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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:30 am
 


Ottawa Bluesfest presents
Keb’ Mo’
Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Avenue
Saturday, October 17 @ 9 pm

Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest organizers announced a return engagement by
three-time Grammy winner, Keb’ Mo’, who wowed Bluesfest fans with a
stellar set at the ‘fest in 2008. Keb’ Mo’ will be performing with a
full band at Ottawa’s Bronson Centre on Saturday, October 17.

Proceeds are in support of Bluesfest’s Blues in the Schools program.

I am a fan of Keb' Mo' so I will be going to this one with some friends that have not heard him before.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:32 pm
 


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Coco Montoya
Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street
http://www.tucsonsblues.com/
Thursday, December 3 @ 9:15 pm

The former drummer turned guitarist for Albert Collins paved the way
for a stellar career in his own right after building a big time
reputation as guitarist for British blues legend John Mayall as part
of the Bluesbreakers, with whom he toured for 10 years.

In 1993 Coco Montoya released his first solo record and the rest as
they say is history! Known not only for the stinging licks that he
learned from the Ice Man, Montoya is also an incredibly soulful singer
and songwriter.

If he is out your way you will be glad you went out to see this show. I plan to catch this one at Tucson's in Ottawa. See ya there?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:36 pm
 


Ottawa Blues Society
Christmas Party & Annual General Meeting

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Saturday, December 19
Ottawa Blues Society General Meeting & Christmas Party
At TUCSON'S - 2440 Bank St, Ottawa Ontario
Everyone is welcome!!!!
http://www.tucsonsblues.com/

Featured entertainment - The Jesse Greene Band
Catch Ottawa's representative to this year's International Blues Challenge in a full evening of entertainment to showcase the winning act and to help raise funds to cover their expenses to travel to the 26th International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee, Jan 2010.All OBS members who attend will receive a gift CD.
In conjunction with the OBS Christmas Party on December 19, the Ottawa Blues Society will host their Annual General Meeting, which will include elections for two Directors.

Once again all are welcome to attend member or not. You might have so much fun you might decide to become a member for the coming year!


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:17 pm
 


Blues News! Blues News! Blues News!

Ottawa's MonkeyJunk have received a nomination from The Blues Foundation in Memphis for Best New Artist Debut CD.

http://www.blues.org/#tagNews_862

Best New Artist Debut CD

Greg Nagy - Walk That Fine Thin Line
Joanne Shaw Taylor - White Sugar
Marquise Knox - Man Child
Monkey Junk - Tiger in your Tank
The California Honeydrops - Soul Tub!


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:34 pm
 


An update on the Nominees for the coming Maple Blues Awards. This is our own Canadian Blues honors.
( from http://www.ottawabluessociety.com/ )

Blues News! Blues News! Blues News!

13th Annual Maple Blues Awards

Ottawa's MonkeyJunk received six nominations and Vancouver's The Twisters received five. Swamp Boogie-band MonkeyJunk received nods in the Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, and Recording of the Year, for their record Tiger In Your Tank, categories as well as Male Vocalist of the Year and Harmonica Player of the Year for Steve Marriner and Guitar Player of the Year for Tony D. The Twisters are nominated for Electric Act of the Year, Recording of the Year for Come Out Swingin', Harmonica Player of the Year for David Hoerl, Keith Picot for Bass Player of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year for Brandon Isaak.

Close behind is Hamilton, Ontario's Harrison Kennedy receiving four nominations for Acoustic Act of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Recording of the Year for his record, One Dog Barkin'. Downchild and its respective members have earned four nominations between them. Whitby's local Guitar Slinger Jack de Keyzer has received three nominations including Guitarist of the Year. Toronto's Paul Reddick received three nominations including Recording of the Year for Sugarbird. From Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Garrett Mason has picked up two nominations for Electric Act of the Year and Guitarist of the Year. Easley, Stevenson, Arsenault from Nova Scotia have picked up nominations for Bassist of the Year, Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year, and Drummer of the Year, respectively.

