09 April 2018

Ottawa Blues This Week - 9 April 2018

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
Raoul & the Big Time
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Sunday, April 15; 3-7 pm

Maple Blues Award winners, Now Magazine Best Blues Artists (2007) and 2018 International Blues Challenge Semi Finalists Raoul and The Big Time, perform a four-show mini tour from London to Kingston to Montreal between April 12-15, wrapping up in Ottawa! Don't miss this great four-piece!

Raoul Bhaneja returns to his home town for a debut in the matinee slot at The Atomic Rooster on Bank Street! Many years since Raoul and The Big Time played a band show in Ottawa, Raoul last sold out The Ottawa Theatre with Big Dave McLean and Super Chikan in 2015 with special guest Tony D. Don't miss it Ottawa!!
House Concert with Woodshed Slim
Saturday, April 14 @ 7 pm; $20; Seating is limited
All proceeds go directly to our performers
To reserve seats, email Graham and Suzanne at gcrate@rogers.com

Woodshed Slim (aka Craig Taillefer) is a solo act, playing a mix of acoustic blues and Roots from artists of the ‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s to contemporary acoustic blues and roots artists. He performs an Acoustic Blues show interpreting a diverse mix of acoustic blues and roots songs drawn from the delta blues, roots, Americana, and fingerstyle guitar traditions. Influences include Robert Johnson, Son House, Charley Patton, Brownie McGhee, Big Bill Broonzy, Merle Travis, & Doc Watson among many others. If you catch a show, you are in for a night of finger picked guitar, rack harmonica, kazoo, foot stompin’ and a whole lot of hooting and hollerin’.
Light refreshment will be available during intermission (BYOB).
La Grange de la Gatineau presents
Dawn Tyler Watson
80 chemin Summer, Cantley QC
Friday, April 13 @ 8 pm; tickets $30 + tax
          Dinner & concert @ 6:30 pm; tickets $67 + service + tax

Arguably "Montreal's Queen of the Blues" with a career spreading over 2 decades, 4 continents, 4 albums and countless national and International Awards. In Memphis TN, Dawn Tyler Watson took home the coveted 1st place spot out of over 260 acts at the 2017 International Blues Challenge, she’s also the recipient of three Canadian Maple Blues Awards and nine Quebec Lys Blues Awards. She's earned the Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Best Live Performance, a Trophées France Blues for female International Artist of the Year.
Music by the Bay Live Presents
Jack Broadbent
St. Francis Centre, 78 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Friday, April 13 @ 8 pm; $55 +HST

Don’t miss the unforgettable musical experience that is Jack Broadbent LIVE.
Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has spent the past year wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk and blues inspired vocals.

This talented singer/songwriter started his career with humble beginnings busking and has since been leaving audiences spellbound with his live shows and unique style of slide guitar. With both feet firmly planted in an authentic blues style, Jack Broadbent is now making waves globally as one of the most exciting modern bluesmen of our time. Jack’s slide performances are attracting millions of views online and a rapidly expanding fan base.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com, email MBBL.blues@gmail.com or call 905-903-8661
Terry Gillespie
Le Vieux Chateau, Hawkesbury ON
Saturday, April 14 @ 8 pm

Put your sexy dancing shoes on and come dance the night away with Terry Gillespie!
For tickets: 613.632.9877
Limited space available.
Monday, April 9
Lucas Haneman solo @ the Brookstreet Hotel Options Bar, 7-11 pm
Friday, April 13
The Back Beat @ Buster’s Bar & Grill, 9:30 pm
Saturday, April 14
Jack Marks with Joe McDonald and the Walkin’ Hawks @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, April 15
Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
(almost) EVERY WEEK
The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover
6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre
Dr Dave Blues & Jazz
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Wednesdays, 4-7 pm; no cover
John Carroll
Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street
Wednesdays, 8 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. 
Hosted by Corky Kealey and Vince Halfhide.
Special guests: 
            April 12 – Niel Barrington
            April 19 – Scott Amey
            April 26 – Pat Moore
            May 3 – Jarhead & Jerome
            May 10 – Steve Groves
            May 17 – River City Junction
            May 24 – Mark Crissinger
            May 31 – Peter Brown
Weekly jazz jam
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
Thursdays, 7-11 pm; no cover
Open Jam
Pocketz, 1696 Carling Avenue
Fridays @ 7:30 pm
Blues and more … bring your friends, hear some great talent & join in in the fun.
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.
Sundays at Brothers
Brothers Beer Bistro, 366 Dalhousie Street
Sundays, 11 am – 3 pm
Come and enjoy brunch prepared by Ottawa favorite Steve Mitton and enjoy the music of John Carroll. Every Sunday from 11am-3pm.
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)
Sunday Sessions, 9:30 pm, no cover
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Slim Sunday’s Open Jam
Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage
Sundays @ 4-9 pm
Gary Slimmoore and The New Soul Project are inviting you to enjoy Sundays with us between 4-9 pm as we celebrate the 4 seasons one glorious Sunday at a time. We plan to share the stage with musicians of all kinds. So come check it out!
Virée Blues Moosehead
Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Blues On The Rideau
The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Once a month 7-11 pm; $65 (buffet dinner, dancing & door prizes included)
A Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series at a classic country Inn - now in its 12th year! - featuring some of Canada’s (and America’s) best Blues artists. Once a month September through May (December excluded). Proceeds from each show goes to support local charities.

