23 July 2012

Ottawa Blues This Week - 23 July 2012

Tony D Band
The Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, July 28 @ 10 pm

This Saturday night, the return of The Tony D Band featuring The Fab Zeek Gross, along with Joe Hawkins and Jack MacGregor and of course 'Pappyland'.
Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo
Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON
Friday, July 27

Mumbo performs a mélange of "Cajun - inflected psycho blues" while "Making the Dead Get up and Dance" original tunes and New Orleans R&B grooves (The Neville Bros, Buckwheat Zydeco, Dr John), then it gets eclectic....
Southside Tuesdays     *** Steve is on hiatus in July; back in August ***
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Tuesdays @ 9 pm; no cover

Southside Tuesdays with Doug Gouthro & Todd Snelgrove.
John Carroll
Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street
Wednesdays, 10 pm
Jeff Rogers and The All-Day Daddies
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:  
            July 26 – Chuck Karn
            August 2 – Dan Deslauriers
            August 9 – Drew Nelson
            August 16 – Jarhead and Jerome
            August 23 – Peter Brown
            August 30 – Natalia & Tony

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.
Blues and jazz jam at GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue
4th Thursday each month @ 8 pm
            $5 donation kindly encouraged

With Tim Bedner - seven-string guitar; David Pontello – drums; Mark Alcorn - bass
A jazz and blues jam on the fourth Thursday of each month: bring your instrument and sit in on some tunes you enjoy playing, or hang out and listen!

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.

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.
24th Street Wailers
Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Saturday, August 4

One of our favourite young bands, the 24th Street Wailers have been on a cross-country tour since June.  It took them to Tacoma WA, up to British Columbia and they’re working their way back east now.  They’ll make a stop in Wakefield at one of the nicest little pubs in the area – Kaffé 1870 – then back to their home base, briefly, before they’re off to the East Coast. 
Their energy-filled shows are fresh and fun … and this band is going places! See them now and you’ll be able to tell all your friends you saw them when they still played intimate venues!
12th Annual Ottawa Blues Cruise
            With Eddie Shaw
Saturday, August 4 @ 8 pm; tickets $60

The 12th annual Ottawa Blues Cruise is proud to present Mr. Eddie Shaw the legendary saxophonist from Mississippi on August 4 – 8pm.  This great Bluesman has appeared and played in the movie HONEYDRIPPER with Danny Glover.  Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Eric Clapton are one of many artists that Eddie Shaw has shared the stage with.  As an added feature you also will enjoy the Casino fireworks display from the comfort of our boat.  The fireworks are a great crowd pleaser, so bring out your cameras to capture the moment.  Real Blues, dancing and romance are just a click away.Please visit our web site to get details of the cool contest that we are promoting this year.
Mason Rack
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Monday, August 6 @ 8 pm

Mason Rack is a born entertainer - growing up playing percussion at the age of six with his musician father Billy Rack.  Progressing to drums at age eight, Mason was able to play any style of music. For the next four years Mason developed a natural rhythm that is now part of his soul and way of life.  Mason picked up a guitar in his early years and mastered the genre of blues and rock which is his true passion. His stage performance is an experience in itself. With more than 2000 shows performed including major music festivals throughout Australia and Canada, the musician shows no signs of slowing down.
André & the J-Tones
D’Arcy McGee’s, 44 Sparks Street
Thursday & Friday, August 9-10; 9 pm

Formed in 2004, André Bisson the frontman, first had the idea of forming a rhythm & blues band while attending the Applied Music Program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. It was there he was able to find some of the best musicians in the city that were all devoted and hard working professionals, who all shared the love of the music. Andre’s band consists of 5 players including Andre on Vocals/Guitar, as well as a Bassist, Drummer, Trumpet, and Tenor Saxophone player. This combination of skilled players allows the band to have tight horn lines as well as a heavy groove in the rhythm section making everyone in the room sit up and listen.

From André:
Come out and say hi, get some Rhythm & Blues into your body and perhaps hit the dance floor!  Always looking forward to our yearly trip to the Ottawa scene! This time we will be there just before we embark on a UK and Ireland Tour.
Andre Bisson (Vocals/Guitar), Brad Cheeseman (Bass), Matt Burns (Bass), Francis Smith (Tenor Sax), Loretta Hale (Trumpet)
Thorbjørn Risager
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 14-15