New Artist of the Year nominees include Toronto's Blackburn, Montreal's Blues Delight, Quebec City's Clio & The Blues Highway, Fredericton's Ross Neilsen, and Toronto's Scott McCord & The Bonafide Truth.

This year's winners will be announced at the Annual Maple Blues Awards Gala in Toronto, on January 18, 2010 at Koerner Hall. This very special evening is Canada's national annual celebration of homegrown blues talent. It's also a night of great music by the Maple Blues Band, comprised entirely of Maple Blues Awards winners and nominees.


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ImageBLUES NEWS FROM THE MAPLE BLUES AWARDS
OTTAWA’S MONKEY JUNK BIG WINNERS AT MAPLE BLUES AWARDS
WINNING 5 OUT OF 6 NOMINATIONS


(January 19, 2010) Toronto, ON –Legendary bluesman Son House is quoted as saying “I'm talking about the blues now, I ain't talkin' about no monkey junk”. Such was not the case last night at the 13th annual Maple Blues Awards, held at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Ottawa based blues band Monkey Junk were the big winners with five awards; including Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year (Steve Marriner), Guitarist of the Year (Tony D) and Harmonica Player of the Year (Steve Marriner).

Musician Ken Whiteley presented Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite with the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year award. Chris Whiteley was the also winner of both the Horn Player of the Year award and the Blues With a Feeling Award. Toronto’s Blackburn were awarded the New Artist of the Year. The late Jeff Healey’s “Songs From the Road” won Recording of the Year, presented to producer Alec Fraser, who recently recovered from a serious illness. Fraser also took home the Bassist of the Year award. A stunning performance with the Maple Blues Band from Harry Manx followed his win for Acoustic Act of the Year.

Saskatchewan native Suzie Vinnick picked up female vocalist of the year and also presented, along with Toronto Blues Society president Derek Andrews, the Blues Booster Award to DAWG FM's Ed Torres. DAWG FM will launch the nation's first all blues radio service in Ottawa this June.

A celebration of Canadian blues music; the Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s only National blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.

2010 Maple Blues Award Winners

Entertainer
Monkey Junk

Electric Act
Monkey Junk

Acoustic Act
Harry Manx

Male Vocalist
Steve Marriner (Monkey Junk)

Female Vocalist
Suzie Vinnick

New Artist
Blackburn

Recording
Jeff Healey – Songs From The Road
Producer – Alec Fraser

International
Taj Mahal

Guitarist
Tony D (Monkey Junk)

Harmonica Player
Steve Marriner (Monkey Junk)

Piano/Keyboard
Michael Fonfara (Downchild, Maple Blues Revue)

Horn Player
Chris Whiteley

Drummer
Bucky Berger (Fathead)

Bassist
Alec Fraser

Songwriter
Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite

Blues Booster
Ed Torres

Blues With A Feeling
Chris Whiteley


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:30 am
 


Blues News From The International Blues Challenge In Memphis

International Blues Challenge Update

Canadian finalists in Memphis
There are two Canadians in the finals this year … Matt Anderson, representing the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival is a finalist in the solo/duo category and the Jesse Greene Band, representing the Ottawa Blues Society, is a finalist in the band category!

The Jesse Green Band won The Ottawa Blues Society Road to Memphis Blues Challenge last year to compete at this competition.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:56 am
 


Blues News From The International Blues Challenge In Memphis

International Blues Challenge Final

26th International Blues Challenge Winners Crowned
The Blues Foundation's 26th International Blues Challenge concluded Saturday with two packed shows at the Orpheum Theatre.
The solo/duo winner was Matt Andersen, sponsored by Harvest Jazz and Blues from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
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26th IBC Solo/Duo Winner - Canadian Matt Andersen

The Jesse Greene Band, representing the Ottawa Blues Society, made the is a finals and received honorable mention and praise with a fine showing in the band category.
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The Jesse Greene Band competing earlier in the week

link for more info

http://www.blues.org/#tagNews_877


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:38 am
 


GRAMMY BLUES NEWS!
Since it is always buried and hard to find, as a public service to Blues People, here are the Grammy Awards winners & nominees. Winner in bold

