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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Our Weekday Picks (August 4-6, 2015)

Tuesday, August 4

12pm: Mike Almas@Jackson Square Rooftop (Hamilton)

6pm: Brad Battle@Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $12.50/FREE for RBG members

7pm: Jack de Keyzer (solo)@Morty's Pub (Waterloo)

Wednesday, August 5

12pm: Mike Almas@Jackson Square Rooftop (Hamilton)

12pm: Alfie Smith@Gore Park (Hamilton)

6pm: Heillig Manoeuvre and Alex Tait@Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $12.50/FREE for RBG members

7:30pm: Elvis: The Way It Was with Steve Michaels@Greg Frewin Theatre (Niagara Falls) $24.98

8:30pm: Interactive Music Night w Judy and the Noteworthies@Coach and Lantern (Ancaster)

Thursday, August 6 (12-6:30pm)

12pm: Mike Almas@Jackson Square Rooftop (Hamilton)

12pm: Azalea@Central Park (Cambridge)

12pm: Mimi Shaw@Gore Park (Hamilton)

5pm: Alfie Smith@Tracie's Place (Hamilton)

Thursday, August 6 (7-7:30pm)

7pm: Gary Beck 'Sideways' CD Release@Manhattans (Guelph)

7pm: Gary Gray and John Ludgate@Walter Williams Amphitheatre (Paris)

7pm: Hazy Maidens/David Lum@Waterford Old Town Hall $?

7pm: Art Show and Gala w Live Music@McMaster Innovation Park (Hamilton) $10

Thursday, August 6 (8pm-Close)

8pm: Carole Pope/Guests@Casbah (Hamilton) $15 adv/$20 door

9pm: Matty Simpson/Ginger St. James Birthday Bash@This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $8 adv/$10 door

9pm: Michael Keys Rock and Roll Band@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville)

9:30pm: The Duane Rutter Band@Cat N Fiddle (Hamilton)

Thursday, August 6 (Festivals)

Kitchener Blues Festival

OLG Clocktower Stage $50
6pm Conor Gains Band
7:15pm Devon Allman
9:15pm Burton Cummings

12 Bar Blues FREE
11pm Conor Gains Band@Boathouse


Summer Streetfest@Downtown Woodstock

Museum Square
12-3pm Evan Champagne
3-5pm George Douglas

Museum Square Main Stage
7-9pm Jamie Warren, Steve Wilkinson, Russell DeCarle (Prairie Oyster)

East Street Tent
11am-2pm David Leask
2-5pm Rebekah Stevens
6-9pm Geoff Masse Band

West Street Tent
11am-2pm Yeager Trio
2-5opm Movin' Groovin and Verhoeven
6-9pm Sarah Smith Trio

Banjo Man
The Ben Show


Holstein Bluegrass Celebration@Love’s Sugarbush
7pm Barn Dance w UTurn $15

Previous (New Cheryl Lescom Album)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Kitchener's Cheryl Lescom Belts Out Wonderful, Rockin', Soulful Blues on '1953'

With her big, soulful voice, Kitchener Blueswoman, Cheryl Lescom and her band, the Tucson Choir Boys create killer tracks on their latest album, 1953 (released through Busted Flat Records).  This amazing music will grab a hold of you instantly.

Cheryl's voice can really boom when it has too but it also can move you with emotion as well.  The boys do a superb job of making some wonderful blues licks and dynamic sounds.  A couple of tunes will even transport you to the 50s.

The band also gets some help on the writing from from labelmate, Lynn Jackson, who wrote two of the songs.

If you want some good time rockin's blues you can pick up the CD through her energetic live shows or via the Busted Flat Online shop.  It's available through iTunes as well.

Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers


Some recordings escape our radar, so occasionally we'll be catching up with some mini-reviews!

Cheryl and the Tucson Choir Boys released a self-titled album in 2009.  You'll hear some great, rockin', soulful numbers on here as well.  There's also a little more of a roots feel on the album. You can download it through  cdbaby or iTunes.

Video above courtesy of Dave Sloane

Blast from the Past: Cheryl Lescom Video and More

Links: Cheryl LescomMore Cheryl Lescom StoriesMore Releases

Previous (International Blues Day Videos)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

News Roundup (Hailee Rose, Barn Katz, David Lum, Rita Chiarelli)

Legendary drumstick maker, Vic Firth passes.
Click pic for interview video




The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

Nothing this week: Check out his past shenanigans!  


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CONGRATS: Joel Johnson and Jane Lewis Win Independent Music Awards!

The judges have spoken in the 14th Independent Music Awards and two local acts have received-much deserved accolades.   Ohsweken Bluesman, Joel Johnson got the Best Blues Album award for Blues Joose, Vol. 2 and Guelph singer/songwriter, Jane Lewis earned the Best Cover Song award for her rendition of the Beatles' Come Together.

Artists from around the world are nominated for these prestigious awards.  It's great to see talented area musicians shine in the international spotlight!

Hopefully, they haven't finished winning either because there's a people's choice portion of the awards.  You can vote for the nominees by clicking here.  Joel is also nominated in the Blues Song category for I'll Be Just Fine. Deadline is September 11, 2015. Good Luck!

Links: Joel JohnsonMore Joel Johnson StoriesVideo above courtesy of Andrea Cassis

Links: Jane LewisMore Jane Lewis StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jane Lewis

Here are a few highlights from the winners list:

  • Blues - Joel JohnsonBlues Joose, Vol. 2
  • Alt. Country - Marta Pacek: Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms

    Video above courtesy of Marta Pacek

  • Americana - The Amigos: Diner In The Sky
  • Bluegrass - The Seldom Scene: Long Time...Seldom Scene
  • Country - Jodee Lewis: Whiskey Halo 
  • Folk/Singer-Songwriter - Dawn Landes: Bluebird
  • Funk/Fusion/Jam - Brownman Electryc Trio: Gravitation: A Study In Freefall
  • Jazz Instrumental  - Simon Phillips: Protocol 2 
  • Jazz With Vocals - The Lost Jazz Ensemble: The Lost American JazzBook

  • Cover Song - Jane Lewis: Come Together
  • Alt. Country - Mayfield: When I Last Saw You
  • Americana - Sleepy Man: Flesh and Bones
  • Bluegrass - The Seldom Scene - Mean Mother Blues
  • Blues - Hamish Anderson: Burn
  • Country - Jodee Lewis: From a Bottle
  • Folk/Singer-Songwriter - Elizabeth and The Catapult: Someday Soon
  • Funk/Fusion/Jam - George and The Good Vibes: Haklaut
  • Jazz Instrumental - Pascal Le Boeuf: What Your Teacher…
  • Jazz With Vocals - KJ Denhert: Beautiful
  • Jazz - Joy and Madness: The EP
  • Roots/Country -  The Show Ponies: Run For Your Life
Click here for the complete winners listing

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