03 May 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 3 May 2010




As every blues fan in Ottawa knows (or should!), MonkeyJunk was nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly W.C. Handy Award) as Best New Artist Debut for their “Tiger in Your Tank” CD. MonkeyJunk has been invited to perform at the Awards show and the Monkeys are currently in Chicago, working their way south to arrive in Memphis for the Awards on Thursday, May 6.


Those of us who aren’t in Memphis can hear the show live, on XM Radio. Tune in to B.B.King’s Bluesville, XM74 on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Bill Wax is hosting the Awards show, but Tony ‘Mad Dog’ Coulter will be on air from the beginning of the show at 8 pm (eastern) until … whenever it ends. If you’re not an XM subscriber, why not sign up for a free 14-day trial of XM (and you can listen to the Blues Music Awards!) Get it on your webplayer, Blackberry, iPhone or iPod Touch.

More info here http://www.xmradio.ca/online/?gclid=CILDi5mht6ECFY9M5QodBmT1-g




The FunKtion

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, May 8 @ 9:15 pm

It started a few years ago with an idea.... Put together a band.... Capture the essence and groove of the music.... Play it with the emotion that the music deserves, taking the audience on a journey – capturing a wondrous musical moment. Today, the idea has been realized...

The FunKtion, Ottawa Ontario Canada's, premiere R&B, Funk and Soul Show Band, pays tribute to the great entertainers and musicians, of the early Motown, Stax, Philadelphia Soul and Funk era.

The FunKtion pays tribute to the likes of Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Mavis Staples, Sam & Dave, Stevie Wonder, Sly & The Family Stone, Tower Of Power, The Isley Brothers, The O'Jays, The Supremes, Wilson Pickett and many more legendary artists of this era.

Once you hear the smooth, soulful vocals, 4 piece horn section and hypnotizing funky rhythms of this 11-piece band, you'll be up on the dance floor all night long!





Michael Pickett

The Waterfront Bistro, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Thursday, May 6 @ 8 pm; tickets $20

Music By the Bay Live presents the Small Club ~ Big Show Concert series … bringing world class blues to Pickering


Don’t miss one of Canada’s top acoustic blues artists when Michael Pickett winds up for a night of delta style blues. Pickett has played the top blues rooms, music festivals and concert halls from coast to coast. With only his rack harmonica, sweet worn Gibson 12-string and a one-of-a-kind 1931 Duolian, you’ll hear why this multi award winner and 2x Juno nominee has been called a "one-man blues Machine".


James Brand of Ajax will open the show performing a set of acoustic roots and blues. www.jamesbrand.ca


Ball And Chain And The Wreckers

Le Hibou, 757 Chemin Riverside, Wakefield QC

Saturday, May 8 @ 9 pm; $5

Ball And Chain And The Wreckers - featuring Pat MgLaughlin on guitar. Dinner and Dance - Honky Tonk style. Hey, why not folks! Michael and Jody bring their delicious grooves and delectably hurtin’ hillbilly sounds to one of Wakefield’s Best New Restaurants, Le Hibou, where you can fill your belly, soothe your soul and drown your sorrows all in one stop. If you ask nice we’ll even Yodel for you. Pat MgLaughlin will be our featured guest on electric guitar and what a pleasure it’ll be. Pat, who hails from Venosta is as versatile and tasty a player as the Valley has to offer and he’s got that extra little "Spank" in his playing that hurts so good. Come get a spot... We won’t let ya down.





Kim Simmonds

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, May 6

Kim Simmonds began his solo acoustic career in 1997 with the release of the CD, “Solitaire”. An album of traditional blues, “Solitaire” was the starting point of Kim’s rediscovery of his love of the acoustic guitar. Expanding upon that traditional foundation, “Blues Like Midnight” was one of 2001’s pleasant surprises as Kim’s songwriting depth and vocals shine right along with his always stellar guitar playing. With his third release in 2004, "Struck By Lightning", Simmonds pulled out all the stops with an album again full of superb guitar playing but this time fully augmented with a powerful acoustic rhythm section. Kim's 2008 release, "Out Of The Blue", is a collection of varied material that places him in a new setting, that of the singer/songwriter. This time around the guitar playing is understated with more emphasis on the song. His baritone voice has aged well, matured perhaps and now stands out throughout the CD's eleven songs. A "bare bones" recording with just the occasional background vocal, percussion and string section, "Out Of The Blue" displays Simmonds' wider musical range that will act as a perfect introduction for first time listeners.