Best Traditional Blues Album

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* A Stranger Here - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
* Blue Again - The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Featuring Rick Vito
* Rough & Tough - John Hammond
* Stomp! The Blues Tonight - Duke Robillard
* Chicago Blues: A Living History - Various Artists
o Larry Skoller, producer

Best Contemporary Blues Album

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* This Time - The Robert Cray Band
* The Truth According to Ruthie Foster - Ruthie Foster
* Live: Hope at the Hideout - Mavis Staples
* Back To The River - Susan Tedeschi
* Already Free - The Derek Trucks Band

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
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* Alligator Purse - Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet
* Lay Your Burden Down - Buckwheat Zydeco
* Stripped Down - The Magnolia Sisters
* Live at 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Pine Leaf Boys
* L'Ésprit Créole - Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:19 am
 


JUNO BLUES NEWS!
Nominees with winner in bold

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Steady Movin’
Carlos del Junco
NorthernBlues*Outside

From The Water
Colin Linden
True North*Universal

I Need A Hat
Downchild
Linus*Universal

The Corktown Sessions
Jack de Keyzer
Blue Star*Indiepool


Low Fidelity
Treasa Levasseur
Slim Chicken*Outside


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Congratulations to Jack de Keyzer
2010 JUNO for BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR

[taken from 2010 JUNO WINNERS site]
http://junoawards.ca/nominees/#bluesAlbum

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BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Corktown Sessions
Jack de Keyzer
Blue Star*Indiepool
JACK DE KEYZER

Jack de Keyzer is a JUNO Award and seven-time Maple Blues Award-winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. Considered one of the finest blues guitarists working today, the British born, Canadian resident’s career has spanned over three decades. De Keyzer has released seven CD's and one DVD as a leader and has appeared on stage or as a session guitarist on hundreds of recordings and live performances including Etta James, Bo Diddley, Ronnie Hawkins and Blue Rodeo. Jack recently won 1st Place in the International Songwriting Competition’s Blues Category for his composition “That’s The Only Time. Jack's most recent accolades came from two very Canadian institutions. Prime Minister Steven Harper's son Ben received a guitar lesson from Jack at the request of Canada's first lady Laureen Harper at 24 Sussex in January of 2009 . Jack was also awarded Great Canadian Blues Artist of the Year from a poll of CBC radio listeners this year. Performing across Canada and internationally over 150 shows per year, Jack de Keyzer is a masterful, electric blues guitarist, soulful singer and songwriter of the first order.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:15 am
 


Ottawa Bluesfest lineup released

To see for yourself here is the site.
http://www.ottawabluesfest.ca/

Bluesfest has become an eclectic mixed music festival but still has enough Blues to please the stodgiest Blues purest. Here is the released sampling as presented in this morning's e-mail blast.

Confirmed Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest acts to-date include;

