2016 Saskatoon Blues Festival Lineup

Monday, Feb 22nd - Wednesday, Feb 24th

Buds on Broadway

817 Broadway Ave
Show 10:00pm


Wicked Grin

Wicked Grin

Wicked Grin's rocket into the spotlight started with the release of their album Shame on Me in December, 2013 to great reviews across North America. The album also received attention in their home province of Ontario where the single Heaven was chosen by the Ottawa Citizen as one of the top ten songs of the year by local artists. From there, the band then represented Ottawa at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, was runner-up in the Toronto Blues Society's new talent search, played four major festival gigs, had a successful Western Canadian tour, showcased at the seventh annual Blues Summit in Toronto and earned the Blues Underground Network's number one Canadian blues rock CD of the year award.

Tuesday, Feb 23rd

Village Guitar & Amp Co

432 20th Street West
Doors open 7:30pm Show 8:00pm
Tickets - $20.00


Tim Williams

Tim Williams

Tim Williams' career began in the coffee houses of Southern California in the mid-1960s and continues today around the world from his home base on the Canadian Prairies. Tim has played festivals, folk clubs, concert halls and roadhouses from Rabat, Morocco, to Melbourne, Australia, and from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, all to huge acclaim. A string of Maple Blues Award nominations, three JUNO award nominations, five Betty Mitchell Awards for composition/musical direction in theatre. Tim's win at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, as Best Solo or Duo, and Best Guitarist (solo or duo), are just the latest accolades in a career entering its fifth decade and attest to the high caliber of his work.

Web site: Tim Williams


Murray Porter

Murray Porter

JUNO Award Winner Murray Porter is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario. Through his blues he tells the Aboriginal side of history with a mixture of country, blues and humour. Murray is a self-taught, singer, songwriter and piano player, who's spent the last 30 years playing the blues throughout the world, spreading his unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping, NATIVE BLUES PIANO!! He has been compared to the likes of Dr. John, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Elton John and Delbert McClinton. Murray started playing music as a teenager, in bars and nightclubs throughout Ontario and Western New York he now lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Web site: Murray Porter

Eventbrite - Tim Williams - Murray Porter - 2016 Saskatoon Blues Festival

Thursday, Feb 25th

The Potashcorp Electric Blues Stage at TCU Place

35 22nd Street East
Doors open 7:00pm Show 8:00pm
Tickets - $30 and $35 at the door


Eddy Robertson

Eddy Robertson

Eddie Robertson Electric Blues has been a mainstay of the Saskatoon Blues scene for so long it's hard to remember when they weren't there. With Che Gunia on drums, Niki Ulan Hohol on bass and Tim Hatcher playing harmonica.


Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown

Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown

You might remember them... Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds have been "Keeping the Blues Rockin' since 1965" and they just keep getting better. One fan describes the band (Kim Simmonds guitar, Pat DeSalvo bass and Garnet Grimm drums) as tighter than a clenched fist. Legendary... a blues/rock institution... true innovators. These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past forty years by music critics and fans. Their stage show is true to the British blues sound that they helped launch. You'd best come and see for yourself.

Web site: Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown

Eventbrite - Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown - 2016 Saskatoon Blues Festival

Friday, Feb 26th

The Bassment

202 4th Ave N
Doors 8:00pm Show 9:00pm
Tickets - $30 and $35 at the door


"Blind Boy" Paxton

BLIND BOY PAXTON

"BLIND BOY" PAXTON was a hit at the 2013 Saskatoon Blues Festival and we're pleased to have him back.

Although only in his 20s, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920's and making them wish they could stay there for good. Paxton may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of. Yet. This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling.

Web site: "Blind Boy" Paxton

Eventbrite - "Blind Boy" Paxton - 2016 Saskatoon Blues Festival


TCU Place

35 22nd Street East
Doors open 7:00pm Show 8:00pm
Tickets - $30 and $35 at the door


Apollo Cruz

Apollo Cruz

Apollo Cruz is Saskatoon's young, fiery Blues-Rock band. Drawing from the great tradition of bands and artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Colin James, ZZ Top, David Wilcox, and Pink Floyd, band members Nick Longpre, Aiden Currie, and Brandon Ziola bring groove, swagger and skill to every stage. Whether you want to party, dance, or just enjoy quality live music, Apollo Cruz is the band for you to see! The band's debut album... "Your Blues, John" was released on July 9th, 2015, and is available on iTunes, BandCamp, and many other websites, along with a limited physical release with deluxe packaging!

