16 August 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 16 August 2010



A Tribute to Danny Brooks

Silver Dollar Room, 486 Spadina Avenue @ College

Tuesday, August 24 @ 8 pm; $20 (minimum donation)

Dinner reservations available at thesilverdollarroom@hotmail.com, doors at 6 pm

When soulful singer/songwriter Danny Brooks entered hospital in late July to undergo heart bypass surgery the blues, R&B and gospel communities rallied in support with a series of fund raisers. The 2nd will take place at The Silver Dollar Room on Tuesday, August 24. The line-up has confirmations from The Jack de Keyzer Band, The Steve Strongman Band, Ken Whiteley, Danny Marks (w/ Leon Stevenson & Rodney St.Amand) and Danny Brooks’ band, The Rockin’ Revelators featuring Amoy Levy & John Mays. All proceeds will go to assist and support Danny Brooks and enable him to take the necessary time away from performing to make a full recovery.

Donations can also be sent online and by mail to The Danny Brooks Trust.

Danny Brooks Trust

P.O.BOX 61015

Oakville ON L6J7P5





Dimitris Kotronakis

Workshop – 100 Riverdale Avenue

Saturday, August 21 @ 4 pm; $25

House Concert – 100 Riverdale Avenue

Saturday, August 21 @ 7:30 pm; $20

Concert – Saint Luke’s Church, Somerset West & Bell Street

Sunday, August 22 @ 7:30 pm; $20

Greek classical guitarist and guitar teacher.

Reservations required for Workshop and House Concert – call 613-241-2495 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              613-241-2495      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email steve@stevegroves.ca




Roosterman Blues Band

The Branch, Kemptville ON

Wednesday, August 18 @ 8:30 pm

The Roosterman Blues Band is a reunion … George Buys, three of his old friends from Halifax and a couple of friends from Kemptville. The band features piano, harp and full-time front man and have played together over the last thirty years.




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:

August 19 – John McDonald

August 26 – closed for renovations


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

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 & 4th Sundays 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




King Rattler

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, September 4

Swing-a-Billy Mayhem from the Nation's Capital
The members of King Rattler came together in the Summer of 2008 with the sole purpose of doing something different but still wanting to re-create much of the music they all love. The resulting sound is a cool mix of Rockabilly, Surf, 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and Swing – all executed with a seriously hard-edged attitude, razor-sharp guitar licks, wailing harmonica and an underlying jungle-beat that will get any audience up on their feet!
Catch King Rattler on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/ottawarattlers




L’Ile en Blues

St-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans QC

August 20-21


Festival de Blues de Victoriaville

Victoriaville QC

August 20-22


Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival

Edmonton AB

August 20-22


CNE Bandshell Blues Festival

CNE Bandshell, Toronto ON

August 21


Limestone City Blues Festival

Kingston ON

August 26-29


Trois-Rivieres en Blues

Trois-Rivieres QC

August 26-29


Lachute en Blues

Lachute QC

August 27-29


For the latest info on blues festivals in Canada, North America and Europe,

check the online version of the 8th Annual Blues Festival Guide





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

Aug 20 Howard Ross & Full Count

Aug 27 Gary Kendall with Chuck Jackson

Sept 3 2010 Juno winner, Jack De Keyzer





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





Inside the Music is broadcasting the highly regarded series on the Blues called The Blues: The Radio Series, 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, August 18 Guelph Jazz Festival: A preview of the artists who will be appearing at the Guelph Jazz Festival between September 8 and September 12.

Next week, August 25 - Sax Appeal: A flurry of saxophones with Dave Anderson, Tobias Delius, Paul Dunmall, Peter Epstein, David Liebman, James Moody, Ken Peplowski, Odean Pope, Tineke Postma, Peter van Bergen, Paul van Kemenade, The Wellstone Conspiracy and Michael Zilber.


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

radio two, 7pm...

Tuesday, August 17
concert 1: Jim Byrnes
, recorded at Richard's on Richards in Vancouver
Jim Byrnes is fast becoming a Canadian blues legend. His last album won accolades and awards and his newest one explores new territory without ever losing touch with the blues. Jim has developed a crackerjack band and he had them all on hand, along with local gospel trio The Sojourners, for this performance at Richard's on Richards in Vancouver. It was an exciting concert to celebrate the official release of "My Walking Stick". Jim's on-stage stories alone make this concert worth a listen.

Wednesday, August 18
concert 1: John Hammond
, recorded at the 2009 Edmonton Blues Festival
John Hammond has been a blues ambassador since the early 60's 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.

Thursday, August 19
concert 1: Raoul and the Big Time
, recorded at the 2010 Vancouver Folk Festival
Raoul and the Big Time bring their blues with them when they hit the road. The Toronto band got the Vancouver Folk Festival crowd into the mood for the blues despite the bright sunny summer weather. But really, it all makes sense when you remember the blues were born in the sunny South.

