30 June 2014

Ottawa Blues This Week - 30 June 2014

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, July 5 @ 10:30 pm

Luring music fans away from the Bluesfest Fairgrounds is not an easy task, so this appearance, during the Ottawa Bluesfest, will be an unofficial 'after party' for Bluesfest Concert attendees who want to continue the party into the night, at Ottawa's favourite Roots and Blues Venue, The Rainbow Bistro. "We just want to keep the party going in to the wee hours" says Stacie Sivyer of the Rainbow, "The plan is to have the band hit the stage around 10:30 pm for a full night of music.... Soulstack plays long sets and keeps the dance floor grooving all night with their innovative roots music".

Soulstack’s previous visit to Ottawa this past spring found them performing to capacity crowds at the Rainbow Bistro, the Atomic Rooster and a sold out performance at Greenfields in Barrhaven for "live-to-air" recording session called "StudioDawg" with DawgFM.

In January 2014, Soulstack went head to head with Ottawa's MonkeyJunk for the Electric Act Award at the Maple Blues Awards, and although lost out to Ottawa’s favorite band; Soulstack’s drummer, Tom Bona, acquired his 5th Award for Drummer of the Year. Bona has been seen in Ottawa many times in the past having played drums for Sue Foley, Tony D, Steve Marriner, Hennessey, and currently with Raoul and the Big Time.

Soulstack's acclaimed stage performances keep the crowds fully entertained with a their modern roots music in nouveau-retro-style, inspired by sweaty sounds and throbbing rhythms, all performed with deep intensity, wild conviction, greasy organ, sweet tremolo-soaked guitar, and heartbreaking harmonies....
Sunday, July 6
Brian Downey 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:  
          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!
The Ridgemont Revelers
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Every Sunday in June, 9:30 pm – 12:30 am; no cover
New Orleans Style Funk!
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     ***ON HIATUS FOR THE SUMMER***
Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue

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.
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.
RBC Royal Bank Bank Bluesfest
Lebreton Flats, Ottawa ON
July 3-13
With Gary Clark Jr, Cold Capital, the Honey Island Swamp Band, the Split, Matt Andersen & the Mellotones, JJ Grey & Mofro, Vintage Trouble, Selwyn Birchwood, David Maxwell & friends, John Mayall, Firebelly, Long Tall Deb, Thornetta Davis, John Németh & the Bo-Keys, the Texas Horns, Wicked Grin, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, Darrell Nulisch, Paul Oscher, Little Fredie King, Elvin Bishop & more.
Some suggestions – July 3-6 (Ottawa locals in italics)
Thursday, July 3
Beth Hart – “When she sings, clocks stop, hearts dance, and neck-hair tingles, it’s that compelling.” This powerhouse vocalist and piano player is better known since her collaboration with Joe Bonamassa. http://bethhart.com/
Gary Clark Jr – This incredibly-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist/actor has been described as ‘the future of Texas blues’. http://www.garyclarkjr.com/

Friday, July 4
Cold Capital –“Taking their cue from classic blues and rock traditions, Cold Capital's guitar driven music mixes roots, soul and country into a boilerpot of rock ‘n' roll that'll keep you shakin' your money maker.” https://www.facebook.com/ColdCapital/info
Honey Island Swamp Band – “Their music has been described as “Bayou Americana” with timeless songs from Wilkinson & Mulé, highlighted by Mulé’s searing guitar, Wilkinson’s sure-handed mandolin, and 4-part vocal harmonies, all anchored by the powerful groove of Price & Paul’s Louisiana stomp rhythm section. The addition of Trevor Brooks on Hammond B-3 organ to the family in 2010 has rounded out the band’s sound, which draws from a variety of influences in the world of roots music.” http://www.honeyislandswampband.com/
The Claudettes – piano-drums duo of Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey http://theclaudettes.bandcamp.com/

Saturday, July 5
The Split –The seven-piece band, homegrown in Canada’s capital, plays original vivacious dance tunes that are as much melancholic reflections on life and love. Lead singer Matt Chaffey’s smoky timbre elicits memories of Chess Records’ golden era, while poignantly expressing thoughts of loss, stress, heartbreak, and starting over.”
Matt Andersen & the Mellotones – “Matt’s narrative-driven writing cuts through the soul, blending blues and folk, encompassed in total honesty. He takes listeners on a ride with his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work and over-the-top showmanship. Touring with his full band, including a four-piece horn section.”
Black Joe Lewis – Commenting about the 2013 release, “Electric Slave”, Joe said: “Electric Slave” is what people are today with their faces buried in their iPhones and the only way to hold a conversation is through text. The next step is to plug it in to your damned head. Nothing is up front anymore and people are de-socializing.
JJ Grey & Mofro – “JJ Grey’s grimy blend of front-porch soul and downhome storytelling has taken him around the world and back again.”  http://www.jjgrey.com/
Vintage Trouble – “ … Ty Taylor, Nalle Colt, Richard Danielson and Rick Barrio Dill together form a quartet of sincere musicians whose combination of hard work, talent and luck are undoubtedly going to take them right where they deserve to be: on our radios, in our cars, our headphones, our televisions, at the venues where we go to see our favourite bands and on the soundtrack of our favourite moments in life.” http://www.vintagetrouble.com/

Sunday, July 6
Joe Louis Walker – “… is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers – a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. On his dynamic new CD [“Hornet’s Nest”], Walker’s music is equal parts rock ‘n’ roll fire and blistering passionate blues.” http://www.joelouiswalker.com/
T.J. Wheeler – TJ Wheeler is an original, but his music is steeped in musical styles that go back hundreds of years. He transports audiences of all ages to times and places where their imaginations can vividly and vicariously experience the rich history and soul connections of blues & jazz power.