Danish singer Thorbjørn Risager, praised for his rough and strong voice by an unanimous choir of critics from a growing number of countries – 15 the last time we counted them - is a soft-spoken gentleman off stage. He is the leader of his seven-piece band mainly for practical reasons – to bring any little issue into a group discussion can be quite time-consuming. He also composes most of the band’s music, and during the performance he is the obvious center of attention, even if the band has a charming way of passing round the task of introducing the songs between them, so that each musician gets his word in.
And this is a real smooth organization that has divided all practical tasks such as web master, CD sales on gigs etc between themselves. Which makes life easier in the midst of their heavy touring schedule.
In 2003 he started his band, selected musicians he liked both musically and personally, and the fact that up until today only one of them left and was replaced, at an early stage of the band’s career, proves that the choice was excellent.
But of course Thorbjørn’s musical interest started long before this. He played the saxophone from the age of 12, then guitar – but the singing was more of a coincidence at first. He was exposed to the blues through a neighbour, a middle-aged gentleman who was friends with his parents, and who started playing blues records to the young Thorbjørn. That’s how his life-long love story with the blues started, with B B King as his biggest hero. Ray Charles is one of his other obvious influences, but today, with almost 40 recorded songs from his own pen, he has defined his own sound and style.
His mixture of genres is something that is sometimes mentioned by critics, who are looking for more homogeneity. But this is Thorbjørn’s deliberate choice. To hear a band that plays one shuffle after another, or only jump blues through an entire CD or concert, might please some critics but there’s definitely a risk that the audience will get bored.  So he weaves threads of soul, gospel, rock, R&B and funk into his music, to create a variety and keep the audience interested, something that the band succeeds with on each single gig.
The Paul Deslauriers Band
Irene’s, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, August 18

A virtuoso on both electric and acoustic guitars, Paul Deslauriers is part of Canada’s guitar elite and is considered one of Quebec’s overall best guitarists; but it doesn’t stop there, he’s also a powerful and expressive singer.  Since 1997 he has fronted the Paul Deslauriers Band, and proudly showing his rock colors and his true to the blues roots. With over two decades of experience in the music industry (began his career in his early teens!), seven albums under his belt, and a list of fans that extends into Europe and the US, this guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer has truly mastered his art!
Paul first gained acclaim in the 1990s as a founding member of Black Cat Bone, deemed by many critics at the time to be “one of Canada’s hottest blues-rock bands.”  Today he continues to electrify audiences with his live performances and give workshops at Festivals and concerts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Irene Torres & the Sugar Devils
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Sunday, August 19

Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils’ musical diversity, raw energy, and love for all types of music, makes them an unequivocally unique group to hear and watch. Drawing from all genres, they mesh the past & present to create a future generation of deeply rooted music.

Peruvian Born Singer Irene Torres can be heard on the radio internationally with bands such as Latin Flamenco group, Santerias, and The Sugar Devils, singing in 3 languages and performing all styles. Her voice can also be recognized on jingles for McDonald's, Kohl's, Jello & LCBO. Her talents stretch beyond lyrics and singing; when it's time to perform, she is one seductive lady to see and hear.

The Sugar Devils comprise of award winning artists from all over the world, who bring different musical influences to the mix; the result is an intriguing and eclectic sound.
24th Street Wailers
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, August 22

Fresh from their East Coast tour, the 24th Street Wailers are heading to the Limestone City Blues Festival on August 24 and make a stop at Irene’s. Their cross-Canada summer adventure is winding down, but they no doubt have lots more fun coming up in the fall.
Jack de Keyzer
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Friday, August 24

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!
Dog Day Afternoon
A Fundraiser for Hopeful Hearts Dog Rescue
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, August 25; 4-7 pm
@ the Cove Inn, Westport ON
A Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series featuring some of Canada's best Acoustic Blues artists with proceeds going to support local Westport festivals.  All shows – 6-10 pm.  Buffet dinner & show $45; advance reservations required.

August 12 – Paul Reddick with the Weber Brothers
Paul Reddick is one of the best singer/songwriter/harmonica players in Canada.  He has been called "The Poet Of Song" for his emotive, passionate way with words, voice and harp. He will be joined by the very talented Weber Brothers - Sam on guitar and Ryan on stand-up bass. Originally from Maryland they came to Toronto to play in Ronnie Hawkins' band in the early 2000s and stayed.

August 26 – Michael Jerome Browne
Michael Jerome Browne is an extremely accomplished instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin and more) and singer and, together with his wife Bee, writes beautiful songs.  It's hard to pigeon hole his music - you'll hear elements of folk, roots, gospel, country, soul, R&B, Motown, jazz, rock and bluegrass as well as blues in his repertoire - and its all good! For this Show he is joined by long time friend and excellent percussionist John McColgan.

