22 June 2015

Ottawa Blues This Week - 22 June 2015

Bobby Thompson Project
The Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Sunday, June 28 @ 8 pm; $15

Awe-inspiring master guitarist and vocalist Bobby Thompson is no stranger to the blues and rock world.  He cut his teeth learning to play in the old blues clubs of D.C. from the likes of Bobby Parker.  After honing his craft as a much sought after support man, Thompson decided to step out as a solo artist, releasing three albums since 2011.  A recent review from Roots Music Report claims Thompson’s songs portray "muscular blues- and soul-rock strong on soulful vocals and cut-above-the-norm originals."  With his smooth, gripping vocal stylings and his perfect musical taste on anything with a string, Thompson is what’s referred to as a “musician’s musician.  Considered a “must see” act of the Northeast region, Bobby was nominated for the D.C area Musician of the Year award in 2015. 

The Bobby Thompson Project is his latest collaboration with New Orleans groove master Jeff Mills and Mississippi bass extraordinaire Danny Infante.  This trio is wrought with deep emotion and blazes down the path pioneered by the great Jimi Hendrix, blending deeply-rooted blues traditions with a popular rock edge to create a sound that will stir every soul.
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Confederation Park & Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa ON
June 18 – July 1
With the Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers, The Jivewires, Steve Miller Band & more.

Laurier Avenue Music Stage @ 12 pm
Tuesday, June 23 – The Kingmakers
Wednesday, June 24 – The Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers
Friday, June 26 – The Jivewires
Tuesday, June 30 – The Kelly Craig Sextet
Mountain Man Music Festival
Calabogie Peaks, Calabogie ON
June 26-28
Some of the bluesier acts are listed below:

Friday, June 26
Renfrew Home Hardware Stage
8:30 pm        Dan Livingstone
10:30 pm Soulstack
Live on Elgin Stage
          8:30 pm        Rod Williams Duo
          10:00 pm      Adam Karch
Ottawa Blues Society Stage
          7:30 pm        Lucas Haneman Express
          9:00 pm        Michael Jerome Browne

Saturday, June 27
Renfrew Home Hardware Stage
2:00 pm        Jeff Rogers
7:00 pm        Harrison Kennedy
8:30 pm        Steve Marriner Band
10:30pm       Andria Simone
Live on Elgin Stage
6:00 pm        Al Wood
8:30 pm        Whisky Legs Duo
9:00 pm        Robin Banks
10:30 pm Sean Pinchin
Ottawa Blues Society Stage
   8:30 pm       Firebelly Duo

Sunday, June 28
Renfrew Home Hardware Stage
             10:00 am Al Tambay

Full lineup of roots, blues, rock and more: http://mountainmanfestival.com/lineup.aspx
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Toronto ON
June 18-29
With Al Jarreau, Booker T. Jones, Gary Clark Jr. & more.
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Confederation Park & Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa ON
June 18 – July 1
With the Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers, The Jivewires, Steve Miller Band & more.
TD Victoria International JazzFest 2015
Victoria BC
June 19-28
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Montreal QC
June 26 – July 5
With Taj Mahal, Naomi Shelton, John Mayall, Booker T. Jones, Charles Bradley & many more.
Clyde River Productions presents
History of the Blues Workshop with Morgan Davis
Aylmer QC
Tuesday, June 23; doors @ 7:30 pm, music @ 8 pm; $20
          Ottawa Blues Society with membership card - $15
For nearly four decades, Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.

Morgan’s recording “Blues Medicine”, on Electro-Fi Records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi-awarding winning release “Painkiller” won an impressive four trophies at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home a Juno for Blues Album Of the Year.

Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band. He has recorded nine albums to date, including his latest project, “I Got My Own”. (2014)

Morgan’s passion for the blues has never wavered and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.
History of the Blues Workshop      ***CANCELLED***
The Lanark Learning Centre, 67 George Street, Lanark, ON
Wednesday June 24
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.
Saturday, June 27
The Jesse Greene Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
The Tony D Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Sunday, June 28
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm
Jigsaw @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Super Soul Sundays @ Irene’s, 9:30 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: 
            June 25 – John Yemensky
          July 2 – Peter Newsom
          July 9 – Jesse Greene
          July 16 – Terry Gillespie
          July 23 – Jeff Hagerman
          July 30 – Ed Hart
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 at
The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario

This Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series featuring some of Canada’s best Blues artists raised $4,500 for Westport charities last year bringing the total to over $55K since the Series started 10 years ago. 
BOTR takes a break over the summer but returns in September for its 11th season - running once a month through to May 2016 (December excluded).
Watch for the 2015/16 Line-Up to be announced and posted on the website in early July. Another fabulous bunch of bands coming!
Thanks to all attended and supported the Series last year - we couldn’t do it without you.
Looking forward to seeing you next season. Have a great summer.
Tremblant International Blues Festival
Mt. Tremblant QC
July 3-12
With Blackburn, Ben Racine Band, Moa Blücher & MonkeyJunk, Carlos del Junco & Jimmy Bowskill, Bharath & His Rhythm Four, Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers, Steve Marriner & Paul Reddick, Roxanne Potvin, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Victor Wainwright & Damon Fowler, Ross Neilsen & more.
RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
Lebreton Flats, Ottawa ON
July 9-19
With River City Junction, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinares, Al Wood & the Woodsmen, The Kinsey Report, The Texas Horns, The Lucas Haneman Express, Walter Trout, Bluestone & the Memphis Mafia, Lurrie Bell, The Jivewires, Drew Nelson, Canned Heat, Larry McCray, Nick Moss, The 24th Street Wailers, MonkeyJunk, Shuggie Otis and more.
Bluesfest Windsor
Windsor ON
July 10-12
With Morgan Davis, Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, Lowrider Band, Miss Robin Banks and more.
Lighthouse Blues Festival
Kincardine ON
July 10-12
With Dawn Tyler Watson & Ben Racine, Ghost Town Blues Band, Southern Hospitality, 24th Street Wailers, Shemekia Copeland, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar and more.
Porquis Rock ‘n’ Blues Festival
Porquis ON
July 10-12
With Jake & the Fundamentals, Conor Gains, Erin McCallum, Ghost Town Blues Band, MonkeyJunk and more.http://www.porquis.ca/web-content/
Beaches International Jazz Festival
Toronto ON
July 10-26
With Blackburn, Chris Thomas King, Kirby Sewell, Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite, Michelle Willson & the Evil Gal Festival Orchestra and more.
Festival de Blues de Victoriaville
Victoriaville BC
July 23-25
With Adam Karch, Jim Zeller, JW-Jones, Bob Walsh and more.
Smokin’ Blues Fest
Windsor NS
July 10-11
With Garrett Mason Trio, Theresa Malenfant & the Instigators, Dan Doiron Band and more.
Vancouver Island MusicFest
Courtenay BC
July 10-12
With Buddy Guy, Mary Flower, Amos Garrett, David Gogo, Fruteland Jackson and more.
Calgary International Blues Festival
Calgary AB
July 27 – August 2
With Tas Cru & His Band of Tortured Souls, Curtis Salgado Band, Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington & the Roadmasters, Selwyn Birchwood Band, Jarekus Singleton Band, Bobby Rush, Alexis P. Suter, Wicked Grin, Vasti Jackson and more.
Georgette Fry
At Last! Georgette Sings Etta
Harold Shenkman Hall, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd, Orleans
Friday, July 3 @ 8 pm; tickets $48.75

Jazz, blues, soul – the legendary Etta James sang it all – and who better to take us through her songbook than Canada's own 2013 CMA Singer of the Year, Georgette Fry. Backed by her excellent 12 piece band, with 50 members of the local chapters of her Shout Sister! choir providing gospel harmonies, Georgette Fry offers a soulful Etta James Retrospective.

Like Etta James, Fry has a big voice that seamlessly glides across musical genres. Her love of “good music” does not sit solely with one particular iteration, making this retrospective a powerful work in its own right. Georgette never needs to imitate; she brings her own solid,
sensitive self to these treasured songs and honours Etta's legacy. Fry's excellent band members are all-stars from her hometown, Kingston. Jon 'Bunny' Stewart (sax) arranged the music for the show. He plays on stage with James Wannamaker (sax), Janet McRae (trumpet), Dave Barton (guitar), Zak Colbert (bass), Ken Hall (organ), Al McCain (piano), Duncan Holt (drums) and vocalists Kevin Head, Mariko Ohtake and Christina Foster.

