Mike Goudreau & the Boppin Blues Band
Hailed by his peers as a virtuoso guitarist, the actual instigator of your faithful producer, Alexandre Petit’s deep love of the Blues, Mike Goudreau’s guitar playing stands out among hundreds and his groove sparkles at length. He never gets into never-ending guitar solos though; he concentrates instead in bringing his guitar part to impact in the center of his carefully tailored arrangements and to complete it all with his bluesman and crooner voice.
Eighteen albums in 25 years, with the previous, “Je reste accroché”, launched here at Virée Blues Boréale in 2015, in a rather unusual genre. Many consider Mike Goudreau to be one of the very few Bluesmen to master this genre without spoiling it, the French-rooted Blues. More than 7 music projects successfully driven together on top of performing at thousands of concerts – including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Tremblant in Blues and Virée Blues Boréale – numerous prizes, nominations and rave reviews, and more than 700 original compositions which can be found either on his 17 albums or on many Jazz and Blues compilations and on credits listings of programs sold around the world. This is the shortest and most humble version of this Blues mainstay’s track record that we could come up with.
Mike Goudreau will be accompanied by highly skilled musicians that are as well long time friends: Maxime St-Pierre (Michel Cusson, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Alain Caron) on trumpet and brass arrangements, outstanding saxophonist Dany Roy (Garou, Bet-E & Steph, Suzie Arioli), the composer and arranger Benjamin Deschamps on alto and baritone sax and in the rhythm section, Alain Bourgeois on drums and Normand Lachapelle (Gilles Vigneault, Karen Young) on bass. These guys shall present us with the all new original compositions that will grace Mike’s opus 18 and excerpts taken from the six albums recorded with the Boppin’ Blues Band. Some original swing, Chicago and Texas Blues, sometimes almost leaning toward Funk, Gospel and Jazz but they will also include some covers of the classic Blues repertoire of B.B. King, Louis Jordan as well as Bluesy arrangements of The Beatles and Chuck Berry tunes that should create quite a stir!
Jesse Greene Band @ Irene's, 9:30 pm
The Cove Inn is located in the beautiful village of Westport on Upper Rideau Lake - about a 90 minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston. All BOTR shows run from 7 to 11 pm and include a delicious full course buffet dinner. The staff at The Cove are very friendly and the venue is small, intimate and relaxed. After dinner you get to see and dance to the bands up close and personal – the way Blues is best enjoyed – all for a very reasonable price – $65 (plus tax). There are door prize giveaways at every show and 2 Grand Prizes drawn at the end of the season from all of the Comment Cards filled in by attendees over the year.
2015/16 SEASON – our 11th year!
HARRISON KENNEDY BAND
One of the best Soul/Blues/R&B singers this country has ever produced - period. Lead singer in the Detroit supergroup “Chairmen Of The Board” in the 1960s Harrison semi-retired when the band broke up, took a “real job” and only played Blues on the side for a few decades. He re-emerged full time in the early 2000s and since then he’s released 7 albums (4 of which earned Juno nominations), been nominated 15X for Maple Blues Awards and an American Blues Music Award. Harrison has been here twice before - now you get to see him with his full R&B band behind him. I guarantee this will be a night to remember. Reserve early!
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Steve Dawson & Michael Jerome Browne
In February 2015, Doo-Kingué released her third solo album “Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues”, the first chapter of a trilogy exploring blues, roots and life in their myriad of aspects (Monologues solo acoustic, Dialogues full band, Communion live), showcasing Doo-Kingué’s songwriting in its rawest form. The album earned her accolades and multiple Maple Blues Award nominations for her exceptional guitar playing, soulful vocals, and powerful songwriting.
In January 2016, Doo-Kingué released the second chapter of her trilogy exploring blues, roots, and life in their myriad of aspects. “Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues” features her strength and versatility as an all-around guitarist and musician, from blues to jazz to folk to soul to rock n’ roll. Fiery licks and seamless melody compliment her deep, laid-back voice throughout the album, leaving no doubt as to the guitarist’s oneness with the instrument, nor the unity of her sound. Surrounded by a stellar cast of Montreal’s finest musicians, Doo-Kingué presents an eclectic collection of contemporary blues adding to the social commentary of “Anybody Listening Part 1:Monologues”, and celebrating life and music with fellow artists she is a fan of, in spaces that exude positive energy.
Cécile Doo-Kingué isn’t just another token “chick” guitarist; her talents are measured not by gender lines, but by the fact that she is quickly earning a stellar reputation and a place alongside Canada’s current roster of great guitarists. Powerful and raw, Cécile Doo-Kingué’s guitar prowess, lyrics, and sound make for enthralling and intimate communion.
Johnny A. is that kind of performer. For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters – and every sort of venue in between. And when the house lights are turned up, he’s just as adept at captivating serious students of the six-string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honour of having his name placed on a signature Gibson® guitar.
“I want to create instrumental music and deliver it like a vocalist,” he says “You can be a great player, on any instrument, and people will take notice for a while…but what people really remember is someone who brings them a great melody.”