Blues at the Bow

A Slice of Blues Heaven on the Canadian Prairie

Blues at the Bow is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing top-tier live blues music and blues musicians to Southern Alberta.

Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy
8:00 PM20:00

Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy

We welcome back Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy. One of the Blues greats!

Doors open at 8pm, music starts at 9:15pm.

Diunna Greenleaf, the leader of Blue Mercy, is a native Texan (Houston) who has a background steeped in gospel music. Influenced by Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her own parents Ben & Mary Ella Greenleaf (Gospel). She has developed "Diunna's style of Blues" in the same tradition as so many other great Texas blues men and women. She combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind of blues that takes one on an emotional roller coaster ride.

Diunna and her band Blue Mercy have performed throughout the United States and Internationally. She has performed all over Europe, Australia, Canada, Brazil and The Caribbean. She will tell you she travels and plays the Blues anywhere she is invited with a beneficial contract.

Performing with Bob Margolin, Keb Mo, Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, James Cotton, Carrie Bell, Big Bill Morganfield, Smoking Joe Kubek and B’Nois King, Anson Funderburge, Sam Meyers and the Rockets, Bernard Allison, Odetta, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, I.J. Gosey, Sherman Robertson, Kenny Neal, the late great Teddy “Cry Cry” Reynolds, Mud Morganfield and numerous others has truly been an honor in her career.

Her commitment to Blues goes well beyond performing on stage. She served for three years as President of the Houston Blues Society, making history as the first woman ever elected to this position. During her presidency she used her professional guidance and grant writing skills to produce the Willie Mae "Big Momma" Thornton Blues Festival, bringing in the talents of “The Queen Of Blues” Mrs. Koko Taylor, Mr. Bernard Allison, Texas Johnny Brown, I.J. Gosey, Diane Price, Mel Waiters, Betty Lewis, Gary Clark, Jr., Jeremy And The Hotboys, along with many others. Diunna started the annual Houston Blues Society Founders Day and actively continued the Blues In Schools Program throughout the state, as well as many of the countries where she and her band perform. She also played an integral in founding Friends of Blues of Montgomery County.

  • Winner of "Best New Artist Debut" at the 2008 Blues Music Awards  
  • Winner of the "Koko Taylor Award-Traditional Blues Female" in 2014 and 2017.  
  • Her latest CD "Trying To Hold On" reached #1 on XM/Sirius Radio Bluesville Chart, #1 on French Blues charts, #1 on Living Blues charts for the month of December 2012, and reached the top of Blues charts in UK, Australia and USA.

In addition to being an accomplished performer, Diunna is also a very talented song writer making the semi-finals and finals of the International Songwriting competition.

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Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings
8:00 PM20:00

Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings

They're back! Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings bring their high energy style back to Blues at the Bow to start off our 25th Anniversary Season.

Not only that, but we have Tim Williams opening the show!

Doors open at 8pm

“Roy Rogers means the modern master in the art of slide guitar…His versatility with the technique is nothing short of astonishing.”    ~ All Music Guide

Virtuoso slide guitarist and Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer and recording artist Roy Rogers remains defiantly upbeat on his 12th solo album Into the Wild Blue — out June 2nd on CD all and digital formats. 

Even though 64 year-old Rogers has lost longtime friends like blues legend John Lee Hooker, his recent recording partner of eight years, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, as well as his younger brother Robert — he says “life’s too short” to wallow in our grief or what we have lost. “I want to celebrate life through my music.”  

Into the Wild Blue wails, squawks, stomps and boogies with authenticity — ready for the open road and the live stage. Years of working with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar and Steve Miller has given him a pop musicality.

“I’m the guy that always likes to push the envelope,” Rogers says, at home in Northern California. “We cover a lot of ground on this record.”

Rogers says he had no “master plan” for the 12th addition to his solo catalog. “It’s just putting one foot in front of the other.” Yet Into the Wild Blue demonstrates a master’s confidence and vision.

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