02 September 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 2 September 2013

The Music Scene series
ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street
Monday evenings; tickets $10

ByTowne Cinema and CKCU are screening concert and documentary films every Monday (repeated Tuesdays on some weeks) for as long as interest continues.

Charles Bradley: Soul of America
Monday, September 2 @ 8:40 pm
Tuesday, September 3 @ 9:10 pm

It’s a man’s world, the song says, but it’s not every man’s world, and certainly not Charles Bradley’s.
The first scene in the gritty feel-good documentary Charles Bradley: Soul Of America finds the veteran soul singer fixing up his hair to epic James Brown proportion. Bradley, billed as ‘Black Velvet,’ had been imitating Brown for more than 40 years. But as the film opens, the mimicking is coming to an end. ‘Now,’ he says, ‘I’m gonna do Charles Bradley.’ Which he does, to star-turning effect.

In Poull Brien’s feature-length directorial debut, Bradley recalls key incidents and heartaches (as do family members, whose stories sometimes conflict). Bradley was abandoned by his mother and later became a vagabond uneducated teen. He lost his first band to the Vietnam War and his brother to a thug.

Eventually adopted by a hipster Brooklyn music label [Daptone Records], the all-heart retro-soul singer makes his first record at age 62 [in 2011; a second recording was released this year]. ‘Why is it so hard,’ he sings, not just about his own plight.’ It’s a question from the gut and from the heart, which are the same places the film aims for, and hits so well.
(Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail)

“Daptone musician and producer Tim Brennek … recounts how Bradley took his song “Why Is It So Hard?’ and transformed it from a whimsical complaint about the difficulty of breaking through musically in America, to something far more profound.” Reviewer T’cha Dunleavy continues, “That’s what true artists do. In similar fashion, Bradley elevates this rather straightforward documentary into a touching tale of struggle, perseverance and vindication.”
(Ottawa Citizen, Friday, August 30)
20th Annual Ottawa Folk Festival
Hog’s Back Park, Ottawa ON
September 4-8
Featuring the Claytones, Matt Andersen, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Sheepdogs, Terry Gillespie, Chris Smither and more
Parc X Trio
Friday, September 6 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $15

Their first time back to Ottawa since performing at the 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival , this high energy trio has found his own unique voice in the contemporary jazz world with a sound heavily influenced by rock, urban beats and pop style melodies.  They will be performing music from their third (and soon to be released 4th) albums and will also showcase a bunch of new music
Sunday, September 8
            Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
            JW-Jones @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, 4:20 pm
Jeff Lang
Neat Coffee Shop, Burnstown ON
Friday, September 5; tickets $20

If you are a blues fan and/or a fan of guitar playing, you don't want to miss this.  Jeff Lang is a standout player (slide and otherwise).  This show is really an opportunity not to be missed.  Highly recommended.  If you're a fan of Harry Manx, there's a good bet you'll love this show.

"Seeing Jeff Lang was like being at church for three hours - a totally sacred event. He's the man as far as I'm concerned." - John Butler
"Australia's best roots-music artisan." - Rolling Stone
Trevor Finlay
Calabogie Peaks Resort & Conference Centre, Calabogie ON
Friday, September 6 @ 8:15 pm

Music Entertainment Magazine, Nashville TN says “Trevor Finlay delivers a power house of entertainment; fantastic vocalist and guitarist. If you haven't seen him, you are really missing what "real" music is all about!"

Final Race Weekend party.
$25 admission plus free admission to the race – Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
$20 if you are a race participant, sponsor, marshall, support team, etc.
For tickets, call 1-800-669-4861.

Live Blues at noon Saturday, September 7 for Calabogie Race Weekend.

For more info about KBC Grand Prix Race Weekend visit www.calabogiemotorsports.com/.
David Vest and East Meets Vest
Neat Coffee Shop, Burnstown ON
Friday, September 6; tickets $27.50

The January 25 visit from David Vest, Mike Fitzpatrick, Gary Kendall and Teddy Leonard is still being talked about.  The stories and playing were something that couldn't have been expected!
Although he now calls Canada home, Maple Blues Award winner David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player and blues shouter. Born in Alabama in 1943, David grew up in Birmingham, not far from Tuxedo Junction. He played his first paying gig in 1957, and by the time he opened for Roy Orbison on New Year’s Day 1962, he was a seasoned veteran of Gulf Coast roadhouses and honky tonks.

From 2002 through 2006, he shared lead vocals and frontman duties in the Paul deLay Band, culminating in his performance on an award-winning live CD, which reached the Top Ten on Billboard's national blues chart. During his years in Portland, David won five Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association, including Best Keyboard Player. After deLay’s untimely death, Vest joined forces with Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne and various other pianists, including Ann Rabson, to form the supergroup Northwest Pianorama.