September 9 – Treasa Levasseur with David Baxter
"Think Joni Mitchell, Etta James, Carole King and Dusty Springfield rolled into one….her voice has great range, it can whisper, cry, soar with joy and blast you out of your seat - sometimes all in the same song! She's also a first class songwriter with lyrics that emote, entice and captivate. And she can play - piano, accordion, guitar, mandolin, percussion, Rhodes and diamonica. Add in a theatre background and a career as a successful children's music teacher/entertainer and you have the versatile, eclectic and very talented package that is Treasa Levasseur." (James Doran, OBScene, Summer 2006)  David Baxter, a very accomplished Producer and guitarist who has been with Treasa since day one, will be accompanying her for this Show.

More info:

See you there!
James Doran
Choose The Blues Productions
The 2012 Blues Festival Guide magazine 10th anniversary issue has arrived and blues fans are devouring 100 pages packed full of festivals, blues history, lifestyle, radio DJ and blues society listings, and more – the biggest issue yet.

Started in 2003, The Blues Festival Guide magazine was a Media Sponsor of the 2003 government-proclaimed Year of The Blues. In 2006, three years later, “The Guide” received recognition from the Blues Foundation by being a recipient of the coveted Keeping The Blues Alive award for print media. That same year, they also received an award from the West Coast Hall of Fame/Bay Area Blues Society for ‘Best Blues Publication of the Year’.

This year, the artwork that graces the front cover is by Jackson-MS based artist, Tony Davenport. The first half of the magazine is the Festival Section with dozens of blues festivals including their line-ups so blues fans can easily plan their festival season and a comprehensive Plan Your Blues calendar in the back.

The entire magazine can also be read online; find a link hosted on the homepage at http://www.BluesFestivalGuide.com. This Digital Magazine is user-friendly with lots of bells and whistles; turn the page with a click of your mouse.

The print version of the “Guide” is printed on white-bright recycled newsprint with a four-page glossy wrap. The newsprint allows printing 100,000 copies while keeping the cost down for “starving artists” and non-profits to advertise in it. Completely advertising driven, fans and industry professionals can pick up a copy for free through their local blues society, blues festival, club, or music store. Or to have a copy mailed, send $7 ($12 overseas) to RBA Publishing, P.O. Box 50635, Reno, NV 89513 (or send payment via PayPal to payment@BluesFestivalGuide.com). Cost covers postage, handling and packaging; the Guide itself is free.

Copies are available from the Ottawa Blues Society.
Beaches International Jazz Festival
Toronto ON
July 20-29
Featuring Treasa Levasseur, Blackburn, Sharrie Williams, Johnny Rawls, Terry Gillespie and more

Underground Railroad Music Festival
Centennial Park, Drayton ON
August 18
Featuring Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley, Curley Bridges, Blackburn, Harrison Kennedy and more

Donnacona Blues Festival
Donnacona QC
Aug 7-12 
With Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Dawn Tyler Watson, Joe Louis Walker, Larry McCray, Moreland & Arbuckle & more

Kitchener Blues Festival
Kitchener ON
August 9-12 
Featuring Colin James, Los Lobos, The Twisters, David Rotundo, John Finley, Douglas Watson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Alfie Smith, Carlos del Junco, Ken Whiteley, Harry Manx, Pappy John’s Band, Marcia Ball, Shane Murphy, Treasa Levasseur, Joe Louis Walker, Cheryl Lescom, James Anthony, Taj Mahal, John Knight and more

Ahuntsic Park, Montreal QC
August 10-14 
With Anthony Gomes, The 24th Street Wailers, Blues Bound, Pamela, Patrick Lehman and more

Calabogie Blues Festival
Calabogie Peaks Resort, Calabogie ON
August 17-19 
Featuring Terry Gillespie, Shakura S’Aida Downchild, Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8, Bill Durst, Bob Walsh, Jack de Keyzer, Powder Blues Band, Jeff Rogers, Trevor Finlay, JW-Jones and David Rotundo

Limestone City Blues Festival
Confederation Park & Downtown Kingston, Kingston ON
Aug 23-26 
With Curtis Salgado, Ruthie Foster & more

Wasaga Beach Blues Festival
Wasaga Beach, ON
Aug 24-26
Featuring The Maple Blues Revue, The Legendary Downchild Blues Band, Fathead, 24th Street Wailers, The Johnny Max Band, Loco Zydeco with special guest Cheryl Lescom, Dinny’s Dixieland AllStars, and Tres Hombres.

