17 April 2012

Ottawa Blues This Week - 16 April 2012




Drew Nelson Band

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Saturday, April 21 @ 9:30 pm

The fabulous Drew Nelson Band will be performing one of their increasingly rare and selective shows at Irene's on Saturday April 21 @ 9:27ish. A wonderful time is guaranteed for all.

Drew Nelson is one of Canada's truly gifted and original blues influenced artists performing today. His live shows are infused with his amazing slide guitar work, gritty vocals and a great sense of humour that leaves an audience with the feeling that they've made a new friend. And, the quality of Drew's song writing and recorded work are on a par with the best of its kind, anywhere.





John Pizzarelli

Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Thursday April 19 @ 8 pm; tickets $59.50

Using performers like Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto and the songs of composers from Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin to James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones, John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of The Great American songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavour of his brilliant guitar playing and singing. His latest recording, “Rockin’ In Rhythm”, the singer-guitarist’s first ever Duke Ellington recording, features 12 classic tracks that prove Pizzarelli – like Ellington – knows how to show off the strengths of the musicians in his band. In addition to a cut for solo guitar, four songs highlight the quartet (with pianist Larry Fuller, bassist Martin Pizzarelli and drummer Tony Tedesco) and seven include the Swing Seven horns with arrangements by Don Sebesky.

The legendary guitarist/vocalist is no stranger to Ottawa (he was last here at the 2006 Ottawa Jazz Festival), but he has never before appeared in such an intimate environment.




Blues on the Rideau presents

David Rotundo & Julian Fauth with Enrico Crivellaro

The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Friday & Saturday, April 20-21

Proceeds to Westport In Bloom & Westport Library.

Dinner & Show $60

Advance reservations required

Call 1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636

Toronto harmonica player/singer/songwriter and performer extraordinaire David Rotundo is a multiple Maple Blues Award winner/nominee (Harmonica Player, Electric Act and New Artist of the Year categories). He's also one of the most popular acts ever to play BOTR @ The Cove. This is his 4th visit and he has sold out every time. He never fails to deliver a great, high energy show.


He is joined by Juno Award and multiple Maple Blues Award winner Julian Fauth on keyboards and vocals (Julian is an accomplished songwriter as well). Watch for a new album by these two together out soon on Electro-Fi Records.


And Italian sensation Enrico Crivellaro - one of the best contemporary Blues guitarists in the world today happens to be in town and will be joining them as well. Enrico's new album "Freewheelin'" - also on Electro-Fi - is getting major airplay and recognition in North America and around the globe.


What a troika! These three are old friends whose playing/jamming days go back to Toronto's Kensington Market in the late ‘90s and it definitely shows when they get together. Each one of them is worth the price of admission alone … together - what a deal! Argentine bassist Michel Facen and well known Toronto drummer Chuck Keeping round out the great band.

David Rotundo Band at their last visit to The Cove November 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTTy8c1gpYs&feature=related

Julian Fauth solo in the Liquid Sound studio 2006 (Talkin' Blues video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZarpCUeykI&feature=related

Enrico Crivellaro w. David Rotundo and the late, great Jeff Healey at Healey's Club in Toronto 2003 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N61Em_wTbkY

The Saturday night Show is Sold Out but we are taking names for the Waiting List. There are still a few seats left for Friday but move fast if you want one. Both these shows will sell out.






Blues On Tues

The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill
Tuesday, April 17 @ 7 pm; $10

Reservations and information 613-678-0848

TG3 are Terry, Lyndell and Wayne with special guest Jody Golick on sax.
Hopefully we will see you on Tuesday with your Dancing Slippers on ready to have a good time!



Jonas & The Massive Attraction "Unplugged"

Neat Café, Burnstown ON

Thursday, April 19 @ 8 pm

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, April 20 @ 8:30 pm

Juno-nominated rockers Jonas & The Massive Attraction are excited to bring their "Unplugged 2012 Tour" to Ottawa for two special acoustic duo performances with lead singer Jonas Tomalty and guitarist, Corey Diabo. They are touring in support of their brand new CD "Unplugged", released nationally on February 14 on Big Slice Records/Select Distribution.



