15 March 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 15 March 2010




Congratulations to MonkeyJunk, winner of the Indie for Favourite Blues Artist/Group

The nominees included:

Colin James (MapleMusic)
Colin Linden (True North Records)
Harrison Kennedy (Electro-Fi)
Jim Byrnes (Black Hen)
Monkey Junk (Beefy Productions)

Way to go, guys!




The Jesse Greene Band

International Blues Challenge finalists

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, March 19 @ 9:15 pm


Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, March 20 @ 9:30 pm

The Ottawa Blues Society is very proud of our representative at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. The Jesse Greene Band travelled to Memphis TN in January to represent the OBS in the Band Competition of the IBC. One hundred and eleven bands, representing blues organizations from a dozen countries, including seven from Canada, were entered. Each band played the same venue Thursday, January 21 and Friday January 22 and one band from each venue advanced to the Saturday evening finals at the Orpheum Theatre. The Jesse Greene Band was the only Canadian band of the 11 bands in the finals.

Join us on Friday, March 19 at Tucson’s and Saturday, March 20 at the Rainbow to congratulate the Jesse Greene Band on their fantastic showing at the IBC.

The Jesse Greene Band is Jesse Greene, guitar; Marc Seguin, harmonica, Luke Donovan, guitar; Dan Grewal, bass and Jason Coté, drums.






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 presents
John Campbelljohn Band
The Cove, Westport ON

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

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

Sizzling slide guitar rockin’ blues all the way from Cape Breton – a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee, John Campbelljohn has seven releases under his belt and has learned a thing or two about doing it right. And he's got the awards to prove it – having earned such accolades as "Canadian Slide Guitarist of the Year" and "Blues Guitarist of the Year" in a country that honours its blues heroes. Don't let that make you think he'd sit back to bask in the glory – he'd rather keep stretching his personal boundaries and work to perfect his craft.

Campbelljohn treats the blues as hard work and this work ethic can be realized in his prolific songwriting and heard in his music. “Good To Go”, his latest release, continues to advance Campbelljohn's inventive approach to the blues, blending it with rock, Celtic and reggae twists and adding such innovations as his skilled use of pedal steel guitar to the mix of 12 originals.

The caliber of his songwriting reflects a deep-rooted passion for what he does. “Good To Go” marks the next important stage in Campbelljohn's development as a revered national treasure. For those unfamiliar with the man's work, prepare yourself.


Proceeds to the Westport Lions Club Mobility Van & Compassion Canada Sponsor-A-Child



The Loyal Blues Fellowship presents

End of Winter Blues VI

Saturday, March 20; all door pass $25; dinner $12

Local Showcase of Quinte region’s finest Blues performers, early afternoon till 8:30 pm;

Jimmy Bowskill 9 - 11:30 pm.

Southern Dinner catered by Loyalist College Culinary Students 5:30 - 7 pm

Purchase passes on-line.



Ross Neilsen

Stonewater Pub, 490 Stone St. S., Gananoque ON

Saturday, March 20 @ 9 pm

A true road warrior in every sense, Ross Neilsen spent the last two years living out of his van on friends’ couches and fans’ floors so he could dedicate himself to his craft. He is out there doing it and he is not going to stop. A recent nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards, Blues Album of the Year nomination from the East Coast Music Association, two albums released in six months, 200+ 4-hour shows a year and a log book of over 80,000 km covering three national tours – all this in just the past year. In February 2010, Neilsen was chosen to represent New Brunswick and perform outside Atlantic Canada House Pavilion on Granville Island during the Olympics. Ross Neilsen is the real, old school kind of artist.

Whether telling tall tales, capturing the spirit of the blues through his own originals and unique covers in his intimate solo shows or combining clever lyrics with old school, in-your-face guitar playing, Ross Neilsen will take you on an emotional journey through the joys and pains of life, death, triumph and defeat.


(Thanks to Sarah French for this info.)




Irene’s Blues AllStars

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Thursdays, 9 pm – 1 am

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.

Special guests:

March 18 – John Yemensky

March 25 – Terry Gillespie


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!




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




Myers Brothers Band

Buster's Bar & Grill
Friday, March 26 @ 9:30 pm

The Myers Brothers Band will be performing stripped-down electric juke joint blues and rockin' boogie, Friday March 26th at Buster's Bar & Grill, 9:30 pm. This will be the Myers Brothers' last Ottawa appearance this winter, before heading off to the "Land where the blues began" for the month of April. A full house is expected, so come early for best seat selection.


Blues on Tues

With Terry Gillespie

Alexandria ON

Tuesday, March 30, 7-10 pm

March 30th is a Tuesday, it is a Full Moon and it is Terry’s birthday – we are going to celebrate.
It is Jody Golick’s (sax) birthday also. Blues on Tues at the Granary with dueling saxes.