Rounding out this already spectacular line-up is Shout Sister!, offering gospel backup during the finale. Shout Sister! is Fry's own choral love-child. “I started Shout Sister at the suggestion and with the support of one of my vocal students. The idea of gathering women together to sing without judgment was appealing and daunting at first, but I knew that if I had at least 50 singers willing to blend, that we could make a beautiful sound.” From that humble beginning, just a few years ago, to 19 chapters across Ontario, Fry invites 50 Ottawa-area women to back her up on stage at the Shenkman.

At Last! Georgette Sings Etta has toured Eastern Ontario to rave reviews and sold-out houses, but has never been performed in Ottawa.
Pokey Lafarge
Ritual Nightclub, 137 Besserer Street
Friday, July 3 @ 8 pm; $20

Incorporating elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, Western swing, and beyond, LaFarge has created a vibrant, deeply expressive body of work that embodies an expansive musical vision and vivid storytelling sensibility that are wholly his own.  He’s also earned a reputation as a tireless, uniquely charismatic live performer, winning a loyal international fan base that regularly packs his rousing, celebratory live shows. 
Phil Wiggins and George Kilby Jr.
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, July 3 @ 8:30 pm; $15
            reserve by calling - 613 384-8168 or by email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca

Two American Blues Greats!
George Kilby Jr’snew song, ‘You Never See the Hand Throw the Stone’ is a lyrically biting Delta Blues that touches on racism, hypocrisy in religion, and the financial meltdown. He recently recorded the song with Phil Wiggins as part of the Six Pack Project, which is 6 singles (an EP) aimed at different niches within roots music. Kilby and Wiggins regularly tour together in Europe and the US.
Erin McCallum Band
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, July 4 @ 8:30 pm; $10

Erin McCallum fronts a four-piece band … drums, bass, guitars and that unmistakeable big voice – a  captivating alto-tenor. Erin and the band have been on tour for over a decade and she has four all-original albums to her credit; her music can be heard on commercial and community radio worldwide.
Michael Pickett
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, July 17 @ 8:30 pm

With exceptional award winning rack harmonica skills and powerful vocals, Michael Pickett  delivers charismatic, compelling, and passionate performances that are charged with electricity and filled with authenticity and a unique style. 
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
Violet’s Venue brings on the summer heat with 7 shows to warm your heart and soul! The shows are presented in an intimate, comfortable, acoustically-sound 92-seat theatre, located just 5 minutes from HWY 400 (free parking for up to 45 vehicles). It all adds up to Ontario’s premier Blues experience!

Here’s the outstanding June/July/August 2015 line-up to date.

Thursday, June 25 – Dana Fuchs
“Freight Train Blues Rock”
For more information please visit http://danafuchs.com/
Ticket Price: $90.00

Tuesday, July 7 – Philip Sayce
For more information please visit http://philipsayce.com/
Ticket Price: $60.00

Friday, July 17 – Larry McCray
“Feel The Power” of this 21st Century Blues Man!
For more information please visit
Ticket Price: $65.00

Friday, July 31 – Alexis P Suter Band
2015 Koko Taylor Award Nominee!
For more information please visit http://www.alexispsuter.com/
Ticket Price: $70.00

Friday, August 7 – Edgar Winter
Hear his memorable hits “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride”
For more information please visit http://www.edgarwinter.com/
Ticket Price: $175.00
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 28 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Mt Tremblant Preview with Debrablues
Next week, July 5 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – New Blues & Chicago Bluesfest  Highlights 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. 
Wednesday, July 1
Blues & Company @ Waterfront Gastro Pub, Carleton Place, 8 pm
Thursday, July 2
Roots Movement featuring Terry Gillespie @ the Rainbow, 8 pm
Saturday, July 4
Blues & Company @ The New Queens, Carleton Place, 3 pm
Sunday, July 5
Blues & Company @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Saturday, July 18
Blues & Company @ Lock 17, Burritt’s Rapids, 8 pm
Friday, July 24
The Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Saturday, July 25
Jimmy Ray Todd Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm


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