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“It” is Led Zepagain. From the high-energy electric classics to the beautiful acoustic works, Led Zepagain captures the heart and soul of “the world’s greatest band”. You will be mesmerized as LED ZEPAGAIN brings to life the ultimate Led Zeppelin experience. Thrill to the authentic re-creation of Page’s soaring guitar leads, Jones’ brilliant keyboard passages, Bonham’s trademark pounding rhythms and of course, Robert Plant’s stratospheric vocals. ZEPAGAIN’s performance of immortal classics “Stairway to Heaven”, “Immigrant Song”, “Whole Lotta Love” “Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Black Dog”, will make you believe Jimmy Page is right; Led Zepagain is definitely “as close as you’ll ever get to the real deal!”
Lead singer David “Swan” Montgomery delivers an uncanny portrayal of Robert Plant. Recently, Swan was pulled on stage by WHO lead singer Roger Daltry for a duet rendition of "Help From My Friends".,
Taking on the role of Jimmy Page is Jimmy Sakurai. His obsessive drive to perfectly recreate Page’s live performances delivers the real deal. This self-described “musical stalker” adheres to the philosophy, “Anybody can follow musical patterns, and everybody ends there, but for me, that is a starting point.” Diligent study of film and photo results in attention to the smallest of details. The result is utterly amazing!
Derek Smith has been playing the drums since he was 12 years old. Despite his lifelong devotion to super-groups of the glory days of rock, no band had the impact of Led Zeppelin. John Bonham’s dichotomy and ferocity coupled to the depth of his finesse, sensitivity, and discretion resonated deep within Derek, connecting with him in a way no other drummer has. Derek’s resume includes performing with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, The Doobie Brothers, Billy Idol’s Steve Stevens, among others.
Multi-instrumentalist Jim Wootten, nephew of the legendary guitarist Les Paul fills the demanding role of John Paul Jones, masterfully covering Bass, Keyboards, Mandolin, Acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars, and backing vocals. Having grown up in a family that was so musically inclined instilled in Wootten a love for music and inspired him to pursue his own dream of becoming a professional musician.
With roots in iconic rock, funk, soul, and artfully penned new music and many other diverse styles...the Rockingbyrds breath new fire into the classic songs of our generation. Performed in a unique organic acoustic guitar and vocal trio, The Rockingbyrds will take you on a musical journey from A (America) to Z (Zeppelin) and everything in between.
A very special feature of this show will be the interactive portion in which audience members can participate with requests.
Rachael Chatoor Rachael Chatoor is a native of Vancouver and has been part of the local music scene since the early 90′s. Rachael brings a professional grace and charm to all of her shows and the warm, welcoming atmosphere that she creates only compliments her distinct voice and diverse musical talent.
Russell Marsland Music hardwired to his soul... Considered one of Vancouver’s finest guitarists, Russell has performed with the likes of the Allman Bros, Chuck Berry, War, James Brown and Ray Charles just to name a few. As a writer, producer, guitarist and vocalist, Russell has performed since a very early age and is preparing to launch his second original album.
Jeff Neill Jeff Neill has had a recording career that spans three decades and he has earned over two dozen gold, platinum and multi platinum awards worldwide with R&R Hall Of Fame inductees, Streetheart, Loverboy and Australian icon, Jimmy Barnes. Over the years Jeff has worked in the studio with a wide variety of artists from Joe Cocker to Keith Urban and has shared stages with The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, ZZ Top and Sting to name a few. With The Rockingbyrds, Jeff is able to take his producers perspective, awareness and musical scope and help take the Rockingbyrds experience to its highest level.
Juanita says, “the Rockingbyrds were one of the most fun shows of 2016. The audience participation was unbelievable, and the Rockingbyrds never got stumped from audience requests.”
Powerhouse Celtic Fiddle player - Kierah Raymond - kicks off White Rock’s Irish month with music from her spectacular new CD - “Strong Bow”. It was produced by Adrian Dolan and recorded here at the Blue Frog Studios.
Studying and performing Celtic fiddle music alongside 13 years of classical violin; Kierah is a ridiculously talented fiddle player. At 17, she won a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for her 3rd album - “Stonemason’s Daughter” and has written B.C.’s first book of all original fiddle tunes carried by Long and McQuade across Canada.
Kierah has such a strong love for traditional and contemporary fiddle music, that she has developed a special educational performance called “Celtic Traditions Across Canada" which she has taken to over 150 schools in B.C. and Alberta.
Performing with Kierah will be two outstanding B.C. musicians: Adrian Dolan of “The Bills” and of “The Ruth Moody Band” on piano, mandola, mandolin, accordion and viola along with innovative guitarist, Adam Dobres, of the “The Ruth Moody Band”, “The Wailing Jennys”, “Toni Childs”, and “The Dustin Bentall and The Truth” bands.