More info including artists’ Bios, links to their websites and YOU TUBE videos at www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca
Visit www.coveinn.com for info about the Inn
Well priced accommodation available at The Cove, nearby B&Bs and motel
Westport is a beautiful historic town on the Rideau Waterway - a 90-minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston.

2017-18 lineup:
April 20 – Boogie Patrol
May 11 & 12 – David Rotundo Band

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca 
in cooperation with The Cove Inn, Westport www.coveinn.com  
Sponsored by Jacob’s Creek Wines www.jacobscreek.ca
Perth Brewery www.perthbrewery.ca
DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com
Ottawa Blues Society www.ottawabluessociety.com
LAKE 88.1 Perth/Rideau Lakes www.lake88.ca

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Ukelele Social Hour
Ultra Beginner (Adult) Ukulele Wednesday Evening Session
8 weeks on Wednesdays starting April 25 & ending June13, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM; Registration Fee: $180
Includes music (payable in full, no refunds)
Call 613-729-0693 to register or email  info@alcornmusicstudios.com 

Laugh! Sing! Play! The ukulele social hour with instructor Tim Bedner is all that and more! Tim will be teaching a step-by-step method especially developed for adult ukuleleists. The classroom setting is relaxed with an encouraging, creative and confidence building atmosphere.
Everyone will receive Ukulele method book written specifically for this class! Once you graduate from the first course you will be invited to join the next level of ukulele playing.
We encourage everyone to come out to the Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG) monthly jams, a great place to meet ukulele enthusiasts!
The ultra beginner course is for those with zero experience but a willingness to learn and have fun doing it! Yes! This is for you!
Beatles & Beyond! Learn to strum through classic Beatles plus other your favourites from that era.
Ghost Town Blues Band
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, April 18 @ 8 pm; $15

"With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard." - Living Blues Magazine 

Recently featured at Montreal Jazz Festival, Beale Street’s latest success story, #4 on the 2018 Billboard Blues Charts (week 9), 2016 Independent Blues Award winner for "Best Contemporary Blues Song", 2015 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee for “Best Blues Band” and 2014 International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player. 

Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band one of the “must see live bands on the festival circuit today.” Both Preston McEwen behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumentalist/frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and raspy "Dr. John-like, whiskey and gravel-soaked vocals." With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Tim Stanek on B3 and Taylor Orr on lead guitar, the grooves go from funky to "funk-nasty" as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit. Ghost Town Blues Band performed all across North America at over 24 festivals in 2016 and already have 25 festivals and 12 international tours booked for 2017/2018.

“GTBB shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best.” - Living Blues Magazine
The Commotions
Babylon Nightclub, 317 Bank Street
Friday, April 20; 7:30-11 pm

The Commotions have sidestepped the lightweight pop craze and taken the back roads straight into the hearts of their loyal followers, earning unwavering support from the true lovers of genuine, unsullied soul music. This 12-piece, sharply dressed, original throwback to the days of Motown is an evolved collection of Canada's top funk & jazz players.

This new CD is packed with amazing talent. Fronting the band is both Rebecca Noelle (La Voix, The Peptides, David Gogo, and The Rumours) and Jeff Rogers (The Cooper Brothers and Silver Creek) on vocals. Both musicians have very successful careers on their own but have decided to bring their talents to the project.

With a sonically monumental performance and an energizing visual display, The Commotions command every room they play, drawing in audiences with their sizzling brass section, thumping backbeat, and sensitive ballads.

