23 April 2018

Ottawa Blues This Week - 23 April 2018 (SPRING!)


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It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
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SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK
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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.
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Amanda Jackson Trio
With Chas Guay & Nick Gauthier
Bar Robo, 692 Somerset Street West
Tuesday, April 24; 9-11 pm, doors at 8 pm; $10

Amanda Jackson Band (Trio) bring their “Into the Light” tour to Ottawa and will be joined by Chas Guay and Nick Gauthier! Chas Guay and Nick Gauthier also hail from Prince Edward Island and now reside in Ottawa. Together they combine some masterful songwriting and inspired musicianship. They will bring their recent collaborations and will also be performing material from Chas' albums.

The Amanda Jackson Trio (comprised of the songwriters from the Amanda Jackson Band) is all about connecting — with their lyrics, the audience, the planet and with each other. Whether it’s an upbeat song about living life to the fullest or a thoughtful and reflective song inspired by events around them, Amanda’s powerful and soul
ful voice, along with the accompaniment of Dale McKie (guitar, harmonica), Todd MacLean (guitar, piano, sax), creates an intimate listening experience that leaves the audience feeling as if they have had the chance to peer into the soul of the band. Their debut studio album, Fire in the Blue, was released in July 2017 and won the 2018 Urban Music PEI Recording of the Year. Most recently the band received national attention as one of the top 10 finalists for the 2018 CBC Searchlight new talent contest, earning their spot as one of the top five chosen by voters across the country for their songDance Into the Light. They were also featured as one of the standouts from the Top 100. 
www.amandajacksonband.com
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band
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.
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LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
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Justin Alexander
The Back Drop, 160 Metcalfe Street
Thursday, April 26; 7:15 – 9 pm; no cover

Justin Alexander has been on the solo train for a couple of months now. As he's coming through with new song writing, its always been a side project of his work. His goal is now on the verge of working with musicians from Ottawa to revive and to add to the singer/songwriter movement. A variety of covers and originals will be played!
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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.
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Church of the Ascension Concert Series presents
Safe Low Limit
Church Of The Ascension 253 Echo Drive
Saturday, April 28 @ 7 pm; $20

Safe Low Limit is a new jazz-oriented group made of instruments pitched in the bass clef. This eclectic lineup of tuba, trombone, cello and drums creates a unique sound and performs a variety of original compositions, obscure standards and funk hits in a wide variety of jazz and pop styles, leaving the audience wondering what the heck will they do next! Having made a splash with their first concert performed at the bottom of a drained swimming pool in Vanier in May 2017, this performance at The Church Of The Ascension will be on a decidedly higher level! Safe Low Limit is looking forward to their concert in the Ottawa Jazz Festival this summer and an appearance this fall at Ottawa's Gigspace.

Tuba: Dr. Keith Hartshorn-Walton
Cello: Ken Kanwisher
Drums: Michel Delage
Bass Clarinet/Baritone Sax: David Renaud
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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).
https://www.youtube.com/user/angeliquefrancis
https://angeliquefrancis.net/
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AREA HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
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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!
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LOCALS THIS WEEK
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Friday, April 27
Bloozer @ Fatboy’s Southern Smokehouse, 9 pm
Saturday, April 28
Angelique Francis Band @ the Rainbow, 9 pm
Victor Nesrallah & Keith Snider @ Vimy Brewing Company, 8 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, 4-7 pm
Tyler Kealey @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield, 6-10 pm
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LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS
(almost) EVERY WEEK
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The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover
6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre
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Dr Dave Blues & Jazz
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Wednesdays, 4-7 pm; no cover
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John Carroll
Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street
Wednesdays, 8 pm
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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 26 – Pat Moore
            May 3 – Jarhead & Jerome
            May 10 – Steve Groves
            May 17 – River City Junction
            May 24 – Mark Crissinger
            May 31 – Peter Brown
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Weekly jazz jam
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
Thursdays, 7-11 pm; no cover
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
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Sunday Sessions, 9:30 pm, no cover
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
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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!
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VIRÉE BLUES MOOSEHEAD
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Virée Blues Moosehead
Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
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AREA HIGHLIGHTS MONTHLY
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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:
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

