Watch for this year’s 23rd annual festival, occurring February 25 – March 4, 2017
Thursday March 2, 2017 – 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00)
The Exchange, Tickets $25, All Ages Show, Rush Seating
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 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 Sax. 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.
With no signs of slowing down, The 24th Street Wailers have had a non stop touring schedule and played over 650 shows across the USA, Canada and Europe in the past four years.
Don’t miss this real deal Rock n’ Roll band. All Killer, No Filler!
Spellbound delivers the music of the great Eric Clapton and other artists with passion and precision. This Regina based four-piece band features Jim Wright’s spot-on guitar and lead vocals, Tony Martin’s excellent Hammond B3 organ and keys, Jon Young’s rhythmic bass and the solid thunder of funk/blues drummer, Lorne Pavelick. And the band’s secret weapon? The dynamic, powerful vocals of Khanida Taylor and Leah Constable.
While Spellbound’s focus is on the incredible music of Eric Clapton from the early days of the Yardbirds, Cream and Derek and the Dominos to his current show arrangements, the band also pays tribute to other outstanding performers for whom it is always about the music.
Az Paris Band
Azariah Paris has been playing music since the age of 5 with drums and accordion being his first choice. By the age of 9 he’d played his first gig as guitarist in his father’s band one New Year’s Eve. He earned $50 and has been hooked ever since.
From 1978 to 1981 Azariah was a studio guitarist at Silverlake Recording Studio in L.A. and toured Canada, U.S.A., Europe, Japan and South America with several bands. In 1981 “Az” was guitarist for Little Richard, after which he formed his own band. From 1981 – 1987 Az opened for acts like Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Powder Blues and George Thorogood.
Currently, Az is working with up-and-coming acts here in Regina.
Brent Neilsen & Kara Golemba
He conjures ghosts from a rich musical past. She can summon the power and the fury of a Baptist preacher when she wants to. Brent Nielsen and Kara Golemba both have separate musical lives. Brent is with The Stillhouse Poets and Kara released her solo EP in September. They like to get together and play through some vintage blues, gospel and acoustic soul. We welcome them to the festival stage for their first “official” gig together.
Friday March 3, 2017 – 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00)
Performing Arts Center, Tickets $40, All Ages Show, Rush Seating
Paul Reddick Band
Melding poetry, mystery, darkness and light, along with an extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of blues music is what makes Paul Reddick on of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today. For over 25 years he’s been writing and performing his eclectic brand of blues, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his rapacious, deep vocals, masterful harmonica playing and song writing. As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, words are his weapon of choice and when he sings, it is near impossible not to listen and get lost within the songs, right alongside him and illustrating what the influential British magazine Mojo described as his “wayward brilliance.”
A devotee of pre-war blues and classic artists such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf, Reddick formed his innovative band Paul Reddick & The Sidemen in Toronto in 1990, developing a cult-like following in the clubs and venues on the circuit at the time and spent a the better part decade touring across Canada. Together they released four albums, two of which were JUNO nominated and in 2002 their ground breaking release Rattlebag won three Maple Blues Awards including Electric Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in the USA. One of the tracks from Rattlebag, the gritty “I’m A Criminal”, was used in the popular Coca-Cola “Sip Stealing” television commercial that aired during the Superbowl. Following the trajectory set forth by The Sidemen, Reddick continued to re-work blues traditions on his solo recordings; Villanelle (2004), Sugarbird (2009), which earned Reddick a Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year, and his seminal recording Wishbone (2012). These recordings were released to critical acclaim from reviewers around the world.
Reddick is also the creator and benefactor of The Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition. The intention behind the Cobalt Prize is to promote blues music through exploration of its form. Entries are judged on their ability to creatively utilize blues traditions within the broad contemporary musical landscape. The inaugural Colbalt Prize was awarded at the Maple Blues Awards in 2015, and will continue to be an annual event.
With his extensive career and importance as a major player in the Canadian blues scene, there is no doubt that Paul Reddick will long continue to be an innovator and boundary-pusher in the genre.
This is poetry. This is history. This is blues. This is Paul Reddick.
Sue Foley Band
Sue Foley is a multi-award winning musician and 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 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 and has performed and been featured on nationally syndicated radio shows.
In 2001, Foley started a project called Guitar Woman based around dozens of interviews she conducted with the world’s leading female guitarists. For eight years she wrote articles, organized and promoted concerts, and worked on a book—fueling her passion for gender studies in music and her desire to bring the work of great women guitar players to light. Guitar Woman entered a period of dormancy from 2009-2015 while Foley pursued several musical collaborations and returned to university to get her graduate’s degree. When she’s not recording or performing internationally, Foley is an Assistant Professor of Music. Her specialty is teaching courses related to the roots of American music, creativity, musician entrepreneurship, and empowering women musicians. In her spare time, she studies the cello, reads voraciously, continues to work on Guitar Woman and is pursuing her PhD. Look for Sue Foley’s new CD in early 2017.
Billy Joe Green
Billy Joe Green would like to retire, but the phone just keeps on ringing. Calls from across the country keep Billy Joe & his small but very aggressive sounding band busy every year.
As one of Canada’s premier blues guitar slingers, Billy Joe earned his rambunctious, no frills approach to the guitar honestly, as a hard drinking, swaggering sideman for countless other than main stream configurations of bluesy, rocking, high voltage, loud and progressive bands. He’s worked with the drive & passion that would frustrate most musicians throughout western Canada and for a time in the western USA, patiently & diligently trying to find a place for his music. Billy Joe has been described as “an incredible talent, diverse and well-traveled musician” by SCENE Roots & Blues Magazine, a description that is well earned.
Three decades later, a clean & sober Billy Joe and his 3 CD efforts, have all been nominated for a Juno Award. Along with a five win sweep at the 2006 Winnipeg Blues.com Music Awards, two Best Blues CD Awards at the 2006 and 2009 Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards, the Best Male Artist at the 2002 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, a Best Aboriginal Recording Award at the 2001 Western Canadian Music Awards and countless other nominations, Billy Joe still pursues his love, passion and devotion for the electric guitar.
He is preparing to take a new direction on his next effort, perhaps re-arranging & recording songs he had written when his children were young.
This 7th album, just released, has come to fruition and goes under the title ‘Swingin’ Tomahawk’. A respectful nod to Anishinabe Alex Parenteau & his Swingin’ Tomahawks, who performed a concert at the residential school Billy Joe was forced to attend. This performance gave Billy Joe some welcome relief from his life & death situation & inspired him to be a guitarist like Anishinabe Junior Bruyere, Alex’ right hand man at the time.
Also inspiring was the patient understanding to his musical artistry by his family & children, who all remain very close to Billy Joe. “This is the music I wrote & thought would give my folks financial security, way back when my dream was to be a signed artist. Those plans changed drastically & now my independence as a recording artist is paramount to any of those old ideals now. Meegwetch for that, Creator!”
Saturday March 4, 2017 – 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00)
Casino Regina Show Lounge, Tickets $50/$55, 19+, Ticketed Seating
The Legendary Downchild Blues Band
The inspiration for Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi’s fabulous creation, The Blues Brothers (they recorded Downchild’s “Shotgun Blues” and Walsh’s “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost”, the latter shortlisted as one of Canada’s Essential Songs in a survey conducted by the Toronto Star in 2007) Downchild is an institution in their homeland, and revered by blues fans around the world.
Band founder and leader Donnie Walsh is recognized around the world as both a blues harp virtuoso with few equals, and an unusually expressive guitarist. Singer Chuck Jackson, tenor sax player Pat Carey, drummer Mike Fitzpatrick, bassist Gary Kendall, and pianist/organist Michael Fonfara — Walsh’s compadres in Downchild for the past decade and a half, and, he says, the “best musicians I’ve ever played with” — were soaking up the blues in their teenage years as well, in different parts of the country. Downchild’s 17th album, Can You Hear the Music, dropped October 29, 2013, on the Canadian independent label Linus Entertainment. Can You Hear The Music starts the way all things Downchild should: with the jump–blues sound that makes you want to jump up and dance. The album is both distinctly Downchild and proudly Canadian, right down to its cover art, which features the iconic Sam The Record Man sign from the landmark Toronto record store on Yonge Street. Much like that record store, Downchild has given music lovers all over the world what they want.
Walsh and his band mates have won countless music industry awards, including a JUNO for “Best Roots and Traditional Album” in 1991. They also received a JUNO Award nomination in 2005 for “Blues Album of The Year” for their album Come On In. In 2007 Downchild was named “Entertainer of The Year” at the annual Maple Blues Awards.
Forty–four years on, Downchild remains a blues force, true to itself and without equal. Musicianship of the highest order, sharp arrangements, strict adherence to its legitimate sources, slick pacing and a steely fix on the moods of its audiences, have always set Downchild apart. This has been a class act for the better part of its 40–plus–year life.
Bill Durst is a Canadian Blues- Rock- Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio chart hits.
Bill’s entrance on the national/international stage was with his classic rock band Thundermug formed from London R&B groups in 1969. By the summer of 1972 the band had a number one hit and a fan following in Eastern Canada. The band went on to record a total of 5 albums, (3 albums in the early/mid 1970s and two CDs in the mid 1990s) releasing records in the US and Europe. Bill put out his first two solo releases in the mid eighties.
In 2004 Bill proclaimed his intention to start up a “little, fuzzy, psychedelic blues band” and since then Bill and his co-writer Joe DeAngelis have produced 5 full length CDs; The Wharncliffe Sessions (’05), The Great Willy Mammoth (’09), Live (‘12) and Hard And Heavy (’13) Good Good Lovin (15). Bill has won a number of awards including Best Canadian Blues Rock Album (Artist), Top 10 Blues Rock Albums (International), three Blues / R&B Artist of the Year and Best Canadian Live Blues CD. He was inducted into the Jack Richardson Hall of Fame, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2006.
Miss Quincy & The Showdown
Vancouver based bluesy rock n’ roll trio Miss Quincy & The Showdown are following up their acclaimed 2014 release Roadside Recovery with a brand new single. Remind Me of Myself brings Quincy’s songwriting to the forefront and showcases her powerhouse vocals that sit comfortably in the timeless space between vintage soul and cutting edge pop hooks. After spending the winter in Toronto, Los Angeles and Melbourne the band is inspired to showcase new songs and hit the long hard roads of the Canadian tour trail. Late nights, badass grooves and festival stages. This is not your dad’s blues.
Roadside Recovery, the third full-length album for Quincy and first for the full band, saw Miss Quincy & The Showdown clocking hundreds of thousands of kilometers crossing dozens of countries on 3 different continents, playing every dirty barroom, music club, house concert and festival on the way. Produced by Matthew Rogers (The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer), who took the road grit and whiskey regrets from the band and scrubbed every track with them. The album is full of soul and vibrant life, breaking boundaries for Miss Quincy and the Showdown, or rather, smashing them down in the style of Joan Jett or the Black Keys.
Join us at The Capitol Jazz Club after the festival finale for more Miss Quincy and the Showdown!