09 August 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 9 August 2010




Andre & the J-Tones

D’Arcy McGee’s, 44 Sparks Street

Thursday, August 12 @ 9 pm ‘til Last Call

Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Stax, Rock, Funk, and all that great 60s and 70s music! Andre Bisson released “Rhythm & Blues Experience” in 2009. The emphasis on this CD is R&B and soul (old school, not ‘contemporary R&B’), no surprise given the title, but there’s also some blues mixed in. Andre Bisson is a relative newcomer to the blues scene. In his teens in Sault Ste Marie, he played rock ‘n’ roll, then R&B. In college, he studied jazz at Mohawk College in Hamilton, where he met the other members of the band, the J-Tones; all are professional musicians who have ‘day jobs’ teaching music.

Nine of the ten songs on the CD are originals; almost all the tracks on the CD are upbeat (‘Second Chance’ is the exception, with a smoky sax intro) and must fill the dance floor at live gigs. Come out and hear them live!





Jesse Greene Band

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, August 14

Jesse has been part of the Rainbow family since she was in her early teens. The Rainbow is thrilled at her recent success – winning The Ottawa Blues Society's On The Road To Memphis 2009 and reaching the finals of The 26th International Blues Competition in January 2010 in Memphis TN. 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!

Catch this rising star at the Rainbow!



"Music In the Park"

An photo exhibition at


1181 Bank Street (two blocks south of Sunnyside), Old Ottawa South

Wednesday, August 11, 7-9 pm

From photographer Jake Morrison,

Friends, the Ottawa Folk Festival opens on Friday and, as a part of it, Arts & Architecture, The Ottawa Folk Festival, and the OFF Photo Crew present "Music In the Park", an exhibition of prints of images from the 2009 Festival. Much of the printing was done by me at With Flare. You're welcome to attend the vernissage.

Poster at: http://www.artsandarchitecturegallery.blogspot.com

Images at: http://www.morrisonkeeler.org/OFF/HistoryGalleries/2010/2010PrintShow

I hope to see you there!



Ottawa Folk Festival Highlights

Britannia Park

Sunday, August 15

Galaxie Dance Tent

Terry Gillespie @ 6:15 pm

Mighty Popo @ 7:15 pm

CUPE Main Stage

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott @ 8:30 pm




Ottawa Blues Cruise

With Guitar Shorty & the Hangmen

Gatineau QC

Saturday, August 14; 8 pm – midnight

The 10th anniversary of Ottawa’s annual summer Blues Cruise, sponsored by M & T Glass, will be hosted by Dylan Black, from 101.9 DAWG FM. Leave your worries at the dock, put on your dancing shoes and come on board! Great music, great ambiance and the order for good cruisin’ weather has already gone in.

This year’s top notch musical line-up …

High voltage blues guitarist Guitar Shorty is on tour to celebrate his brand new release, “Bare Knuckle”, and will perform in Ottawa on Saturday, August 14, at Ottawa River Queen's Dock.

With “Bare Knuckle”, Guitar Shorty has created an album that is as memorable for its defiant vocals and contemporary, socially conscious lyrics as it is for his trademark menacing, slashing guitar work and hard-rocking spirit. Bare Knuckle” burns with heavy blues-rock fire from start to finish, putting Shorty's infectious energy and guitar pyrotechnics on full display.

Between his blistering, rocked-out guitar work and his fierce, soulful vocals, the power of his music is unmatched. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades and is one of the blues' most celebrated live performers.

(See page 22 of the Ottawa Blues Society’s summer newsletter for the OBS review of “Bare Knuckle”.)


The Ottawa-based rock group, Hangmen, is comprised of five talented musicians. Lead singer Neal Sundet, guitarist Paul Fenton, brother and fellow guitarist John Fenton, bassist Eric Lackey and drummer 'Burger' (Jean-Marc Muenier). The group's debut album is to be released in 2010.

Also fireworks and a special draw for the ladies.

For more info, check out the website at www.bluescruise.ca


Andre & the J-Tones

Perth Garlic Festival, Perth Fair Grounds, Perth ON

Sunday, August 15, 11am – 3pm

Come and hear the band performing lots of great Rhythm & Blues classics on Sunday at the festival from 11 am ‘til 3 pm. (More info on Andre & the J-Tones above)


Learn about and taste the finest Garlic from Ontario. There are tons of great health benefits and great recipes where Garlic should be included … taste Garlic dips, fudge, garlic breads, flavoured bits of garlic and more!





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 12 – Mike Miron

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




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.


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




Festiblues International de Montreal

Montreal QC

August 11-15


Donnacona au Rhythme du Blues

Donnacona QC

August 11-15


Ottawa Folk Festival

Britannia Park, Ottawa ON

August 13-15


Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Salmon Arm BC

August 13-15


Maple Ridge Jazz & Blues Festival

Maple Ridge BC

August 14


Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival

Burnaby BC

August 14


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 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 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, August 11 – Pianorama: The piano stylings of Beegie Adair, Antonio Adolfo, Ran Blake, Salvatore Bonafede, Michiel Braam, Hal Galper, Nico Huijbregts, Keith Jarrett, Russ Kassoff, Roberto Magris, Andrew Oliver, Michael Jefry Stevens and Trichotomy.

Next 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.


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...

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



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.



ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, August 10 @ 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, August 10 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Hands Across the Table (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. 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.

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.




Friday, August 17

Tempus Fugitives @ Tucson’s

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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