertain in a raw and captivating manner you will not soon forget . . . see for yourself!






Black History Ottawa is a registered non-profit Canadian charity led by a dedicated group of volunteers. Since 1986, it has coordinated and promoted Black History Month in Ottawa to celebrate the contribution of Black people to the Canadian mosaic. In addition, the organisation supports aspiring local artists, designers, writers and innovators. It also organises child and youth-centred mentorship and leadership programs during the year. In 2009, Black History Ottawa was the proud recipient of the Community Partner award from the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa. This award is given annually to an organisation which has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to making a difference to the lives of children, youth or families, while working in partnership with the Society. Black History Ottawa is a member of the Council of Heritage Organisations in Ottawa.

Below is a list of some of the music-related Black History month events.

For the full list of events, go to http://www.blackhistoryottawa.org/welcome.php?pid=117&lang=en


Nigerian Panorama
Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street
Saturday, February 20, 2-5 pm; a
dmission: $5
Art exhibit, music, dance, fashion and culture from Nigeria.

Come and experience the sights and sounds of Africa’s most populous and vibrant nation.
Information: Brenda Obaseki,
BRENDA.OBASEKI@forces.gc.ca, 613.737.7401


16 Bars Hip Hop Symposium

Location: TBA (check the website)

Saturday, February 27, 10 am – 2 pm; students $10; adults $20

Presented by 3 Dreads and a Baldhead in collaboration with Hip Hop Loves Foundation.
"Serving to educate and inspire marginalized populations through the power of Hip Hop and Hip Hop Culture".

Super Special Guest panel to be announced!
Information: www.3dreads.com or email 3dreads@gmail.com; 613-818-8954
Early Registration Deadline is February 15, 2010


A celebration of African and Caribbean Culture
Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street
Sunday, February 28, 1-5 pm; free admission
An afternoon of inspiration and entertainment celebrating the different cultures of Africa and the Caribbean.
African and Caribbean food, singers, slam poetry, African Traditional dances and an Art Exhibition made by recently arrived children.
Information: www.cic.ca




Debbie Davies

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Tuesday, March 2 @ 9:30 pm

A twenty-year veteran of the road, Debbie Davies is truly one of the leading lights on the contemporary blues music scene today. She’s a former guitarist for Albert Collins and John Mayall and her latest Vizz Tone release “Holdin’ Court’ is high on the National Roots Radio Charts (blues). “Holdin’ Court” is all-instrumentals (5 covers, 6 originals), reminiscent of the blues instrumental albums released in the 1960s. Debbie Davis is nominated for a 2010 Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Artist/electric/female.



Sweet & the Back Beat

D’Arcy McGee’s, Bells Corners

Friday, March 5 @ 9 pm

Sweet & the Back Beat’s sound is built around the soulful lead vocals of Larry Sweet, whose natural feel for R&B stylists like Wilson Picket, Eddie Floyd, Sam and Dave, and Otis Redding provides audiences a fresh reminder of why this music is so important. Larry is backed by a group of local veteran musicians: Mike Belanger on guitar, Ken Reynolds on drums, Tommy Rowe on bass, and Peter Krogh on keyboards.

It’s Blues and R&B theme night at D’Arcy McGees … classics from the 50s to today.



Suzie Vinnick

The Waterfront Bistro; 590 Liverpool Road Pickering

Thursday March 11 @ 8 pm; tickets $20 advance / $25 door

Suzie Vinnick has the voice of a blues mama who's seen it all. She plays bass, guitar, saxophone, piano, Dobro, lap steel and mandolin. A self-taught musician, Suzie is one of the busiest session players and singers in the Canadian blues/roots music and jazz communities, having made appearances on more than a dozen recordings by other artists. She is a frequent headliner at festivals across the country and in the US, and in November shared the Massey Hall stage as musical director and featured artist in the Toronto Blues Society's annual all-star Women's Blues Revue. Multi-Maple Blues Award winner (for female vocalist, bassist and songwriter categories), Suzie was nominated for a 2009 JUNO for her 3rd album, “Happy Here”, produced by Juno-Award winning singer/songwriter Stephen Fearing, and for two 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs).

“Possessed of a distinctively alluring voice – once described as being "spun of gold " – she has the power and grace to project it through finely-crafted (and increasingly self-penned) songs that make you sit up and wish you knew her better.” (Eric Thom)


Opening for Suzie is Jill Jambor, an emerging artist from Barrie ON. Jambor released her debut album "To Give You an Idea" in 2009. Her songs have been praised as fresh, deliberate and emotionally authentic.


Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, March 19 @ 9:30 pm

Eddie Shaw, on tenor & alto saxes and harmonica, is a very talented singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and bandleader. Howlin’ Wolf’s personal manager for five years, Eddie is one of the most respected blues musicians alive today. He composes, arranges, and writes music. He worked at Delmark managing weekly sessions for the label with fellow studio fixture Jimmy Dawkins in the ‘60s. In the ‘90s, he recorded for European and Japanese labels, as well as for Roosters Blues in Clarksdale MS. The Wolf Gang usually features Shaw’s son, Eddie ‘Vaan’ Shaw on guitar.





