Halloween at the Bow is back! Downchild with an opening act TBA. Dress up in your fantastic Halloween gear as there will be prizes for best costume! You are not going to miss this show! Tickets will be hot, hot hot!
The Downchild Blues Band was formed by brothers Donnie and Hock Walsh. In 2007 they celebrated their 40th anniversary with the critically acclaimed Live At The Palais Royale. The band, also known as Downchild [Editor’s note: They changed the name to avoid limiting their potential audience to only blues lovers.], continues to win accolades. This new studio album is nominated for a Maple Award as Recording of The Year.
The Maple Awards are Canada’s version of our Blues Music Awards. If that weren’t enough, the band is also nominated as Entertainer of the Year and Electric Act of The Year. “Mr. Downchild,” Donnie Walsh, is guitarist, harp player, vocalist, producer, and front man. Chuck Jackson also plays harp. The rhythm section is ably anchored by drummer Mike Fitzpatrick, but this year the band can be especially proud that each of their three remaining players also is individually nominated for Maple Awards. They are Michael Fonfara, keyboards; Pat Carey, saxes; and bassist Gary Kendell.
The title track, “I Need A Hat,” and all songs except two were written by Walsh. For me the highlight of this album is the horn arrangements, especially on the opening track, “This Must Be Love,” on “Down in The Delta,” and on “Some More of That.” Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns guests on “Somebody Lied” and he takes a nice trumpet solo. He is joined on that track by veteran Canadian guitarist Colin James.
Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd guests on harp on “You Don’t Love Me.”
Downchild was a primary influence behind The Blues Brothers, which featured Aykroyd, who hails from the Toronto area. On that first Blues Brothers album, Briefcase Full of Blues, it was Aykroyd who sang lead on Walsh’s “I Got Everything I Need, Almost.”
The band may have been together for forty years, but they sound fresh on this new studio recording. If you’re going to see them I suggest you might wear a hat, too.
- Richard Ludmerer is a contributing editor to BluesWax.
Sizzling hot guitar solos. Smooth and soulful vocals. High-energy stage performance. Backed by a rhythm section that is second to none, this IS Dennis Jones. Check out a live show, and you’ll instantly agree, this band ROCKS the blues like NO other! Dennis’s feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues. And unlike some others, he isn’t afraid to tackle the controversial issues of today.
Straight out of Chicago, Mississippi Heat has been performing and recording pure vintage blues for more than two decades.
It all began one night at a 1991 gig at the now-closed Cafe Lura in Chicago, where guitarist and singer Jon McDonald invited Pierre Lacocque to join him onstage. Jon had hired drummer and vocalist Robert Covington (with Sunnyland Slim at the time) and bassist Bob Stroger (also with Sunnyland Slim and with Jimmy Rogers).
It went so well that the three musicians decided to form Mississippi Heat. His brother Michel–also in attendance that night–volunteered to become the band’s manager.
Since then, the band’s current and former members have released a total of 11 albums, touring North America, South America and Europe. Throughout it all, the band’s always stuck to its motto: “Traditional blues with a unique sound.”
Juno Award Winner Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne kicks off the 2017-2018 Season!
Hailed as “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues”, multiple-award winning blues”, multiple-award winning blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is called “Blues Boss” for a reason. His musical career began as a child prodigy in the late 1950’s and has continued to flourish for over 60 years with Wayne at the forefront of modern day blues piano practitioners.
Born in Spokane, Washington, raised in New Orleans and now based in British Columbia, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne has built a
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
stellar reputation within Canada and abroad for his lively attire and energetic concert performances. The zoot-suited Wayne will be returning to Russia, South America, and Europe this year, where he regularly sells out 800 to 1000 seat venues and headlines many international concerts and festivals.
