13 July 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 13 July 2010




Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest – Week Two

Tuesday, July 13 – Sunday, July 18

Tuesday, July 13

Local bluesy-country Brothers Chaffey kick off the night on the Claridge Stage @ 6 pm

Local multi-instrumentalist with a killer voice, Jeff Rogers is in the Barney Danson Theatre @ 6 pm

From the Pacific Northwest, riff-blues-rock with slide guitar will be served up by Too Slim & the Taildraggers on the Black Sheep Stage @ 6:15 pm

For Americana/honkeytonk on the double-necked six-stringed Guit-steel, check out Junior Brown, downtown on the Pop Life Stage on York Street @ 7:15 pm FREE

Guitar and ukulele virtuoso Del Ray is in the Barney Danson Theatre @ 7:30 pm

Canadian Black Hen Records’ Steve Dawson recently released a Mississippi Sheiks tribute CD; on the Hard Rock Stage @ 8 pm, he presents a live Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks

Solo acoustic guitar with Alvin Youngblood Hart in the Barney Danson Theatre @ 9 pm

Wednesday, July 14

Too Slim & the Taildraggers reprise on the Subway Stage @ 7 pm

Soulful vocalist & rock ‘n’ roller Steve Winwood on the Claridge Stage @ 8 pm

A reprise of Steve Dawson’s Mississippi Sheiks Tribute in the Barney Danson Theatre @ 9:15 pm

Santana transcends genres, cultures and geography on the mbna Stage @ 9:30 pm

Thursday, July 15

From Canada’s east coast, IBC solo/duo winner, hugely talented vocalist/guitarist Matt Andersen is on the Hard Rock Stage @ 8:15 pm

Derek’s slide guitar, Susan’s powerful vocals & a new band, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band on the Hard Rock Stage @ 9:30 pm

Friday, July 16

Local guitar & bass duo Murray Kinsley & Leigh-Anne Stanton play blues with a rock edge as part of the Rideau Centre Acoustic Series @ noon

Power Hour with local blues/swamp/bedroom funk trio, BMA winner MonkeyJunk on the Claridge Stage @ 6 pm

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Anders Osborne teams up with vocalist/accordion & harmonica player Johnny Sansone in the Barney Danson Theatre @ 7:30 pm

Marcia Ball fronts an all-star line-up of Louisiana musicians known as the Voice of the Wetlands All Stars on the Black Sheep Stage @ 9 pm (ticket surcharge for St. Bernard Project (SBP) post-Katrina charity)

Fiery guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks carries on the tradition of his father Lonnie and countless Chicago musicians on the Hard Rock Stage @ 9:30 pm

Saturday, July 17

Local wicked guitarist Mannie Makris and the Polaras play rockabilly in the Rideau Centre Acoustic Series @ noon

Local community choir with an R&B band Big Soul Project featuring Roxanne Goodman on the Hard Rock Stage @ 1:15 pm

Norwegian blues-rocker Bjorn Berg on the mnba Stage @ 3 pm

BITS music educator, guitarist & vocalist TJ Wheeler on the Subway Stage @ 3:30 pm

Traditional acoustic guitar & harmonica duo Paul Rishell & Annie Raines are in the Barney Danson Theatre @ 4 pm

Distinctive & innovative British guitarist Matt Schofield on the Subway Stage @ 4:45 pm

Zydeco Grammy-winner Terrance Simien @ the Zydeco Experience on the mbna Stage @ 5 pm

Gumbo-cooking guitarist Bill ‘Sauce Boss’ Wharton fills your ears and your stomach on the Black Sheep Stage @ 5:15 pm

Slide guitar & dobro combined with a variety of Indian instruments, the trio Slide to Freedom are in the Barney Danson Theatre @ 5:30 pm

Gospel diva with soaring soprano, Tramaine Hawkins on the Hard Rock Stage @ 5:45 pm

Sunday, July 18

Local kids from the Blues in the Schools program get their turn on stage to kick off the Black Sheep Stage @ 12:15 pm

Ottawa’s blues rock power trio Robert Farrell Band on the Hard Rock Stage @ 1:15 pm

Aspiring youngsters from the Bluesfest ‘Be in the Band’ program follow on the Black Sheep Stage @ 1:30 pm

From Toronto, for soulful vocals, outstanding Hammond B3 and guitar, don’t miss Blackburn on the Subway Stage @ 2:45 pm

Country twang, catchy rock melodies & bittersweet blues singer/songwriter Ben Cooper on the mbna Stage @ 3 pm

Reprise of Norwegian blues-rocker Bjorn Berge in the Barney Danson Theatre @ 4 pm

The R&B vocals of Ryan Shaw on the Claridge Stage @ 4 pm

Another chance to catch Bill ‘Sauce Boss’ Wharton, this time on the Subway Stage @ 4:15 pm