Andrew ‘Junior Boy’ Jones

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday May 7

Other area dates for Andrew ‘Junior Boy’ Jones

Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON - Thursday, May 6

Picton Regent Theatre, Picton ON - Saturday, May 8

The Concert Hall at Victoria Hall, Coburg ON – Sunday, May 9

Andrew ‘Junior Boy’ Jones played in Freddie King’s band (twice!) and has also played with Bobby Patterson, Johnny Taylor, Russell Jackson, Tony Coleman, Katie Webster and Charlie Musselwhite. He went solo in 1996 and has recorded for JSP, Rounder and his own label; his latest release, “Gettin’ Real” is on Canada’s Electro-Fi label.



Chris Kirby & the Marquee

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Friday, May 7


Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Monday, May 10

He's a witty, spitey, pasty white kid from the woods whose style is simply addictive. With his new record, “Vampire Hotel”, Chris Kirby gets down to bidness playing funky piano, saucy guitar, and singing as if the fate of his own mother hangs on every word. “Vampire Hotel” is heavily influenced by New Orleans Rhythm & Blues and Motown Soul, but rooted in the rich Newfoundland tradition of storytelling, and offers a unique and refreshing brand of music from a truly original artist. With the release of "Chris Kirby on Rum & Religion" in 2006, Chris emerged as a solo artist and a captivating songwriter and performer. Just four weeks after its chart debut, the title track from “Rum & Religion” hit number 1 on the nationally-syndicated East Coast Countdown.

Chris is joined by his A-list rhythm section, known as the Marquee. The Marquee includes bassist Craig Follett and drummer Mark Marshall. Mark is a talented young musician who recently showcased at the Cape Breton International Drum Festival, where he received praise from some of the industry's renowned players. Craig is a past MUSICNL nominee ("side musician of the year"), and regularly performs with many of Newfoundland's finest musicians and groups.

Chris Kirby and the Marquee have earned a solid reputation as an energetic and inspiring act, delivering a unique and unforgettable show every time. They’re touring Ontario and we’re fortunate they’re playing two shows in Ottawa.






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:

May 6 – Chuck Karn

May 13 – Terry Gillespie

May 20 – Guy del Villano

May 27 – Peter Brown


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




Guitar Workshop – Blues, Slide & Fingerstyle

With Al Tambay

Alcorn Music Studios, 903 Carling Ave. at Sherwood

Monday, May 10, 6:30-8:30 pm; registration fee $20

Al Tambay is a talented, professional musician, singer and songwriter who has been performing and touring for over thirty years. Al was featured at the Kingston Limestone Blues Festival, the Toronto and

Ottawa Music Festivals, as well as the Mont Tremblant Blues Festival. He has toured Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, opened for Omar and the Howlers (from Texas), Miles Goodwin (from April Wine), the Lee Aaron Band and for Ray Bonneville. Al performs frequently in Ottawa and the surrounding areas. www.alaintambay.com

Al will be demonstrating and explaining the techniques he uses for blues slide, in the style of Robert Johnson, Johnny Winters, George Thorogood & Sonny Landreth. This is a hands-on workshop for beginning to intermediate blues, slide, & fingerstyle guitar.

Al's new CD "Back 2 Square 1" featuring blues, slide and fingerstyle guitar will be available for $15.

Bring your acoustic guitar & slide.

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Morgan Davis

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, May 13

For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.

Originally from Detroit, he grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. While living in Rochdale College, Toronto's mecca for the subculture of the late 1960s, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. He hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, and other bands, eventually forming his own trio.

Morgan's first solo recording "Blues Medicine", on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top music prize...the Juno for Blues Album of the Year.

Morgan Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band. His most recent recording, "At Home In Nova Scotia", pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001. His passion for the Blues has never wavered ... and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.



Shameless Blues

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, May 14 @ 9:15 pm

The Indelible - Shameless Blues plays one of the premiere blues clubs in Ottawa – Tucson's, Bank St at Hunt Club. But you already know we have more than just the blues .... we got the ‘Blues with Groove’ and some classic rock, ‘50s, the best in R&B. Beside our incredible regular players Larry Church on Guitar, Grant Tomkinson on Bass, Tom Martel on Drums and Blair ‘Gardog’ Gardiner on lead vocals and blues harp, we'll have Peter Brown with us on keys to go for that big sound for this special occasion.
This is one you won't want to miss.



The Granary Grand Opening

Terry Gillespie – TRIO

The Granary Grand Opening, County Road 10, Vankleek Hill ON

Saturday, May 15

Terry Gillespie, singer, songwriter and founder of Ottawa’s renowned Heaven’s Radio is best known for his love of rhythm, his musical intensity and his unique soulful voice. He is considered one of the forefathers of the cultural dissemination of American music into Canada. Though raised in England, he was born in Edmonton, but it was in Detroit, in the '60s, that he cut his musical teeth, playing with Blues legends Howlin' Wolf, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, and Buddy Guy. Today his voice is frequently compared to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan while his guitar is reminiscent of Mark Knopfler. Terry will be performing with 2 very accomplished musicians: Terry Owen of the Grammy-nominated Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band and Jeffery Grosvenor master African drummer!