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne released his first solo album Alive & Loose, which featured Shuggie Otis, on Andy Griggs’ Real Blues Records in 1995. It marked the start of Wayne’s blues journey and was followed by four albums for Canadian label Electro-Fi Records: 88th & Jump Street, JUNO Award winning Let It Loose, Can’t Stop Now and the live recording Piano-Rama. Wayne also, recorded in Paris for Isabel Records at the same studio that Memphis Slim frequently recorded. Since joining Stony Plain Records in 2011, Wayne has released An Old Rock On A Roll , which earned him a Blues Foundation nomination for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Award, and Rollin’ with the Blues Boss.
Jumpin’ and Boppin’ is his third recording on Stony Plain Records. “While I’m making this wonderful journey through life and having the opportunity to record my own songs, I try to make every recording better than the last”, says Wayne. “This most likely won’t be my last but I am very proud to present this recording to the world and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did writing, recording and producing this album.
A throw-back to classic, rollicking blues of yesteryear. Jumpin’ and Boppin’ is firmly rooted in the jump blues style of Louis Jordan and Amos Milburn. It could have easily been made in the 1950’s, which is a further testament to Wayne’s immense talents, staying power and stature as one of the genre’s foremost jazz/boogie-woogie pianist.
Special guest Duke Robillard is the perfect guitarist and Russell Jackson, B.B. King’s long-time bassist, locks in the rhythm section, alongside Charlie Jacobson Joey DiMarco, Sherman Doucette & Dave Babcock who contribute their talents to this recording as well. There are many highlights among the 13 tracks on the album including the opening instrumental “Blues Boss Shuffle”. Featuring Wayne’s deft piano playing and Duke Robillard’s sublime soloing, it is the perfect introduction to the vibe of the album.
“Jumpin’ & Boppin’ With Joy” is exactly as the title suggests a joyful noise that will get toes tapping. “You Don’t Know Me” is a slow and forlorn love song showcasing Wayne’s soulful vocals. “Look Out! There’s A Train Coming” is a cautionary tale, while “Back To Square One” is another slow number about searching for the perfect love and starting over. The jubilant “I’m Comin’ Home” details a soldier on his way back to his family and features lively harmonica from Sherman Doucette. The final track on Jumpin’ and Boppin’ is “Boogie To Gloryland”, another magnificent instrumental, set to remind the listener just who’s boss when it comes to blues piano playing.
As a one-man cheering section for the days when blues and jazz met the roots of rock and roll, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is an artist who’s got it all: talent, charisma, and showmanship. Oozing with class and sophistication, Wayne is a throwback to the golden age of classic rhythm and blues while offering a fresh approach to the genre.
A Stony Plain artist biography (by Sarah French)
Season closer with one of our favourite acts!
Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots
Blues, Roots Rock and Soul, featuring the high-octane boogie piano and soulful vocals of Victor Wainwright and backed by one of the most gifted bands on the scene: the WildRoots. With the release of BOOM TOWN, their latest record, they’re poised to ignite blues/roots fans with a sound that’s infectious and impossible to ignore.
As Victor and producer/writer Stephen Dees celebrate 10 outstanding years of musical partnership that began with Wainwright's 2005 solo debut PIANA' FROM SAVANNAH, they’re teaming up once again to deliver a blues and American roots tour de force. After the 2011 release of the critically acclaimed record LIT UP!; The WildRoots are back and they're toting another musical triumph in BOOM TOWN.
Born in Savannah, Georgia, Victor's childhood was filled with music. Surrounded by a musical family, Victor found himself emulating his Dad's vocals and Grandfather Jessie's boogie-woogie piano playing. Over the last decade he has broadened his artistic scope to encompass nearly every corner of the Blues. Victor’s star is definitely on the rise, having won the coveted Blues Music Award as “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” in both 2013 and 2014, as well as anchoring the acclaimed group, Southern Hospitality, whose “Easy Livin’” release made the Top 10 on the Billboard blues chart.
First-time at the Bow we are pleased to welcome songstress extraordinaire
Laura Rain and the Caesars
Laura Rain, has been performing on the Detroit, and Los Angeles music scene for well over a decade. Starting out in the trenches of the Motor City blues circuit, Laura quickly encompassed more versatility and began branching out from her blues roots, and thus adapted a soul drenched, high energy, sensuous format, that is the essence of her show. Classically trained as a Verdi Soprano, she has an exceptional, diverse range that will take you on a musical journey.