Music By The Bay Live presents

David Gogo ***SOLD OUT***

The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Friday, April 20 @ 9 pm

David Gogo has garnered three Juno Nominations, the Saturday Night Blues’ Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada, WCMA Musician of the Year, and has twice been named Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year. Over the years, he has performed with blues and rock legends B.B. King, Bo Diddley, George Thorogood, ZZ Top, and numerous others – most recently touring with Johnny Winter on Canada’s west coast. David Gogo is one of Canada’s hardest working blues-rock guitarists and multiple Award Winner who adds heart, soul and grit to the international blues scene.




Reverend Ernie Cox, The London Trio Plus and Don Cummings
Manotick United Church, 5567 Manotick Main Street, Manotick

Saturday, April 21 @ 7:30 pm; doors @ 6:30 pm; tickets $20,

family pack $50 (2 adults, 2 kids under 14)

The Watson's Mill Board of Directors is pleased to announce the next concert in the continuing "Raise The Roof". These concerts are part of a co-operative fundraising effort to replace the Watson's Mill's roof.

This is the 7th concert in the series of “unplugged” concerts, extending what was originally announced as the 2011 four concert Watson’s Mill Summer Concert Series (though the summer of 2011 is now long gone).

Come one, come all to a great evening of music – the amazing gospel sounds of Reverend Ernie Cox will be accompanied by Don Cummings on organ, and the eight voices of the fabulous London Trio Plus. The Reverend Ernie Cox has been performing Black Gospel music for many years, both in Ottawa and beyond. He was the opening act for the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Refreshments included (beer & wine available for purchase)


(Thanks to Ottawa Folk Music Events for this info.)


Jimmy Bowskill Band

Picton Regent Theatre

Friday, April 20 @ 8 pm

Wilno Tavern

Saturday, April 21 @ 8 pm

Jimmy Bowskill was discovered by Jeff Healey at 12, he is the youngest Juno Nominee ever and, at 21, has 5 critically acclaimed releases under his belt. He toured last year opening for Jeff Beck and will be touring in support of his latest release.





Bands for Breath!

Hélène Campbell Benefit & Organ Donor Drive

Greenfield’s Pub, 900 Greenbank Road

Sunday, April 22; 2 - 10 pm

Hosted by Woody from CHEZ 106

- Live music by 8 local bands, including Three Times Lucky
- No cover, but donations are encouraged!
- Prizes include: Autographed Ottawa Senators merchandise, 3-month memberships at The Athletic Club and gift cards for Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire

Invite all of your friends!
Please visit www.alungstory.ca for more information about Hélène and organ donation




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


Jeff Rogers and The All-Day Daddies

The Heart and Crown on Preston Street

Every Thursday @ 10 pm; Free!

Come down to The Heart and Crown on Preston Street where you can catch Jeff Rogers and The All-Day Daddies, now a 6-piece band, WITH guitar. Bringing the groove to a whole new level! Playing Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Al Green, The Funk Brothers, Jamiroquai and all things soulful, bluesy and funky. Jeff will also be introducing some titles from his soon to be released album.

"The All-Day Daddies" are: Ross Murray on Drums; Ken Seeley on Electric Bass; Jeff Devalk on Guitar; Kelly Craig on Trumpet; Brian Asselin on Sax; and, Jeff Rogers on Keyboards and Vocals.


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:

April 19 – Vince Halfhide

April 26 – Terry Gillespie

May 3 – Chris Breitner & Jerome Jeffrey

May 10 – Dean Dupuis

May 17 – Al Wood

May 24 – Jed Rached

May 31 – Jason Fryer & Caroline Addison

June 7 – John Yemensky

June 14 – Scott Amey

June 21 – Victor Nesrallah

June 28 – Rod Williams & Murray Kinsley



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





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

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.

May 2 – special guest Andrew Cowan

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.


