2018 Saskatoon Blues Festival Lineup

Thursday, March 1st

The Bassment

202 4th Ave N
Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm
Tickets - $30 and $35 at the door


Charlie Jacobson

Charlie Jacobson


Charlie Jacobson is a passionate, Alberta based, 23-year-old blues artist. Over the last few years, Charlie has played hundreds of shows across the Canadian prairies and back and forth over the Rockies. We first saw Charlie in Red Deer a couple of years ago and again at the 2017 Edmonton Blues festival.



Web site: Charlie Jacobson


Steve Strongman

Steve Strongman


Juno award winner and 4 times Maple Blues Award winner Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman is a versatile talent, and a restless one. By constantly pushing himself in new directions, he has kept himself vital. His talent is huge and impossible to miss, and it's matched by his staggering musical ambition - as guitar-slinger, songwriter or vocalist. The same structures and progressions that animate blues and roots music can also choke the air out of it, smothering it in caricature and cliché. But Strongman is a subtle shape-shifter who manages to slip that trap without betraying the music he loves. Throughout, he never sounds an inauthentic note or loses touch with the essence of the blues.



Web site: Steve Strongman


Friday, March 2nd

The Bassment

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


Manitoba Hal

Manitoba Hal


Known for his deep baritone voice and mastery of his instrument - whether it be on guitar or his trusty ukulele - Manitoba Hal takes his audience from the deep south to the islands with songs that are mournful, hopeful, silly, romantic and introspective. His original songs have become modern classics and his take on standards and popular blues songs of the past have brought him to the forefront of the blues scene. Manitoba Hal has been influenced equally by artists such as Gordon Lightfoot and Stephen Fearing as much as blues forefathers Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. These influences offer a uniquely Canadian sound to Hal's blues and work to tie together the exceptional prose in his lyrics with grit and spirit of blues music.

Beginning his career as a guitarist, Manitoba Hal began to play the ukulele when he inherited a 1955 Martin uke from his beloved grandfather who told him "you can have it if you learn to play it". And so, he did, continuing to master the tiny instrument, thus proving that the ukulele can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful riffs and melodies adding background beats with looping technology showcasing the blues in all its passion and groove. His approach to playing is simple - there's not a lot of flash, just a brilliant understanding of the music, the mood and his audience. In an average year Hal performs over 150 shows throughout Canada, Europe and Australia. Be it a crowd of one or 1000, Manitoba Hal gives 100% of his energy and ability at each performance to ensure a night to remember.

Web site: Manitoba Hal


Cary Morin

Cary Morin


Described as "one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today," Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other. With deft fingerstyle guitar and vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world-weariness, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as acoustic Native Americana with qualities of blues, bluegrass, jazz, jam, reggae, and dance.

Crow tribal member and son of an air force officer, Morin was born in Billings, Montana. He spent the bulk of his youth in Great Falls, where he cut his teeth picking guitar standards at neighborhood get-togethers, before relocating to Northern Colorado. There, his musical career hit the ground running with The Atoll, a band he founded in 1989 and that toured nationally, gaining a devoted following. Later, he achieved international acclaim with The Pura Fé Trio, for whom the single "Ole Midlife Crisis," which Morin wrote and performed with Pura Fé, placed at number 17 on France's iTunes blues chart. With The Atoll and The Pura Fé Trio, and as a solo artist, Morin has played celebrated venues across the globe, including Paris Jazz Festival, Winter Park Jazz Festival, Folk Alliance International, River People Festival, Shakori Hill Festival, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and most recently Rochefort En Accords festival in France and The Copenhagen Blues Festival.

Web site: Cary Morin



Friday, March 2nd

TCU Place

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


Boogie Patrol

Boogie Patrol


No strangers to SBS members, they have steadily built their reputation as one of Western Canada's premier Blues, Funk, Soul & Blues/Rock bands. Since their formation in Edmonton in 2007 they have opened for blues legends such as Buddy Guy, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds and have been a featured act on some of the West's finest roots music festivals. The band has garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic following on the strength of their high-energy live shows and their dedication to excellent musicianship and charming stage presence. Boogie Patrol ripped up the stage at the 2017 Edmonton Blues festival and arguably the best we have seen them perform. They have been nominated for the 2017 Maple Blues Award - Electric Act of the Year.



Web site: Boogie Patrol


Angel Forrest

Angel Forrest


On January 23, 2017, at the 20th annual Maple Blues Awards, Angel Forrest achieved something quite remarkable, unprecedented even, when she was named the Female Vocalist of the Year for the fourth consecutive time. Trophies for Recording/Producer of the Year for her CD, Angel's 11 (2016) and Songwriter of the Year (with husband, guitarist and bandleader, Denis Coulombe) completed the Montreal native's hat trick. Angel has been nominated for two 2017 Maple Blues Awards, we will know in January if she is adding more to her collection.

"It sounds corny and crazy, but it was a magical experience," says Forrest of the making of her ninth album. A true multi-artist collaboration, its 11 original songs were matched to a pageant of 11 hot guitar players including Steve Hill, Paul DesLauriers, Steve Strongman and Corey Diabo with whom she had worked in the past. "They pushed me and I pushed them," says Forrest. "I like that." Ambitious in scope, Angel's 11 incorporates blues music's universal themes into a pastiche of styles from blues to rock to jazz. "The album is all about betrayal, about true love, about sex," she says.

With a career now into its third decade, Forrest is well known in La Belle Province for her trademark fiery red hair and grainy, smoky voice. Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge come to mind. She's naturally inclined to prowl the stage barefoot too. "It keeps me more grounded with the vibe of the whole scene," explains Forrest. "And, I like to dance a lot."

Web site: Angel Forrest


Charlie Jacobson Band

Charlie Jacobson


Charlie Jacobson is a passionate, Alberta based, 23-year-old blues artist. Over the last few years, Charlie has played hundreds of shows across the Canadian prairies and back and forth over the Rockies. We first saw Charlie in Red Deer a couple of years ago and again at the 2017 Edmonton Blues festival.



Web site: Charlie Jacobson



Saturday, March 3rd

TCU Place

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


Hector Anchondo Band

Hector Anchondo Band


Hector Anchondo doesn't just play the blues - he lives and breathes the blues. At 16-years-old, the budding musician picked up his first guitar and never looked back. Born in Omaha, but raised seven miles outside of Salem, Missouri, he was drawn to those artists who played Fender Stratocasters like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, but also respected the country greats such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr. His music reflects those influences, but with a definite modern twist.

Web site: Hector Anchondo


Lil' Jimmy Reed Band

Lil' Jimmy Reed Band


Leon Atkins, better known as Lil' Jimmy Reed, is the real deal, as will be attested to by anyone who has been privileged to hear his stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica. A tall charismatic figure, Lil' Jimmy epitomises the classic Louisiana down-home blues tradition. Born in the late nineteen-thirties in a shotgun shack in Hardwood, LA, a small cotton and sawmill town on the Mississippi River, Leon grew up near a club where every night he absorbed the wail of the blues from across the street. At six he had his own guitar, made from a cigar box, and by the time he was a teenager he was proficient on both guitar and harmonica, playing local clubs around Baton Rouge. Filling-in one night for blues star Jimmy Reed earned him the sobriquet Lil' Jimmy Reed and started him on the long path to success. He has shared the stage with B. B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland and headlined festivals in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland. His many fans recognise that Lil' Jimmy's performances are almost the last chance to hear the raw, unadulterated sound of authentic Louisiana blues.



Web site: Lil' Jimmy Reed


Jack Semple

Jack Semple


Jack Semple is one of those rare guitar players who leaves a crowd speechless, one of those players who leaves a crowd in total astonishment, in absolute awe of what they have just experienced. Listening to and watching Jack play fills one with a sense of having witnessed an event in time, one not soon to be forgotten. Jack Semple is an absolute virtuoso of his art form, playing with unparalleled feeling and total technical control.

Jack Semple writes and performs "Modern Blues" without forgetting where he came from. He is an epic guitarist and a soulful singer. His music is like Stevie Ray Vaughn meets James Brown meets Robben Ford. He is a Juno Award winner and Western Canadian Music Award winner.



Web site: Jack Semple



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