Please visit and LIKE us on Facebook and Twitter
www.facebook.com/ChooseTheBluesProductions    
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UKELELE SOCIAL HOUR
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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.
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SPECIAL EVENTS COMING SOON
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MonkeyJunk
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.
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Little Dog
D’Arcy McGee’s, 44 Sparks Street
Friday, May 4; 9 pm – midnight

Yes folks, we are BACK at D'Arcy McGee's on Ottawa's Sparks Street! Join us for a night of rockin' blues in the heart of Canada's Capital. We'll hit the stage around 9, so get there early for a good seat. No cover, AMAZING beverage selection, fine pub grub, and tunes from the little blues band with the great big bark. C'mon out and celebrate Star Wars Day with Little Dog.
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BW & The Area Players
Featuring Jamieson Mackay & Emily Burgess
Kaffé 1870, 715 Riverside Drive, Wakefield QC
Friday, May 4; 9 pm – midnight; $10

This month's edition of BW & The Area Players features local favorite of Shadowhands, Jamieson Mackay and away player Emily Burgess!

Jamieson is known for his style, class and a voice that hearkens back to the times of Bob Dylan, Towns Van Zandt, Neil Young. Put that with his mindfully-crafted lyrics and poetic undertones and you have a night of music that will wrap you up and hold you close!
https://shadowhand.bandcamp.com/
But that's not all! Once a season we invite an away team to come join the show and this month features the wonderful Emily Burgess! She's got a musical pedigree that will make a seasoned pro blush but her success is purely driven by her down home feel, sweet vocals and stellar band!
www.emilyburgessmusic.com/
Come early! stay late!
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Music by the Bay Live Presents
MonkeyJunk
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
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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.
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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.
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The Back Beat
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Saturday, May 12; 4-8 pm

If you have never been to the Atomic Rooster, it is an excellent venue with a good sound man who knows how to match a band's tone to the room. The Rooster has an interesting menu and plenty of draft beer options. In addition, the room provides a full display of very cool paintings by local artists. There is no cover charge and free parking on the street. When I'm not gigging, the Rooster is my favourite place to go for live music in Ottawa.  More info here:  http://www.atomicrooster.ca/

The Back Beat has been adding songs to our repertoire and we'll be pulling out some new tunes for the May 12 gig.   We hope this date might work for you.  
Tom Rowe
Bassist and Band Leader
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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.
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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.
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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!!
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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.
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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. 
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COMING TO LA BASOCHE IN 2018
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120 Principale Street, Gatineau QC

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

Paul DesLauriers Band
Friday, May 25 … a few tickets left
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KINGSTON & AREA SPECIAL EVENTS
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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
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Soulstack
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
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KINGSTON & AREA
REGULAR EVENTS
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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.
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For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society
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BLUES ON THE RADIO
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DAWGFM.com Blues 24/7 on the internet
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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.
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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.
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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/
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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. 
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LOCALS LOOK AHEAD
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Wednesday, May 2
Prime Rib Big Band @ Irene’s, 8:30 pm
Thursday, May 3
MonkeyJunk @ the NAC Azrieli Studio, 8 pm
Friday, May 4
Little Dog @ D’Arcy McGee’s, Sparks Street, 9 pm
Saturday, May 5
Nuclear Blues with the Clint Everson Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Sunday, May 6
Gravelfoot hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Friday, May 11
Tyler Kealey & Dave Kalil @ Manotick United Church, 8 pm
Saturday, May 12
The Back Beat @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Barry & the Blasters @ the Rainbow Bistro, 8:30 pm
Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 13
Crunchy Flower hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Saturday, May 19
Jesse Greene Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
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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