Ball And Chain And The Wreckers

The Atomic Rooster, 383 Bank Street

Sunday May 16 @ 6 pm; no cover

Yes, indeed! Back by popular demand. The Atomic Rooster has very good food and beverages and great service. Jody and Michael and the Wreckers are set for another evening of Country Blues and Roots Music from the 40s through to the present. A perfect way to spend a Sunday evening and still be home in time for the news. Come on!!!



Jack de Keyzer

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, May 28

Jack has just added a 2nd Juno Award to his trophy case. Congratulations!

"Corktown Sessions”...is the regular touring show and it cooks. The auspicious evening was at the CorktownTavern in Hamilton last May 1st with DaveMcMorrow, keyboards, Alan Duffy, bass and Danny Lockwood, drums. The songs, as many of you will know firsthand, are excellent. Your favourites: ‘Blues Thing’, ‘Soul Lover’, ‘King Of The Blues’. ‘Engine Trouble’ are what bring fans to the shows. He also adds a few that keep the dance floor full, like ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ and ‘Hold On I’m Coming’. Robert Johnson’s ‘When You Got A Good Friend’, in a new arrangement by Jack, is also a highlight. You may have purchased the studio CDs that feature these songs but with this CD you can have Jack’s show in your music room or your car whenever you want." John Valentyne/Maple Blues Magazine



Big James & the Chicago Playboys

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, May 28, 8-10:30 pm NOTE – EARLY SHOW!

Blues often suffers from too much of the same old sound. But Big James Montogomery is different from today's blues re-hash.

Big James got his first taste of the blues when as a young teenager he would stand outside a club on the southside of Chicago and listen to B.B. ‘Big Voice’ Odum sing with Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues. Eventually, he was allowed to sit in with the band and as the old saying goes, "The rest was history."

The Chicago-based singer, songwriter, producer and trombone player was heavily influenced by the late Little Milton Campbell. Big James' voice is as big as his girth. He combines blues, soul, R&B & funk in his horn-drenched music. Big James is a 3-time winner of the Living Blues Magazine's Critic's Choice Award for Most Outstanding Horn Player in the Blues Industry! He was recently nominated for a Blues Music Award formerly (W.C. Handy Award. Big James's music is delivered with a passion & conviction that cannot be faked! Check out the genius of Chicago's own Big James!





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.

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.





Choose The Blues Productions of Kenmore, Ontario www.choosetheblues.ca is pleased to announce that a new Series of Blues Dinner & Show Fundraisers – “Blues Down On The Farm” – is starting May 20th at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, 2452 Yorks Corners Rd, Edwards, Ontario www.stanleysfarm.com – only 25 minutes from Parliament Hill.

Patterned after the same formula as the successful Blues On The Rideau Series at The Cove Inn, Westport that has been running for the past five years Blues Down On The Farm will include a full dinner, show and dancing featuring some of Canada’s best blues artists (and possibly some US acts in the future) in the scenic setting of a beautiful country farm. The Shows take place once a month on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 10:30 pm with proceeds going to help support different charities.

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm is over 150 years old with maple sugarbush, country gardens, and horse-drawn wagon rides. It is also one of the National Capital Region's premier destinations for wedding receptions, company retreats and group functions with three separate reception facilities all fully licensed. The Blues Dinner & Shows will be taking place in the Southlawn Tent (capacity 170 – the perfect size for hearing great Blues up close and personal) http://stanleysfarm.com/virtual-tour/the-southlawn-tent.html

First Show:

May 20 ­ FATHEAD http://www.myspace.com/fatheadfanpage

2X Juno Award and multiple Maple Blues Award winners Fathead kick off the Series. One of Canada's favourite blues bands – smokin`, original, infectious, funky, soulful, fun and full of energy.

Proceeds to Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County www.alzheimer-ottawa.rc.org which does such good work in supporting individuals with this devastating disease, as well as their families and caregivers.

Second Show:

June 17 ­ ROXANNE POTVIN BLUES BAND http://www.myspace.com/roxannepotvin

Muliple Maple Blues Award nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year. Talented, beautiful and a rising star, Roxanne grew up in Gatineau. A great singer songwriter and guitarist she can play it all, but will be focused strictly on the Blues (her first love) for this Show. Her excellent band includes Jazz Juno Award winner Brandi Disterheft on stand-up bass.

