10 June 2014

Ottawa Blues This Week - 9 June 2014

Brandon Isaak
D’Arcy McGee’s, 44 Sparks Street
Friday & Saturday, June 13-14 @ 9 pm

Juno Award winning blues/roots artist Brandon Isaak, AKA Yukon Slim, brings you back to the Mississippi Delta with haunting acoustic blues guitar and a big soulful voice that often finds him compared to the likes of Keb’ Mo’ and John Hammond. Sit back and enjoy the show!
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.
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.
Friday, June 13
Sweet and the Back Beat @ The Carleton Tavern, 9:30 pm
Saturday, June 14
Drew Nelson @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Joe Gaspar Band @ Moose McGuire’s, 9 pm
Sunday, June 15
Al Wood 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 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     ***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.
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.
Red Maple Blues Night
The Mercury Lounge,
56 ByWard Market Square
Tuesday, June 24

We're hosting a monthly bar night!

This social evening is run by an amazing group of people for experienced blues dancers and dancers at heart. Get together to dance to the blues music you like and share your passion for the blues! You'll hear familiar favourites along with new to you songs that you'll be sure to lov

There is an introductory lesson at the beginning of the evening so, if you have yet to move and groove to the music you adore, want share the evening with your yet to be dancing to friends or need bit of a refresher yourself, please consider this your invitation. 

Everyone is invited and encouraged to join in on the fun! Invite your friends. This GREAT venue offers a beautiful dance floor, and we always strive to create a friendly atmosphere.

Mark your calendars for: June 24 - July 29 - August 26
Come and see what all the excitement is about!
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.
Johnny Winter
Regent Theatre, Picton ON
Wednesday, July 23 @ 8 pm

"One of the greatest guitarists of All Time!"...Rolling Stone. 
Johnny has been busy. He has several new releases and DVDs out. He is touring in support of the second release in his "Roots" series.  The latest one features Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Ben Harper, Carlos Santana and more.  Johnny just keeps getting better and better.
Special guest openers The Paul Deslauriers Band.
Tickets available by calling 613-476-8416 ext. 28 and online at www.theregenttheatre.org 
The 19th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents
June 11 @ Petit Chicago
         The Soul Brothers
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 15 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – The Father’s Day Special
Next week, June 22 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Mt. Tremblant Festival Preview

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 11 – Ottawa International Jazz Festival: The second of two programs in which Ron Sweetman introduces the artists appearing at this year’s festival.
Next week, June 18 – Randy Weston: Co-Host Jean-Michel Labatut features pianist and composer Randy Weston.
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. 
Friday, June 20
Rock, Stock & Barrel & Three Times Lucky @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Tony D Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Saturday, June 21
The Rod Williams Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sweet and the Back Beat @ Moose McGuire’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, June 22
Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Rocked Rached & the Fat City 8 @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Saturday, June 28
Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Sunday, June 29
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Wicked Grin @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Saturday, July 19
Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm


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