20 February 2012

Ottawa Blues This Week - 20 February 2012




February Blues Bash

With Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8

Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street

Friday, February 24 @ 9:30 pm

Jed says: “Bring Your Dancin Shoes And Your Drinking Elbow!”





Terry Gillespie & Paul Reddick

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, February 24 @ 8:30 pm

Back from Memphis, Terry hosts harmonica virtuoso and compelling songwriter Paul Reddick.




Wild T & The Spirit

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, February 24 @ 9:15 pm

Wild T & the Spirit is a powerful blues-rock band from Toronto, that has released 5 CDs and currently tour all over Canada and Europe. The band has built up a strong & loyal fan base of musicians and music loving fans over the years with its powerful live show!

Wild T is building a reputation for himself as the next premier guitarist to emerge from the Canadian music scene! Be sure to catch this Canadian Guitar Sensation!





ZAPP! Productions Presents

Moreland and Arbuckle

Mackechnie House, Cobourg ON

Wednesday, February 22

Soul food and Blues show at one of the nicest mansions in Cobourg.

Phone 905-372-8231

Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON

Friday, February 24 @ 8 pm; $25 (advance), $30 (at the door)

A party waiting to happen.

Phone 613-756-2029

Dominon Tavern, Minden ON

Saturday, February 25 @ 8 pm

Phone 705-286-6954

Blues Workshop & Symposium

Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON

Sunday, February 26; tickets $12 (advance), $15 (at the door)

Bring your guitar or harmonica and come out to a work shop and symposium with Moreland and Arbuckle. Ask questions about playing or the music business and touring. The workshop will follow up with a mini show, one good set of music.

This Power Blues Trio from Kansas spent the last year opening for the likes of ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Robert Cray. Along the way they caught the attention of Music Icon Steve Cropper from Stax Records and Booker T. He wrote a song for their new album "Just a Dream" on Telarc, which was just released and has received much critical acclaim. They are touring in support of this release which is a romp through their original blend of Delta Blues, Chicago Blues and hard driving powerful garage-rock configuration of guitar, vocals, harp and drums.



'An Evening with Janis Joplin'

Perth Legion, Perth ON

Saturday, February 25 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $60 in sdvance (includes meal)

Most people know who Janis is, and many are familiar with her most popular tunes like ‘Piece of My Heart’, ‘Try’, ‘Cry Baby’, ‘Tell Mama’, ‘Me and Bobby McGee’, ‘Mercedez Benz’... But not too many people know how she became the person and the singer that she was.

Did you know that Janis grew up in Port Arthur, Texas just a short drive away from Louisiana? That her first musical loves were Leadbelly, Odetta and Bessie Smith? Or that she frequently visited gospel gatherings just to get in on the music?

Janis had a burning desire to emulate the blues and gospel greats, she also had a solid foundation in folk music - Janis' first ensemble performance was with the Waller Creek Boys in Austin, Texas during the time she was attending the university – ‘Roll On Columbia’ (Hank Williams) was the first tune she sang with those guys and with such a surprising intensity that no one could deny she was something special.

On to San Francisco with Big Brother and the Holding Company Janis was just along for the ride and had a humble position as sideman in the group - but not for long! The group made her the main attraction (smart move) and they immediately increased in popularity. The eventual dismissal of Big Brother as Janis' official band was a very difficult move for her and one that I feel contributed greatly to her chronic drug dependency.

Of course who can deny the splendour of “Pearl” and all the songs that she and the Full Tilt Boogie band pressed to vinyl. The third set of this show is going to ROCK AND ROLL!

On Saturday, February 25, local singer/songwriter Shelley Montreuil (known best as the lead singer for the jazz/rock/blues group Tell Mama) will personalize this legendary late ‘60s/early ‘70s blues/rock singer in a production entitled An Evening With Janis Joplin. Three sets representing three stages of Janis' life and musical career - we invite you to share in her journey. A Southern-style meal is being served to compliment the experience - come dressed for the era because there will be prizes (come on, you know you want to!). The evening is going to sway, swing, rock and roll - all for a good cause, the Lanark Animal Welfare Society

Tickets are $60 (meal included) available in advance at Tickets Please and Shadowfax or at the door.