In 2012 he recorded and released East Meets Vest, backed by members of Downchild and Fathead. Holger Petersen of CBC Saturday Night Blues called it "one of the best Canadian blues albums of 2012."
Al Tambay
Bassline Pub & Eatery, 2557 Baseline Road
Every Tuesday, 8-11 pm; no cover

Al plays here every Tuesday … and sometimes he invites one of his friends to join him.
Check out the food … Al really likes the wraps!
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:  
            September 5 – Shannon Eddy
            September 12 – Mathieu Gagnon
            September 19 – Steve Lauder
            September 26 – Robbie Alexander
            October 3 – Buck Tingley
            October 10 – John Zemensky
            October 17 – Jarhead & Jerome
            October 24 – Mark Crissinger
            October 31 – Vince Halfhide

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
Saturdays, once a month

Firebelly is Mathieu Gagnon on harmonica, Fredy Carriere on guitar, Dan Grewal on bass and Mike McNeil on drums.  Firebelly recently represented the Ottawa Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, January 29-February 2, 2012.
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)

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.
Bharath & His Rhythm Four
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, September 14 @ 10 pm

Faithful disciples of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and other Chicago bluesmen of that time, this 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 and the musical instruments. 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.
The Claytones
Neat Coffee House,
Saturday, September 14; $15

Born in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, The Claytones masterfully spin their melodic, vocal driven, Canadiana brand of roots music with old school sensibilities. A true collaborative project, Kelly Prescott, Anders Drerup, Adam Puddington and newcomer Pat McLaughlin write and arrange their songs together, effectively making The Claytones sound the sum of its parts. Combining their ranging influences, they have created a unique blend of original and interpreted songs performed with tight, three-part harmonies and a warm stage presence.

With an impressive list of individual accolades this young band released their debut album in July 2012 “Lake in the Night.” They have released over 8 full-length recordings of original music under the names of Kelly Prescott, Prescott, Anders Drerup and Adam Puddington. The National Post listed them as one of the top 5 Canadian Acts to watch in 2012. They are the recipient of the Ottawa Folk Festival’s 2013 Galaxie Rising Star Award.
Music By The Bay Live presents
Up Close & Personal Blues Revue
221 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Friday, September 27; tickets $50 including hors d’oeuvres & appetizers

Music by the Bay Live Small Club BIG SHOW Concert Series presents an intimate, up close and personal Blues Revue featuring Juno & Maple Blues Award Winners.
All tickets includes Hors d’oeuvres & Assorted Appetizers ● Reserved Seating ● Large Dance Floor ● Barrier-Free Accessibility ● Free Parking

For the 5th Season launch, an Intimate & Interactive Blues Revue with performances by Al Lerman (solo), Jake Chisholm (trio) and the Gary Kendall Band.

Al Lerman (Solo)
Multi-instrumentalist Al Lerman (harmonica, tenor saxophone, guitar and vocals) is the band leader of the 2x Juno Award winning blues/roots outfit FATHEAD. He also performs regularly as a solo acoustic artist playing guitar & rack harmonica, and often works as a guest sideman with a myriad of top-notch bands, touring internationally.

Jake Chisholm (Trio)
There is sincerity in Jake Chisholm’s music that is immediately identifiable. Whether his compelling vocal, his memorable guitar hooks, or his thoughtful lyrics ; he excels in all areas, providing the listener with the feelings of both familiarity and being privy to something cutting edge ; both at once. No fancy bells and whistles here, just a deep and full sound that is a fresh take on blues and adding rock ‘n’ roll elements. Inspired by classic blues, soul and rock n roll, Chisholm’s tasteful yet intricate guitar work and song writing evokes vivid and shameless tales of love, lust, and lessons learned.