Festival keyboard player David Maxwell on the Hard Rock Stage @ 4:15 pm

Traditional acoustic guitar & harmonica duo Paul Rishell & Annie Raines reprise on the

Subway Stage @ 5:30 pm

Slide guitar & dobro combined with a variety of Indian instruments, the trio Slide to Freedom reprise on the Hard Rock Stage @ 6 pm

Hammond B3, guitar, drums and the Wolfman’s soulful voice – priceless! Joe Krown Trio with Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington & Russell Batiste on the Subway Stage @ 7 pm

Another chance to see TJ Wheeler, BITS music educator, guitarist & vocalist, in the Barney Danson Theatre @ 7 pm

Multi-BMA winner with his BMA-winning band Tommy Castro on the Hard Rock Stage @ 7:45 pm

Canadian keyboard player, seminal figure of Toronto Blues & R&B scene and father of the Blackburn Brothers, Bobby Dean Blackburn is in the Barney Danson Theatre @ 9 pm


BluesVille Express

Rainbow, 76 Murray

Friday, July 16 @ 10 pm

Founded in late 2001, BluesVille Express™ thrills audiences out of their seats, one big roomful at a time. Serving The Blues straight up, the band delivers a red-hot mix of music from Chicago, Texas, Montreal and the Mississippi Delta. With a repertoire that goes from Muddy Waters all the way to Louie Jordan, BluesVille Express™ flavors it up with Swing, Funk, Jazz, Jump, and a twist of Rock ‘n’ Roll. A killer rhythm section, five amazing soloists and six singers fuel the dynamic show with pure passion and the power to please.

"That's The Stuff", the LIVE CD from BluesVille Express™ delivers memorable high-energy performances! Recorded live in Montreal showcasing the tight-as-a-drum arrangements, spontaneous solos, riveting rhythms, soaring saxes, kinetic keyboards, high-flying harp, gritty guitar and raw thrills!
Featuring Miller-penned originals including audience favourites, ‘My Take Home Pay Won't Take Me Home’ and ‘That's The Stuff’, and the band's own take on great classics by Louie Jordan, BB King, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, James Cotton, Roomful of Blues & more.




With special guest Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, July 17 @ 10 pm

These ‘after fest’ parties are the best … who knows who will show up? If you miss it, you’ll have to listen to all your friends bragging about being there!






This year, as the Rainbow Bistro celebrates its 25th anniversary as the cornerstone of Blues in Ottawa, we decided that it would be appropriate to use our name and reputation to showcase the great local talent we have right here in our own backyard to all the tourists who flock to Ottawa to partake in the Ottawa Cisco Bluesfest and the afterhours party at the Rainbow Bistro.

This year’s Rainbow Stage Bluesfest Line-up for 2010:

Opening and closing the ceremonies this year- Tuesday July 6th and Sunday July 18th- The Jesse Greene Band http://thejessegreeneband.com/ Jesse has been part of the Rainbow family since she was in her early teens. We are thrilled at her recent success:

The Jesse Greene band, winners of The Ottawa Blues Society's On The Road To Memphis 2009 and were band finalists in The 26th International Blues Competition. In January 2010 the band went to Memphis TN representing Ottawa in the band category for The 26th International Blues Competition. Out of 111 bands competing, The Jesse Greene Band won the Hard Rock Café venue and was the only Canadian band which made it to the finals at the legendary Orpheum Theatre!

Tuesday July 13 - The Dusty Drifters http://www.myspace.com/thedustydrifters

Wednesday July 14 - Lindsay Ferguson http://www.myspace.com/lindsaylive

Thursday July 15 - Reggae with Roots Movement

Friday July 16 - Bluesville Express http://www.bluesvilleexpress.com/ (Montreal)

Saturday July 17 - Monkey Junk with Special Guest Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone http://www.johnnysansone.com/ from New Orleans

Sunday July 18 - The Jesse Greene Band




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:

July 15 – Rod Williams & Murray Kinsley

July 22 – Max Ferderber

July 29 – Chuck Karn


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!


Southwest Sundays

Tumbleweed (classic country featuring Steve Marriner)

OR The Dusty Drifters

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Sundays, 9:30 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




Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, July 23 @ 9:30 pm

Mumbo celebrates its 19th Birthday & CD release Party for our Box Set “Voodoo-ezyed’’, containing all our 4 CDs.



Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

Brasseurs du Temps Inc., 170, rue Montcalm, Gatineau QC

Monday, July 26, 8:30-11 pm; $10

Join Elyssa and Lucas at this unique micro brewery.




