2017 Saskatoon Blues Festival Lineup

Thursday, March 2nd

The Bassment

202 4th Ave N
Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm
Tickets - $25


Ross Neilsen

Ross Neisen

In the past decade, Maritimer and now Flatlander, Ross Neilsen has released nine recordings, performed over 1500 concerts, driven nearly a million kilometers and has toured Canada 18 times. Proving hard work pays off, Neilsen has been honoured with Maple Blues Award nominations for Best Acoustic Artist and song writer of the year, two Rising Star nominations from CBC, back to back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association, a win for Best Blues Recording at the 2010 Music NB awards, a semifinalist in the solo/duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2012 and in 2013 Ross garnered Five nominations from Music New Brunswick including: Album of the year, best group and best rock recording for RESURRECTION as well as Best male solo Recording for THE SHACK UP SESSIONS and a win for best blues recording for THE SHACK UP SESSIONS.

2015 found Neilsen in clubs, homes and festivals throughout Canada. Then, last fall, Neilsen left the road for the first time in eight years. A decade of touring had led to burnout. Neilsen used the break to write new material. In early 2016, Neilsen returned to the studio to cut his sixth studio album with Juno winning team of, Producer Steve Marriner and ace engineer, Ken Friesen. The new record "Elemental" was released in September 2016.

Web site: Ross Neilsen


Paul Reddick

Paul Reddick

Paul Reddick has been creating his own, compelling version of the blues for over 25 years, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his poetic lyrics, spirited vocals, masterful harmonica playing, and hypnotic live performances. Rooted in a deep knowledge of blues music history and nourished by a poet's sensibility, his "wayward brilliance," as the influential British magazine Mojo puts it, makes Paul Reddick one of the most popular figures, and the unofficial poet laureate, of the Canadian blues and roots music scene.

Reddick has enjoyed many successes in the course of his musical journey. His band Paul Reddick & the Sidemen, formed in 1990, developed a cult-like following and released four albums that together amassed seven Maple Blues Awards, two JUNO nominations, and a WC Handy nomination. The gritty "I'm a Criminal," off the 2001 Rattlebag, was used in a popular "Sip Stealing" Coca-Cola television commercial that aired during the Superbowl and the 2012 Olympics U.S. television coverage.

Paul Reddick also re-worked the blues traditions on his solo recordings for NorthernBlues Music, earning JUNO nominations for Villanelle (2004) and Sugarbird (2009), and winning the 2008 Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year. In 2016, the song "Villanelle" was featured in the Sundance Films television production Hap and Leonard. By way of tipping his hat to the role of song-writing in both his own career and blues music in general, Reddick also created and now mentors The Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition that was inaugurated at the 2015 Maple Blues Awards.

Paul Reddick released his label debut CD, Ride the One, in 2016 via Stony Plain Records. Ride the One is a musical reference to the hypnotic grooves explored on the new release. Deep rhythm, intense singing and harp playing combine with his distinctive blues poetry. As Reddick puts it, "Blues is a beautiful landscape;" and he's created this special atmospheric video to talk about his vision of the music: Blues is a beautiful landscape - Paul Reddick

Web site: Paul Reddick



Friday, March 3rd

The Bassment

202 4th Ave N
Doors 8:00pm Show 9:00pm
Tickets - $30


Suzie Vinnick

Suzie Vinnick

Suzie Vinnick, 10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee was a Finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category in Memphis, TN. She was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year has released a new album entitled Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel.

A little history...in 2011 Suzie sent a copy of her first solo acoustic blues album Me 'n' Mabel to Bill Wax and the album ended up charting for seven weeks on B. B. King,s Bluesville "Picks to Click" reaching number three. This gave Suzie exposure to wider markets and very positive feedback on Me 'n' Mabel from fans. In November 2011, as part of a two week tour in the US, Suzie and Mabel spent a few hours recording at the Sirius/XM Radio studio with Bill and his team. Suzie felt so good about the recording session that she wanted to share it with her fans.

Suzie's album Me 'n' Mabel received a 2012 Juno Nomination and opened many doors for her including numerous US and international performances - opening for John Hammond at the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York City and performing in Germany at the Women in (e) Motion Festival in Bremen.

Web site: Suzie Vinnick




TCU Place

35 22nd Street East
Doors open 7:00pm Show 8:00pm
Tickets - $35 and $45 at the door


Big Dave McLean

TBD

With multiple Juno and Maple Blues Awards Canadian blues legend Big Dave McLean, has been singing the blues better than anyone for decades now. It's a journey that's taken him hooting, hollering and testifying through every juke joint and dance hall across the country.

A masterful guitarist and top notch harpist, McLean's raw and gravelly vocals bespeak of a life lived to the fullest, and a career spent performing in and around those countless small towns that dot the Canadian prairies. When it comes to the blues, however, McLean's heart firmly beats to the ghosts of the delta greats--especially the incomparable Muddy Waters, with whom he toured over two decades ago. Just how important the Mojo Man was to the development of Big Dave can be gleaned in an 11-minute tribute, aptly titled 'Muddy Waters for President'. Actually written for the dean of Chicago bluesmen, Muddy died before getting around to recording it.


Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

From the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC, virtuoso guitarist, Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide. One of Canada's most awarded and in demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has relased 8 CD's and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings and live sessions with artists ranging from Etta James to Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley to Blue Rodeo. An incendiary live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer, de Keyzer performs an average of 180 shows per year and has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico). A much celebrated musician, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album of the Year) 5 times and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada''s national blues awards) , first place in the International Songwriting Competition and won CBC's Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners. Always touring with an incredible band, Jack will have you rocking in your seat and swaying to his hot blues, soulful r&b and cool soul jazz. World class.

Web site: Jack de Keyzer


The 24th Street Wailers

The 24th Street Wailers

Experienced, road-tested and tougher than a two by four, The 24th Street Wailers are five musicians who originally met in music school. Their major influence? The sounds from the freewheeling period in the '40s and '50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities. When showmanship mattered. When the sax player, not the guitarist, got the girls.

2014's WICKED was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) and received widespread radio play including major radio shows and broadcasters such as B.B. King's Bluesville on SiriusXM and thebluesmobile.com (House of Blues Radio Hour) as well as CBC. Host of thebluesmobile and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd heralded the band as a "21st upgrade to jump and jive". They have since released another album, WHERE EVIL GROWS in March 2015. This album has further cemented the band's reputation as one of the best acts out there who bring a much needed high energy 1950's Rock n' Roll approach to the game.

Led by Lindsay Beaver. A wild and crazy front woman and singing drummer. This band is filled out by Michael Archer on Upright Bass, Marc Doucet on Guitar, Jesse Whiteley on Piano, and Jonny Wong on wailing Saxand between them they have 15 Maple Blues Awards. This band has been winning over the masses with their unbeatable live performances and a sense of showmanship from a time gone by, something many consider lost in modern day music.

Web site: The 24th Street Wailers



Saturday, March 4th

TCU Place

35 22nd Street East
Doors open 7:00pm Show 8:00pm
Tickets - $40 and $50 at the door


Suzie Vinnick

Suzie Vinnick

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.

Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: being nominated for a 2016 MapleBlues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year; achieving finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards, 1 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.

Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean's The Vinyl Cafe and the John McDermott Band, and performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton's for 5 years. How cool is that?

Suzie's latest full-length release is a solo acoustic blues album entitled Me 'n' Mabel, and in May of 2012, she released Live At Bluesville, which includes 8 blues, roots and gospel songs. She is currently working on a new blues and roots album to be released in early 2017.

Tune your ears to one of Canada's music greats, with "...a voice of spun gold and honey" (Access Magazine)

Web site: Suzie Vinnick


Sue Foley

Sue Foley

Sue Foley is a multi-award winning musician and of the one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. She spent her childhood in Canada, mesmerized by her father's guitar and started her professional career at sixteen. By twenty-one, she was living in Austin, TX and recording for Antone's-the esteemed record label and historic nightclub founded by blues aficionado, Clifford Antone. Foley's first release, Young Girl Blues, quickly rooted her unique talents as a proficient blues guitarist/singer/songwriter and launched her out on the road-working and sharing the stage with legendary artists such as BB King, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, and Jimmy Rogers. She won the prestigious Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) for her CD, Love Coming Down in 2000 and holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards (seventeen) as well as three Trophees de Blues de France. Foley also garnered several nominations at the International Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.

Foley is an accomplished and award winning songwriter. Her music has been featured in the major motion picture You Can Count On Me, and she contributed the theme song, "Two Trains," for the internationally syndicated television series Just Cause. She has been featured numerous times in major print publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The National Post, Downbeat and Mojo Magazine, and has performed and been featured on nationally syndicated radio shows: House Of Blues, Sirius-XM's BB King's Bluesville, CBC's Saturday Night Blues, NPR's Mountainstage, West Coast Live, Kentucky Woodsongs and Beale Street Caravan.

Web site: Sue Foley


Cécile Doo-Kingué

Cécile Doo-Kingué

An exceptional stage presence, guitarist / singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer. Considered one of Canada's most electrifying and versatile guitarists, she has shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bernard Purdie, Michael Jerome Brown, Tricia Foster, Scarlett Jane, United Steel Workers of Montreal, amongst many, and has opened for many icons including Canned Heat, Eric Andersen, Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N'Dour and Manu Dibango.

Powerful, sexy and raw, Cécile Doo-Kingué's lyrics and sound, live or recorded, make for an enthralling and intimate communion.

The Saskatoon Blues Society wishes thank Cécile for joining our festival on such short notice after Beverly "Guitar" Watkins was advised not to travel by her doctor.

Web site: Cécile Doo-Kingué




Tickets are available at McNally Robinson, Long & McQuade Music, St. John's Music, all Cherry Insurance Branches

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