Gary Kendall Band
Everyone knows Gary Kendall as oft-elected Maple Blues’ Bassist of the Year, blues man about town and keeper of the bottom end for Downchild. But Gary’s alter ego is found in his much beloved Gary Kendall Band – a band in which each carefully selected player is equal and accountable. Formed in 2005, Gary reached out to some of Toronto’s best musicians to create a turn-on-a-dime squad of blues marauders to build a loyal following for their own brand of music –and for doing exactly what they like to on any given night – play the blues. The chemistry found between Gary Kendall (bass/lead vocals/songwriter), Tyler Burgess (drums), Darran Poole (guitar/vocals) and Wayne “Shakey” Dagenais (piano/organ/percussion/vocals) is beyond formidable. This spirited foursome plays together relentlessly and has so much fun at it, one’s never entirely sure what to expect – and that live spontaneity is exactly what the blues has needed for a long time.
            2013 SEASON
ACOUSTIC BLUE MONDAYS at THE COVE INN in Westport, Ontario launches its 3rd season in June.  This famous Dinner & Show fundraiser Series features some of Canada's premier acoustic artists - "sit-and-listen" Blues as good as it gets. Proceeds go to support local Westport cultural events. There will be 4 Shows this summer – all in the intimate, air-conditioned comfort of The Cove Dining Room. The Cove is a classic 137 year old country inn with a Day Spa right next door. It's located in one of the most beautiful small towns in eastern Ontario - Westport - on the shores of scenic Upper Rideau Lake, part of the Rideau Waterway (a UNESCO World Heritage site). It's a wonderful area to visit any time of year but especially in the summer. The Cove is famous for its excellent food and drink, friendly staff, comfortable accommodation and fabulous LIVE music. It's only a 45 minute drive from Kingston, 1.5 hours from Ottawa, 2.5 from Syracuse NY, 3 from Montreal and 4 from Toronto - or you can come by boat!
September 16
From Wainfleet ON
SUZIE VINNICK www.suzievinnick.com
Suzie was born and raised in Saskatoon, spent years in Ottawa and Toronto and now resides in rural southern Ontario. She is one of the best-known folk blues singer/songwriter/guitarists in Canada with a voice that has been described as "spun gold and honey". Over the past 10 years she's won the Maple Blues Award for Best Female Vocalist a record 6 times, was nominated for a Juno last year and was a finalist in the Solo/Duo category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis last January. "Warm, rich and emotional, Vinnick's gorgeous vocals ring with confidence..." Ottawa Citizen
YOU TUBE "Crazy 'Bout Lovin' Me" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hS6Z8BrTXo

All shows - 6 to 10 pm
Call (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN
Well-priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&Bs but book ahead, rooms sell out early for these nights.
For more information visit www.choosetheblues.ca  

ACOUSTIC BLUE MONDAYS is produced by CHOOSE THE BLUES PRODUCTIONS Kenmore, Ontario www.choosetheblues.ca in co-operation with THE COVE INN www.coveinn.com  Sponsored by 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com & DAN AYKROYD WINES www.danaykroydwines.com

Choose The Blues Productions                       
Joe Gaspar Band (from Ottawa)
RCHA – The Standeasy, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, September 7 @ 8:30 pm

Finalist in the 2012 Ottawa Blues Society’s Road to Memphis competition, the Joe Gaspar Band is a power trio that can rock your socks off, or blues your mind.
KBS Monthly Jam
The Standeasy
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Third Saturday each month @ 8:30 pm, $3 at the door

The KBS monthly jam is now in its 6th year. The house is always full and both the musicians and the audience always have a great time. 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, September 8 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Monkeys Pre-Junk
Next week, September 15 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Road To Memphis Bands
Sundays: 7-8 pm
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 2013. 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).  Stream and view past episodes here: http://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/94/info.html.
Ron is always happy to hear from listeners at ronsweetman@kalixo.com
This week, September 4 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases, presented by Ron Sweetman.
Next week, September 11 – September 11: Jazz and blues recordings made over the years on September 11, selected by Co-Host Ron Steeds.
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 6th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
CBC Radio Two's nightly live concert broadcast, 7pm

Monday, September 2, 2013
concert 1: Slide Guitar Summit, recorded in CBC Vancouver's Studio One
The CBC Slide Guitar Summit brought together some of North America's finest blues slide guitar players including Sonny Landreth, Colin Linden and Steve Dawson. The slide guitar is a special sound that is not only historically relevant, but also widely used in pop and rock music by artists ranging from Joe Walsh to Jack White, to Jimmy Page and Ben Harper. There are many ways to play the slide guitar and we will hear three people with different but very complementary approaches. Hailing from Lafayette LA, Nashville TN, and Vancouver BC, these artists each brought a different sonic perspective to a show recorded in front of a live audience as part of the 2013 CBC Toque Sessions in Vancouver. The songs, mostly originals with a couple of choice covers, included the 1959 chart topper, "Sleep Walk" by Santo and Johnny.

Canada Live podcast is on hiatus until further notice.
Sunday, September 15
            Wicked Grin hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
Saturday, September 21
            Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo @ Irene’s
            JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Friday, September 27
            The Jivewires @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Sunday, September 22
            The Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
Sunday, September 29
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
            MonkeyJunk CD release @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, 4:20 pm

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