02 June 2014

Ottawa Blues This Week - 02 June 2014

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings & James Hunter
Algonquin Commons Theatre, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Tuesday, June 3 @ 7 pm; tickets $25, $27.50, $32.50

For Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, 2013 was a year of unforeseen challenges and transformations. Three months before the original scheduled release of the group's highly anticipated 5th studio record, “Give the People What They Want”, Sharon Jones, the lead singer and matriarch of the world’s #1 live soul act, was diagnosed with cancer. What was projected to be a hectic and exciting year of worldwide touring was quickly taken over by hospital rooms, doctors, and many unknowns. At 57, Jones has lived through her fair share of hardships and heartbreak, but being separated from the stage and her fans has proven to be the most difficult challenge yet. Thanks to an extremely gifted medical staff, several months of recovery and the infinite love and support from friends, family and fans, Sharon is back with her Dap-Kings as they share their music with people around the globe.

While many artists have come and gone, why have Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings only continued to grow steadily in popularity around the world? How can they continue to sell-out huge theatres, headline festivals, and sell hundreds of thousands of records year after year with neither major label support nor a single radio hit? The reason is simple. People love their music. There is no other band around today that plays with the rhythm, feeling, or explosive power of the Dap-Kings, there is no other singer that can match the energy and honest soul of Sharon Jones, and there is no other record that embodies this captivating sound better than their latest studio endeavour, “Give the People What They Want”.

Among James Hunter's earliest musical influences was a collection of 78 rpm records of ‘50s rock 'n' roll and rhythm & blues given to him by his grandmother; and his older brother Perry Hunstman (James' real surname), "the one responsible for me learning how to play a G chord”. In the early Nineties, Van Morrison caught James' act at a gig in Wales and subsequently hired him as a backup singer for several years of touring and recording. Through a chance encounter with an American vacationing in London, busking led to management and a record deal, and in 2006, GO Records/Rounder released “People Gonna Talk”. With its affectionate echoes of Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, the disc became an airplay staple on some of the nation's most influential radio stations. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Tradi­tional Blues Album and James himself was nominated as Best New/Emerging Artist in the annual Americana Music Awards. Hunter's next album, “The Hard Way” (GO Records/Hear Music) earned even better accolades, and featured a guest appearance by avowed Hunter fan Allen Toussaint, and like its predecessor reached #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart.
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday & Saturday, June 6-7 @ 9:30 pm; $12 Friday / $15 Saturday
Tickets available at the door, or in advance by emailing info@jw-jones.com.

Live at Rainbow Bistro!
* Friday Night: Welcome cocktails by Canadian Club!
* Saturday Night: RSVP Presents Retro Pin-Up Party!

JW, Jamie, and Laura are fresh from their whirlwind week playing Doheny Blues Festival outside Los Angeles, to recording a new CD in Nashville produced by Grammy winner Tom Hambridge! Catch the band and some brand new tunes as they record live footage for soon to be released series by Arms Race Productions!
Friday, June 6
Joe Gaspar Band & Crunchy Flower @ Irene’s, 9 pm
Friday & Saturday, June 6-7
JW-Jones Live Video Shoot @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Sunday, June 8
Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Jam @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Al Tambay
Bassline Pub & Eatery, 2557 Baseline Road
Every Tuesday, 8-11 pm; no cover
Al plays here every Tuesday with Jansen on drums
 … and sometimes he invites friends to join them.
Check out the food … Al really likes the wraps!
Jeff and Shane Tuesdays in the Irish Village
Heart & Crown, Byward Market, Clarence Street
Every other Tuesday
Every other Tuesday, you can find Jeff Rogers accompanied by Shane McEwan playing at The Heart and Crown Downtown.
The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover
6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre
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:  
                June 5 – Dean Dupuis
                June 12 – Parker Estabrooks
                June 19 – Scott Amey
                June 26 – Niel Barrington
                July 3 – Drew Nelson
                July 10 – Jed ‘Rocket’ Rached
                July 17 – Jesse Greene
                July 24 – Jeff Hagerman
                July 31 – Steve Groves
Jeff Rogers
RARE Restaurant & Bar, 570 Kanata Avenue
Thursdays, 6-10 pm
Between 6 pm and 10 pm every Thursday night, you can find Jeff playing at this wonderful fine dining establishment. Make requests, enjoy MARTINI NIGHT, and on Ottawa Senators game nights enjoy half price appetizers!
The Allaire Show
                with John Allaire & special guests
Quinn’s Ale House, 1070 Bank Street
Saturdays, 3-5 pm
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. 
Jeff Rogers
RARE Restaurant & Bar, 570 Kanata Avenue
Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 pm
Come by on any Saturday night for some amazing food, a great atmosphere, super friendly staff, with some sweet soul music provided by Jeff Rogers.
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 Break Trio
The Prescott, 379 Preston Street
Sundays, 6-9 pm
Every Sunday from 6-9, you can find Jeff Rogers, Peter Voith, and Shane McEwan playing tunes and having a great time at one of Ottawa's oldest and dearest venues, The Prescott in Little Italy!
Open Blues Jam
Avant-Garde Bar & Restaurant, 135½ Besserer Street
First Thursday of each month @ 8 pm
Hosted by River City Junction and Robert Farrell, this is an open jam.
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!