April 20/21
David Rotundo Band w. Special Guests Julian Fauth & Enrico Crivellaro



Multiple Maple Blues Award winning harmonica player, singer and dynamite performer David Rotundo brings two of his long time musician friends with him to The Cove for this engagement - Juno Award winning piano player/singer/songwriter Julian Fauth and Italian guitar sensation Enrico Crivellaro. Any one of these 3 artists is worth the price of admission. Together - what a troika! This will be two nights of fabulous high energy, 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




The 15th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents

Mike Goudreau & The Boppin Blues Band

Album Launch

Le Petit Chicago, 50, Promenade du Portage, Gatineau (Hull)

Wednesday, April 25 @ 8 pm

To celebrate 20 years of performing, writing and producing Blues, Mike Goudreau & The Boppin Blues Band will launch ''20 Years Of Bop & Blues'', a new CD that features 12 new original songs with Mike on vocals & guitar, Jonathan Boudreau on bass, Jean-François Bégin on drums, David Élias on tenor & baritone sax, Serge Arsenault on trombone and Maxime St-Pierre on trumpet. Swinging, Funky, New Orleans, Blues/Rock and even some Southern Soul & Gospel thrown in for good measure! The CD also features co-writer Lorrie Goodman on B3 organ and special guest Pierre Lacocque of Mississippi Heat from Chicago on harmonica!




on facebook at: www.facebook.com/Vireeblues


Ground Breaking Blues
Wrokstarz Club & Venue,75 Consumers Drive, Whitby ON
Thursday, April 26 @ 7pm
; tickets $100 (Available Online Only) http://www.musicbythebaylive.com

Music By The Bay Live and 94.9 The Rock are proud to present an evening of World Class Blues featuring The Maple Blues Revue. Also appearing will be Braithwaite & Whiteley performing their original presentation of The Underground Railroad and The Jack de Keyzer Band.
Standard Open Bar / Cocktail hors d'ouvres/ Silent Auction / Charitable Registration tax receipts
Proceeds will support the Habitat for Humanity Durham Centre Towne set to commence in May 2012, building homes in Oshawa for 24 families.
We need your help to provide a hand up … not a hand out. Habitat for Humanity; building homes, building hope.
Sponsorship Opportunities http://www.habitatdurham.com


Ross Neilsen

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, April 27 @ 9:30 pm; cover $10

Ross Neilsen and his new band will be playing at Irene’s on Friday, April 27. If you haven’t already seen this on Facebook, you need to check out his YOUTUBE series ‘The Great Bass Player Search’. To date, two episodes have been released … spoiler – Ross is really quite enamoured with Lips as of the end of Part Two. You’ll want to follow this on Ross’ website at http://www.rossneilsen.com to get a heads-up on who’ll be playing bass in the band Ross is bringing to Irene’s.

For those of you who don’t know Ross Neilsen … he’s been called Canada’s hardest working blues rock act. Taking strong, timeless material to the place that matters. The People. As of 2010, his totals stood at six years, over 1000 shows and half a million kilometers traveled. In a time of corporate cookie cutter music this is the return to real. Ross Neilsen is the real, old school kind of artist. Write. Tour. Record. Tour. Repeat.

He fronts his band, but also has a solo act and represented the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in the Solo/Duo category at the International Blues Challenge in February, putting on two great performances and advancing to the semi-final round. Then he headed to the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he recorded his upcoming solo CD, scheduled for release in the fall.

Whether telling tall tales or capturing the spirit of the blues through his own originals and unique covers in his intimate solo shows or combining clever lyrics with old school, in-your-face guitar playing with his band, Ross Neilsen will take you on an emotional journey through the joys and pains of life, death, triumph and defeat. Neilsen will touch your heart, soul, body and mind, sending you home to sing yourself to sleep. And in the morning? You will want more, much more.


