29 June 2015

Ottawa Blues This Week - 29 June 2015

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. 
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 30 – The Kelly Craig Sextet
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.
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Montreal QC
June 26 – July 5
With Taj Mahal, Naomi Shelton, John Mayall, Booker T. Jones, Charles Bradley & many more.
Wednesday, July 1
Blues & Company @ Waterfront Gastro Pub, Carleton Place, 8 pm
Destiny @ the Rainbow Bistro, 8 pm
Thursday, July 2
Roots Movement featuring Terry Gillespie @ the Rainbow, 8 pm
Friday, July 3
The Steve Marriner Band @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9 pm
Saturday, July 4
Blues & Company @ The New Queens, Carleton Place, 3 pm
Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Sunday, July 5
Brian Downey hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Blues & Company @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Super Soul Sundays with the Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers @ Irene’s Pub, 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: 
            July 2 – Peter Newsom
          July 9 – Jesse Greene
          July 16 – Terry Gillespie
          July 23 – Jeff Hagerman
          July 30 – Ed Hart
Black & Blue Thursdays
Black Irish Pub, 15 Selkirk Street
Every other Thursday, 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
Every other Saturday, 9:30 pm
Friday and alternate Saturday 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
Deacon Brodie’s, 247 Elgin Street
Every Sunday, 2-6 pm

Every Sunday afternoon, you can find Jeff playing some tunes at Deacon Brodie's on Elgin.
Downtown Ottawa, come for brunch (till 2pm) and then stay for tunes as Jeff takes requests and kicks off your Sunday Funday!
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 Ottawa Bluesfest
Lebreton Flats, Ottawa ON
July 8-19
Blues, Blues/Rock, Soul

Thursday, July 9
Monster Stage
            6 pm            River City Junction
          7 pm            Rick Vito & the Lucky Devils with Reese Wynans
          8:15 pm        Ronnie Baker Brooks
Canadian Stage
            9:30 pm        Charles Bradley & his Extraordinares
Casino Lac Leamy
            8 pm            Firebelly

Friday, July 10
Monster Stage
            6 pm            Slim Moore and the newsoulproject
          7 pm            Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown 50th Anniversary
          8:30 pm        The SoulJazz Orchestra

Saturday, July 11
Monster Stage
            3:30 pm        Blues & Company
          5 pm            Al Wood & the Woodsmen
          6:30 pm        The Kinsey Report

Sunday, July 12
Bell Stage
            7 pm            Philip Sayce
Monster Stage
            3:30 pm        Joe Gaspar Band
          5 pm            The Kinsey Report
Barney Dansen Theatre
            6:30 pm        TJ Wheeler
          8 pm            The Texas Horns

Tuesday, July 14
Monster Stage
          6 pm            The Lucas Haneman Express

Wednesday, July 15
Monster Stage         
            6 pm            Bella Cat
          7 pm            Walter Trout

Thursday, July 16
Monster Stage
            6 pm            Bluestone & the Memphis Mafia
          7 pm            Lurrie Bell
Barney Danson Theatre
            9 pm            Danson Jam Sessions 

Friday, July 17
Claridge Stage
            6 pm            The Jivewires
Monster Stage
            6 pm            Drew Nelson
          7 pm            Canned Heat
          8:30 pm        Catriona Sturton
Barney Danson Theatre
            9 pm            Danson Jam Sessions with Marcia Ball

Saturday, July 18
Bell Stage
            5 pm            Larry McCray
Monster Stage
            3 pm            Myers Brothers Band
          4:30 pm        TJ Wheeler
          6 pm            Nick Moss
          7:15 pm        Lowrider Band
Barney Danson Theatre
            9 pm            Danson Jam Sessions with Marcia Ball

Sunday, July 19
Bell Stage
            7 pm            Randy Bachman
Monster Stage
            8 pm            MonkeyJunk
Canadian Stage
            4:45 pm        The 24th Street Wailers
          6 pm            Bluesfest Tribute to David Maxwell
          7:30 pm        Shuggie Otis
Barney Danson Theatre
            3:30  pm       Bruce Katz Band
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.
Stewart Park Festival
Perth ON
July 17-19
With Kelly Prescott, the Mackenzie Blues Band, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar 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.
Icons & Legends – The Photography of Randy MacNeil
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
July 5 – August 9

Vernissage July 7, 7-10 pm
Live entertainment @ 9 pm with Sugar Brown’s new CD “Poor Lazarus” pre-release, featuring Bharath Rajakumar, Artie Makris, Julie Narveson & Costa Zafiropolos
Read about Randy’s photos in his wonderful photography book, A Portrait of Blues in Canada at: http://www.randymacneil.com/e/bluesbook_e.shtml
Charlie A’Court     ***EARLY SHOW***
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street 
Wednesday, July 8 @ 8 pm; $15

Winner of 2015 EMCA Blues Recording of the Year for his latest release, “Come On Over”, Charlie A’Court has had a busy year so far, touring in support of the new disk. If you love soulful vocals, strong songwriting and tasty guitar, check him out at the Rainbow’s early show on Wednesday, July 8.
Kinsey Report
Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON
Friday, July 10 @ 8 pm; tickets $25

What a show this will be! The Legendary Kinsey Report from Chicago, way more than just Blues. Funky, Soulful and a bit of Reggae thrown in as Lead guitarist Doug Kinsey (they are all brothers) toured and recorded with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. This will be amazing! Tickets available at the Tavern (613-756-2029) and Grandma's Pantry in Killaloe.
Bluesfest Blowout
            with Al Wood & the Woodsmen
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, July 11 @ 9 pm; $10

Al promises there will be lots of guests to entertain you, along with his own Woodsmen.
The Trevor Finlay Band 
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, July 31

A rare return to Ottawa from his current location in Nashville, Tennessee, Trevor is a fan-favourite and crowd-pleaser. This is a ‘don’t miss’ show!
Studebaker John & The Hawks
Coal Train Blues Festival, Cobourg ON
Friday, July 31

Critically acclaimed Chicago Blues veteran Studebaker John is one of the keepers of House Rockin’ Chicago Blues! He learned it directly from Hound Dog Taylor. John was also chosen as guitarist for the Yardbirds when they reformed in 1991, quite an honour! This show is sponsored by Don Emond at  Assante Wealth Management in Cobourg. Thanks Don!
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’s new 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.
Kingstown NEW Mississippi
Musiikki Bar & Café, 73 Brock Street, Kingston ON
Friday, July 3; 10 pm til Midnight; no cover

Original Blues & Roots music you can really dance to!
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.

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, July 5 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – New Blues & Chicago Bluesfest  Highlights with Liz Sykes
Next week, July 12 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES

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. 
Friday, July 10
The Jimmy Cochrane band @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9 pm
Sunday, July 12
Steve Thomas hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Super Soul Sundays with the Chocolate Hot Pockets @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Friday, July 17
Slim Moore & the New Soul Project @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9 pm
Saturday, July 18
Blues & Company @ Lock 17, Burritt’s Rapids, 8 pm
Sunday, July 19
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Super Soul Sundays with the Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Friday, July 24
JW-Jones @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9 pm
The Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Saturday, July 25
Jimmy Ray Todd Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, July 26
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Super Soul Sundays with members of the Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers and the Chocolate Hot Pockets @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm

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