Through out the years, her exotic look, stellar sound, and versatile repertoire, has kept her working with many top R&B, Jazz, and Blues bands, across the country. She has performed repeatedly at the MGM Grand Hotels and Casinos in Detroit, and Las Vegas; The Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas; as well as Motor City, and Greek Town Casino in Detroit. Included also, are performances at Mountaineer Casino, in West Virginia, Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City, and the list grows weekly, as the summer festivals roll out. Performances scheduled this year at the Marquette Blues Festival, and also the Mackinac Music Festival, in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Ms. Rain loves to tour and perform. It is the essence of who she is.
Our traditional Halloween Bash is back and better than ever. Maple Blues award winner Kirby Sewell band is back to celebrate our best annual holiday at the club. Prizes for costumes, great music and fun!
The Kirby Sewell Band is an electrifying Canadian Blues Rock experience. Reaching out with modern interpretations, the 5-piece band tells melodic heart pulling stories that come from the depths of an old soul, while breathing new musical life into a genre. Their arrangements are amped up, invigorating, and play against the grain.
The Kirby Sewell Band’s music has been played across North America on SiriusXM, and nationally on the CBC, CKUA & Galaxy networks. They have shared the stage with Colin James, Trombone Shorty, Burton Cummings, Coco Montoya, Blue Rodeo, the Downchild Blues Band, Edgar Winter & Savoy Brown.
There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that include James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players by combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield. Raised in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Brandon purchased his first harmonica in 1997 at the age of fifteen when his mother took him to the local music store upon his request. He founded the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway in 2003 and relocated to Memphis where he absorbed the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King did decades before him.
The Paul DesLauriers Band is made up of virtuoso guitarist and singer Paul DesLauriers and masterful rhythm section Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrisson on drums. On January 30th 2016 the band took 2nd place at the 32nd International Blues Challenge, the world’s largest gathering of blues acts, organized by The Blues Foundation. Held in Memphis Tennessee, they rose to the top to take the runner-up title in the band category in a world-wide competition that saw 119 bands competing for a spot on the podium. The current self-titled electric album from these three pillars of the Quebec Blues scene has captured the subtlety and intensity, the unique interplay and excitement they are so well known for. Released to unanimously excellent reviews in March 2014, the album reached the #1 spot on the iTunes Canada Blues Chart within a month! They are currently touring Canada and the USA in support of the album with notable performances that include The Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Tremblant International Jazz Festival, the Thunder Bay Blues Festival and the Playing With Fire Festival in Omaha, Nebraska, among many others.
Undeniably part of Canada’s musical elite, all three members are regular nominees and winners at the Maple Blues Awards and Quebec Lys Blues Awards. Paul DesLauriers is the Winner of 2 Maple Blues Awards in 2014, including Guitarist of the Year and winner of 5 Lys Blues Awards in Quebec. Greg Morency won the Maple Blues Award for Bassist of the Year in January 2015. Sam Harrisson is a three-time Maple Blues Award Drummer of the Year nominee and winner of record-holding 9 Lys Blues Awards in Quebec for Musical Performance.
During the 1950s, Chicago's West Side was a breeding ground for some of the world's greatest bluesmen. Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Freddie King and others ruled the clubs. With his fierce guitar playing, soulful and emotive vocals and wild stage shows, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater easily belongs on this list. A Chicago legend, Clearwater is an intense, flamboyant blues-rocking showman. He's equally comfortable playing the deepest, most heartfelt blues or rocking, good-time party music. DownBeat said, "Left-hander Eddy Clearwater is a forceful six-stringer...He lays down some gritty West Side shuffles and belly-grinding slow blues that highlight his raw chops, soulful vocals, and earthy, humorous lyrics."