1st Annual Ottawa Grassroots Mini-Folk Festival

Royal Canadian (Montgomery) Legion, 330 Kent Street

Saturday, April 28; noon to 11 pm; tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door

The OGF festival will be an annual family-oriented celebration of folk music, dance and other participatory arts. The 1st Annual OGF has announced the following headliners and programming for its community-oriented celebration of music and dance: Rick Fines, Katherine Wheatley, Missy Burgess and many more.

The one-day festival will consist of a number of different components which will take place in various parts of the building. In the afternoon, the downstairs area will offer a diverse range of participatory activities, including a ukulele sing-along, contra dancing, yoga and a "playback" theatre performance.

At the same time, the hall upstairs will feature several respected and talented performers, including the wonderful singer-songwriter Ana Miura, along with Open Stage performance opportunities for children as well as adults. The Open Stage is a Spirit of Rasputin’s (SoR) presentation. All afternoon activities are FREE, with donations accepted for CKCU FM, Ottawa's long-running community radio station.

The evening concert will feature Ottawa's own Missy Burgess as the opener, celebrating her latest CD, "Play Me Sweet" followed by the award-winning, ever-popular singer-songwriters Rick Fines and
Katherine Wheatley.

Tickets for the Ottawa Grassroots Festival are on sale now at the Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank Street), and are also available through PayPal on the Ottawa Grassroots Festival website



Paul Deslauriers & Steve Strongman

Guitar Explosion

Cabaret La Basoche, 120 Principale Street, Gatineau

Saturday, April 28 @ 8 pm; Tickets: Adults $28, Seniors $25, Students $23

Guitar Explosion hits us hard! It's an acoustic concept born out of the electric version which has been most well received in every festival.

Guitar Explosion at the Montreal International Jazz Festival - YouTube





Maxville Music Festival


Terry Gillespie Winning Trio W/Peter Measroch

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 21 Main Street, Maxville ON

Friday, May 11 @ 8 pm: tickets $10, children under 12 - $5

This show will be performed in a church that seats 200. The acoustic are wonderful and TG3, with Peter on piano, plan on taking full advantage of the setting to present a mother-lode of new tunes from their upcoming CD. It will be the first public presentation of new material that Terry, Lyndell and Wayne have been developing in the studio for the last year and plans are to record the whole event live.





Sweet and the Back Beat

Greenfield’s Pub, 900 Greenbank Road

Friday, May 4 @ 9 pm

From Tom Rowe:

To quote Robin Willams, "Spring is nature's way of saying - let's party!" I hope you can join us for this purpose on Friday, May 4 at Greenfields Pub, getting underway around 9 pm.

Sweet and the Back Beat had a fantastic time during our last visit to Greenfields on April 30, 2011, thanks to multiple birthday celebrations which gave the party plenty of positive energy. It would be nice to see you again at this great venue. We always enjoy the fine stage, lighting and sound - and they have excellent food and drink as well.

Please mark the date - we hope to see you.



John Carroll & The Epic Proportions w s/g Andre Bluteau

Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield QC

Sunday, May 6 @ 4 pm; tickets $10

Live at Wakefield’s Black Sheep Inn for a return matinee with special guest Andre M. Bluteau!

Visit www.worldfamousmusic.net to buy online or see Vertigo or Compact Music locations for tickets.

Visit www.johncarrollmusic.com for info on the bus that will leave Kemptville & Ottawa to take you there and back (bus tickets an additional $15 and must be purchased personally from John @ The Laff on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Sunday nights)


Music By the Bay Live presents

Paul James *** SOLD OUT ***

The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Friday, May 11

Paul James is a Canadian cultural icon and veteran entertainer. His talents as a guitarist, vocalist, band leader, stage acrobatic, and songwriter have allowed him to produce the music he loves for over three decades. Paul James is the recipient of two Toronto Music awards for Best Club Band & Best Blues Artist and in 1992 won the Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Music. In January 2012 Paul James was presented the lifetime achievement – Blues With A Feeling Award.

Show is SOLD OUT. Email Lori Murray at musicbythebaylive@rogers.com with your name & phone number along with the # of tickets needed & you will be notified if tickets become available.


