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Monday, October 21, 2019

Weekday Picks (October 24-24, 2019)

Monday, October 21

Federal Election - PLEASE VOTE!

7:30pm: Bruce Cockburn @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Partridge Hall) (St. Catharines) $59

11:30pm-12am: Ensemble! TV Show w Benjamin Dakota Rogers, Rachel Heart, Will Macaulay Hosted by Mark McNeil @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)
Wednesday, October 23

6:30pm: Southern Supper w The Vaudevillian @ Mississippi Queen Foods (Hamilton) $45 incl dinner

7:30pm: Stories, Songs and Six-Strings w Dave Woods @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

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

Thursday, October 24

8pm: Mary Wilson of the Supremes @ Burlington Performing Arts Centre $69.50

8pm: Wayfarer + Guests @ Warehouse Concert Hall (St. Catharines) $10 adv

11:30pm-12am: Ensemble! TV Show w Corey Lueck (Smoke Wagon Blues Band), Dan Thomas, Paul Panchezak (Trickbag), Jason Colavecchia, Hosted by Mark McNeil @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Enter to Win Tickets to See Jack de Keyzer at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas

This year's Blues and Beer fundraiser will feature Jack de Keyzer (guitar, vocals), Al Duffy (bass) and Richard Thornton (sax).  They'll be rockin' the joint on Saturday, October 26 at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario. It's only $25 for advance tickets.

Thanks to the Gallery, we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader.

Here are the different ways you can enter:
  1. Email us at with Blues & Beers in the subject line.
  2. Share and like this Facebook post.
  3. Retweet and like this Twitter post.
Deadline to enter is Wednesday, October 23 at 11:59pm. A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday morning.  The winner will have until the end of the day to reply or another person will be chosen.


More Elmore James Stories/Covers

More Willie Dixon Covers/Stories

More Otis Rush Stories/Covers

More Howlin' Wolf Covers/Stories

Blast from the Past: Jack de Keyzer Band Videos

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

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Blues Blast  (hosted by Ken Wallis) is on 101.5 FM (Mohawk Radio) or Tuesdays at 4pm

The show is repeated Thursdays at 8pm on Blues and Roots Radio

Ken also hosts the BluesSource International radio show on Blues and Roots Radio. Fridays at 7 pm

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hamilton Music Legend Dallas Harms Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Canadian Country Music Legend Dallas Harms. The fabled Hamiltonian passed away on October 12, 2019. Our condolences to his family, friend and fans.

Dallas had many chart-topping hits including his number one smash Honky Tonkin' (All Night Long) and  Paper Rosie (later recorded by American Gene Watson as a top 3 single and title track to his album).

He was inducted to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and won the Hamilton Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.  Also Paper Rosie was inducted into Canadian Songwriting Hall of Fame in 2018.

Click here for the Hamilton Spectator story.

Click here for the FYI Music News story.

There was a lot of social media reaction regarding his passing. Here are a few samples:

James Anthony
My father in law Ernie Varga goes back many years with him. Dallas was with him when my wife was born...I played with him a few times and he gave me his old Sunn amp a few years back. RIP. Sad news.
George Belmore
It was an honour to play for you and call you friend. Godspeed.
He brought Rock and Roll to Canada in the form of RONNIE HAWKINS!
We'll add more comments as we find them.

Links: Dallas HarmsMore Dallas Harms Stories, Videos above courtesy of K Burgess

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Monday, October 14, 2019

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From their website: The Farley Foundation assists those who are struggling financially to pay for veterinary care for their pets. Pet owners who cannot afford medical care for their sick or injured pet, and who fall into one of the categories below, are encouraged to talk to their veterinarian about the availability of Farley Foundation funding.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Videos by the Pistolettes, Alanis Morissette, Sam & Dave

Links: Pistolettes, More Pistolettes Stories, Video above courtesy of BOYDWILSONFILMS

Links: Alanis Morissette, Video above courtesy of Alanis Morissette

Links: Sam and Dave, Video above courtesy of 3 Chord Philosophy

More Thanksgiving Music

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Art Blakey's 100th Birthday

Today (Friday, October 11, 2019) would have been the late American Jazz legend Art Blakey's 100th birthday.

We asked a number of local drummers for their thoughts on this unforgettable musical titan. Hera re the quotes:

Sean O'Grady
His peers in the 50’s used to call him Thunder. No holding back and not worrying about sounding polite, Art Blakey along with Max Roach and Kenny Clarke practically invented Be Bop drumming. Be Bop bent and broke the rules of harmony, melody & rhythm that defined jazz music up t’il then. Later as a “hard bopper”
Art also started incorporating elements of R & B and Latin music into his style and his repertoire. As a young rocker , when I first heard Art Blakey I was drawn to his energy but struggled with his sound. The drums were tuned really high and didn’t have the big thuddy decay that I was used to hearing. I later realized that sound helped a drummer of the time cut through on stage and on recording sessions so your parts and licks would speak when you needed to be heard! 
My friend and killer drummer Dave King saw him live shortly before he died. Dave said they had to help him on stage but when he sat down all the fire was still there! If you don’t grow up with jazz music many young players think they need to be quiet and subtle to sound authentic. Certainly dynamics are a major part of jazz drumming but jazz also needs to be in your face and joyful and free spirited just the way Art Blakey played night after night.
He was a mentor to countless young musicians over 30 years of leading the Jazz Messengers and remains an inspiration to me and countless musicians all over the world! Mr. Blakey was also known as an appreciator of not just song, but wine and women as well. He would have fit right in here in Hamilton.
Robin Pirson (New Rebel Westerners)
He was such a musical player! I loved the way he incorporated rudiments into his playing and solos....he had one of the finest press rolls I  ever encountered.... yet his technique never overshadowed his musicality.
Cassius Pereira
He was a legend, I used to listen to A Night at the Birdland a lot when I was younger, it was one of those special records. As a drummer, just a big thank you for being such an inspiration!
Now for some videos from the man himself.

Video above courtesy of 60otaku4

Video above courtesy of DRUMMERWORLD by Bernhard Castiglioni

Video above courtesy of Jazz at Ronnie Scott's

Links: Art BlakeyOther 100th birthdays

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

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From their webiste: The Cancer Assistance Program is a community-based, not-for-profit organization, led by a team of volunteers and staff, offering free services to ease the physical, emotional and economic impact of those in our community affected by cancer.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

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