Hugh Pool

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, July 29 @ 9:45 pm

Hugh Pool is a free spirit whose life is dictated by his passion for real music. He has never signed a record contract and has never entered into any management deals, but he’s survived 20 years in the New York music scene, playing what he calls “jacked-up Delta blues and Rust Belt roots rock.” Hugh Pool keeps it real. His music reaches deep within, pushing the envelope and shortening the distance between Blind Lemon Jefferson and Z Z Top to a whippoorwill’s whisker, and he makes it his own. He cuts through today’s noise that passes for rock with a dexterity, dimension and depth that puts him in the same game as little appreciated legends like Roy Buchanan or Joe Ely. He’s not so much a blues rocker as he is a blues man who rocks. He brings the largeness of rock to the emotions of blues, but he’s not larger than life. He’s life lived large.
(from bio by Don Wilcock)





Beauport en Blues

Beauport QC

July 22-24


Sky High Blues Festival
Rock Creek

July 31-August 1




Coors Light Blues Series

On Friday Night….The Blues is Alright!!

Riverside Grill & Gazebo, Holiday Inn, Peterborough Waterfront

Every Friday until Labour Day (weather permitting)

6-10 pm, cover charge $5

July 16 Dylan Wickens

July 23 Jerome Godboo

July 30 Fathead

Aug 6 John Campbelljohn

Aug 13 SAB

Aug 20 Howard Ross & Full Count

Aug 27 Gary Kendall with Chuck Jackson

Sept 3 2010 Juno winner, Jack De Keyzer





Kingston Blues Society presents

Bryan Lee

Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, July 31; doors 7 pm, show 8 pm; Tickets advance KBS members $20; non members $25

Bryan Lee plays with so much emotion that the listener can't help but be pulled into the music. If you love the blues - this New Orleans sensation will blow you away. From his incredible riffs to his gut wrenching vocals Bryan Lee truly is.... the blues!



Kingston Blues Society Jam

Larock’s 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. 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





Over the next 13 weeks, Inside the Music will broadcast a highly regarded series on the Blues called The Blues: The Radio Series. It was first broadcast on Public Radio International and hosted by blues great Keb’ Mo’.

A fourteenth "Made-in-Canada" episode, hosted by Canada's Jackie Richardson explores the lively blues scene in this country.

Inside The Music is heard Sundays at 3 pm ET, 3:30 pm in NL and on Radio One Sundays at 9 pm in Ontario, Quebec, Central, Mountain and Pacific; 10 pm in Maritimes; 10:30 pm in NL as well as Sirius Radio Saturdays at 4 am ET and Sundays at 6 am ET




DAWG-FM, CIDG, 101.9 is ON THE AIR! Blues 24/7

Live streaming on the website at http://www.dawgfm.com/


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, July 14 – Myra Melford: An update on this eminent pianist’s recording activities since 2000, with Alex Cline, Mark Dresser, Andrew Drury, Marty Ehrlich, Satoko Fujii, Ben Goldberg, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Chris Speed, Cuong Vu and Matt Wilson.

Next week, July 21 – Lester Young: Rare recordings from clubs and concerts, made between 1951 & 1956 with sidemen Miles Davis, Jesse Drakes, Gus Johnson, Jo Jones, Connie Kay, John Lewis, Gene Ramey, Horace Silver, Earl Swope, Idrees Sulieman & Rene Utreger.


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 … http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20091114downc

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/




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, July 13 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Beach Full of Shells (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 singer-songwriter Al Stewart.

Tuesday, July 13 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Renee Austin (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode spotlights W.C. Handy Award nominee Renee Austin, an outstanding singer/songwriter who has been compared to Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.

Tuesday, July 20 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Waterloo Tennessee (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 all female bluegrass band Uncle Earl.

Tuesday, July 20 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Finis Tasby (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features words and music from singer/songwriter Finis Tasby, who talks about his art and the loss of his daughter; also, a performance by Steve Payne and Michael Pickett.

Tuesday, July 20 @ 9 pm

Wednesday, July 21 @ 2 am

Johnny Cash: Behind Prison Walls (PG) 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, July 27 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

People Gonna Talk/James Hunter (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 R&B artist James Hunter.

Tuesday, July 27 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Downchild Blues Band (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features words and music from award-winning Canadian veterans Downchild Blues Band and their leader, Donnie Walsh.

Tuesday, July 27 @ 9 am

Tuesday, July 27 @ 7 pm

Wednesday, July 28 @ 2 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, July 27 @ 10 pm

Wednesday, July 28 @ 1 am

Wednesday, July 28 @ 9 am

Friday, July 30 @ 7 pm

At the Concert Hall: Motown
Bravo! celebrates the Motown era and sound as various Canadian artists take to the stage as part of Bravo!'s original AT THE CONCERT HALL series. JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Colin James, R&B/soul queen Divine Brown, rock star Suzie McNeil, singer-songwriter/guitarist Justin Nozuka, jazz crooner Matt Dusk, and chart-topping soloist Justin Hines perform renditions of classic hits from the artists who were instrumental in creating the essential Motown sound.

Tuesday, August 3 @ 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, August 3 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

WC Handy Awards (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. 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.




Friday, July 23

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo @ Irene’s

Terry Gillespie @ Tucson’s, 9:30 pm

Saturday, July 31

Three Times Lucky @ Tucson’s, 9:30 pm



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