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 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.
JazzWorks Sunday Jam
Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street
First Sunday of the month, 2-5 pm; cover $5; free admission for students

JazzWorks has started a second monthly jam series. Besides the current evening jam on the third Thursday of each month, it also runs an afternoon jam on the first Sunday of the month. Charley Gordon writes: "One of the hopes is that this afternoon jam session will be attractive to students who, for some reason, generally avoid taverns on weekday nights. Depending on attendance and other factors, we might do some experimenting with format in this new jam."

Host Band: The Kavchak/Kubelka/Menard Trio
     Michael Kavchak - bass
     Anthony Kubelka - piano
     Daniel Menard - drums
These students all are members of the Ottawa Junior Jazz Band, and of the Bells Corners Academy Jazz Camp Band where they work with Yves Laroche.

Whether you're a jazz lover, or jazz instrumentalist or vocalist at any level, you are most welcome to join the fun with the improvised blend of the familiar and unexpected.  Musicians of intermediate level and up are encouraged to participate in the jam.  If you will be calling a tune, you must bring at least three copies of lead sheets in your concert C key for other musicians, and charts for Bb and Eb instruments would be appreciated by horn players.

The jam sessions are coordinated by Alf Warnock at: alf.warnock@gmail.com . Please contact Alf if you would like to volunteer as MC or assist with breakdown/setup for specific upcoming jam sessions in the 2013-2014 season, or if you would like more information about the jam.
Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival
Downtown Orangeville ON
June 5-8
Featuring Andre & the J-Tones, Brandon Isaak, Brian Blain, Conor Gains Band, Danny Marks, Detroit Blues Hall of Fame Band, Erin McCallum, Harmonica Shah, Jake Chisholm, Jarvis Church, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, John Németh, Kirby Sewell Band, Larry Kurtz & the Lawbreakers, Mark ‘Bird’ Stafford with Darren Poole, Mo Kauffey, Pat Carey, Paul Deslauriers Band, Sabrina Weeks, Sean Pinchin, Steve Hill, MacKenzie Blues Band and more.
Frankford Island Blues Festival
Frankford Tourist Park, Frankford ON
June 6-8
With Shawn Doré Band, Joe Callahan, Ila Vann & the Fade Kings, the Peg Voigt Band, the Linzy McMurter Trio, Beer Battered Soul, the Fabulous Tonemasters, the Roosevelts, Dan Deslauriers Trio, Erin McCallum Band, Gospel Singalong and more.
Orillia Spring Blues Festival
Couchiching Beach Park, Orillia ON
June 6-8
Featuring Lance Anderson’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Douglas Watson R&B Revue, Kirby Sewell Band, Paul Deslauriers Band, Gary Kendall Band, A Morning of Blues & Gospel and more.
Hamilton Blues & Roots Festival
Westdale Village, Hamilton ON
June 7
With MonkeyJunk, Jesse O`Brien with Steve Strongman & Chuck Jackson, Harrison Kennedy and more.
Durham West Blues Fest
Annandale Golf & Country Club, Ajax ON
Ajax ON
June 13-15
Featuring Lisa Hutchinson Band, Fathead,  Jack de Keyzer & Carlos del Junco workshops, Mark ‘Bird’ Stafford Junior Jam, Johnny Max Band, MacKenzie Blues Band, JW-Jones, Downchild, Gospel Blues with Braithwaite & Whiteley and more.
Stratford Blues & Ribfest
Veterans Drive Bandshell, Stratford ON
June 19-23
With Daddy Long Legs, MonkeyJunk, Jon Knight & Soulstack, Cheryl Lescom, Kevin Breit & more.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Various venues, Toronto ON
June 19-28
Featuring David Clayton-Thomas, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more.
Beaumont Blues Festival
Four Seasons Park, Edmonton AB
June 20-22
With Matt Andersen, the Sheepdogs and more.
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Confederation Park, Ottawa ON
June 22-July 1
Featuring Montreal Jubilation Choir, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Delbert & the Commotions, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Lake Street Dive, Aretha Franklin, Colin James, The Split and more.
Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival
St. John`s NL
June 25-29
Lineup not available.
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Montreal QC
June 26-July 6
Featuring Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Gary Clark Jr., Guy Bélanger, Harry Manx, Kevin Breit & more.
The 19th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents
The Soul Brothers
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Wednesday, June 11 @ 8 pm; tickets $15
 The Blues Brothers are actually landing at Virée Blues Boréale!   The Dahl Brothers (actually brothers in real life), formerly known as Da Blooze Brothers are, to this day, one of the only three Homage groups in the world to have earned recognition and to be sanctionned by Dan Aykroyd and by the John Belushi Estate. Our Canadian Blues Brothers directed by the world renown producer Bernhard Kurz (also producer of CATS and Starlight Express), with a background of over 9 years of successful world tours, with acclaimed stops in Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Myrtle Beach, will be directly landing in a plane from Germany, back from their recent European Tour. The Soul Brothers will be in town to bring to a close the 19th edition of Virée Blues Boréale and to launch the festive forecasts for our 10th anniversary and so for our 20th edition.