Jack de Keyzer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, May 12 @ 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!



Steve Strongman

CD Release with DAWG FM

Greenfield’s Pub, 900 Greenbank Road

Wednesday, May 16

Hamilton’s award-winning blues guitarist Steve Strongman is set to release a new acoustic CD titled “A Natural Fact”, featuring solo acoustic material, and tracks with Alec Fraser on standup bass, Dave King on drums, Jesse O'Brien on piano, and a duet with blues and roots music sweetheart Suzie Vinnick.

On this fourth career release, the 2011 Maple Blues Award winner for Guitar Player of the Year, Strongman presents the exceptional songwriting, inimitable guitar playing and soulful vocals he is known for. His commanding stage presence in live performances and the emotive delivery of classic blues themed songs and soulful ballads translates perfectly in this intimate acoustic collection.



The 24th Street Wailers

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, May 25 @ 9:30 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.

Their 2011 release "Dirty Little Young’uns" debuted at number three in Canada and number eight overall on the Roots Music Report and was on the DAWG FM Top 20 charts for several months. It was the

featured “Blues Breaker of the Week” on Dan Aykroyd’s House of Blues Radio Hour. "This is just great, gritty, fun, live stuff!"...Dan Aykroyd

Following the success of “Dirty Little Young’uns”, they were in Halifax in early March to record their 2nd CD and on May 27 they’ll be at Irene’s for CD release party for their sophomore release, “Unshakeable”.

Check out this video for more on the new CD … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7FAGQGzs5Y&feature=plcp&context=C43ea970VDvjVQa1PpcFPgQXdqhhUVj01_Jz

The young musicians in this band all studied music at college so they know their stuff, but they also know how to entertain and can appeal to the younger demographic that is needed in our blues audience. The 24th Street Wailers will be delivering their patented incredible high energy and fun blues … this is a ‘DON’T MISS’ show!



Studebaker John

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, May 25 @ 10 pm

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car Grimaldi still owns today, and was also intended as a tribute to his friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”

As a songwriter and musician, Studebaker John has emerged as a major creative force in the world of the blues today. Ahead of the pack, with vision and foresight, creating a new standard and landscape for this music’s future… with John at the wheel, the future is now!



Tad Robinson

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, June 1 @ 10 pm

If you were fortunate to witness 7-time W.C. Handy/Blues Music Award nominee Tad Robinson’s performance at the 2011 Blues Music Awards, you’d understand why Tad stands shoulder to shoulder with the best Soul / Blues vocalists on the planet. Backed by the Severn House Band, and displaying grit and just the right amount of tenderness, Tad wrung all the emotion possible out of three numbers including a moving tribute to the late Solomon Burke, (‘I’m Leavin’’ from Burke’s last release “Nothing’s Impossible”), and heart-stopping rendition of the BMA nominated ‘Rained All Night’ (Song of the Year).

If you missed his performance at the Blues Music Awards, you can make up for it – Tad Robinson will be at the Rainbow on Friday, June 1, on his way to headline the Waterfront Blues Festival in Toronto the following day. This is a ‘DON’T MISS’ show!

For more information please visit Tad’s website, http://www.tadrobinson.com.

(Thanks to Rico Ferrara for the info!)


Victor Nesrallah & Mark Crissinger

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, June 1 @ 9:30 pm

A major part of the Ottawa music scene for many years, musician, composer and producer Victor Nesrallah has been active as a performing songwriter, appearing at festivals, concert stages and club venues throughout eastern Canada. An award winning songwriter, his compositions have been acclaimed as “finely tuned songs”, praised for their originality and hard-hitting message. A multi-instrumentalist with a fluid and resonant vocal style, Victor draws from the roots to inspire his engaging and energy packed live performances.

In 2011, singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Crissinger played over a hundred shows on Vancouver Island.
He has been playing in pubs and clubs festivals and fairs since 1987 and continues to tour BC, Alberta, Ontario & Quebec each year. His one-man show combines acoustic & electric guitars with soulful vocals and harmonica solos. He performs music from his original CDs plus plenty of folk-rock, blues and pub favourites. A few road stories and 25 years of showmanship make for a fun, upbeat & dynamic night of music.