Web site: Apollo Cruz


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.

Web site: Cécile Doo-Kingué


Boogaloo

Jimmy and the Sleepers

Boogaloo (formally Jimmy & The Sleepers) are a gritty, genuine house rockin blues band based in Edmonton, Canada. For years Edmonton has had a modest, but reverent blues scene which has fostered a blues sound that was a little more traditional. Perhaps it's those long, cold, Canadian Prairie winters whose bone chilling winds blow like that off Lake Michigan, whose winds chilled Chicago in the early days of electric blues. Whatever it is, the blues is alive in Edmonton and Boogaloo are disciples of the sound and dedicated to it's roots. After smouldering like an underground fire for close to 10 years they are more ready than ever to burn out of the frozen Alberta north and showcase their Edmonton-styled blues to the world.

Web site: Boogaloo

Eventbrite - Cécile Doo-Kingué - 2016 Saskatoon Blues Festival

Saturday, Feb 27th

TCU Place

35 22nd Street East
Doors open 7:00pm Show 8:00pm
Tickets - $40 and $45 at the door


Rita Chiarelli

Rita Chiarelli

One of Canada's most highly acclaimed female roots and Blues artists, she is known across Canada as the "Goddess of the Blues". Rita's New Release, her 9th recording, is the soundtrack to the award winning documentary "Music from the Big House". She is a Juno Award winner and 4 time nominee as well as the recipient of multiple Maple Blues Awards, including the prestigious "Blues with a Feeling" award for lifetime achievement. Rita is a powerhouse performer with a stunning 3 octave range. She possesses a "voice so Blue it could make angels weep"... "a voice that can growl at her demons or soar with the angels, a gift for lyric, an ear for melody and the heart to combine them".

Web site: Rita Chiarelli


Colin Linden

Colin Linden

Born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in White Plains, New York, Colin Linden returned to Canada in 1970. He was already a guitar prodigy at 11 years old, and when most kids that age are playing sports, Colin was meeting and being mentored by one of his musical heroes, the great bluesman Howlin' Wolf, which helped set the youngster on a course to pursue the sounds of his dreams. That encounter helped fuel a career that has featured his work on literally hundreds of albums. At last count, the total of recordings on which he has played approaches 400, while over 100 albums bear the "Produced by Colin Linden" credit. As a testament to his roots music acumen and early devotion to the idiom, Colin - at the tender age of 15 and accompanied by fellow Canadian musician Doc MacLean - embarked on a summer blues odyssey of the USA, working down from the border and hitting Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta, Memphis and other points south in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, they met up with and performed on numerous occasions with a "who's-who" of blues legends, including Sippie Wallace, Buddy Moss, Little Brother Montgomery, Sunnyland Slim, Tampa Red, Henry Townsend, Robert Wilkins, Sleepy John Estes, Son House and Sam Chatmon.

Web site: Colin Linden


Boogaloo

Jimmy and the Sleepers

Boogaloo (formally Jimmy & The Sleepers) are a gritty, genuine house rockin blues band based in Edmonton, Canada. For years Edmonton has had a modest, but reverent blues scene which has fostered a blues sound that was a little more traditional. Perhaps it's those long, cold, Canadian Prairie winters whose bone chilling winds blow like that off Lake Michigan, whose winds chilled Chicago in the early days of electric blues. Whatever it is, the blues is alive in Edmonton and Boogaloo are disciples of the sound and dedicated to it's roots. After smouldering like an underground fire for close to 10 years they are more ready than ever to burn out of the frozen Alberta north and showcase their Edmonton-styled blues to the world.

Web site: Boogaloo

Eventbrite - Rita Chiarelli - Colin Linden - 2016 Saskatoon Blues Festival


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

Sunday, Feb 28th

Windup Party

Vangelis Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave
1:00pm
Tickets $10.00 at the door (Limited Quantity)

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