28 July 2014

Ottawa Blues This Week - 28 July 2014

Drew Nelson                 ***note early start***
          CD Release “The Other Side”
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, July 30 @ 8 pm; $15, CDs half price for ticket holders

“A veritable master of the slide, Drew Nelson has been an arranger, producer and respected studio musician not only in Ottawa but across Canada for the last 30 years.” Finally, his long-awaited new recording, “The Other Side”, is here. Drew and his all-star band will be hosting a CD release party at Irene’s on Wednesday, July 30 at 8 pm, and they’ll be playing songs from the new album along with some favourites from past releases. 
Folks For the Folklore Centre
Southminster United Churck, 15 Aylmer Avenue (at Bank Street)
Thursday, July 31 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $25

Borealis Records presents Folks for the Folklore Centre – an evening in support of the Ottawa Folklore Centre July 31st at 7:30pm at Southminster United Church (15 Aylmer ave at Bank).

The concert will feature performances by Lynn Miles, Sneezy Waters, James Keelaghan, Terry Tufts & Kathryn Briggs, Finest Kind with James Stephens and a bevy of OFC’s friends & teachers.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by phone at 613-730-2887, in person at OFC (1111 Bank St) or on our e-store.

Can’t make it to the show? You can support us by purchasing a $25 virtual ticket instead! Leave your address in the “special instructions” field and we’ll mail you a poster of the event signed by all the performers!
An Evening With Maria Hawkins/Poetic Justice
in support of ‘Stop the Bullying’
RCAF Hall, Smiths Falls ON
Friday, August 1; tickets $15 or 2 for $25
Wednesday, July 30
Drew Nelson CD Release @ Irene’s Pub, 8 pm
Sunday, August 3
The Brian Downey Big Jazz Band 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 31 – Steve Groves
          August 7 – Dave Schroeder
          August 14 – Genevieve Freynet
          August 21 – Jason & Caroline
          August 28 – John Yemensky
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!
Jeff Rogers
SALT, 345 Preston Street
Fridays, 9:30 pm
Friday Nights in a gorgeous Piano Lounge, find Jeff singing all kinds of music, playing a nice new grand piano, while drinking fabulous cocktails.
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)
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.
The Allaire Show
          with John Allaire & special guests
Quinn’s Ale House, 1070 Bank Street
Last Saturday of the month, 3-5 pm
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
On June 24th, 2014 Canadian blues luminary and founding member of the popular jump-blues band The Twisters, Dave ‘Hurricane’ Hoerl, released his first solo recording, “Un-Twisted”.  Shortly before the official release of “Un-Twisted”, Dave suffered a massive stroke that left him hospitalized and fighting for his life. As with many victims of stroke, the future is uncertain. He is currently under great care in hospital and will soon be moved to a long-term care facility.

Dave ‘Hurricane’ Hoerl is a stalwart supporter of the blues music community who has helped put Canadian blues music on the map. The blues community in Canada is once again coming together to help out a friend in need.

A benefit concert is being planned for September 14 in Vancouver at Pat's Pub (details TBA) and a PayPal account has been set up where donations are being accepted to help cover the cost of Hoerl's care. 

A Facebook page has been set up for friends and fans to get information about Dave’s music, news and upcoming benefits.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the kindness, prayers and support shown to David and our family during this extremely difficult time. Even though we needed our privacy these past eight weeks, it has not gone un-noticed how much love has been shown for David.  Words cannot express adequately enough how much this has meant to us.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for caring so much for the man that means the world to us.  It helps more than you know." -Lynda & David Hoerl & Family
(Thanks to Sarah French for this information.)
Rise Again: A Hurricane Can't Hold Us Down
The Stan Rogers Folk Festival

The 2014 Stan Rogers Folk Festival, scheduled for July 4-6, was cancelled at the last minute, faced with hurricane winds and rain. At the time of the decision, weather experts predicted the hurricane would bring 100 km/h winds and torrential rains to Nova Scotia. The staff, board of directors and volunteer leaders made this tough decision in the interest of public safety. A camping-based festival simply cannot safely operate in a hurricane or tropical storm. On Saturday, July 5, the storm had made landfall in Nova Scotia and 50,000 homes had lost power. The storm went on to bring rain and 70 km/h+ winds to Canso and widespread damage to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

This was to be the 18th annual festival. It’s a major challenge for the organization to face and manage, but we are committed to working through this and staging the biggest and best festival ever in 2015. There has been an amazing show of support and endorsement for this decision by our ticket buyers, sponsors, funders, artists and dozens of festivals and organizations across the country. Many have asked how they can make donations to help with the cancellation costs. We've created a crowd funding campaign https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/aoL47 to provide a vehicle for donations to be made. Donations will be used to fund the $70 k+ in cancellation costs we are facing. [The campaign ends September 30, 2014 and has raised just under $27,000 to date.]