This show is being produced by Joplinesque and Lyle Dillabough as a fundraiser for the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS)




Southside Tuesdays
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Tuesdays @ 9 pm; no cover

Southside Tuesdays with Steve Marriner.


John Carroll

Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street

Wednesdays, 10 pm


Irene’s Blues AllStars

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Thursdays, 9 pm – 1 am; no cover

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:

February 23 – Pat Johnson

March 1 – Mathieu Gagnon

March 8 – Jeff Hagerman

March 15 – Don Cummings

March 23 – Ross Neilsen



Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

2nd and 4th Saturday each month, 3-6 pm

Firebelly is Mathieu Gagnon on harmonica, Fredy Carriere on guitar, Dan Grewal on bass and Mike McNeil on drums.




Big Bill’s Blues Bash

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturdays, 4-8 pm

Bill Brennan hosts Big Bill’s Blues Bash every Saturday from 4-8 pm. With the tightest rhythm section around there will be a Special Guest every week. So take a load off, have a cool beverage and enjoy the blues in one of Canada's best Blues venues. See you there!!!


Open Blues Jam

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street

Every Sunday, 4-7 pm; cover $3 (jammers free)

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).


Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)



Southwest Sundays

With The Dusty Drifters

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Sundays, 9:30 pm – 1 am; no cover

You bet yer ass – it’s bluegrass!


The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC

Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover

6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre





The newly launched Unsigned Only Music Competition, from the team behind the International Songwriting Competition, is fast approaching its March 5 deadline for artists to enter. Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major record label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the "gem" that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package. Judging criteria includes vocals, performance, songwriting, and originality.

Completely separate and distinct from ISC, Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. Not only does it offer great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals, but it also takes it a step further and puts the Grand Prize winner in direct, personal contact with the influential record label executives who are the ultimate decision makers. For the first time ever, a music competition offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company presidents, A&R reps, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for an artist to directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.

The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $5,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category. Entries are being accepted now until March 5, 2012. Winners will be announced in July, 2012. Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Christian Music, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop/Top 40, and Vocal Performance.

All entries must be original music except for the Vocal Performance category which accepts original or cover songs. Judging criteria in the Vocal Performance category will be based solely on the quality of the vocals, thereby allowing singers who do not write their own songs the opportunity to enter.

For more information, please contact Candace Avery at 615.251.4441 or cavery@unsignedonly.com.
For entry and general information, please go to http://www.unsignedonly.com




Blues Jam

Avant-Garde Bar & Restaurant, 135½ Besserer Street

First Wednesday 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

The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON

Third Tuesday of every month@ 7 pm; $10


Acoustic Roots Series ** on hiatus in February; back in March **

Georgian House Restaurant, 146 Main St. S., Alexandria ON

First Wednesday of Every Month

The best Roots/Country/Americana artists will be joining Terry Gillespie for a new Acoustic Roots Series in Alexandria. Some of them will be up-coming artists and some will be household names … a different musical guest each month. All of the musician guests are very accomplished and have toured extensively. We are very privileged to be able to host them right here at home.
Terry will open each evening with a set of his music then the guest will follow with a set of their music. Each will accompany the other. Don’t miss a single one.

on hiatus in February

March 7 – Pat Moore

If you desire to see a special guest, let us know. If they are on the road, we might be able to grab them.
The Georgian House special musical menu has something fresh and delicious for all budgets.



Mississippi Blues Society Jam

Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery, Bridge Street, Carleton Place

First Tuesday of every month @ 8:30 pm

Hosted by The Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery & The Mississippi Blues Society, and featuring Barry Buse & Peter Brown, the MBS Blues Jam is the longest-running blues jam in the Greater Ottawa area & one of the best, attracting both musicians & fans from in & out of town.

*8:30 PM is the Estimated Start Time *There's No Cover Charge *Free Parking *Good Food *Ends Early [approx. midnight]

And - just so you know...we pack 'em in for this event, so come in early if you want a good table.





Blues On The Rideau @ The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario
A Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series featuring some of North America's best Blues bands.
Proceeds to support local charities
Dinner & Show $60
Advance reservations required
Call 1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636
Blues On The Rideau Shows, and the rooms at the Inn for those nights, sell out early.