Proceeds to Osgoode Home Support Program

Tickets are only $55 pp (plus tax) for the dinner & show. You can spend that much on dinner alone on a night out! Advance reservations are required. Book on-line at www.stanleysfarm.com or call (613) 821-2751 Reserve now, these Shows will sell out.

If there is a good turnout for these nights it is the intention to keep them going once a month – so if you want first class LIVE Blues in a beautiful setting so close to Ottawa – please spread the word and come out and support it!

More information at www.choosetheblues.ca




Kingston Blues Society APRIL Jam

Larocks Bar and Grill at 35 Rideau St.

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

Host Band: Mojo Shooter, plus many of Kingston’s best musicians. This month’s Special Guest is guitarist Dan Summerville.

Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited. Come out and see Mojo Shooter, Dan 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

Sam Hopkins and Spencer Evans

Upstairs @ the Brew Pub

Every Second Sunday 2-4 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, May 5 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues recordings. May include Sophie Berkal-Subit, John Blake, Rita Chiarelli, Carsten Dahl, Christine Duncan, Kellylee Evans, Champian Fulton, Gray Code, Sherman Irby, Barb Jungr, Guy Frank Pellerin, Marc Pompe, Stuff Smith, Ian Tordella, Michael Treni

and Mort Weiss.

Next week, May 12 – Origin & Porter: A sampling of the recordings issued by these two innovative record companies, whose artists include Rashied Ali, Curt Berg, Henry Grimes, Dana Hall, Khan Jamal, Phil Kelly, John Moulder, Marcus Nordal, Nu Band, Old Dog, Odean Pope, Tom Tallitsch & Matt Vashlishan.


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, and now streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca so Ottawa folks can now listen!




Lots of blues available in the concerts on demand section of the CBC

Website … filter by blues & you’ll get 71 hits!



Wednesday, May 5 - hosted by Garvia Bailey
concert 2: Matt Andersen, recorded at Vancouver Folk Festival
Matt Andersen describes himself as a big man with a big voice. There's no doubt he sings the blues with an authority that belies his youthful age. Matt hails from New Brunswick, spent a lot of time on the road this past summer, and is about to cross the country again. Matt's contribution to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival demonstrates why this young man has a big future in the blues.

Thursday, May 6

Friday, May 7 on CBC Radio 1


CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
concert 1: Colin James
Born and bred in Saskatchewan, Colin James has long called Vancouver home. Colin was still in his teens when he was discovered by blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. As a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Colin James has had a varied musical career, from blues to rock, pop and swing, following his muse without regard to fads or trends. A dozen albums later, Colin's an established rock and blues institution who's never gone away and just keeps on getting better. Colin James' guitar and vocals have never been more soulful. With the audience lined up around the block to get in, this live concert happened just weeks after Colin James' new album, “Rooftops and Satellites”, was recorded, and was the first chance for his fans to hear his brand new record.

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 –concerts are 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)




New Video Post: Shakura S'Aida makes a triumphant return to her hometown of Toronto to celebrate the release of “Brown Sugar” – she performs live from Revival


Lots of other great videos at the Roots Music site:




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, May 4 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

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

Tuesday, May 4 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

WC Handy Awards (2005): This episode, shot in Memphis, offers an overview of the 26th Awards, a performance from Watermelon Slim and a profile of Michael Powers - both 2005 nominees.

Tuesday, May 11 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Heart & Soul/Johnny Rawls (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 Johnny Rawls.

Tuesday, May 11 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Hands Across the Table (2005): In this episode, artist Dania Madera-Lerman discusses her paintings that capture the blues and its musicians; a video from Sugar Ray and the Bluetones; a profile of Zac Harmon.

Thursday, May 13 @ 9 am – Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues (2006)
The life and legacy of guitarist and singer Long John Baldry is examined in this one-hour documentary. Baldry played a key role in the growth of the British rhythm and blues movement, and led bands in the mid-1960s that featured Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom are interviewed in the documentary. In the ‘80s, Baldry emigrated to Canada, living first in Toronto and then in Vancouver, where he died in 2005.

Tuesday, May 18 @ 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, May 18 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Dis, Dat or D'Udda (2005): 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, May 25 @ 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, May 25 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Tribute (2005): 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, May 25 @ 9:30 pm – 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.




Friday, May 14

Shameless Blues @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Jed Rached & the Fat City 8 @ the Elmdale House, 9:30 pm

Saturday, May 22

The BE Band @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Loudlove @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, May 29

The Mud Boys Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

The Kingmakers with King Rattler @ the Elmdale House, 9:30 pm



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