Come and join us on Friday April 20th for our last show in Ottawa before Festival season. Get your tickets fast before they sell out. Limited Early Bird tickets available at $8 until April 13th. After that tickets are priced at $10.
Ana Popovic
The 27 Club, 27 York Street
Saturday, April 21; doors @ 8 pm, show @ 8:30 pm; $25

L.A. based, Belgrade born guitar-player and singer Ana Popovic is back on the road promoting her new triple album “Trilogy” - her most ambitious project yet. With “Trilogy” Ana releases three albums in one! Twenty-three funk, rock/blues and jazz tunes produced by Grammy Award winner Warren Riker (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana), Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy) and Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Guest appearances include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and many others.

Ana, born in Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia), grew up in a family where music was very important. All throughout her youth, her father would invite friends over for nightly jam sessions. In this atmosphere, she quickly learned her father’s impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and started playing at the age of fifteen. Since then, Ana has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.

Ana and her powerful band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals.
18th Ottawa Community Record Show
St. Anthony’s Hall, 523 St. Anthony Street
Sunday, April 22; 11 am – 4 pm; admission $4

Off The Beaten Track presents the 18th Ottawa Community Record Show!! Tons of Killer, some filler, LPs & CDs. Your chance to dig for rare gems and scour for deals on great music from every genre.

Contact Dave Aardvark (daardvark (at) gmail (dot) com) to register for vendor tables. 
Please help us spread the word, invite your friends & share the event link!
In collaboration with CKCU 93.1 FM, CHUO 89.1 FM & Birdman Sound
Little Miss Higgins
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Monday, April 23 @ 8 pm; $10

From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, guitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket-sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk. Whether it’s songs about passion or songs about panties, she writes about real things in a rooted and poetic way.
George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Rock Party Tour
NAC Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street
Tuesday, April 24 @ 8 pm; tickets starting at $61.50

George Thorogood and the Destroyers announced the continuation of their “Rock Party Tour” is coming to the National Arts Centre, for one performance, Tuesday April 24.
Earlier this year, George Thorogood’s first-ever solo album, “PARTY OF ONE”, landed in the Top 10 on Soundscan’s “Top Current Blues Albums” chart, marking George’s fastest-selling album in nearly 20 years. The album features 14 cuts of traditional blues, classics and modern blues songs, from John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” to Hank Williams’ “Pictures From Life’s Other Side.” 
$1 per ticket will be donated to the Ottawa Citizen’s Literacy Foundation $1Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on behalf of Artist Charity.
Suzie Vinnick
NAC 4th Stage, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, April 26 @ 8:30 pm; $18

Much like Tim Horton’s venerable “double double”, veteran roots troubadour Suzie Vinnick is a bit of a national treasure. Blessed with a soaring, acrobatic voice, Vinnick mixes classic 90’s indie folk, with tried and true emotive balladry, the Saskatoon native is the recipient of countless Maple Blues Awards as well as three Juno nominations. We’re thrilled to welcome Suzie back to the National Arts Centre.

NAC Presents
Rob Lutes
NAC 4th Stage, 1 Elgin Street
Friday, April 27 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $15

On his seventh album, acclaimed Canadian songwriter Rob Lutes does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with depth, humour and a unique musical style. Situated at the intersection of the blues, folk, Americana and contemporary singer-songwriter genres, “Walk in the Dark” is an exquisite collection of songs that highlight Lutes’s unmistakable voice and literary writing style.
Roxanne Potvin Band
Bar Robo, 692 Somerset Street West
Friday, April 27 @ 8 pm

Previewing songs from the upcoming EP before its official release and a whole lot more … full band shows don’t come along too often friends! Don’t miss out!

From the bright, candy-striped grooves that lure us in at the outset of “For Dreaming”, to the darkling lavender hues of mélancolie that infiltrate the album like stiff spirits in our pink lemonade, Roxanne Potvin reminds us that, not only will she always carry a stash of R&B to hit us up with, but she also has a few other tricks up her sleeve.

Roxanne's music career grew out of an early love of classic blues and R&B, and she r
eceived her first significant attention with her 2006 Colin Linden-produced album The Way It Feels, which earned a JUNO nomination for Blues Album of the Year. Not to be typecast, Potvin experimented with new sounds on her subsequent albums No Love For The Poisonous, produced by Dave MacKinnon of alt-folk outfit FemBots, and Play, recorded in Vancouver with folk/roots producer Steve Dawson.