Alexisonfire;Anders Osborne & Johnny Sansone; Andrew Bird; AfroReggae; Arcade Fire; Aterciopelados; Babe Ruth; Basia Bulat; Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba;
Bear in Heaven; Big Jeezus Truck; Big Soul Project featuring Roxanne
Goodman; Bill 'Sauce Boss' Wharton; Bjorn Berg; Blonde Redhead;
Campbell Brothers; Caravan Palace; Carolyn Wonderland; The Cat Empire;
Champion and His G-Strings; Charlie Winston; Coolooloosh; Crowded
House; Culture Reject; Curtis Salgado; Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi
Band; Down With Webster; Drake; Dream Theatre; Eamon McGrath; Elvis
Perkins; Ethiopique; Faber Drive; Foghat; Furthur featuring Phil Lesh
& Bob Weir; Garaga; Gipsy Kings; GOOD2GO; Gord Downie and the Country
of Miracles; Great Big Sea; Great Lake Swimmers; Group 1 Crew; Grupo
Fantasma; Iron Maiden; James Hunter; Jimmy Cliff; Joan Jett; Joe Krown
Trio with Walter Wolfman Washington & Russell Batiste; John Butler
Trio; John Hiatt; John Kilduff; Keith Urban; Ken Workman & the Union;
Kevin Costner and Modern West; Kings Go Forth; Konono No. 1; Lady
Tramaine Hawkins; Laurent Bourque; Levon Helm; LIGHTS; Loudlove;
Lukas Nelson; Marc Cohn; Marcia Ball & The Voice of The Wetlands All
Stars featuring Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Johnny
Sansone, Waylon Thibodeaux, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux; Marianas
Trench; Martin Sexton; Matt Andersen; Matthew Good; Matt Schofield;
Metric; Moneen; Monster Mike Welch; NEWWORLDSON; Nicolas Collins;
Occidental Brothers; Octoberman; Ozomatli; Passion Pit; Paul Rishell &
Annie Raines; Planet Smashers; Renaissance; Richie Righteous; River
City Junction; Robert Farrell Band; Robert Randolph & the Family Band;
Roger Hodgson; Ronnie Baker Brooks; Roy Rogers & The Delta River
Kings; Rosanne Cash; The Rural Alberta Advantage; Ryan Montbleau Band;
Santana; Septentrional d'Haiti; Slyde; Southside Johnny & the Asbury
Jukes; Staff Benda Bilili; Steel Pulse; Steve Dawson’s Mississippi
Sheiks Project; Steve Hackett; Steve Winwood; That 1 Guy; That’s the
Spirit; Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience; The Aggrolites; The
Budos Band; The Constellations; The Ethics; The Flaming Lips; The Hold
Steady; The Lost Fingers; The Love Machine; The Mohawk Lodge; The
Moody Blues; The Musical Box; The Swell Season; The Whigs; The White
Wires; Timber Timbre; TJ Wheeler; Tommy Castro; Too Slim and The
Taildraggers; Trevor Hall; Tye Tribbett; We Are Wolves; Weezer;
Woodhands; and Yatkha,

with more to be announced.

I will look over this laundry list in more detail and offer the ones I am most interested in seeing this year.


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Here is my first glance at the acts coming to the 2010 Ottawa Bluesfest that catch my interest. I am sure there are some I missed but if this is any indication, it is going to be an unbelievable event. I am sure to be busy and thoroughly wiped out after this one.


Rockin' Blues & Soul Acts

Ronnie Baker Brooks
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
Curtis Salgato
Tommy Castro

Zydeco & Louisiana

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Marcia Ball & The Voice of The Wetlands All
Stars featuring Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Johnny
Sansone, Waylon Thibodeaux, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

Roy Rogers & The Delta River Kings

Bill 'Sauce Boss' Wharton - This one is served with Gumbo prepared during the performance

Song Writers and Guitar Masters

John Hiatt
Robert Farrell Band

Retro & Classic Rock

Babe Ruth
Foghat
Levon Helm
Santana
Joan Jett
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

Just For the Fun of It

Gipsy Kings
Jimmy Cliff
Great Big Sea


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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 4:32 pm
 


WHOLE LOTTA BLUES GOIN' ON!

Here is where I will be tonight!

JW-Jones CD Release
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, May 1

Having toured 14 countries and 4 continents, the band is ready to release album number six, "Midnight Memphis Sun" which features Hubert Sumlin and Charlie Musselwhite.

The CD release takes place at the Rainbow, Saturday May 1, with JW-Jones (guitar/vocals), Martin Regimbald (bass/backup vocals), Jeff Asselin (drums/backup vocals), special guest Jesse Whiteley on keys and, for the first time, the One Faith Gospel Singers! Be there get your CD AUTOGRAPHED!

Check out this 5-minute video, for an introduction to J-Dub, the live show, CDs, quotes, and great footage including Sun Studios recording session and the band live in Europe. The new CD “Midnight Memphis Sun” will be released in Ottawa on May 1 (in stores in July).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuIfTn89lcY
http://www.jw-jones.com/


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