The Jives put on a high-energy show of original songs inspired by the great "jump blues" artists of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s like Louis Jordan and wild swing masters like Cab Calloway. With an emphasis on groove, improvisation and social satire, The Jivewires will get you jumpin' like never before!
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March 24 - From Texas & Toronto - DANNY BROOKS w. LIL’ MISS DEBI & THE MEMPHIS BROTHERS
May 12 - From Vankleek Hill, ON - TERRY GILLESPIE BAND
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Sings like an angel, plays like a beast. Rock and roll lover of Heavenly and the heaviest blues. After learning to file harmonica reeds in a back alley, Catriona toured Canada as the bassist for Halifax teen-rockers, Plumtree (who inspired the cult-favourite book and movie, Scott Pilgrim, with their song of the same name. She’s toured with Italian harmonica wizards, played in a Hiroshima-based garage rock band, was a guest on The Price is Right, and has been to more places in remote Canada than most people ever get to.
The Lucas Haneman Express is a soulful, fun filled and electrifying musical ride. The group's frontman, Lucas Haneman, has long been widely regarded for his distinctive guitar work. Along with Jeff Asselin (drums), Martin Newman (bass/backing vocals) and Megan Laurence (backing vocals), he has found his true means of self-expression. The LH Express is a fresh and funky band with a sound drenched in poignant lyrics and blistering band interplay. On their new album "Tearing Up The Rails" (released in 2016), the band shows a deep connection to the roots of the blues tradition, with gritty, passionate high energy material, some of which was recorded at legendary Sun Studios in Memphis TN.
The New Orleans blues & Cajun sensation. Leyla McCalla’s new album “A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey” takes its title from a book of the same name that the singer and cellist read while pregnant with her first daughter. Taking its title in turn from a Haitian proverb, the book analyzes the intersection of politics, power and music in Haiti. McCalla, a former member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops, who now calls New Orleans home, was struck by how political crisis can create a scene for music to be born. Through deeply felt originals and interpretations of traditional songs from Creole, Cajun, Haitian, American folk and jazz canons, the album depicts a diverse American experience and Leyla’s struggles with and acceptance of her own identity. “A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey” includes guests Rhiannon Giddens (a bandmate in the Carolina Chocolate Drops), guitarist Marc Ribot, fiddler Louis Michot of Lost Bayou Ramblers and more. The work of Ella Jenkins, Manno Charlemagne, Abner Jay, creole fiddlers Canray Fontenot and Bebe Carriere have all been interpreted here by Leyla and her band, whose members include her husband, Daniel Tremblay, and Free Feral. They are joined by Jason Jurzak on bass and sousaphone. The album was recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice, LA. Leyla will tour this spring and summer and perform at The Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans and Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette. She is also a part of the Swimming In Dark Waters tour featuring Rhiannon Giddens and Bhi Bhiman that is currently on the road. In a rave for Leyla's 2013 solo debut, the New York Times said: "Her voice is disarmingly natural, and her settings are elegantly succinct...her magnificently transparent music holds
tidings of family, memory, solitude and the inexorability of time: weighty thoughts handled with the lightest touch imaginable." Says Pitchfork, “Her playing suggests a perpetual spring…her voice is a velvety purr that’s both wise and bright.”
Clint has been playing music in the Ottawa area for over 20 years in various bands. From his humble beginnings in a local cover band to playing along side some of the greatest players this city has to offer, Clint has taken inspiration from so many sources. His style is eclectic with a bit of bite, dripping with blues.
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Following up on the success of their self-titled album from 2014, the Paul DesLauriers Band returns with the aptly titled “Relentless”, a genuine blues-rock escapade featuring 10 new songs encompassing their most original and powerful work to date. Relentless indeed if you consider the pace at which the band has been working for the last two years with touring, writing and recording. The awards they keep racking up only confirm that hard work pays off. Adding to their multiple Maple Blues and Lys Blues awards and nominations they had a number one album on the iTunes Canada Blues Chart and in January 2016 they took home 2nd Place among 119 competing bands from around the world at the 32nd annual International Blues Challenge, held by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Hot on the heels of that win they returned to Montreal to complete writing and recording Relentless and the result captures the very essence of The Paul DesLauriers Band.
A true collaborative effort on every front, singer-guitarist Paul DesLauriers, bassist Greg Morency and drummer Sam Harrisson approached this recording the same way they have in the past, three men playing together in the same room, capturing performances live off the floor; and this time they applied that philosophy to the whole creative process, writing and arranging all the music together from the ground up. Lyrics were penned by DesLauriers and long-time collaborator Alec McElcheran. Each member a virtuoso in his own right, what sets this power trio apart is their chemistry and uncanny musical interaction. Through the driving riffs on “Stewtro Rock (Just Got Back)” and “Ten Feet Tall”, the swampy grooves of “I’m Your Man” and “Still Under My Skin” and the heavy blues of “If I Still Had You”, you sense the power, the intention and most of all the unique sound these three have created. Heaviness is interspersed with funk, fun and cheeky double-entendre in tracks like “Gonna Make You Move (Part 1)” and “We Just Might”, the complexities of relationships and a life of chasing the muse are discussed candidly in numbers such as “Wipes Away Your Sin” and “Up In The Air”. Through every track, the personalities shine through, but what is most striking is the unity and the maturity radiating from this trio at the top of their game.
If the last album, 2014’s award-winning self-titled release, solidified the band’s stance in the Canadian blues scene, this album as well as their remarkable achievements over the last two years cements their position as one of the top Canadian blues-rock acts and will maximize their influence on the international stage.
Rounding out the night is Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk with a bluesy blend of swampy roots-rock. Each an established musician in his own right, the MonkeyJunk trio has won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), a Juno, and a passionate following of fans designated “MonkeyJunkies”.
This show will have audiences stompin’ and howlin’ for more.
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