For Dreaming opened a new chapter for Potvin as a singer/songwriter with pop smarts, undeniable soul, and a ceaseless drive to keep pushing herself in uncharted directions. She's now finished work on the follow-up EP titled All it Was, to be released in 2018.
Little Dog
Neighbourhood Pub, 2557 Baseline Road
Friday, April 27; 8-11 pm

This, folks, is a fun time - UNLIMITED PINBALL … in a PUB! Yup, NO COVER for the live music and a measly $10 gets you unlimited pinball! That's right, pinball and a night of live rockin' blues as your soundtrack. The Neighbourhood Pub has a great menu, great drink specials, pool, LOTS of pinball, and Little Dog - the little blues band with the great big bark!
Check out Ottawa Pinball Arcade and The Neighbourhood Pub for more info.
Suzie Vinnick & Tony D
Batstone’s Northern Ramble, 45 Railway Avenue, Renfrew ON
Friday, April 27; 8-11 pm

Two legendary, multi-award winning Canadian musicians bring their unique blend of songs to the Northern Ramble stage - a powerhouse evening of music!
Angelique Francis
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, April 28 @ 9 pm

Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted young musician with talent that is way beyond her years. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer song writer and composer has played some of the biggest venues across Canada and the USA. Angelique first took to the stage at age 7 and made her American national television debut at age 13 on the Oprah Network, for writing and composing an original theme song for the Gayle King show. She has an insatiable appetite for many different kinds of music, and has wowed audiences across the globe with her stage presence, instrumentals, song writing abilities and her deep textured vocals. She is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Blues, Soul, folk, Jazz and Rock. Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.

Not only is this talented musician known as one of Canada’s top emerging blues artists, she is also recognized for her volunteer work with various charities and youth mentorship programs. Over the past few years Angelique has received the following recognition for her volunteer efforts: An Ontario Leading Women Building Communities Award (This award honours women who have made a significant difference in their communities in the province of Ontario), A Global Alliance Community Builder Award (For giving back to the community through music), and an Art Child Award (youth making a difference through art).
The Brass Monkey, 250 Greenbank Road
Sunday, April 29; 7-10 pm

Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band America’s foremost country blues outfit.
NAC Presents
NAC Azrieli Studio, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, May 3 @ 8 pm; $30.50

Ottawa, Ontario's MonkeyJunk have just won their 2nd JUNO for Blues Album of the Year … for their Stony Plain Records release “Time To Roll”.

Since 2008, the name MonkeyJunk has been Canada's most beloved player in the international modern bar-blues revival. Swampy but possessed, the band are currently touring in support of “Time to Roll”, their fifth album for legendary label Stony Plain. Save your quarters, MonkeyJunk are the indestructible jukebox in the roadside bar spitting anthems until sunrise.

Music by the Bay Live Presents
Avalon Lounge, Port Whitby Marina, Whitby ON
Friday, May 4 @ 8 pm; $45 +HST

Ottawa, Ontario's MonkeyJunk have just won their 2nd JUNO for Blues Album of the Year … for their Stony Plain Records release “Time To Roll”.

Since 2008, the name MonkeyJunk has been synonymous with the emergence of a new kind of blues on the Canadian and international scenes.  Continually pushing boundaries and blurring genre lines, the Ottawa Ontario-based trio has added an edge to their music by incorporating swampy blues & rock with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com, email MBBL.blues@gmail.com or call 905-903-8661
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Saturday, May 5, 4-8 pm

The Clint Everson Band returns to The Atomic Rooster for a fantastic afternoon of blues/roots originals and covers. Get your dancing shoes on as we roll through the afternoon with songs to take your blues away.
Duelling Pianos
With Tyler Kealey & Dave Kalil
Manotick United Church, 5567 Manotick Main Street, Manotick ON
Friday, May 11 @ 8 pm; doors @ 7 pm; $30
Tickets available - Manotick United Church 613-692-4576; Office Pro 5541 Manotick Main St.; Terry McGovern mcgovet@rogers.com

Tyler Kealey, Dave Kalil - pianos, vocals; Todd Huckabone - acoustic guitar
These exceptional entertainers are master musicians and vocalists, and will take us on a trip down memory lane performing great rock and roll classics.
Dennis Jones Blues Band
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, May 17; 8-11:30 pm

In January 2014, Dennis Jones was honored to accept an invitation from the Blues Foundation to serve as a Judge at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN, as well as to host its annual All Star Jam on Beale St. Previously, in May, 2012, Dennis served as an onstage Awards Presenter at the Blues Music Awards. Back in 2004, Dennis Jones played in the Zac Harmon Band when they won the IBC!

