10 years! Yes, already! For the last ten years, the Virée Blues Boréale team has been sharing their love for the Blues with Outaouais area fans. More than 200 shows, 100 guests and to more than 24 000 fans! Now renowned for its one-of-a-kind features bringing together on its stage the best of the Blues, the Virée Blues Boréale squad would like to celebrate with you its tenth anniversary with nothing less than a complete edition made of double-headers!
To launch this iron-clad programming at Le Petit Chicago, a flagship group of Chicago’s contemporary Blues. Our guests total over 100 years of Blues expertise, have recorded 12 albums and feature a Grande Dame of the Blues often compared to the great Etta James, Inetta Visor, and the virtuoso of the chromatic harmonica, Pierre Lacocque – with us, from Chicago, Mississippi Heat. And, their special guest, the leader of the Boppin’ Blues Band and of the Goodmen Band who was also the guitarist for the late Miss Linda “Chocolate Thunder” Rodney, Mister Mike Goudreau.
This will be our last performance in Canada until I return to Ottawa next April, and I want to turn it into a party. The venue does not actually pay the band, other than a $100.00 bar tab, so we need to charge a cover to pay the guys in the band and help me out with my trip expenses ... however I would like to give everyone who comes a copy of my new CD "Notes From The Underground". If you already have a copy of my CD, then I'd like to buy you a drink (from the $100.00 bar tab offered by the club).
We will start at 8 pm sharp and play two sets of originals and blues standards done in our style....
I'd like to see my friends new and old. I don't get much of a chance to see you guys, so this could be a great night. We can stay and have a bit of an after party. Socializing in real time!
This has been a great summer for me and my family… the birth of my grandson Kai, the release of my music and radio play worldwide, tours in Europe and Asia, meeting so many new friends as I travel. It's really something to cherish.
I hope I will see you at the "Steve Groves Spanish Tour Going Away Party" Saturday October 11. Come early. We start at 8 sharp.
Thanks and we'll see you soon,
Friday October 24 - Chris Antonik
Friday November 7 - The 24th Street Wailers
Friday November 14 - John Primer
Saturday Nov 15 – The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
Saturday Nov 22 - Studebaker John & The Hawks
Friday November 28 - David Gogo
Saturday Nov 29 - Tony D + Musical Guests
More to be confirmed!!!
Also, for this occasion, we've decided to create 30th Anniversary Passes. Still tweaking the details, but ought to be available by September 1st.
A Theatre Passe Muraille Production in association with Hope and Hell Theatre Co.
Starring Raoul Bhaneja, Divine Brown & Band members: Jake Chisholm - guitar, Tom Bona - drums, Chris Banks - upright bass
Roselawn Theatre, 296 Fielden Ave., Port Colborne, ON
Friday, November 14 @ 8 pm; Tickets: $25 Adult $20 Senior/Student
Multi award winning JUNO nominee Michael Pickett established himself as a musically ground-breaking, electrifying singer/songwriter/harmonica player in the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s (Whiskey Howl, Wooden Teeth, Michael Pickett Band. Mike Branton made a name for himself as a young guitar prodigy evolving into a triple threat: inventive improvisational soloist, original singer, and songwriter. Together they are a powerhouse and this night they will be supported by The Mighty Duck Blues Band, a collective of award winning veteran players.
Despite cost increases, the price for these nights remains at $60 per person (the same as the past 3 years). That includes a delicious full course buffet dinner, the show and dancing. Proceeds from all BOTR nights go to support different local Westport charities. The Series has raised over $50,000 for the community over the past 9 years and the goal is to hit another $5K this season.
Blues On The Rideau is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca in co-operation with The Cove Inn www.coveinn.com and is sponsored by 101.9 DAWG FM in Ottawa www.dawgfm.com, LAKE 88.1 in Perth/Rideau Lakes www.lake88.ca and DAN AYKROYD WINES www.danaykroydwines.com.
PROCEEDS TO THE WESTPORT LIBRARY
November 21 - FATHEAD www.fathead.biz
PROCEEDS TO THE WESTPORT FOOD BANK
January 23 - JACK DE KEYZER BAND www.jackdekeyzer.com
From Toronto - Canada's King of the Blues guitar - 2X Juno Award and 7X Maple Blues Award winner. His 6th visit to The Cove!
PROCEEDS TO FRIENDS OF FOLEY MOUNTAIN
February 20 & 21 - THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS
From Toronto - All stars indeed - 5 members from Downchild plus Teddy Leonard on guitar - all Juno and/or Maple Blues Award winners!
PROCEEDS TO WESTPORT’S RIDEAU VISTA & ST. EDWARD’S ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
From Toronto - 7X Maple Blues Award winner and a Juno & American Blues Music Award nominee. A wonderfully talented singer/songwriter & harp player.
PROCEEDS TO RIDEAU WATERWAY LAND TRUST
April 17 - PAUL JAMES BAND www.pauljamesband.com
From Toronto - A singer/songwriter/guitarist with a 40+ year career and a great veteran band who plays Blues, R&B and Rockabilly as good as it gets.
PROCEEDS TO EASTER SEALS CAMP MERRYWOOD
May 8 & 9 - DAVID ROTUNDO BAND www.davidrotundo.com
From Toronto - A superb singer/songwriter and harp player and an excellent performer. Arguably the most popular band to every play BOTR - his 7th visit!
PROCEEDS TO RIDEAU DISTRICT MUSEUM & WESTPORT IN BLOOM
More information including downloadable Schedule, links to band websites, sample songs and YOU TUBE videos can be found at www.bluesontherideau.ca
DINNER & SHOW $60
7 to 11 pm for all shows
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS are required
Book early - most BOTR nights sell out in advance!
CALL 1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636