March 16 & 17
Blackburn, from Toronto
2010 Maple Blues Award Best New Artists. Blues, funk, soul & R&B

Canada's version of the Neville brothers!
Proceeds To Easter Seals Ontario & Habitat For Humanity

April 20/21
David Rotundo Band with Julian Fauth, from Toronto

A multiple Maple Blues Award winning harp player/singer matched with Juno Award winning keyboardist

Barrelhouse, rockin' Blues!
Proceeds To Westport In Bloom & Westport Library

May 18
Chris Antonik Band, from Toronto

2011 Maple Blues Award nominee for Best New Artist

Outstanding guitarist/songwriter and arranger. Smooth blues, soul, R&B
Proceeds To Rideau District Museum

More info:



See you there!
James Doran
Choose The Blues Productions




Ridgemont High School Auditorium Fundraiser
with JW-Jones and special guest Quicksand

Ridgemont High School, 2597 Alta Vista Drive

Thursday, March 1; 7:30-10:30 pm

A fundraiser featuring the esteemed Ridgemont alumnus JW-Jones with special guest Quicksand.
Tickets are as follows with all proceeds going to the revitalization of the Ridgemont Auditorium:

VIP $30; Adults $20; Students $15
Tickets can be purchased @ the school (2957 Alta Vista Dr) or by calling 613-733-4860



Fundraiser for Le Gîte Ami


With MonkeyJunk

Odyssée Hall, Maison de la Culture, 855 Gappe Blvd, Gatineau QC

Monday, March 5 @ 8 pm; tickets $55 (orchestra) and $35 balcony

Starring the queen of R’n’B in Quebec, Nadja, with Juno-nominated band MonkeyJunk opening.


All profits from this show will be given to Le Gîte Ami (a non-profit corporation), a temporary shelter for homeless people, located in Gatineau, in the Hull sector. In 2011, more than 750 beneficiaries spent more than 13,000 nights there and Le Gîte Ami also served more than 45,000 meals.

Tickets available at la Maison de la culture box office in person, by phone 819-243-2525 or by internet http://www.maisondelaculture.ca/chanson.html#nadja




Michael Jerome Browne

Open Tunings Workshop (with or without slide)

Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank Street

Saturday, March 24; 2:30-4:30 pm

$25 OFC members; $30 non-members

An open tunings exploration with one of Canada’s finest roots-focused guitar players, Michael Jerome Browne. Whether he’s gliding a slide across his national guitar, pulling his bow over the fiddle strings to play a lively Cajun waltz, or frailing away on his gourd banjo, Michael’s passion and virtuosity always shine through. In the true tradition of folk music, his performances inspire us to see the interconnections between the many cultures and influences that gave birth to American Roots Music. Gospel, Blues, Old-Time, Country, Soul and Cajun. This one is a rare opportunity folks!






Jack de Keyzer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, March 2 @ 10 pm

Blues, jazz, funky R&B and swing are all part of the palette that colour Jack de Keyzer’s musical portraits. The much acclaimed guitarist, singer and song writer has worked with artists as varied as King Biscuit Boy, Etta James, Blue Rodeo, Robert Gordon, Otis Rush and the Bop Cats. His guitar playing has been featured on hundreds of recordings; as a song writer he has been covered by Prairie Oyster on their hit album ‘Everyone Knows’ ; and as a singer he once sang a duet with kd lang. (Alright... it was a Budweiser commercial...) He performs internationally over 150 shows per year, and is a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee & winner and two-time Juno winner.

Jack’s back … at the Rainbow!



Bluestone CD Release Party

Ritual Nightclub137 Besserer Street

Saturday, March 3; $10 advance, $15 at the door

Ottawa's Bluestone is releasing their third full length album, Admissions”, and is backing up their release with a 5-week tour into the U.S. of A. This home-grown group already has three cross Canada tours and is now ready to break new ground. There's no greater way to celebrate this next big push than a CD release party!

Produced in most part by Steve Foley at Audio Valley, ‘Admissions’ marks the band's third full length release, and that's just a small part of the story. Three full lengths, yes, but three cross Canada tours, multiple singles circulating commercial radio, three videos, and exposure on MuchAxcess and many festival stages help paint the full picture. The band is ready to move to the international stage, touring 24 US cities in just 5 weeks.

The album also features the track ‘My Love’, produced by Ken Freisen; the band liked it so much they flew to Vancouver to film the video. The video was directed by long time collaborator, Nadav Santo, and is featured on the band's website.