Edmonton Blues Festival
Hawrelak Park, Edmonton AB
Aug 24-26
With Moreland & Arbuckle, Duke Robillard, Charlie Musselwhite, Lionel Young, Tommy Castro and more
Gazebo Blues
At the Holiday Inn Gazebo Patio
Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront, 150 George St. North, Peterborough ON
Fridays, 6-10 pm; cover $10

On Friday Night....the Blues is Alright!
Concert series, celebrating 10 years of Blues on the patio on the banks of the Otonabee River.

This year’s star-studded line-up:
27  Al Black
  3  Chris Murphy & special guest Ms Robin Bank$
(2012 Maple Blues Nominee Vocalist of the Year)
10  Jerome Godboo
17  Steve Strongman  (Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year 2012)
24  Johnny Max Band (2012 Juno Nominee)
31  Jack de Keyzer

A Proud Winner of "Local Focus" Peterborough Business Excellence Awards 2010
(Thanks to Grant Zwarych for this info!)
KBS Monthly Jam       
The Standeasy
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Third Saturday each 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 

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: 8-9 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, July 29 – Festival Preview – Area August Blues Festivals
Next week, August 5 – DAWG’ON Good Blues Tunes
Sundays: 7-8 pm
INSIDE THE BLUES with James Doran
Inside The Blues features music and interesting backgrounder information on today’s top Blues artists with a strong focus on Canadian talent mixed in with some great Blues classics. All Shows are archived on www.insidetheblues.ca after broadcast and can be listened to there at any time. 
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, July 25July 25: An historical survey, conducted by Co-Host Ron Steeds, of jazz and blues recordings made on July 25.
Next week, August 1Listen Before You Buy: Ron Sweetman plays recent jazz and blues releases.
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!
Selections from Canada Live This Week
7pm Mon to Fri on Radio Two, except for Friday when it is on One and Two...

Monday, July 23
concert 1: Chic Gamine
, recorded at the Library and Archives Canada Auditorium in Ottawa
Chic Gamine's Juno award winning music is immediately exciting and heartwarming. They blend four-part harmonies with intricate grooves, and draw inspiration from gospel, soul, 50s doo-wop, Brazilian forro and French chansons. It only took a couple of years for their soul-pop sound and heart-on-sleeve lyrics to touch fans of all kinds of music across North America. Their debut self-titled album landed them the 2009 Juno Award for Best Roots/Traditional album, while “City City”, their sophomore album, received a Juno nomination. Chic Gamine took to the stage at the Library and Archives Canada Auditorium in Ottawa, representing Winnipeg at last year's National Arts Centre Prairie Scene, a two week festival featuring some of the brightest and talented performers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan in several venues across the nation's capital.

Wednesday, July 25
concert 1: Old Man Luedecke
, recorded at The Great Hall in Toronto
It's hard being the opening act, especially for a sold out show; everyone is there to see the headliner. The headliner in this case was Deep Dark Woods, and the opening act was Old Man Luedecke. But for Old Man Luedecke, being the opener is never a problem. Within seconds, he has the audience eating from the palm of his hand. His beautiful songs and his fascinating between-song banter are always sure to draw in the audience and keep them entertained. Old Man Luedecke's opening set featured the debut of one of his new songs, "Jonah and the Whale" as well as some fan favourites like the surprise set closer "Banjo Underground."

Friday, July 27
concert 1: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
, recorded at the 2011 Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Last year, 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 the 2011 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings were featured on the Sunday afternoon concert on the festival's mainstage. 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.

Canada Live podcast, released on Fridays
Friday, July 27 on the Canada Live podcast
Old Man Luedecke
, recorded at The Great Hall in Toronto
It's hard being the opening act, especially for a sold out show; everyone is there to see the headliner. The headliner in this case was Deep Dark Woods, and the opening act was Old Man Luedecke. But for Old Man Luedecke, being the opener is never a problem. Within seconds, he has the audience eating from the palm of his hand. His beautiful songs and his fascinating between-song banter are always sure to draw in the audience and keep them entertained. Old Man Luedecke's opening set featured the debut of one of his new songs, "Jonah and the Whale" as well as some fan favourites like the surprise set closer "Banjo Underground."

Lots of blues available in the concerts on demand section of the CBC Website …
Friday, August 3
            The Brothers Chaffey + The Split (new soul project from the Brothers) @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday, August 3-4
            JW-Jones & Rod Williams blues duo @ D'Arcy McGee's on Sparks, 9:30 pm
Saturday, August 4
            The Claytones @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, August 5
Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Sunday, August 12
Wicked Grin hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Sunday, August 19
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Sunday, August 26
Johnny Russell Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Friday, August 31
            Jesse Greene Band @ the Black Sheep, Wakefield QC, 8:30 pm
Saturday, September 1
            Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ the Black Sheep, Wakefield QC, 8:30 pm

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