Between his slashing left-handed guitar work, his room-filling vocals, his self-defined "rock-a-blues" style (a forceful mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, country and gospel), his boundless energy and even his signature Indian headdress, Clearwater is among the very finest practitioners of the West Side blues working today. The blues world recognized his talent by giving him the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues â€“ Male Artist of the Year in 2001. His last release, 2003's Rock 'N' Roll City, was nominated for a Grammy Award.
The 2008 birth of the Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk came along just when music fans needed them the most. They brought an accessible and refreshing blend of swamp-rock roots and blues to the table and haven’t looked back. In the relatively short time they’ve been performing and recording together, the members of MonkeyJunk have won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and have been nominated twice for a JUNO Award, taking home the coveted hardware in 2012.
18/08/2013 Victor Wainwright Band
09/06/2013 Jimmy Bowskill
21/04/2013 Zac Harmon
02/03/2013 Kim Wilson and the Blues All-Stars
02/12/2012 Lionel Young Band
04/11/2012 Little Miss Higgins
25/08/2012 Tommy Castro
13/05/2012 Garret Mason and Keith Hallett
11/03/2012 Shane Dwight
15/01/2012 BC Read and Big Dave McLean
27/11/2011 Smokin' Joe Kubek featuring B'nois King
23/10/2011 Terry Hanck
21/08/2011 David Gogo
04/06/2011 Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
20/03/2011 Carlos del Junco
06/02/2011 Ana Popovic
31/10/2010 David Vest
13/06/2010 The Randy Oxford Band
02/05/2010 Nick Moss and the Flip Tops
28/02/2010 Mark Hummel and Rusty Zinn
17/01/2010 Jack de Keyzer
29/11/2009 Doc MacLean, Big Dave McLean, Tim Williams & the Electrofires
01/11/2009 JW Jones Band
08/08/2009 Zac Harmon
21/06/2009 Arsen Shomakhov
15/03/2009 Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
25/01/2009 Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
23/08/2008 Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
04/05/2008 The Insomniacs
16/03/2008 Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings
20/01/2008 Sue Foley
04/11/2007 David Gogo
30/09/2007 Duke Robilliard
16/09/2007 Texas Flood with Jerry Doucette
25/08/2007 Garret Mason and Tim Williams
17/06/2007 Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones and The Rault Bros. Trio
19/11/2006 Bill Dowey opener/ Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
19/11/2006 The Lloyd Jones Struggle
22/10/2006 Wes Mackey and the Jimmy Payne Band
26/08/2006 Graham Guest/ Terry Hanck Band
09/04/2006 Zakiya Hooker and Mississippi Blues
19/02/2006 Norton Buffalo and the Knockouts
20/11/2005 Maria Muldaur Band
06/11/2005 Deborah Coleman Band with Mary Flower
08/10/2005 The Janiva Magness Band
21/08/2005 Big Dave McLean opener/ W.C. Clark Blues Revue
23/07/2005 C.J. Chenier and the Hot Louisiana Band
12/06/2005 Sherman "Tank" Doucette & Johnny V
12/02/2005 Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings
31/12/2004 Georgette Fry and the B-Side Blues Band
23/10/2004 Downchild Blues Band
03/10/2004 Eddie and Vaan Shaw
21/08/2004 Roomful of Blues
27/06/2004 Johnny V Trio
02/05/2004 Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
14/03/2004 Lionel Rault opener/ Paul Reddick & The Sidemen
31/12/2003 Mike Clark Band
22/11/2003 Miss E.C. Scott and Smoke
05/10/2003 Magic Slim and the Teardrops
24/08/2003 No Guff opener/ Junior Watson Band