Dennis continues to work hard to achieve the next level of musical success. Increased touring and greater exposure to new fans will undoubtedly make this band a household name. If you need some Blues You Can Rock To, then it’s time to check out Dennis Jones Band.
NAC Presents
Bettye LaVette
NAC Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street
Saturday, May 26 @ 7:30 pm; tickets from $49.50

Bettye LaVette began her career in 1962, at the age of 16, in Detroit, Michigan. She recorded for numerous major labels, including Atco, Epic, and Motown, over the course of the 1960s through the 1980s. In the 2000s she had a career resurgence and recorded multiple CDs, received a prestigious Pioneer Award by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation, a Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary Female Blues Singer and Best Soul Blues Female Artist and was nominated for 3 GRAMMYs.

At 72 years old, she is still performing with the ferocity of a woman half her age. She is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today. Now, in her 55th year in show business, she has recorded an album of all Bob Dylan songs, “Things Have Changed.” She will be performing the album in its entirety, along with other songs from throughout her career.

Paul DesLauriers Band
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, May 26 

The Paul DesLauriers Band is made up of guitarist and singer Paul DesLauriers and the rhythm section of Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrisson on drums. Having worked together on various projects for nearly 20 years, the band has become bound by friendship and an unshakable mutual respect. Based on this history and an uncanny musical chemistry, in 2013 they decided to focus all their energy and talents to develop their distinctive power trio.

These Montreal-based, Canadian Blues veterans blend rock with straight-ahead blues in a way that echoes the vibe of the great power trios from the ‘60s and ‘70s, yet they take the music to another level via modern stylings and an attack that’s free of clichés. The aural texture of their music changes on a dime from guitar-driven pyrotechnic blazing to a much milder blues boogie with seamless ease. It's all wondrously peppered with pleasing funky bass lines and a swamp-blues backbeat.

Roots & Swing
Hosted by the Hillbilly Hepcats
Kaffé 1870, 715 Riverside Drive, Wakefield QC
Friday, June 8 @ 8:30 pm

The Hepcats are back at the Kaffé and bring their special brand of jump, swing, fun and rockabilly to the Kaffé to rock the night!!

Woodshed Slim will warm up the room with the traditional sounds from the Deep South. Authentic guitar and vocals to bring you back to the roots. 

Might be some special guests as well.
Gonna be a gooder!!
John Primer
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, June 15; 8-11:30 pm

John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echos of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa's, Checkerboard and Rosa's Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today. John Primer is a Chicago Blues Living Legend.

John has played with such blues originators as: Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Smokey Smothers, Lonnie Brooks, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Magic Slim before venturing out on his own in 1995. Since that time, he’s released or been recorded on over a dozen albums and toured extensively all over the world. A master storyteller and songwriter, his catalog of songs is endless. Some of the awards attached to him include: 2 Grammy nominations and 2 Living Legend honors as well as a Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Artist from the National Blues Foundation and many more.

The depth of history and tradition that runs in John's blood from decades of master blues classes he took from all the Blues Godfathers builds his music catalog and unique style. John Primer is still at the top of his game. With his strong traditionalist blues phrasing, seasoned rhythm and blues vocals and lightning-fast slide guitar techniques, few artists can match him and none have his vast, real deal, blues history. There are very few fans, critics or musicians who will deny the fact that John Primer is the real deal.
Ry Cooder & His Band
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Wednesday, June 27 @ 8 pm; tickets $91.50-$106.50

Ry Cooder is an American musician, songwriter, film score composer, and record producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known for his slide guitar-work, his interest in roots music from the United States, and his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries.

Cooder's solo work draws upon many genres. Few musical artists of the past half century have introduced us to so many great songs; from so many rich musical traditions as has Ry Cooder. Whether they are choice nuggets from the early American blues catalogue, or gems from the birthing years of Rock & Roll or Rhythm & Blues; or Tex-Mex classics, African Blues or pre-Castro Cuban Music (Buena Vista Social Club), Ry Cooder has provided us with the most heartfelt and virtuosic of performances.

While many got to see Ry Cooder perform in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, it has been a rare occurrence to see him since. His 1981 shows at U of T’s Convocation Hall were voted “the best concerts of the year” by all three Toronto newspapers, the Star, the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Sun. This is the only time all three papers would agree on their choice.