Suggestions for July 9-13 in next week’s Ottawa Blues This Week!
Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Marina Park, Thunder Bay ON
July 4-6
With Shakura S’Aida, Steve Hill, Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-A-Whirl Band, Carolyn Wonderland, James Hunter Six, Tracy K & Jamie Steinhoff & more.
Tremblant International Blues Festival
July 4-13
Featuring Vintage Trouble, JJ Grey & Mofro, Jarekus Singleton, Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers and more.
Lighthouse Blues Festival
Kincardine ON
July 11-12
With Selwyn Birchwood, Chris Antonik, Johnny Max, Rita Chiarelli, Brandon Santini, Douglas Watson, Lionel Young, the MacKenzie Blues Band, Jack de Keyzer, Morgan Davis and more.
Waterfront Blues Festival
Woodbine Park, Toronto ON
July 11-13
Featuring Irene Torres & the Sugar Devils, Terry Gillespie, Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls, Harrison Kennedy, Sugar Ray & the Blue Tones & more.
Beaches International Jazz Festival
Woodbine Park and Queen Street East, Toronto ON
July 18-27
With Teeny Tucker, Trampled Under Foot, Michelle Willson, Shakura S’Aida and more.
Porquis Blues Festival
Porquis Junction ON
July 18-20
Featuring River City Junction, the Jesse Greene Band, Jake & the Fundamentals, the Morgan Davis Band and more.
Festival de Blues de Victoriaville
Victoriaville QC
July 24-26
With Popa Chubby, Dawn Tyler Watson, Johnny Winter, Paul Deslauriers Band, David Gogo and more.
Calgary International Blues Festival
Shaw Millenium Park, Calgary AB
July 28 – August 3
With Sugar Ray Norcia, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Russell Jackson, Joe Louis Walker, Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues and more.
J.P. Soars & the Red Hots
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, July 10 @ 8 pm

JP Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences. "I love T-bone Walker, Jesse May Hemphill, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim and Louis Jordan. But I also love Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Slayer." Soars toured the globe and recorded several records with some of the most extreme metal bands in the world before finding his home in the blues! It is these attributes that are giving Soars an instantaneously recognizable style.
Harmony Haven House Concerts present
Braithwaite & Whiteley
Sunday, July 20, 7 pm; $20
          For info & reservations, contact jeanniepage@bell.net

Braithwaite & Whiteley are original blues artists, winners of multiple blues awards including Songwriter of the Year in 2010, and 6 Juno nominations.
Chris is a talented multi-instrumentalist and his strong vocals along with Diana’s smooth bluesy tones will carry you off to another time and place.
They have toured extensively in North America and Europe and have appeared at the Ottawa Folkfest and the Underground Railroad Festival, among others.
Ray Bonneville
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, August 13 @ 8 pm
Jordan John in Concert
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Friday, August 15 @ 8:30 pm
Gazebo Blues
Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront
150 George Street North, Peterborough ON
Fridays, 6-10 pm; $10 cover

We have another star studded line up this year as the Gazebo Blues concert series enters its 12th season!
Come cool off and enjoy Blues by the water!
Come early to ensure you get a table to enjoy Dinner, Drinks & great Blues. You may win the Molson Best Seat in the House.

July 4         Chuck Jackson & The All Stars - Juno  Winner
July 11        Chris Murphy Band with James Anthony
July 18        The 24th Street Wailers
July 25        SAB & The Family Band
Aug 1          Paul DesLauriers Band - 2014 Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year
Aug 8          Jerome Godboo - 2014 IBC Harmonica Player of the Year 
Aug 15        Erin McCallum
Aug 22        The MacKenzie Blues Band - 2014 Maple Blues Best New Group
Aug 29        Jack is back!! Jack DeKeyzer
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, July 6 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – The Blues My Brother Gave Me - The 60s British Blues Invasion with Steve Lund
Next week, July 13 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Liz Sykes

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, July 2 – Bluesfest: CKCU's blues guru John Tackaberry takes you through the artists appearing at this year's BLUESFEST, and identifies artists of interest to CKCU listeners.
Next week, July 9 – Listen Before You Buy: Ron Sweetman plays recent jazz and blues issues.
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. 
Sunday, July 13
Maria Hawkins Birthday Bash @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Saturday, July 19
Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Wicked Grin @ Moose McGuire’s,
Sunday, July 27
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm

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