Promises to be a phenomenal show!
Click HERE for more about Kierah
Eagle Eyes are a tribute to one of the most legendary rock & roll band sof all time, THE EAGLES. The Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands, having sold more than 150 million records, including 42 million copies of Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) and 32 million copies of Hotel California.
Performing hits like “Hotel California”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Heartache Tonight”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, “One of these Nights”, and many more, they are the fifth-highest selling music act and the highest-selling American band in U.S. history.
Eagle Eyes audiences are captivated by the stunning replication of the trademark vocal harmonies that the Eagles have been noted for. Eagle Eyes are a 'must see' for all Eagles fans whether they are fans of classic rock, country rock with a twinge of bluegrass.
The four members of Eagle Eyes have over 120 years of combined experience as professional touring musicians honing their musical and vocal skills.
Jack Gunderson/ Bass & Vocals -fills the vocal roll of Glen Frey along with being one half of the tight and unified rhythm section as the bassist with Eagle Eyes.
Jason Dunajski / Guitars & Vocals - fills the vocal role of Don Henley and Randy Meisner and one half of the guitar tandem along with Ray Harvey and possesses the instrumental prowess of past Eagles members Don Felder and Bernie Leadon.
Greg Murray/ Drums & Vocals - being the engine of Eagle Eyes keeping the tempo of the songs flowing while adding the all important role of providing harmony vocals the staple of the distinctive Eagles sound.
Ray Harvey/ Guitars & Vocals - is Eagle Eyes exacting version of Infamous Joe Walsh with his dynamic lead solos and soulful slide guitar parts not to mention 1/4th of Eagle Eyes’ spot on vocal styling.
When you witness an "Eagle Eyes" performance it is quite evident that the love and respect that the members of Eagle Eyes have for the band they pay tribute to is first and foremost and is the core reason they love to perform the vast catalogue of Eagles hits.
“I was at their sold out show in Victoria and it was an amazing performance. The vocals and musicianship are stellar” - Murray McVay, President, Mur-Man Productions
Toronto-based COUNTERMEASURE is the new sound in vocal music. This genre-defying A Cappella group is led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen and features 14 of Canada’s top young vocal talent. They are immediately recognizable by their upbeat blend, sophisticated harmonies, and infectious energy. Performances of “Takin’ It Home”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “London Bells”, “Lovers in A Dangerous Time”, “Made to Measure”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Jump Back”, “Life is Fine”, “Best of My Love” and “Opera Somnia” demonstrate the group’s broad range of lively pop, jazz, contemporary, and original songs, sung in unique arrangements that are sometimes complex, but generally playful.
With their fresh, innovative approach COUNTERMEASURE challenges expectations while breathing new life into the standard repertoire. Their inventive, contemporary sound has earned the group both critical and public acclaim. The ensemble was awarded one of two spots in the Best Jazz Album category from the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards for their debut CD, “14 Characters”. The album was also nominated for an Independent Music Award. The music video for “Opera Somnia” has been nominated in three categories in the A Cappella Video Awards (2017): Outstanding Video Editing, Best Electronic/Experimental Video, and Best Video by a CAL Group. Additionally, Countermeasure has featured in high-profile jazz festivals, concert series, and galas, as well as on national radio and television. They are a founding artist of SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, Canada’s premier a cappella festival and have shared the stage with a plethora of vocal and musical giants. They recently returned from their second U.S. tour, and in January, 2015 embarked on their first UK tour, finishing in London as the only Canadian group chosen to perform at the prestigious London A Cappella Festival.
Danforth Centre Town News says, “Countermeasure offers a distinctive fresh voice in the Canadian choral scene, showcasing a repertoire of eclectic, eccentric, and challenging pieces.” With brilliant versions of well-known and original pieces, coupled with exhilarating performances, the future is bright for this inventive group. COUNTERMEASURE delivers a memorable musical experience.
For more about COUNTERMEASURE please visit countermeasuremusic.com
"A force to be reckoned with" is how, Canada's top Celtic publication, The Celtic Connection describes Pat Chessell, "...Check out his live show now so you could say you knew him when..."
Pat Chessell has made a name for himself as one of the most exciting live acts on the Vancouver music scene. His passionate, smoky vocals are complemented by Celtic fuelled sounds that stretch into influences of roots, folk, and alt-country. The Vancouver based folksinger began his career at a young age, performing as a guest with Danny Burns of the legendary Irish group, The Wolfhound.