George Thorogood & the Destroyers

Gordie Johnson opening

CE Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive

Sunday, June 3; tickets $48

While many bands change sounds as the music scene evolves, George Thorogood & the Destroyers stay the course. They know who they are, and they’re out to tell the world about it. Faithful to their blues roots, they’ve continued to play the rough and ready sounds that draw from the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf.


Gordie Johnson is joining the bill and will combine blues and gospel with dub for an electric set of boot-stomping tunes. Johnson's extraordinary guitar stylings are the driving force behind Big Sugar and Grady, two bands with a large following in North America. This will be an excellent introduction to another side of the man and his music.


Tickets are available at www.capitaltickets.ca


Music By The Bay Live

Small Club BIG SHOW Concert Series

3rd Season Finale

Layla Zoe ***30% SOLD***

The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Friday, June 15 @ 9 pm; tickets $35

Layla Zoe has performed all over the world and has been "wowing" crowds with her vocal power since the beginning. She is a force to be reckoned with, and is changing the face of the blues and roots music scene. Joining Layla on stage will be Gary Kendall of Downchild Blues Band on bass, Pat Rush, former lead guitarist with the Allman Brothers (Pat also played in bands with Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Dr. John and Jeff Healey), Shakey Dagenais on keys and Drew Austin on drums.


Tickets and info www.musicbythebaylive.com or 905-831-8661




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.

May 5 – Wicked Grin (Ottawa)

June 2 – Firebelly (Ottawa)


Miss Emily

Spring Residency

Brandee's, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Fridays - April 27; May 4 & 11

All shows are no cover, start at 10 pm and feature special opening guests:


Blues Night at the RCHA

The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street

Thursdays in April @ 8:30 pm; No Cover

April 19 Taras and Vermette

April 26 Sonny Slide Maddams


Homegrown Live Music Festival

Brandees, 176 Ontario Street

Saturday, May 12

Celebrating live music in Kingston, Ontario. Join us on Saturday, May 12 at Kingston’s top live music venues, and help raise money for the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.) and collect food donations for the Partners in Mission Foodbank.

http://homegrownlive.ca/ for all the details on the festival

Blues Line-up

1. Sonny Slide Madams 4-5 pm

2. Pat Johnson 5-6 pm

3. Lisa and the VIP’s 6:30-7:30 pm

4. Jump and Shuffle 7:30-8:30 pm

5. The Burners 8:30-9:30 pm

6. Marg Bass Band 9:30-10:30 pm

7. Shaun Riley and the Chrome Hearts 10:30-11:30 pm

8. Mojo Shooter 11:30 pm-12:30 am

9. Open Jam 12:30 am-close


Kingston Blues Society 6th Anniversary Show

with MonkeyJunk

Lions Club Hall

Friday, June 8

2012 Juno Award Winners – the Hottest Blues Band in this country and everywhere else

Opening Act – Shaun Riley and the Chrome Hearts

Call now to reserve your tickets at the special advance price ($20 only for KBS members and only until May 12; after that date ticket price will be $25)

613 384-8168 for tickets and details

Notice to all KBS members – this is the hottest band anywhere right now – their schedule is packed for the next year or more – the only reason we were able to get them in for a show was because they are friends of ours and had promised to do a show for us in the future – well the future is Friday June 8th.

Call and reserve your tickets now – yes, you can call and reserve the tickets – in fact - it is the only way you will get them at the special price of $20 – so call now and make sure you don’t miss this band and what is sure to be one of the best shows we have ever presented.

For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society





KBS Monthly Jam

The Standeasy

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, April 21 @ 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

Shaun Riley and the Chrome Hearts

Host a regular open jam every Thursday, 9:30 pm – 1 am

at Tir Nan Og, 200 Ontario Street

Sam Hopkins and Spencer Evans

Upstairs @ the Brew Pub

Every Second Sunday 2-4 PM

Shaun Riley and the Chrome Hearts

Host a regular open jam every Sunday, 8-11 pm

Rhea's Bar and Grill, 493 Princess St. (at University Ave.)