Cooder performed at Centrepointe Theatres in 2016 with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, with two sold-out shows but this will be the first time he brings us an evening of essential Ry Cooder music to Ottawa. On June 27th, Ry Cooder and his Band play Centrepointe Theatres to celebrate much of his greatest musical work plus songs from his much-anticipated new recording “The Prodigal Son”, to be released in early May of this year. 
120 Principale Street, Gatineau QC

Angel Forrest “Angel’s 11”
Saturday, February 24 … SOLD OUT

Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne & Ben Racine Band
Friday, March 30 … SOLD OUT

Victor Wainwright
Thursday, April 26 … some tickets available
Saturday, April 28 … SOLD OUT

Paul DesLauriers Band
Friday, May 25 … a few tickets left

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
Light of Day fundraiser for Parkinson's
Opening Act MISS EMILY and Special Guests
Stages Nightclub
Thursday, April 12 @ 7 pm; tickets $50 @ www.lightofdaycanada.com/tickets
          All proceeds go towards research and support of Parkinson's patients

One of the best blues/soul outfits of all time.
Johnny is straight up, one of the best blues harp players in the business and he is coming with
an 8-piece band that includes a horn section.
*Please note, this is not a KBS show.
Raoul and the Big Time
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, April 13 @ 9 pm; $20 advance
Purchase by Calling: RCHA Club 613-542-8152 (after 3PM) or drop by the club to purchase.
Or reserve by email – bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca

In 1999, Raoul and The Big Time were awarded the Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year and in 2007 were voted NOW Magazine’s Best Toronto Blues Band.
The Big Time is comprised of multiple award-winning musicians:
Terry Wilkins (Bass for Lighthouse and Rough Trade) on upright bass,
Tom Bona (Maple Blues Winner best drummer – and drummer for Soulstack) on drums
and the excellent Darren Gallen (Mighty Duck Blues Band) on guitar.
The band is fronted by Raoul Bhaneja, Musician and actor.
Raoul is currently doing a tour of the west and southern United States joining some of the biggest names in the blues.
This band is smoking hot and incredibly tight, playing great blues.
A true must-see band they will have the club rocking all night long.
Jerome Tucker Band
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, May 25 @ 9 pm; $10 advance
Purchase by Calling: RCHA Club 613-542-8152 (after 3PM) or drop by the club to purchase.
Or reserve by email – bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, June 15 @ 9 pm; $20 in advance         
Purchase by Calling: RCHA Club 613-542-8152 (after 3PM) or drop by the club to purchase.
Or reserve by email – bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca
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 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.
For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society
DAWGFM.com Blues 24/7 on the internet
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.
Wednesdays: 9-11 pm
In A Mellow Tone
Hosted by Bernard Stepien, Ron Steeds, Allan Wigney, Jean-Michel Labatut and Aidian Thomas, ‘In A Mellow Tone’ introduces listeners to the entire history of jazz, from its beginnings to the latest innovations. Every program has a focus; on a musician, a city, a festival, an instrument, a record label or on recent releases. The hosts draw on their large personal CD and LP collections to supplement CKCU's extensive resources.
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 40 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 9th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
NPR from Canton NY
For those who live south of the city, OBS member Bob Cavan notes that the National Public Radio (NPR) radio signal at 89.5 FM in Canton NY comes in pretty strong in Manotick. Bob recommends two shows in particular. Bob says “The Blue Note” Tuesdays 3 pm-5 pm, and “The Radio Bob Show” Wednesdays 3 pm-5 pm are both excellent shows – blues, ‘50s & ‘60s, rock & roll, R&B.
Unsung and On The Side
With Carolyn Fe
Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Re-broadcast Saturday 10 am – noon & Sunday 2-4 pm (all times EST)
It’s all about the Blues, Jazz and its derivatives from around the globe and just around the corner. Songs rarely heard, from the very first recordings all the way to indie artists who consciously push the envelope to the next generation sounds of the genre; some older releases will be spun - just because the album in old, doesn't mean it's forgotten, thus the "On The Side" part of the show's title. 
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, April 20
Lucas Haneman Express @ the Brookstreet Hotel Options Bar, 8 pm – midnight
Friday, April 21
Tony D Band @ the Rainbow Bistro, 8:30 pm
Sunday, April 22
Clint Everson Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Saturday, April 28
Angelique Francis Band @ the Rainbow, 9 pm
Sunday, April 29
Lucas Haneman solo @ Brookstreet’s Perspectives Restaurant, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Al Wood @ Vibration Studios, noon-2 pm
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Sunday, May 6
Gravelfoot hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Saturday, May 12
The Back Beat @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 13
Crunchy Flower hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Sunday, May 20
Vanier Playboys & Ball and Chain & the Wreckers Matinee Dance Party @ Irene’s Pub, 3 pm
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Sunday, May 27
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow

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