Bluestone is led by one of Canada’s best female guitarists, powerful vocal harmonies, a killer rhythm section and a dynamic brother & sister front. The self-managed band has carved out a unique style of rock, blended with guitar harmonies, dueling solos and both male and female lead vocals.




Irene’s Pub, 885 BankStreet

Saturday, March 3 @ 9:30 pm; $12

The original mandate of Swamperella, “to honour the Cajun music tradition’’, has never been compromised. The integrity of the traditional form and sentiment has always been maintained even as originals and Zydeco began seeping into the Swamperella repertoire. But there’s nothing stodgy about this band. The old time flavour stirred up in a brand new pot makes for a fabulous and rich musical experience and the Swamp-stew just keeps getting yummier.



A Night of Blues

with Tim Bastmeyer, Julian Fauth, James Thomson, and Corey Richardson

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, March 9

Canadian blues singer/songwriter Tim Bastmeyer started his musical career in 1986 and over the years has played and recorded with a number of different recording artists and has performed throughout North America, as well as the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Scotland and England. He is also a producer, engineer, and music teacher and has produced award-winning recordings and engineered countless recording projects (music and foley). Tim has taught hundreds of young musicians to play guitar, bass and drums.

Bastmeyer will head out on a tour of Canada and several U.S dates in 2012 to support his new self-titled release. Featuring Juno award winning blues artist Julian Fauth on piano, James Thomson on bass and Corey Richardson on drums, this release is much different than Bastmeyer's 2010 recording, a solo acoustic blues recording titled “Graveyard”. “Tim Bastmeyer” contains 11 tracks, featuring 10 originals and a cover of the blues classic 'I'm Going Down' and is a mix of blues ballads and hard blues with a rock edge.

A Night of Blues stops off at the Rainbow on Friday, March 9.

(Info from Sarah French Publicity)



End of Winter Blues Music Festival

Belleville ON

Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10

On Friday March 9 and Saturday March 10 the Loyal Blues Fellowship is proud to present the 8th annual End of Winter Blues Music Festival. This year the organizers have expanded the event to a two day format! They have added a Mardi Gras Party on Friday, March 9, from 9:30 pm-2 am at Little Texas,

290 North Front Street in Belleville featuring “Loco Zydeco”, Canada's TopZydeco band, bringing some Louisiana-East Texas style-foot stomping-dancing music. This will be the band’s third appearance at the End of Winter Blues Music Festival. For more info about the band see http://www.locozydeco.com

The fun continues on Saturday at Loyalist College’s ‘Shark Tank Pub’. Starting at 1 pm, the festival will spotlight our area’s talented musicians by featuring the ever-popular local showcase of acts from the greater Quinte region. Then things will really heat things up with headliner “The Johnny Max Band” bringing his brand of hip-shakin’-feel good-old school Soul! Throw in a humorous front man in Johnny Max and before you know it, it’s a full blown party! For more about Johnny see his web site http://www.johnnymax.com

There will be food available from Rosie’s regular menu and also a special dinner feature, presented by the Loyalist culinary students (Saturday only). Friday & Saturday combo advance tickets ($30) are available at: Smokehouse Blues, Greek Oasis, & Red Ball Radio, Belleville; Arpeggio’s Guitar Boutique & Riverside Music, Trenton; Chesterfields, Picton; Third Stone Music, Brighton; Zap Records, Cobourg; and Marie’s Place Music Emporium, Nappanee.

Tickets are also available for Friday night only at the door $10, and Saturday at the door $25. Group discounts are also available. (Saturday is an ‘all-ages event’, under 14 free with adult, student discount available at the door)

More information is available at http://www.loyalblues.ca


Douglas Watson R&B Revue

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, March 16

Douglas grew up in Chicago and was surrounded by the blues. His father Lovie Lee (Eddie Watson) played piano from 1979 until 1983, in the last Muddy Waters Band. Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell and Eddie Clearwater were close relatives who often shared the same address. Koko Taylor, who Douglas refers to as his Godmother, was a friend of the family. Douglas played bass on several recording sessions in Chicago by artists like Lovie Lee, Blyther Smith and Vance Kelly. He is also featured along with Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughan on A. C. Reed’s recording, “I’m in the Wrong Business”.