Gary Farmer & the Troublemakers

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, April 1 @ 9:30 pm

It’s a harmonica-based blues band with a lot of heart and energy. Playing blues standards from the 50s to contemporary blues, band leader Gary Farmer also creates original music with support of fellow musical artists, writers and poets.



Music By the Bay Live presents


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

Thursday, April 1; doors @ 7 pm, show @ 8 pm; tickets $25

Don't miss Canada's hottest blues band as Fathead winds up for a night of Chicago and Delta style blues. Two-time Juno Award Winners for best blues album of the year, Fathead has played the top blues rooms, concert halls and music festivals from coast to coast.

Free parking is available. Enjoy dinner before the show and receive a 10% discount on your meal (food only); dinner reservations (downstairs) 905-420-2020 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              905-420-2020      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.



Jack de Keyzer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, April 3 @ 9:30 pm

Jack’s latest release, “The Corktown Sessions” has been nominated for a 2010 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year. This brand new blues recording brings Jack’s exciting live blues show into your living room, car, rec room. The CD was recorded live at the Corktown Tavern in Hamilton, last May 1st.


Ricky Paquette

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, April 3 @ 9:30 pm

Ricky is electrifying with his guitar and his mellow hooks driven by a powerful voice will have the listener coming back for more. This young prodigy is now taking on the Blues/Rock music scene with reckless abandon. Treat yourselves, and encourage this young emerging artist as he prepares to tour the Canadian music scene.



MonkeyJunk with Andy J. Forest

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday & Saturday, April 9-10 @ 9:30 pm

Andy J Forest, harmonica & frattoir player, singer songwriter, has been playing harmonica and singing professionally since 1977. These recordings feature mostly Forest’s original songs. The latest CD “Real Stories: of Love Labor and Other Man Made Catastrophies” (on Slang Records) won "The Best of The Beat" Award for best Blues Cd of 2007 in New Orleans. After living in Europe for ten years he returned to his home New Orleans in 1991 where he plays in clubs yet frequently goes on tour in Europe and Canada. He has written scores of songs, one novel (Letter From Hell) and paints “outside” art, mostly of blues and jazz singers.

This weekend, Andy appears with Canada’s newest blues and roots band, MonkeyJunk. After placing 3rd in the IBC in Memphis in February 2009, they toured Canada and appeared at European festivals. In January they won five of the 6 Maple Blues Awards for which they were nominated and at the recent 10th Annual Independent Music Awards MonkeyJunk received the Indie Favourite Blues Artist/Group. They have 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!





Rob Lutes

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Thursday, April 15 @ 8:30 pm

Rob Lutes is a soulful singer-songwriter from Montreal with an ever-growing collection of literate, moving meditations on life and love. His ability to encapsulate universal ideas and questions, even the subtle ones, coupled with his gritty, heartfelt delivery and world-class performance chops, have invited comparisons with several legends in the roots genre from John Hiatt to Fred Eaglesmith.

The former Kerrville New Folk song-writing winner went into the studio in September 2008 to record his much-awaited fourth CD with noted Boston-area producer David Goodrich. The result, “Truth & Fiction”, is his most confident work to date.

Widely known for his inspiring and impassioned live performances. Rob Lutes' live shows always feature extraordinary playing, some improvisational magic and Lutes' intense, soulful vocals.



David Rotundo


Lee Oscar

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, April 17

More info coming.




Kingston Children’s Aid Society presents

A Night in Blue

featuring MonkeyJunk

with opening act – Mojo Shooter

Davies Hall, St. Lawrence College, Kingston ON

Saturday, April 24; $100, includes dinner & dance; $30 dance only (until April 10; limit 50 tickets)

Each year the Children’s Aid Society presents a Night In Blue. This very special night is a fund raiser to help some of Kingston’s most vulnerable kids. The money raised is used to purchase comfort packages as the children enter foster homes and for sports and recreation programs not funded by government.

Night in Blue always features one of the premiere blues bands in the country.

This year the CAS has exceeded all expectations and hired the hottest band not only in Canada but also in the USA. MonkeyJunk recently won five Maple Blues Awards (January) and the Independent Music Award for Blues (March) and are nominated for a Blues Music Award (US) and by all accounts they put on the most amazing live shows. MonkeyJunk features Tony D on guitar, Steve Marriner on harmonica and vocals and Matt Sobb on drums.

Call 613 542-7351 x 3309 Trisa McConkey for tickets or email her trisa,mcconkey@frontcas.ca

For more info, http://www.nightinblue.ca/NIght_in_Blue_4.html




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.

March 19 – JOHN CAMPBELLJOHN BAND http://www.campbelljohn.ca

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, March 17 – Hakon Kornstad: We’ll focus on the leading Norwegian saxophonist Hakon Kornstad, using his recordings made between 2000 and 2007.

Next week, March 24 – Stan Tracey: The iconic English pianist, composer and band-leader’s recordings, from piano duets to Octets to his 20-piece Orchestra, recorded between 1976 and 2006 with sidemen Alan Barnes, Harry Beckett, Malcolm Griffiths, Peter King, Evan Parker, Alan Skidmore, Art Themen, Keith Tippett and Don Weller.


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).




Canada Live

From Cate Friesen – Greetings, lots of roots and blues this week on Canada Live.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Concert 1: Downchild, recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM

Friday, March 19, 2010 on CBC Radio 1

Concert 1: Downchild, recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto

The Downchild Blues band started its career in 1969. Forty years later, the band has played thousands of gigs and inspired hundreds of other Canadian blues bands, as well as being known as the band that inspired Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi to form The Blues Brothers. On their 40th Anniversary, Downchild pulled out all the stops for a national tour. Canada Live caught up with them at their sold out performance at Massey Hall. The concert features Master of Ceremonies Dan Aykroyd and musical guests Colin Linden, Colin James, Jonas, and the blues legend James Cotton.

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




The 40th anniversary Downchild show featuring Dan Aykroyd, Colin Linden, 
Colin James & 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 & 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)




From Andy Frank andy_frank55@yahoo.com

Hello! Many of you are aware of Roots Music Canada; we began operations in November of 2009, and currently exist as a blog that aims to put into context what (and who) is truly worth knowing about in Canadian roots music.

In this, we include some blues, some jazz, some rock, anything where roots/folk intersects with another genre is fair game for us.

You may be interested in seeing some of our HD interview and performance videos. It's free, so why not? Here are some direct links to blues-related pieces we've produced. And if you like it, I encourage you to become a Facebook Fan at our page, http://facebook. com/rootsmusicca nada

Roxanne Potvin
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 03/08/roxanne- potvin-no- love-for- the-poisonous/
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 02/13/juno- winners-fathead- release-7th- cd/
Matt Andersen
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 03/04/matt- andersens- fabulous- winter-of- 2010/
Maple Blues Awards
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/24/13th- annual-maple- blues-awards/
Harrison Kennedy
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/13/maple- blues-series- harrison- kennedy/
Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite with Danny Marks
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/09/maple- blues-series- whiteley- braithwaite- and-marks/
Julian Fauth
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/07/maple- blues-awards- series-julian- fauth/




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

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

Long Walk to Nowhere, Broken Joe (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 members of Broken Joe -- Joe Toole, Jerome Godboo and Alec Fraser.

Tuesday, March 16 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Sonny Landreth (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music.

This episode features a profile of soulful Louisiana vocalist and slide-guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth.

Monday, March 22 @ 10:30 pm & Tuesday, March 23 @ 2:30 am

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

Tuesday, March 23 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

In Good We trust, Harry Manx & Kevin Breit (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 Harry Manx and Kevin Breit.

Tuesday, March 23 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Heritage Blues Festival (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music.

This episode features an interview with Bruce Wheeler of West Virginia's Heritage Blues Festival, a conversation with Journey's Neal Schon and a performance by Montreal's Dawn Tyler Watson.

Tuesday, March 23 @ 9 pm & Wednesday, March 24 @ 1 am

Johnny Cash: Behind Prison Walls (1977): In this one of only two of Johnny Cash's 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. Special guests Linda Ronstadt and Roy Clark perform a selection of Cash's biggest hits, including ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, ‘Orange Blossom Special’, ‘A Boy Named Sue’ and Ronstadt's version of the Eagles' ‘Desperado’.

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

Keep on Believing/Lou Pride (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 Chicago R&B soul musician, Lou Pride.

Tuesday, March 30 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Blues Cruise (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features an interview with Roger Naber, promoter of the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, as well as artists and fans who took part in the 2005 event; also, the music of David Maxwell and Zac Harmon.

Monday, April 5 @ 9 pm & Tuesday, April 6 @ 1 am

An Evening with Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Playing the Blues (2007)
Filmed in 2007, two iconic figures from the world of jazz and country, Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson come together for a one-off performance live at the Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center's House of Swing in New York City. Songs include ‘Down by the Riverside’, ‘Stardust’, ‘Georgia on My Mind’ and more.

Tuesday, April 6 @ 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 6 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Julian Fauth (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features multi-talented artist Julian Fauth, who shares his thoughts on the blues.




Friday, March 26

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

Saturday, March 27

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

Drew Nelson & Guy Del Villano @ Swan on the Rideau, 8 pm

Friday, April 2

Phlegm @ the Elmdale Hous Tavern, 9:30 pm

Tuesday, April 6, 13, 20 & 27

Mighty Popo @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Wednesday, April 7

River City Junction @ the Avant-Garde Bar

Sunday, April 11

Smokestack Lightning hosts the Rainbow open jam, 3-7 pm

Friday, April 16

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, April 17

Terry Gillespie @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, April 23

King Rattler @ Irene’s

Sunday, April 25

River City Junction hosts the Rainbow open jam, 3-7 pm



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