Caroline Fe Blues Collective
                CD Launch “Bad Taboo”
Opening – Steve Groves Trio
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, June 14 @ 9:30 pm

Our 3rd album, “Bad Taboo”, comes out at the end of May!
Here's the video teaser: http://youtu.be/VsnbZKF_hTs 
Dedicated to Barry Mell, “Bad Taboo” will be launched in Ottawa on Saturday, June 14 @ Irene’s Pub. The album features a collaboration with Mr. Shun Kikuta on the title track, “Bad Taboo”, where Shun serves up the notes to this soulful R&B-styled song. Mr. Kikuta who has left Chicago and now resides in Asia was formerly the guitar player for Queen of the Blues, Ms. Koko Taylor and dubbed “The light (skinned) BB King” by BB King himself. This collaboration is quite exciting as Carolyn Fe Blues Collective keeps pushing the Blues envelope and continues on with our personal take on the musical genre's evolution.
Patrick Sweany
Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York Street
Saturday, June 28; doors @ 8 pm
tickets $8.00 for a limited time at
or by phone 1.888.222.6608

Patrick Sweany hails from Nashville, Tennessee, and his music is thick with southern attitude. He has been championed by influential artists such as Roy Bookbinder and The Black Keys, and influenced by blues legends Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex. His art is true to the Blues, but incorporates the spirit of Rock and Roll, Bluegrass and Soul. His guitar picking is masterful, his lyrics whiskey-soaked and brutally honest. As a live act, Patrick stands alongside those musicians that captivate their audiences with the sheer intensity of their presence.
The 19th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents
June 11 @ Petit Chicago
         The Soul Brothers
The Gainsbourg Bistro, 9 Aubry Street, Gatineau (Old Hull sector) QC
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade Du Portage, Gatineau (Old Hull sector) QC
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturdays (see below) @ 8:30 pm; $3.00 @ door

This extremely successful series presents blues bands from all across Ontario. These are some of the very best bands in the province; most of them have had incredible success in their own cities but have yet to crack the national scene. This is a great opportunity to see some high quality blues bands that you would not normally get to see - and for just $3 - you just can't find a better way to spend the first Saturday of each month - hope to see you there.

The Line-up for the Blues Bands Ontario Series
Saturday, June 6 – Redneck Limousine 

Kingston Blues Society
Chris Martin Trio
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, June 14 @ 8:30 pm; $5 at the door

Rockabilly blues from the East Coast.
2012 Music Nova Scotia and 2013 East Coast Music Association Blues Recording Nominee.
Black Diamond Express
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, June 27 @ 8:30 pm  

From Edinburgh Scotland … they have been called the blues version of both the Sex Pistols and The Pogues – check them out
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, July 4 @ 8:30 pm  

Everyone who has seen this band has told me – they are a must see.
Soul-soaked Down-home harmony, throbbing Tremolo guitars, filthy Hammond organ...big ass drums and two level tablespoons of fatback bass. Gritty swamp-blues-roots group of Jon Knight – vocals & slide guitars, Harpo Peterson – vocals & bass, Mark Wessenger – vocals & keys, Tom Bona – drums & percussion, Chris Latta – baritone & guitars.
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
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, June 8 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Ottawa Jazzfest Preview
Next week, June 15 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – The Father’s Day Special

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 2014. 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, June 4 – Ottawa International Jazz Festival: The first of two programs in which Ron Sweetman introduces the artists appearing at this year's festival.
Next week, June 11 – Ottawa International Jazz Festival: The second of two programs in which Ron Sweetman introduces the artists appearing at this year’s festival.
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.
Sunday Morning Soul
with Johnny Max
Check www.sundaymorningsoul.com for times … and you can hear the best in Brand New Blues, Roots, Soul and R&B, each and every Sunday morning.
Streaming great Blues, Roots, Soul, R&B, Folk, East Coast and Celtic music across Canada and around the world 24/7/365.
Check out their Canadian Blues shows and hosts, including James Doran’s ‘Inside The Blues’, Brant Zwicker’s ‘At The Crossroads’, along with Mark Stenzler's ‘Blues Zeppelin’ from Switzerland … and lots more Canadian and international Blues shows. 
Saturday, June 14
Joe Gaspar Band @ Moose McGuire’s, 9 pm
Sunday, June 15
Al Wood hosts the Open Jam @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Friday, June 20
Rock, Stock & Barrel & Three Times Lucky @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Tony D Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Saturday, June 21
Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, June 29
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Saturday, July 19
Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm


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