For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society





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, April 22 – New Soul Blues

Next week, April 29 – Love ‘n’ the 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, April 18: Ken Colyer: English trumpeter Ken Colyer was born on this day in 1928, and died just before his sixtieth birthday. We’ll listen to a number of his influential New Orleans style recordings made between 1953 and 1972.

Next week, April 25: April 25: An historical survey, conducted by Co-Host Ron Steeds, of jazz and blues recordings made on April 25. Will include Wardell Gray, Lonnie Johnson, Misha Mengelberg, Bud Powell, Memphis Slim and Lester Young.


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, Radio Two, Monday to Friday, 7pm

Monday, April 16
concert 1: Doug Paisley
, recorded at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
Doug Paisley's latest album, “Constant Companion”, has been burning slow but steady since it was released in late 2010, and major critical publications have been taking notice. Mojo, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork are all in admiration of the strength in Doug's songwriting, citing comparisons to the likes of Wil Oldham and Townes Van Zandt. So now, Doug's stepping up his game. After years of playing (mostly for free) in tiny venues around Toronto, he has recently signed on with No Quarter Records out of Philadelphia and that union finds him on playing bigger and better stages across Canada and in the US Midwest. This concert at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto marked his largest paying audience to date.

concert 2: Frazey Ford, recorded at Le Petit Campus in Montreal
The sixties were a time of rebellion and creative freedom for a lot of baby boomers, and it seems to have rubbed off on their children. Along with R&B singers Otis Redding, Ann Peebles, and Roberta Flack, Frazey Ford cites her free-spirited parents (her father was an American draft dodger) as key influences in shaping her music. Simple songwriting and convincing vocals were honed for 10 years as a member of the Be Good Tanyas. Now Frazey has ventured on the solo stage. Her debut CD, Obadiah, was released to much acclaim and forms the set list for tonight's concert at Le Petit Campus in Montreal. Be Good Tanya alumnus Trish Klein provides solid support on the mandolin and vocals.

Tuesday, April 17
concert 1: Colin James,
recorded at the Studio in Hamilton Place, Hamilton, ON
Tonight on Canada Live, an acoustic performance by Colin James that was recorded in the intimate setting of the Studio in Hamilton Place. As well as some of his hit songs, you'll hear Colin perform some classic blues tunes. Special guest Tom Wilson (from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) joins Colin on stage for a couple of songs.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, April 20 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Colin James,
recorded at the Studio in Hamilton Place, Hamilton, ON
Tonight on Canada Live, an acoustic performance by Colin James that was recorded in the intimate setting of the Studio in Hamilton Place. As well as some of his hit songs, you'll hear Colin perform some classic blues tunes. Special guest Tom Wilson (from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) joins Colin on stage for a couple of songs

Thanks to Derek Andrews for posting Canada Live listings every week. Derek says, “Enjoy it while we still have a Radio Two and this show. With $115 million cut from the CBC budget, some things will surely be changed....”

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





Sunday, April 29

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

Big Chill @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm

Friday, May 4

Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Saturday, May 5

Swing ‘n’ Soul with Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 and Soul Obsession @ Greenfield’s Pub

Loudlove @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Sunday, May 6

Firebelly hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Sunday, May 13

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

Sunday, May 20

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

Friday, May 25

The Kingmakers @ the Elmdale House, 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 27

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

Friday, June 1

Victor Nesrallah & Mark Crissinger @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Sunday, June 3

Wicked Grin hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Friday, June 8

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Saturday, June 9

Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays & The Marlow Beat Kings @ the Elmdale House, 9:30 pm

Sunday, June 10

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

Friday, June 15

The Terry Gillespie Trio @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Sunday, June 17

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

Sunday, June 24

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



No comments: