11 May 2015

Ottawa Blues This Week - 11 May 2015

Jordan John
El Capitano Taco Stand, 1581 Merivale Road
Friday, May 15 @ 9:30 pm; $10

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 distils 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.
Jordan is far from an overnight sensation. He already has more than a decade of experience as a sideman for a wide variety of artists visiting the Toronto area and more recently, fronting his own bands. He began performing professionally on drums as a teenager. At first, he was introduced to other musicians by his father, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame bassist Prakash John. 
With his debut album, ‘New Day’ being released in the summer of 2013, the future looks bright for this emerging Canadian talent as he embarks on his first foray into the international market with industry interest aplenty and fan support ever growing.
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.  Only time will tell what the future holds for this rising star.  What is certain is that the results will be potent, powerful and positive... the soul stirring revelation that is the music of Jordan John.
Steve Hill
The Record Centre, 1099 Wellington Street
Saturday, May 16 @ 1 pm

The wildly talented Juno award winner and Grammy nominee Steve Hill will perform a 30 minute set, followed by an hour-long meet-and-greet with fans! Hill is "widely considered one of Canada’s most prolific and exciting guitarists," and with good reason. 

This is a unique opportunity to watch an intimate performance by a musician who has performed at some of Canada’s biggest music festivals, including Montreal Jazz Festival, Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival, Thunder Bay Blues Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival and more! Don't miss this!

You'll see what all the hype's about here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCvW841PTIc

We will be selling copies of his albums V1 Solo Recordings, and V2 Solo Recordings, both of which were nominated for 2015 JUNO Awards in the Blues Album of the Year category.
Virée Blues Boréale presents
The Stephen Barry Band
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage (old Hull), Gatineau QC
Wednesday, May 13 @ 8 pm;
tickets $20
Ottawa Blues Society with membership card $15

Whether considering their 40 year on stage career, their 10 CDs, their two nominations for Felix awards, their Lys Blues Hommage, or even anecdotes like Bo Diddley’s frequent flatulences on stage at Montreal’s famous Rising Sun, or Big Mama Thornton’s relish for “Tough Milks” (gin with milk), Virée Blues Boréale’s next guests belong to a select class of Canadian Bluesmen.
This year, the spiritual father of Canadian Blues is celebrating his 40-year career with an all-new opus. The Stephen Barry Band on our stage: four seasoned musicians with perfect-sounding instruments, great jazzy Blues ... and lots of white hair! But also lots of: “Ahh! I can’t wait to hear them!” The result is charming by the precision as well as by the finesse of the music and by those musicians’ virtuosity, all that which earned them the honour of playing with the great names of the Blues: B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Big Mama Thornton, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Johnnie Johnson, Vann ‘Piano Man’ Walls and with the highly respected Oliver Jones. A new show and an all-new album to celebrate the 40th career anniversary of one of this country’s very best Bluesmen.
Thursday, May 14
JW-Jones & Rod Williams @ D’Arcy McGee’s, Sparks Street, 9 pm
Saturday, May 16
Wicked Grin @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Three Times Lucky @ Moose McGuire’s (Ottawa), 9:30 pm
Firebelly & Bella Cat Blues @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 17
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm
Drew Nelson Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Scott Allen’s Acoustic Stew @ the Atomic Rooster, 10 pm
(almost) EVERY WEEK
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: 
            May 14 – Mark Crissinger
          May 21 – Dave Schroeder
          May 28 – Russell Levia
          June 4 – Luke Ambridge
          June 11 – Derek Downham
          June 18 – Elyssa Mahoney with special guest Lucas Haneman
          June 25 – 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!
Black & Blue Thursdays
Black Irish Pub, 15 Selkirk Street
Thursdays, 7 pm; no cover
The Capital's "Grand Daddy" of shuffle, Brian Downey on drums, Blue String Guitar Slinger Clint Everson on the guitar and Maren Molthan on bass. Expect some down ‘n' dirty singing from all three of them. We are stoked to watch how these three amazing artists and multi-talented "music royalty" work their concern over the eternal 12 bars - Committed to the style and feel of the original performers, with a little bit of their own flavour thrown in for good measure, this trio is guaranteed to get you movin' in all the right places. Drop in often because no two nights will be the same. Special guests will sit in regularly, making it a melting pot for great talent in this city, all of this with one purpose in mind... your total enjoyment! 
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.
The Allaire Show
            with John Allaire & special guests
Quinn’s Ale House, 1070 Bank Street
Last Saturday of the month, 3-5 pm
Songs and stories from around the world.
Jeff Rogers
RARE Restaurant & Bar, 570 Kanata Avenue
Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 pm
Come by every other 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)
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
Blues On The Rideau
The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario
The final shows of the 2014/15 10th season featured two nights with the David Rotundo Band. $500 was raised each night for Westport In Bloom and the Rideau District Museum bringing the total raised this season for Westport charities to over $4,500 - over $55K since the Series began. 
Jerome Godboo
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, May 22 @ 9:30 pm; $10

An accomplished and exceptional bluesman, Jerome Godboo’s bending harp skills have been sought by everyone from Ronnie Hawkins to the late Jeff Healey and he continues to mesmerize all who witness him onstage including the judges at the 2014 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, where Jerome took home the Lee Oskar Best Harmonica Player award.
Jimmy Ray Todd Band     
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street 
Thursday, May 28; 8-10 pm

Self-taught singer, songwriter and guitarist Jimmy Ray Todd plays Blues/Rock; he has played music most of his life, started writing songs in 2001, began playing in online chat rooms and has performed thousands of full live shows at many venues operating on Second Life www.secondlife.com. “These performances are for multinational crowds from around the world who really dig a diverse mixture of rock, blues, soul and mainstream music.”
With Chris Heilig on drums, Lee Donovan on bass and Andrew Gladish on keyboard.
The first recording by Jimmy Ray Todd, recorded at Jason Fryer’s Tone King Records, was released in August 2014.
Shout Sister Shout Choir
Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue
Sunday, May 31 @ 7 pm (doors @ 6:30 pm); $15

The Ottawa West/Centre Choir is holding a Spring fundraiser concert to benefit the Alzheimer Society.
The Split
Night/Day Soul Party Weekend
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Nightlife – Saturday, June 6 @ 8:30 pm
Sunday Matinée – Sunday, June 7 @ 4 pm

The Split is back at the Black Sheep Inn, but this time we’re playing TWO shows -- A night-and-day soul party. Dance with us for the weekend. 

You like the nightlife. We got the nightlife - Saturday, June 6 at 8:30 p.m. is a hot mess night crawler. 
You said you wanted MORE. So we added kids and day drinking - Sunday, June 7 at 4:20 p.m. is a matinée show for soul walkers. Bring your family to Wakefield and enjoy new old soul music and summer. Kids are welcome!

Tickets to the show are $10. If you need a ride we have a bus from Ottawa. Tickets are on sale at the Black Sheep Inn, Compact Music, and the Ottawa Folklore Centre.

The EP is called 'Can’t Get Enough.' #wecantgetenough
Morgan Davis Live
Sharbot Lake Country Inn, Sharbot Lake ON
Saturday, June 13; dinner & show $50

JUNO winner and 4-time Maple Blues Award winner Morgan Davis, live in concert.
The Red Dirt Skinners
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Tuesday, June 16; $15 advance,$20@ the door

Once in a while, an artist comes along who simply doesn’t follow the rules. The Red Dirt Skinners rule breaking individuality has led to them being the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards (WINNER - Instrumentalist of the Year 2014) and the British Country Music Awards (Finalist BEST NEW ACT and PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2013). The band’s music has wide appeal and comfortably blends Country, Blues, Americana and Folk Music. The Skinners were also voted by UK Country Radio as one of the top ten acts of 2014.
Harmonica Retreat Weekend
            with Carlos del Junco, Ronnie Shellist & Roly Platt
Shared Harvest Community Farm, 834 North Shore Drive, Dunnville ON
Friday to Sunday, June 26-28

The retreat will consist of two nights’ accommodation (billeted, camping, bunk bed available, first come first serve), 3 days at our organic farm including 5 fresh gourmet meals and snacks. The 2 days will include 12 hours of workshops, of which several sessions will be audio recorded and sent along at your request. Saturday night we will have an open jam on stage and/or around the bonfire.

Workshops will include 3 chord song structure, comping vibrato and tone, using transcribe software to break down songs, demystify licks and learn your favourite runs, playing effectively and simply, 1st 2nd and 3rd position playing, tunings, rhythm playing, playing melodically, overblows, sitting in with a band, techniques, do's and dont's, harmonica maintenance (with Andrew Zajac) and group sessions with all the instructors.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn and play with three world class harmonica players/teachers, enjoy amazing food and have a true blues experience under the willows by the Grand River. 

$400 per attendee, $200 for spouses.
Virée Blues Boréale
Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau (Old Hull) QC
Tickets $20; Ottawa Blues Society with membership card - $15
May 13 – Stephen Barry Band
May 27 – The Soul Clappers
June 10 – Bob Walsh
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, May 15

Jennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond’s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and waxinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour. Their rootsy sound is at times bluesy, at times funky, jazzy or folky, with a hint of exotic ethnic influences. Jennis’ music celebrates the mysteries and poignancies of life, rooted in an unapologetic faith in peace and love as the highest powers.
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, May 23

Deep, inescapable grooves, swampy tremolo-soaked guitars, gritty-voiced harmonies… That is the soul tradition, those are the footprints that Soulstack follows in...
Soulstack was formed in 2011 by frontman Jonathan Knight (Wickens-Knight) and keyboardist Mark Wessenger. The band consists of drummer Tom Bona, and bassists Darryl ‘Harpo’ Peterson and Josh Knight baritone Guitarist Chris Latta.

Their 2012 Debut release “Big Red” garnered outstanding critical reviews. The band received 2014 Maple Blues Award nominations for Electric Act of the Year and Drummer of the Year and was nominated for an Independent Music Award (IMA) for 2013. “Five Finger Discount” is Soulstack’s sophomore album, combining poignant lyricism and sweet vocal harmony with the rhythm and grit of traditional blues. Self-produced, it tracks the organic evolution of the band as it continues growing in musical breadth and depth. http://www.soulstackmusic.com/
Three Times Lucky
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, June 6
Morgan Davis with Red Dirt Skinners
Friday, June 12
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, May 17 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES
Next week, May 24 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – New Releases 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 2015. 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
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. 
Saturday, May 23
Three Times Lucky @ Moose McGuire’s (Almonte), 9:30 pm
The Back Beat @ Moose McGuire's, Ottawa South, 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 24
Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm
Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Friday, May 29
MonkeyJunk @ The Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 30
Bluestone @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Sunday, May 31
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm
Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Wicked Grin Acoustic @ the Atomic Rooster, 10 pm


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