22 March 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 22 March 2010




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 26 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.


Ball & Chain with the Wreckers

Elmdale House Tavern

Friday, March 26 @ 9:30 pm; $8

Ball and Chain choose their material from an unusual and diverse pool of music. Jody has been a fan of old‑time country for many years and has twenty years experience as a dancer and choreographer. Michael comes from the Montreal music scene and Danielle Martineau’s band, Rockabayou ... the Cajun connection! Together Michael and Jody have nurtured a growing interest in the music of Southwest Louisiana and made many trips there to study, play and dance in the music halls and houses of Cajun country. Country music and Cajun music are related ... like hillbilly cousins that look alike and finish each other’s sentences. Remember the Louisiana Hayride of the 50s? The combination of tunes and styles that become Ball and Chain’s repertoire make sense together. At any live show you could hear songs by Hank Williams next to Denis McGee next to John Hiatt or June Carter.



Sweet & the Back Beat

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, March 27 @ 9:15 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: Tullio Granata on guitar, Ken Reynolds on drums, Tommy Rowe on bass, and Peter Krogh on keyboards.



The Be Band

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Saturday, March 27 @ 9:30 pm; $9

Collectively these seasoned music veterans have gathered to pay tribute to the very foundation that has inspired so many musicians over the years. There’s soul and funk… with some R&B thrown in for good measure.
The Be Band is Brian Eagles – Vocals; Ornella Kennedy – Vocals; Steve Trecarten – Keys & Sax; Bobby Littlemore – Guitars and Vocals; Bill Green – Bass & Vocals; Fred Pantalone – Drums; Rick Rangno- Trumpet; Shaun Trecarten- Trombone; JF Pickard – Tenor Sax.




Drew Nelson Band

Gad’s Place, Merrickville ON

Thursday, March 25 @ 8:30 pm

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 Nelson & Guy del Villano

Swan on the Rideau, Manotick ON
Saturday, March 27 @ 8pm

Drew & Guy, together again! Smokin’ hot blues!




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 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!


Southside Sundays

With Steve Marriner & friends

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Sundays, 9 pm – 1 am




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




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.



Lee Oscar & David Rotundo Band Harmonica Tour

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, April 17

Lee Oskar and David Rotundo - two dynamic, renowned harmonica players team up for a high energy, electrifying performance.

Lee Oskar took the once simple and understated harmonica to uncharted and limitless heights and is regarded as one of the most innovative and prolific players of our time. A founding member of the legendary 60s band WAR, Oskar has had multiple number one hits, gold and platinum recordings which earned him international renown for over two and a half decades and includes a 2009 Rock and Roll Hall-of-Fame nomination and 'Instrumental Artist of the Year' in not one but three major industry mags: Billboard, Cashbox and Record World, as well as ASCAP Writing Awards. A renowned composer, his compositions have been featured on movie sound tracks and television commercials, and having performed internationally for over 40 years, Oskar’s electrifying live performances, show the diverse influences that make up this eclectic musical giant. Known for his unique, cross-over blend of blues/jazz, funk, latin and rock, Lee has been connecting with musical audiences throughout the world for over 40 years.

Legendary harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar continues building his life long legacy of artistic styling and musical innovation. Driven by his unique style and demand for quality, Lee set out to make a better instrument and decided to partner with Tombo of Japan, one of the oldest and most respected harmonica manufacturers in the world. With Lee's pioneering ideas and Tombo's uncompromising manufacturing process, Lee Oskar Harmonicas has been producing the finest harps which include interchangeable parts, multiple keys and tunings for over 25 years.

Sharing the stage with Oskar is David Rotundo, considered one of the best blues harp players in the country – multiple Maple Blues award nominee and winner, winner of new artist of the year awards from CBC/Galaxie and the Canadian Independent Artist Association, this energetic, enigmatic and exciting entertainer combines classic and original blues with excellent vocals, a rock edge and dynamite harmonica. He brings a tight band with him that has been known to pack the dance floor and leave the crowd begging for more.




Johnny Winter

With special guest Samuel James

Showplace Theatre, 290 George Street, Peterborough ON

Thursday, April 22


With special guest The Sab Band

Pembroke Festival Hall, Pembroke ON

Friday, April 23

For more info - http://www.zapp-productions.com



The Centrepointe Chamber, 100 Constellation Dr.

Saturday April 24; Ghanaian snacks reception 6:30 pm; Concert 8 pm

Tickets: Concert w/ Food Reception:$25 Adult; $20 Students & Seniors; $15 kids under 12

Concert only: $15 Adult; $10 Students & Seniors; $5 kids under 12

Baobab Tree will be presenting a reception and performance of Ghanaian food, rhythms and dance at the Chamber at Centrepointe. They will welcome special guests Keteke from Montréal, featuring Prosper Adjetey & Dominic Donkor, both former performers with the Ghana National Dance Ensemble. In addition we will be joined by guest host Rita Celli from CBC Radio.

Baobab Youth Performers range in age from 12-18, and are directed by Kathy Armstrong. They have performed numerous concerts in the Ottawa area as well as traveling to Banff, the USA and Ghana. As well, students from the Ghanaian Language and Culture Association will perform with the youth and Keteke. The GLCA offers Saturday classes to children of Ghanaian heritage to study traditional languages, and culture.

A special Ghanaian food reception will begin the evening at 6:30 pm, featuring small plates of traditional Ghanaian food. JOIN US!

BaobabTree Drum and Dance Community

for more information about classes and performances please visit www.baobabtree.org

phone (613)725-6994; email info@baobabtree.org


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.


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 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.

Next week, March 31 – Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry: The beautiful concert in Copenhagen on January 15, 1963 by Sonny Rollins, Don Cherry, Henry Grimes and Billy Higgins.


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

Tuesday, March 23

Concert 1: John Hammond, recorded at the Edmonton Blues Festival
John Hammond has been a blues ambassador since the early 60s when he started his career in New York's Greenwich Village. For four decades, he has been a proponent of 'true blues,' where honesty, rhythm and soul are the founding elements. Hammond brought a sense of cool familiarity to his originals and standards alike to the stage at the Edmonton Blues Fest.

Wednesday, March 24
Concert 1: Women's Blues Revue, recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto
The annual Women's Blues Revue at Massey Hall always features a who's who of Canadian blues artists. Designed to showcase the powerful emerging and established female vocalists and musicians, this year's show was the event's 23rd edition and provided yet another night of sizzling musical entertainment. You'll hear performances by Sass Jordan, Rachelle van Zanten, Diana Braithwaite, Terra Hazelton, Shakura S'Aida with Donna Grantis and Saidah Baba Talibah. Another sold-out concert brought to you by Canada Live!

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

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, April 2

Phlegm @ the Elmdale House 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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