Friday, August 20
concert 1: Burnt Project 1
, recorded at the West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg as part of Red Road II
Burnt Project 1 is a musical collective established by David Boulanger in 2001. Bringing together elements of rock, jazz, and funk, coloured with African, Middle Eastern and Latin beats, they deliver high-energy performances, enhanced by a big band horn section. Their second recording, Hometown, won them a Juno for Best Aboriginal Recording of the Year. This concert helped launch CBC's new initiative, Ab-Originals. Ab-Originals, CBC's only all-Aboriginal podcast, is a source of Aboriginal music, music news, and a general introduction to the world of Canadian Aboriginal music.

concert 2: Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm, recorded at the 2009 Edmonton Labatt blues Festival
Drummer Cedric Burnside and guitarist Lightnin' Malcolm are at the forefront of a style of blues originating in the Hill Country of Mississippi. This rhythmic, repetitive, and hypnotic music has been popular at house parties and Juke Joints since the 1950's. Cedric is the grandson of one of the icons of the style, the late RL Burnside. Cedric and Malcolm brought the feel of the all-night boogie to the festival.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
Friday, August 20 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Raoul and the Big Time
, recorded at the 2010 Vancouver Folk Festival
Raoul and the Big Time bring their blues with them when they hit the road. The Toronto band got the Vancouver Folk Festival crowd into the mood for the blues despite the bright sunny summer weather. But really, it all makes sense when you remember the blues were born in the sunny South.

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/




From Andy Frank:

We continue our summer folk/roots festival coverage with "Raise The Roof Women's Music Festival". Directed by Kristin Sweetland, and hosted by Kirsten Jones and Karyn Ellis, featuring Layah Jane and more.


Lots of other great videos at the Roots Music site:





Thursday, August 19 –

The Blues Foundation's 30th Blues Music Awards (2009)


The Blues Foundation is very proud to announce that the 30th Blues Music Award show is coming to public television. Memphis public television station WKNO is presenting a 90-minute television version featuring winners' acceptance speeches and performances available via the NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association) satellite. Check with your local PBS station for the air time in your area!

This annual event, held in Memphis, TN, brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. Each year, the Foundation presents The Blues Music Awards to the artists selected by its members. They are universally recognized as the highest honour given to Blues artists.

There were great pairings like Marcia Ball & Irma Thomas signing ‘Same Old Blues’, Cedric Burnside and Lightin Malcolm with their tribute ‘RL Burnside’, and other highlights include the last performance of Koko Taylor singing ‘Wang Dang Doodle’ backed by Junior Watson on guitar and fellow nominees Larry Taylor (bass), Kid Ramos (guitar) and Richard Innes (drums). BB King was on hand to present the BB King Entertainer of the Year Award.

Other memorable performances on this 30th Anniversary special include a touching tribute by Janiva Magness to the late Little Milton on his tune ‘That's What Love Will Make You Do’, and a classic Chicago Blues jam with drummer Kenny Smith, harmonica player Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, bassist Bob Stroger, guitarist Lurrie Bell, and others.

This show MAY be available in the Ottawa area to those who watch PBS on satellite. To find your local station and contact information visit www.pbs.org.

The 30th Blues Music Awards DVD is available from the Blues Foundation: https://www.blues.org/store/

Also available are DVDs from the 2007 and 2008 Blues Music Awards. A DVD of this year’s 31st Blues Music Awards is in production.


Les Paul: the Original Guitar Hero

CNN International

Thursday, August 26 (check local listings)

One year ago, Les Paul, the father of the electric guitar, passed away at age 94. He’s not forgotten: The New York jazz club Iridium — where Paul had weekly performances — continues to host tribute nights once a week. And on August 26, CNN International will pay tribute to Paul with the documentary ‘Les Paul: the Original Guitar Hero’. The program will focus on his contributions to rock & roll through interviews with Paul McCartney, Slash and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.





ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, August 17 @ 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, August 17 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

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

Tuesday, August 17 @ 8 pm

Wednesday, August 18 @ 9 am

Ben Harper: Live at the Rehearsal Hall (2006): A performance from the singer/songwriter and blues revivalist featuring songs from his seventh album "Both Sides of the Gun," and a mixed repertoire of songs from his previous albums.

Tuesday, August 17 @ 9 pm – 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, August 24 @ 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, August 24 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Tribute (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features Chicago-based singer/guitarist Nick Moss, a conversation with Mel Brown about his health, a video from Morgan Davis and a salute to late Canadian musician Domenic Troiano.

Monday, August 30 @ 2:30 am & 8 am

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

Tuesday, August 31 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Salty Sessions/Hot Toddy (2008): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features the band Hot Toddy.

Tuesday, August 31 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Little Charlie & the Night Cats (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features a performance and interview from the California-based band lead by Rick Estrin and Charlie Baty, who have worked together for over 30 years.




Saturday, August 28

Brothers Chaffey @ Irene’s

Tuesday, August 31

Big Chill @ the Rainbow

Saturday, September 4

King Rattler @ the Rainbow

Friday, September 10

Drew Nelson Band @ Irene’s

Friday, September 17

Hank Williams’ birthday with Ball and Chain @ Irene’s

Friday, September 24

The BE Band @ Irene’s



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