"Like all great blues men, MacLeod lives his music, and the songs are not just on the tips of his fingers and tongue, they are one with his being.
- Blues Music Magazine
To mark this highly-anticipated revival, we needed an artist who could take up the mandate of launching the festivities, someone who represented Viree Blues well! A native of the Ottawa region, he has been a part of Viree Blues since the very beginning. His show could not be featured within the standard Viree Blues program though as he was not then the legal age to enter the bars! So, we arranged a ‘Sortie Viree Blues’ where he was the featured star, outside. But he also could be with us on our first feature at Bar Le Petit Chicago. Despite his tremendous success, he decided to leave the Blues scene to explore ... rockier ... horizons. When he recently mentioned his wish to try a comeback on the Blues scene and a possible new Blues album, he became our man to move ahead with our Viree Blues revival project. Ricky Paquette & Martin Deschamps open the 24th edition of Viree Blues.
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Brown and Taylor Angus will be opening the performance at 7 pm, and Megan and Lucas will be on at 8:15 pm. They will likely all collaborate on a few songs at the end of the night.
Sunday, March 26 @ 7:30 pm; $45
A powerhouse performer, Matt Andersen’s “fingers sail over his acoustic guitar strings with the speed and grace of a hummingbird,” he has a giant yet soul-filled and passionate voice, and a commanding stage presence. In a word, Andersen is awesome! With over 10 million views on YouTube, independent album sales topping 30,000, a European Blues Award, Maple Blues Awards and Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, Andersen’s worldwide fan base shows no signs of slowing down.
“The blues is a big part of what I do, and in my solo show some tunes are straight-up blues, for sure,” he says. “But I would never stand beside B.B. King and say, ‘I play blues, too.’ None of my albums are blues albums – I’ve won blues awards with them, but I wouldn’t say they’re blues albums.”
By the ages of 18 and 21 they had already performed alongside Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Jeff Healey and David Wilcox to name a few. In October 2012 the brothers were invited to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame American Music Masters Tribute to Chuck Berry in Cleveland where they shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Lemmy Kilmister, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Rick Derringer, Joe Bonamassa, Earl Slick, Steve Jordan and the father of Rock and Roll himself, Chuck Berry.
An extremely exciting rare event to keep your eyes/ears open for! The performance
will honour visually impaired blues artists throughout the ages, as well as blues queens from the 1940s until present. LHE has been working up a large amount of material for this one-time show, and you can expect to hear a number of tunes you've never heard them play
Seating is limited, so please book your tickets fast by contacting
Roland Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boogie Patrol has steadily built their reputation as one of Western Canada’s premier act’s and has garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic following since the group’s inception in 2007. A 5-piece group that continues to create superb original music based on their collective influences. We’re talking Blues and Rock ’n’ Soul, with a dose of funk all thrown into the melting pot to create what is Boogie Patrol. A stylistically unique group that is all about bringing loads of energy to the stage and to their music, with a goal of appealing to all walks of life.
You want to dance.
We play dance music.
What (music) madness!!!