When Douglas moved to London Ontario in 1989, he was known primarily as a funky bass player. His first steady gig was with the house band at the Other Side of Five. The gig lasted for 3 or 4 years. During this time Douglas began to sing and he started to get noticed as both a vocalist and as an entertainer. His singing was so impressive that he started getting gigs just to sing. He has a huge smile and an even bigger voice. His vocal style combines the power of Muddy Waters with the sweetness of Marvin Gaye.

The current Douglas Watson R & B Revue has been together for almost 2 years and features Mississippi Pete Temple on Harmonica, Chris “Mr Sweetness” Latta on guitar and Maciej Lukasiewicz on drums.



Music By The Bay Live Small Club BIG SHOW Concert Series presents


The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Friday, March 16 @ 9 pm

JW-Jones has one of the most energetic and exciting live shows on the scene. In 2009, Guitar World Magazine featured a CD called “Guitar Masters Vol. 2” that put JW-Jones alongside guitar stars B.B. King, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and more. Some of the biggest names in blues today, including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Rod Piazza, Anson Funderburgh with Sam Myers, The Mannish Boys and the legendary Hubert Sumlin have invited him to join them on stage.



The 24th Street Wailers

Wilno Tavern, Wilno, ON

Friday, March 23

Phone613-756-2029 for tickets

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, March 24 @ 10 pm

Sponsored by the Toronto Blues Society, this band made a real impression at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, February 1-4. Their first performance on Wednesday at Wet Willie’s initiated a buzz that resulted in a full house for their second performance on Thursday; they closed out the First Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase in fine style on Thursday afternoon; they filled their venue to capacity for their appearance in the semi-finals on Friday night; and they were the only Canadian band asked to participate in the Kings of Beale Street competition on Saturday night. And they sold a whole lot of CDs.

Following the success of “Dirty Little Young’uns”, they’re heading off to Halifax to record their 2nd CD in March (more about that below) and will be swinging through our area on their way home from the recording session. So they’ll have new tunes to share, not to mention the incredible high energy of these four extremely talented young musicians. This is a ‘don’t miss’ show!


Please Support the new CD … from the 24th Street Wailers

The 24th Street Wailers are heading to Halifax in March 2012 to record our second CD. Here is a sneak peek … called "No One Needs to Know" (our only instrumental)! You can help fund the project by pre-ordering your copy online or via cheque or money order or cash when we see you! Be sure to include your correct email address and mailing address! You may also add donations aside from the purchase of the new CD on the Pay Pal website.

As an added bonus, we are having a contest for our friends and fans to NAME THE NEW CD! When you pre order your copy, you can enter your title suggestion. We will name the CD according to the winning entrant’s suggestion and the winner be thanked in the liner notes. The contest is only open to those who pre order the new CD. Please add your suggested CD title to the note to seller section in PayPal check out or if paying by cash/check send us an email with your suggested title.



JW-Jones CD Release Party

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, March 30 @ 10 pm

On his 7th release, aptly titled “Seventh Hour”, Jones has teamed up with multi-Juno award winning artist/producer, Steve Dawson, to mix the album. After performing in 17 countries, 4 continents, and releasing 6 critically acclaimed discs, it's time for a change. No famous guests. No fancy studios. This is JW-Jones and his band doing what they do best – right at home, recorded in J-Dub’s living room. Tracked on a crisp fall weekend, this cool release is sure to stir up some discussion about where his music is going as he soars in a vibrant new direction. Shattering visual boundaries is also an integral part of this project. Mitch Lenet, 3D artist and commercial photographer, has developed a concept for this package with cutting-edge technology that is guaranteed to turn heads in the music and fashion world. While keeping one foot firmly planted in the roots he came from, this Maple Blues Award winner believes that appealing to a younger audience is the most important way to ensure the evolution of blues-based music.

Check it out at the CD release, Friday, March 30 at the Rainbow.





The Kingston Blues Society announces a new series of blues shows – BLUES BANDS OF ONTARIO – which will take place the first Saturday of each month.

Many of the bands showcased in this new series have produced CDs; some have been playing together for many years and some are new and upcoming. For $3, you just can’t beat it.

March 3 – TBA

April 7 – Firebelly (Ottawa)

May 5 – Wicked Grin (Ottawa)

June 2 - TBA




KBS Monthly Jam

The Standeasy

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Third Saturday of the month @ 8:30 pm, $3 at the door

Come out and see Mojo Shooter with special guests.

Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited.
Sponsored by the Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston


Georgette Fry

Brandee’s, 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





In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues

The White House, Washington DC

Tuesday, February 21 http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

Monday, February 27 on PBS stations

The White House is opening its doors in an invitation to the blues. Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Keb Mo are among an A-list of artists who will perform at the White House Feb. 21 to celebrate blues music and recognize Black History Month.

The program, called “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues,” will be live streamed on the White House Web site, http://www.whitehouse.gov/live. It will also be broadcast at 9 p.m. Feb. 27 on PBS stations.

President Barack Obama will deliver remarks at the event.




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

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

Sundays: 8 pm

Ottawa Blues Society DAWG’ON BLUES

Each week OBS hosts keep you up to date on what’s happening on the Ottawa area blues scene, play some great blues from local bands and showcase regional and Canadian talent.

This week, February 26 – IBC Wrap Up

Next week, March 4 – Barrelhouse Blues


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 2011. 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, February 22: Coleman Hawkins: For our fourth Black History Month program,

Co-Host Jim Reil features the recordings of Coleman Hawkins, “the man who invented jazz saxophone”.

Next week, February 29: Jazzcraft: In our fifth and final Black History Month program, we hear the 1978 and 1979 recordings made for the Danish Jazzcraft label by black bebop pioneers Benny Bailey, Teddy Edwards and Howard McGhee.


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.

And check out SNB videos here http://www.cbc.ca/snb/video/


On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio

Thursdays, 8-10 pm

Got The Blues

Pat Watters is your host for this blues only radio show, now in its 5th year. It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca so Ottawa folks now listen!




Canada Live, 7 pm

Thursday, February 23
concert 1: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
, recorded at the 2011 Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Earlier in 2011, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings released their 7th album Kings and Queens. This ambitious project saw the group performing with some of their favourite female musical friends, including Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Holly Cole, Cassandra Wilson and others. At this year's Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings were featured on the Sunday afternoon concert on the festival's Main Stage. Thanks to good fortune and insightful booking by the festival producer, two of the 'Queens', blues artist Janiva Magness and Canadian chanteuse Serena Ryder, were also performing on the weekend, and joined them during their set.

Friday, February 24
concert 1: East Coast Blues Summit
, recorded at CBC Studio One in Halifax
The east coast has been a hotbed of blues music for at least the past fifty years. Many styles and influences -- country blues, swing, urban, jump -- have contributed to what is now an east coast sound and approach. CBC in the Maritimes decided the time was right to showcase this wealth of blues. The East Coast Blues Summit brings together various influences and styles, with an incredible group of Maritime singers and musicians on one stage, performing both songs that have inspired them, as well as originals. Matt Andersen, Morgan Davis, Linda Carvery, Garrett Mason, Theresa Mallenfant, and Carson Downey are all award-winning artists with deep blues roots and emotional delivery. The backing band is also a special group of players, all being recording artists in their own right. From the very first notes of rehearsals through to showtime, there was an atmosphere of excitement and joy to be playing together as a gathering of great music and players, and you'll feel that excitement as you listen to this engaging concert.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, February 24 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
, recorded at the 2011 Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Earlier in 2011, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings released their 7th album Kings and Queens. This ambitious project saw the group performing with some of their favourite female musical friends, including Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Holly Cole, Cassandra Wilson and others. At this year's Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings were featured on the Sunday afternoon concert on the festival's Main Stage. Thanks to good fortune and insightful booking by the festival producer, two of the 'Queens', blues artist Janiva Magness and Canadian chanteuse Serena Ryder, were also performing on the weekend, and joined them during their set.

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





Saturday, March 3

Mighty Popo @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, 8:30 pm

Sunday, March 4

Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Saturday, March 10

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Tucson`s, 9:15 pm

John Carroll & the Epic Proportions @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9:30 pm

Sunday, March 11

Maria Hawkins Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Wednesday, March 14

Robert Farrell @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9 pm

Sunday, March 18

Al Wood Trio Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Saturday, March 24

Three Times Lucky @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Sunday, March 25

River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Friday, March 30

The Powergoats @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

JW-Jones CD Release Party @ the Rainbow, 10 pm



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