Blues on the Rideau, a Dinner & Show Fundraiser series at the Cove Inn, Westport, featuring some of Canada’s best blues artists, takes place once a month from October to June, in the friendly, intimate setting of a cozy country Inn. Includes a delicious full course buffet dinner plus the Show, with proceeds going to support different local charities – all for only $55, tax included. Advance reservations required. Shows frequently sell out in advance, so book early.

February 19 – one show only – JEROME GOODOO BAND http://www.jeromegodboo.com

From Toronto – A potent mix of voice, harmonica & electricity – 2009 Maple Blues Harmonica Player of the Year nominee

Proceeds to the Rideau Waterway Land Trust & Friends of Foley Mountain

March 19 – one show only – 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


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 – BLACKBURN http://www.myspace.com/blackburnbrothers

4 great blues, funk, R&B soul brothers form Toronto. 2009 Maple Blues Award winners as Best New Group of the Year

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

Artists & dates may change. Check the website or call the Cove as the show date draws closer.

$55 for dinner & Show (taxes and donation to charity included)

7 pm buffet dinner, Show 8:30 – 11 pm

Well—priced accommodation available at the Cove and nearby B&Bs

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.




Regular events

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.


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 2010. 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, February 17 – Herbie Nichols: To complement Mark Miller’s recent book on pianist Herbie Nichols, we’ll play Herbie’s quartet recordings from March 1952 and his trio recordings from May 1955, August 1955, April 1956 and November 1957.

Next week, February 24 – Warne Marsh & Lee Konitz: The booking of the Warne Marsh-Lee Konitz Quintet to play in Copenhagen in December 1975 re-united tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, two students of pianist Lennie Tristano who hadn’t played together for at least twenty years. Everyone was happy with the results.


Every other Monday, 2-7 am – starting Monday, January 18

Rockin’ the Blues from Canada

with Diane Wells

Every other early Monday morning Diane plays a mix of Rock (classic and new) and Blues (traditional, contemporary, fusions).


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).




The 40th anniversary Downchild show featuring Dan Aykroyd, Colin Linden, Colin James and James Cotton from Toronto is now available in the concerts on demand section of the CBC website:
Lots more available (you can filter by blues and you’ll get 71 hits!), including:
Nova Scotia Gospel Choir and Jackie Richardson – Martin Luther King Tribute concert in Halifax
MonkeyJunk at the 2009 Ottawa Bluesfest
Matt Anderson at the 2009 Vancouver Folk Festival

Harrison Kennedy at Koerner Hall


Chris Kirby & The Marquee live at Bella Vista Club

Colin James live in Vancouver
Blackburn live at the Silver Dollar
(Thanks to Ian Tomlinson for this info)


Not yet broadcast, but also available on the site, the November and December live recordings of Madagscar Slim and the Women's Blues Revue.
(Thanks to Derek Andrews for this info)


Canada Live broadcasts are on traditional radio, Monday to Friday, at 7-8 pm (eastern). Broadcasts can also be streamed live in every time zone from the Radio 2 website – http://www.cbc.ca/radio2 – and each of the concerts (there are about 700 online) is archived for On-demand streaming on the Concerts on Demand part of the website for 1 year at http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/

(Thanks to Ann MacKeigan for this info)




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, February 16 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Diamond Days/Eric Bibb (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 musician Eric Bibb.

Tuesday, February 16 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Dis, Dat or D'Udda (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features the legendary Dr. John, the singer/songwriter whose blend of African, American-Indian and Creole influences has made him one of New Orleans's most distinctive voices.

Tuesday, February 23 @ 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, February 23 @ 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.

Tuesday, March 2 @ 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, March 2 @ 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.

Thursday, March 4 @ 8 pm & Friday, March 5 @ 7 am – Innovators in Music

Dave Stewart (2009): This documentary series profiles six dynamic musicians from a variety of genres, backgrounds and disciplines and explores how the creative impulse extends beyond music making and into other realms of artistic pursuit. In this episode, former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart showcases his photography exhibit at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York's Bowery district. Dave discusses his humble origins in Sunderland, his early love for blues music and Bob Dylan, his creative output with The Eurythmics, his lifelong pursuit to capture art's vanishing "tinkerbell", his photography, and his passion for artistic collaboration.




Friday, February 26

BlueZinc @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, February 27

MonkeyJunk @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, 9:30 pm

Ball & Chain @ the Elmdale House, 9:30 pm

Capital Vox Auction & Dance Party @ Tucson’s, 9 pm

Friday, March 5

Terry Gillespie with S/G Mighty Popo@ the Elmdale House Tavern

Sweet & the Back Beat @ D’Arcy McGee’s, Bells Corners, 9 pm

Saturday, March 6

Barrelhouse @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, March 12

Drew Nelson Band @ Irene’s

Saturday, March 20

Jesse Greene Band @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Friday, March 26

Ball & Chain and the Wreckers @ the Elmdale House Tavern



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