The Chedabucto Bay Folk Society, the festival's parent organization, is a N.S. Not for Profit Organization and Federal Charity. Charitable donation receipts can be issued for all donations. Those donating will receive regular updates on funds raised and the use of those funds.
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.
Kitchener International Blues Festival
Downtown Kitchener ON
August 7 - 10
Featuring Buddy Guy, Jon Knight & Soulstack, Wicked Grin, Douglas Watson, the Perpetrators, Johnny Max Band, Alexis P. Suter, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Diunna Greenleaf, Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley Gospel Breakfast and more.
Festiblues International de Montreal
Ahuntsic Park, Montreal QC
August 7 – 10
With Jordan Officer, Slam en Blues, Mountain Men and more.
Dutch Mason Blues Festival
Truro Raceway, Bible Hill, Truro NS
August 8 – 10
Featuring James Cotton, Doyle Bramhall II, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Paul Deslauriers Band, David Wilcox, MonkeyJunk and more.
Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival
Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC
Saturday, August 9
With Matt Andersen & the Mellotones, Bettye Lavette, the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Blind Boy Paxton, Steve Kozak and more.
Donnaconna Blues Festival
Donnaconna QC
August 14-17
Featuring James Cotton, Jim Zeller, Paul Deslauriers Band, Jon Knight & Soulstack, Lurrie Bell, Ray Bonneville, Steve Strongman, Mighty Mo Rogers, Bryan Lee and more.
Calabogie Blues and Ribfest
Calabogie Peaks, Calabogie ON
August 15-17
With the 24th Street Wailers, Anthony Gomes, David Wilcox, Wicked Grin, Raoul & the Big Time, Charlie A’Court, Paul Deslauriers Band, Jimmie Vaughan, Jerome Godboo, Angel Forrest, Dawn Tyler Watson & the Ben Racine Band and Kelly Richie. Brief bios and YOUTUBE coming soon in Ottawa Blues This Week.
Edmonton Blues Festival
Hawrelak Park, Edmonton ON
August 15-17
Featuring the Nighthawks, Robert Cray, Mississippi Heat, the Cash Box Kings, Fathead, Mavis Staples and more.
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival
Salmon Arm BC
August 15-17
With Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bill Durst, Doc MacLean, Jim Byrnes, Mavis Staples, MonkeyJunk, Paul Reddick and more.
Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival
Shaw Park, 1 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB
August 15-17
Featuring The Robert Cray Band, Colin James, The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Eddie Shaw, Big Dave McLean, Watermelon Slim, The Perpetrators and more.
PEI Jazz & Blues Festival
Charlottetown PEI
August 21-23
With Jack Semple, Downchild Blues Band, John Campbelljohn and more.
Limestone City Blues Festival
Kingston ON
August 21-24
With Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers, Irene Torres & the Sugar Devils, Harrison Kennedy, Kim Pollard and more.
Trois Rivieres en Blues
Trois Rivieres QC
August 21-24
Featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers, Steve Strongman Band & Guy Belanger, Dan Livingstone, Paul Deslauriers Band, Dawn Tyler Watson & the Ben Racine Band and more.
Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival
Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo BC
August 22-24
With Harpdog Brown, Bill Johnson, Jim Byrnes, Steve Kozak, Murray Porter and more.
West Coast Blues Festival
Port of Goderick (Ontario’s west coast) ON
August 29-30
Featuring the MacKenzie Blues Band, Jack de Keyzer and the Karp-Foley Blues Band.
Steve Hill
Neat Coffee Shop, Burnstown ON
Thursday, August 7 @ 8 pm; tickets $25

In 2012, Hill released “Solo Recordings Volume 1″, probably his rawest album to date, and it was chosen “Best Self-Produced CD” at the International Blues Challenge.  He followed up with “Solo Recordings Volume 1.5” and, just this spring, “Solo Recordings, Volume 2”. “The singer-songwriter-composer explores new sounds, all the while paying homage to his blues roots. This album infuses the blues with a good dose of rock, folk and country. In addition to singing and playing the harmonica and guitar, Steve performs standing up, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and any other percussion he can reach. “Solo Recordings Volume 2” includes original songs, as well as covers of two blues classics from the 1950s.”
Andre Bisson Rhythm & Blues Experience
D’Arcy McGee’s, 44 Sparks Street
Thursday & Friday, August 7-8 @ 9 pm

A 5 piece classic Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Funk, Rock, Swing & Soul Band with horns. With the release of his 5th studio album “Bad Scene” in August 2013, it is clear to hear that Andre has stayed true to his influences. Combining the driving bass lines of Motown, the raw vocal power of Stax, and the electrifying horn sections of B.B. King, this album is sure to bring blues fans to their feet. Along with 10 new originals, Andre also pays tribute to one of the greats with his version of Jimi Hendrix's ‘Remember’. This album was nominated for Blues Album of the Year for the Hamilton Music Awards and Jesse O'Brien Won the Award for Keyboard Player of the Year for his work on it.
Ray Bonneville
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, August 13 @ 8 pm

“On his 4th Red House Records album, “Easy Gone”, Ray Bonneville’s … guitar work shimmers like stars emerging at dusk. His voice carries the rich, natural timbre of time, though underneath that pearl-like smoothness, one hears its gritty core. His harmonica rhythms add even more texture to his sound. …. “The whole songwriting thing, to me, is mysterious, and I want to keep it that way,” Bonneville says. Ultimately, what matters is knowing how to translate the mystery into music and that, he understands perfectly.”
Jordan John in Concert
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Friday, August 15 @ 8:30 pm

“To say that vocal sensation Jordan John is a more powerful and polished lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist than many players twice his age would tell just a fraction of the story. He has already compiled a longer list of credits, and displays more assuredness and maturity, than many performers twice his age. Adept on drums, keyboards, guitar and bass, he distills the blues, soul and rhythm & blues into a sound that is both solidly traditional and a bold departure from the electronically generated music that has saturated the pop charts in recent years. ….
Delivering a refined essence of traditional based Blues, Soul & Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, this musical dynamo adds a breath of fresh air to the contemporary music landscape!”
An Evening with Megan Jerome (Ottawa) and Mike Evin (Toronto)
GigSpace Performance Studio, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Saturday, August 16 @ 7:300 pm; tickets $20

Megan Jerome and Mike Evin are singer-songwriters who build their words and music around the piano. They are coming together around GigSpace's grand piano for an intimate evening of storytelling and hooks. If you dig honest, humorous and hopeful piano songs that will stick in your head and keep you buzzing until the morning, then you will not want to miss this "one night only" performance.

Like Earth Wind and Fire? You might love Megan Jerome! Known for her eclectic and soulful piano songs, Megan's music and performances are arty, funny, sparse and sexy. Following family singsongs and formal classical and jazz piano training, Megan has self-produced four albums that have delighted critics and audiences alike, topping CBC and community radio station charts nationwide. Megan recently won the Galaxie Rising Star Award. 
So what does this have to do with Earth Wind and Fire? Two years ago, when Bruce Hornsby played the Ottawa Folkfest, Megan was first on the bill. She played the concert that won her the Rising Star Award. And who watched her show from the wings, smiling, clapping and laughing along? Who told her he loved her music?? None other than Sonny Emory, drummer of Earth Wind and Fire, who was touring with Bruce!

Mike Evin's brand of piano pop is soulful, catchy and disarming. Mike often gets mistaken for a Creeggan brother. Though the physical similarities between him and Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies bassist) are considerable, it's truly a sense of joy and musicianship that connects Mike with Jim and his brother Andy (an original BNL member).
The Brothers Creeggan produced Mike's second album back in 2005. Mike continues to collaborate with The Creeggans and Barenaked Ladies, who invited him twice to perform on their Ships & Dip cruise. He’s also been lucky to write and perform with one of his idols, Ron Sexsmith. Other artists he’s shared the stage with include Sarah Harmer, Amy Millan and Dan Mangan. Since 2001, Mike’s released five albums, steadily grown a loyal grassroots following and has been played regularly on CBC. Mike's forthcoming album (date TBA) is produced by Howie Beck (Feist, Walk Off The Earth).
Maria Hawkins
featuring the singers from L'Arche Arnprior Community Outreach
Stanley Park, Arnprior ON
Saturday, August 23
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.

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
Blues And Company
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, August 2 @ 8:30 pm; $3.00 @ door
River City Junction
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, August 8 @ 8:30 pm; $5.00 @ door
Irene Torres and The Sugar Devils
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, August 23 @ 10:00 pm; Admission with bracelet for Limestone Blues Festival
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, August 3 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – “Blues My Brother Gave Me, Part 2” with Steve Lund
Next week, August 10 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Calabogie Festival Preview with Debrablues

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 30 - Dorothy Donegan & Buddy Tate: A double header featuring Chicagoan pianist/composer Dorothy Donegan and Texan saxophonist/composer Buddy Tate.
Next week, August 6 – Listen Before You Buy: Ron Sweetman plays recent jazz issues by artists whose family name begins with the letter "B".
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 35 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 7th 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, August 10
Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Jam @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Saturday, August 16
Maria Hawkins @ the Royal Oak, Barrhaven
Sunday, August 17
The Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Jam @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Sunday, August 24
Open Jam @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Sunday, August 31
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm