This year’s 2018 Festival Free Events Included:
Monday February 26, 2018 – 8:00pm
Tuesday February 27, 2018 – 9:00pm
Wednesday February 28, 2018 – 8:00pm
Thursday March 1, 2018 – 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00)
The Exchange, Tickets $25, All Ages Show, Rush Seating
Terraplane is swampy four-piece delta blues belted out by Regina’s friendliest bluesman Shane Reoch and his tight band. The band has played several venues in the past few years, and recently released its debut cd, consisting of eight tracks. Terraplane played the 2016 Mid-Winter Blues Festival and returns to the 2018 festival with what promises to be a smooth main stage appearance.
Saskatoon’s Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue
The band traces it routes back to the Saskatchewan SaskTel Jazz festival of 2006. Three of the originals remain in the reimagined R&B showband that rebooted in 2012. A consistent lineup has resulted in a show that surprises many that it is from here on the prairies. Three lead vocalists allow the band a great range of material. The Regina Winter Blues Festival will see a sample of their tribute showcase of tunes that have formed the sound tracks of many of your most memorable movies such as the Blues Brothers and the Commitments.
Regina’s Sufficient Condition made its Mid-Winter Blues Festival debut in the 2017 version, hunkering into a Saturday afternoon showcase slot. Now they’ve been invited into a Thursday main stage appearance. With a love of great blues music and friendship, the band covers artists like Susan Tedeschi, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Jonny Lang and Jeff Beck. The band consists of Lynette Leibel -Vocals, Greg Elliott – Guitar, Carol Kingston – Keyboards and Betty Elliott – Drums.
Veteran Regina blues performer Gord Arnold returns to the 2018 Mid-Winter Blues Festival. Arnold released his debut cd ‘Peace Sugar Blood’ in 2015, which beckons as an eclectic mix of smoky acoustic and electric guitar-driven rock blues. Arnold is a delta man through and through, and his opening set on the Thursday main stage will undoubtedly fulfill the audience’s penchant for sweet acoustic blues.
Friday March 2, 2018 – 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00)
Performing Arts Center, Tickets $40, All Ages Show, Rush Seating
Big Dave McLean
Big Dave McLean is finally getting his recognition, at an age when the rest of us are getting around to contemplating retirement. Only in the last decade or so has there been significant inroads into recording this definitive Canadian bluesman.
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, 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’. Big Dave McLean brings his harp and slide guitar to the Mid-Winter Blues Festival as the Friday festival headliner.
Hailing from the prairies of Canada, Mayes is one of the hardest working independent musicians touring the globe today. Devil On Both Shoulders’, her 6th full-length release, is another testament to why Romi Mayes’ past albums have garnered three Western Canadian Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year, two Western Canadian Music Awards for Album of The Year, a Juno nomination for Album of the Year, and various Canadian Music Award nominations.
Mayes is known for her powerful lyrical ability that gives life to the words she sings. She has relentlessly toured Canada, US, Europe, UK, and has shared the stage with the likes of Levon Helm, Derek Trucks, Ricky Skaggs, Jim Cuddy, Gordie Johnson, Guy Clark, Sue Foley, Fred Eaglesmith, Corb Lund, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and many more.
Alley 14 has been laying down their version of blues rock locally since 2001, each member having previously played in a few other bands. They are all blues lovers and it shows in the love and feel with which they play the blues. The band is currently comprised of Ron Pool – Vocals, Greg Elliott – Guitar and vocals, Carol Kingston – Keyboard and Harp, Kevin Gerry – Bass and vocals, Garth Hubich – Drums and percussion. Blues/Rock classics are Alley 14’s forte, covering such groups as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck and ZZ Top, just to name a few. Alley 14 prides itself on paying homage to as many Canadian artists as possible and their sets will always include offerings by Jeff Healey, The Tragically Hip, Steppenwolf, The Guess Who and other terrific Canadian bands as well. Alley 14 is proud to be a part of the Regina Mid-Winter Blues Festival and hopes you enjoy the show!
Saturday March 3, 2018
Lancaster Tap House
Saturday March 3, 2018 – 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00)
Casino Regina Show Lounge, Tickets $65, 19+, Ticketed Seating
Founded and fronted by stellar leader Gordie Johnson, Big Sugar released its first album in 1991, and has since taken its rightful place as Canada’s quintessential roots/rock/reggae band. The band has toured across the world while compiling radio-friendly hits such as Diggin a Hole and Turn the Lights On. Big Sugar brings its five-piece lineup to Regina’s Mid-Winter Blues Festival as the festival headliner.
The leaner, cleaner, present day Big Sugar rock the house to keep fans dancing and playing air guitar. The opening lines of Big Sugar cut “Never Been Done Before” state it best: “I’m back to let y’all know, I’m here. Let’s get on with the show”.
Edmonton-based Boogie Patrol has steadily built their reputation as one of Western Canada’s premier acts and has garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic following since the group’s inception in 2007. This five-piece group continues to create superb original music based on their collective influences. We’re talking Blues and Rock’n Soul, with a dose of funk all thrown into the melting pot to create what is Boogie Patrol. A stylistically unique group that is all about bringing loads of energy to the stage and to their music, with a goal of appealing to all walks of life.
Call Me Mildy
In its four-year existence, Regina’s energetic four-piece blues/rock/reggae Call Me Mildy has performed in festivals and events around the province while consistently growing its original music catalogue, releasing a 14-track debut cd, ‘It’s About Time’ in 2016. Written in entirety by lead/founder Greg Mildenberger, Call Me Mildy has sold tracks across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is currently receiving indie radio play in Canada, US and France.
Call Me Mildy is comprised of singer/songwriter Greg Mildenberger, lead guitar Dale Thomas and bass Phil Nordin, and added new drummer Roland Schulz in Fall 2016. The band is currently recording new original material set for release in 2018. Influenced by artists such as Big Sugar, Ben Harper and Black Keys, Call Me Mildy delivers an eclectic set that dances across a span of the blues rock specter.
SATURDAY, Mar 3/18
FREE AFTER PARTY
Call Me Mildy @ The Capitol 1843 Hamilton St
Join us at The Capitol Jazz Club after the festival finale for more Call Me Mildy!