Bharath & His Rhythm Four is a Blues band from Montreal that has won plaudits from some of the greatest exponents of the genre. The harmonica playing of Bharath Rajakumar, often compared to Little Walter’s, vocal style close to Muddy Water’s, the band’s authentic and purist approach and incomparable energy are inspired by the great American Bluesmen who once shook the juke joints of Chicago and of the American Midwest. Faithful disciples of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and their cohorts, the band manages to keep the tradition alive without resorting to mere mimicry. Winner of the Toronto Blues Society 2007 Talent Search, Bharath Rajakumar with his harmonica, his Rhythm Four and his style, inspired by the ‘50s Chicago and Arkansas Blues history, is a band solidly rooted in traditional Blues. It’s all there: the sound, the voice, the musical instruments and the awkward gait. Alternately menacing and celebratory, brooding and boastful, Bharath & His Rhythm Four band gaze in the past not with nostalgia but with stunning passion. A perfect refinement, the distillation of their forefathers, Bharath & His Rhythm Four with their unfailing energy never fail to make an impression.
True encyclopedia of Little Walter’s works, self-taught and likely one of the most passionate in the world for this genre, harmonicist and singer Bharath Rajakumar founded this band that he wanted solidly rooted in traditional Blues in 1996. With Colin Perry, who was featured at Virée Blues Boréale last March, on guitars, Costa Zafiropoulos on bass and Ben Caissie on drums, they have become features of Blues festivals, namely Mont-Tremblant, Ottawa and Beauvais, in France. We can follow this charismatic band all through its career path featured with Pinetop Perkins, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and Junior Watson from the West Coast and accompanied by Steve Marriner, Kevin Mark, Slim Wood and Martin Gagnon on their various albums.
The free spirit of the post-war period will take hold of Le Petit Chicago at the Virée Blues Boréale with Bharath & His Rhythm Four and may be a few more guests who would want to celebrate this anniversary/
MonkeyJunk is: Steve Marriner (vocals, harmonica, keyboards, guitar); Tony D (lead guitar); Matt Sobb (drums).
This is a General Admission event! Seating and standing first come, first serve. *We advise for best seating and standing selections that all ticket holders arrive for 7 pm. Everyone must be at the event prior to 8 pm. Those who would like to eat at the pub should arrive at 7:00 pm.
Tickets are limited, so hurry and get yours today! Be a part of this live performance with MonkeyJunk at The John St. Pub
4th Thursday each month @ 8 pm
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.
The Georgian House special musical menu has something fresh and delicious for all budgets.
And - just so you know...we pack 'em in for this event, so come in early if you want a good table.
For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour. Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar line-ups of musicians as a trio or full band.
Musicians who tour with Jones – Richard Janssen (drums) and Laura Greenberg (bass) – always add a powerful energy to the stage.
Edgar is a prolific writer. Over the years he has kept busy working and appearing in film, television and releasing original material. He has toured regularly with his own band as well as The Ringo Starr Allstar Band. Edgar brings a band with him that matches his talent and energy.
This is a special tour. Edgar and Kim are friends. They are both at their peak and they are both very personable down to earth people. When you come to this show, you will get a chance to meet the artists and get an autograph.
One of the earliest of British Blues Bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970s.
In the fall Kim played at the Blues Rock Festival in Toronto with Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer (Edgar's top notch band will be backing Kim on his set, much to Kim's delight). He is a legend whose exceptional guitar playing has gotten better over the years. Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown's set includes all the classic songs that you want to hear, played better than ever.
Individual one-day tuition and single concert pass: $65
Single concert ticket: $35
Three-day concert pass (only): $80
Peter ‘Kid’ Rioux (Hammond organ)
Bill Brennan (Drums)
Frank Scanga (Barritone Sax)
Terry Owen (Tenor Sax)
Dan Grewal (Bass)