09/08/2003 Nick Curran & the Nitelifes
01/06/2003 Carson Coulliard opener/ JW Jones Band
02/12/2002 Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones
05/10/2002 Bill Bourne Opener/ Omar and the Howlers
01/08/2002 Mighty Sam McClain
10/03/2002 Mocking Shadows- Oilmen's Bash
01/03/2002 Roomful of Blues plus Kelly Kavanagh
27/01/2002 Curtis Salgado
31/12/2001 Janiva Magness
03/11/2001 The Kinsey Report
25/08/2001 Bad News Blues Band
07/07/2001 Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers
28/04/2001 Mark Sterling opener/ Ian Stewart and the Untouchables
24/03/2001 Smokin' Joe Kubek featuring B'nois King
25/02/2001 Maurice John Vaughn- Oilmen's Blues Bash
01/12/2000 Downchild Blues Band
25/11/2000 Rusty Reed
28/10/2000 James Solberg
30/09/2000 Brent Parkin
26/08/2000 Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters
12/05/2000 Jake and the Blue Midnights
04/03/2000 Bill Dowey and the Blues Devils
31/12/1999 Donald Ray Johnson Band
27/11/1999 Tim Williams opener/Mark Hummel
30/10/1999 Long John Hunter
21/08/1999 Tracy Nelson
02/07/1999 Sista Monica
25/06/1999 Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
12/06/1999 Morgan Davis Band
05/06/1999 Bill Dowey and the Blues Devils
15/05/1999 Seanachie- BI Lioness Irish Pub Night
08/05/1999 Eddie King
03/04/1999 Miss E.C. Scott
13/03/1999 Son Seals with Donald Ray Johnson Band
31/12/1998 Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang
21/11/1998 A.C. Reed and the Sparkplugs
15/11/1998 Tim Williams
02/10/1998 The Phillip Walker Blues Band
05/09/1998 John Hammond opener/ Cash McCall
07/08/1998 The Duke Robilliard Band
24/07/1998 The Holmes Brothers
26/06/1998 Studebaker John and the Hawks
16/05/1998 Big Dave and The Ultrasonics
25/04/1998 Bill Dowey opener/ Roy Hytower
21/03/1998 Mark Sterling opener/ Amos Garrett and the Eh Team
28/02/1998 Sista Monica
31/12/1997 Johnny V's Blues Allstars with Kelly J
22/11/1997 Jack Semple
25/10/1997 Shirley King with Johnny V's Big Band
27/09/1997 Kelly Thibodeaux and Etouffe
29/08/1997 Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
12/07/1997 Big Dave and The Ultrasonics
21/06/1997 Big Jack Johnson
10/05/1997 Dr. Hector and the Groove Injectors
12/04/1997 Frankie Lee
15/03/1997 Tim Williams opener/Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings
06/03/1997 Begley & Cooney- BI Lioness Celtic Night
14/02/1997 Lester Quitzau opener/Russel Jackson Band
31/12/1996 Sonny Rhodes
07/12/1996 Bill Dowey
16/11/1996 Maurice John Vaughn and Maxine Carr
26/10/1996 Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang
28/09/1996 Eddie Burke and Delta Blue
17/08/1996 King Ernest and Fathead with Johnny V
20/07/1996 Morgan Davis Band
30/06/1996 Linda Hornbuckle
01/06/1996 Georgette Fry
20/04/1996 Johnny V's Blues Allstars
01/03/1996 Michael Coleman
01/02/1996 Sonny Rhodes
01/01/1996 Bill Dowey opener/ The Rockin Highliners
31/12/1995 Amos Garret and the Eh Team
01/12/1995 Frankie Lee
01/11/1995 Guy Davis opener/Back Alley John Band
01/11/1995 Steve Pineo opener/Slidin' Clyde Roulette
01/10/1995 Jackson Delta
23/09/1995 Amos Garret and the Eh Team
08/07/1995 King Biscuit Boy with Johnny V
24/06/1995 Morgan Davis Band
01/05/1995 A Little Voodoo with Ron Burke
01/04/1995 Tim Williams opener/Jimmy Payne's House of Payne
18/03/1995 Lester Quitzau opener/Lester Quitzau Band
01/02/1995 Johnny V Trio
28/01/1995 Ellen McIlwaine opener/Steve Pineo Band
17/12/1994 Triple Threat- Johnny V, Rusty Reed, Tim Williams