Chessell gained popularity in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver area as he and his backup band served as the house band at the popular Dublin Crossing Irish Pub for several years. Since then, he has transitioned from being a regular act in essentially every Irish bar in the Vancouver area to being a featured act at the Irish Pavilion during the 2010 Olympics; he has since performed in such festivals as West Vancouver's Harmony Arts, Celtic Fest Vancouver, Canadian Rockies Kitchen Party, Cloverdale Rodeo and Surrey Fusion Festival, to name just a few. He has been the opening act for the likes of Jim Byrnes, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones, and The Town Pants, among others.
Pat Chessell has two albums to his credit: his first album, Live and Lusty, was a live album recorded in front of a rowdy crowd at the Dublin Crossing Pub in Surrey; his sophomore album, Lullabies and Battle Cries, was produced by Tim Renaud of the long-running Vancouver band, Blackthorn. The latter album included such musical guests as Steve Dawson and Blackthorn front man, Michael Viens. Tom Harrison of the Vancouver Province described the album as having “fresh energy and enthusiasm.”
From festivals to corporate shows, Pat Chessell's shows have proven to be a hit with all ages. He has gained himself a loyal, growing fan base due to his stage presence, talent and high energy. Pat plays approximately 150 shows a year and is currently working on a new, all-original album.
The Guinness will be flowing for the perfect Irish Celebration, as the Pat Chessell Band fires up Blue Frog Studios for a foot-stomping, hand-clapping IRISH SHOW.
The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage. Jim’s uncanny ability to mirror John’s voice combined with his clean-cut look takes you back to the time when “Take me Home Country Roads”, “Rocky Mountain High”, “Sunshine”, “Calypso” and “Annie’s Song” topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other. Jim believes that John Denver’s words still ring true in these difficult times of war and environmental crisis.
Tribute artist Jim Curry, whose voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver’s music in sold out shows throughout the US and Canada as well as out to sea and has emerged as today’s top performer of Denver’s vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. He’s not your usual “Vegas style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. In October 2007, the 10th anniversary of John’s passing, Jim brought a landmark concert to the stage in Aspen, Colorado. It included many of John Denver’s former band members, some of them for the first time in a tribute show.
Curry’s philosophy is summed up in the words, “These songs blend the images of our natural earth with a love for each other as people. The care you give to someone you love is the best care. Making that connection to our earth and to each other is the goal.”
For more about JIM CURRY’S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER visit jimcurrymusic.com.
The Great Canadian Songbook is a show that highlights some of the greatest Canadian songs of the past and present taking audiences on a musical journey from Bon Vista to Vancouver Island! Drawing from a wide array of music and a variety of genres, features performers Ken Lavigne, Tiller’s Folly and Diyet, combine stories, music and projections, to provide the audience a stylistic overview of Canada's greatest hits! Featuring the music by Leonard Cohen, Stan Rogers, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Buffy St. Marie, Anne Murray & Stomp'in Tom Connors in addition to contemporary artists including, Bare Naked Ladies, Blue Rodeo and original songs by the Great Canadian SongBook performers.
Singer Ken Lavigne is a singer, songwriter, storyteller and consummate entertainer. Recognized early for the outstanding timbre of his lyric tenor voice as well as the ease and agility with which he sings, Ken’s career has taken many artistic directions that includes current touring shows: The Road to Carnegie Hall, with 30 shows each year in North America.
Tiller’s Folly continues to make music that is both distinctly Canadian and firmly rooted in the acoustic tradition as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary in 2017! They are modern day storytellers of lore, uniting past with the present. Tiller's award winning productions continue to expand and refine their potent mix of acoustic & electric based, Celtic influenced Canadiana, Americana, Newgrass 'and beyond.'
Diyet - Born in a tent, raised in a two-room cabin, classically trained in opera, now an alternative folk artist. This Sub-Arctic-Southern Tutchone-Japanese-Tlingit-Scottish-Yukoner is your typical Canadian - the result of a long cold winter. Diyet’s music is like her life - a mix of this and that but deeply rooted in the values of a traditional northern life. Her debut album, The Breaking Point, went on to receive nominations for “Best New Artist” and “Songwriter of the Year” at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards in 2010 and 2011, “Album of the Year” at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and remained on the Canadian Aboriginal Music Countdown for 24 weeks.
From the mid-’80s to the early-’90s, The Grapes Of Wrath and The Northern Pikes were responsible for some of the catchiest and most heart-felt singles and videos to come out of Canada at that time. Fast forward some 20 years later and the vocalist/guitarists from each of these bands find themselves living just blocks away from one another in Toronto.
This realization led to Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pikes) and Kevin Kane (The Grapes of Wrath) getting together to hang out with a couple of guitars for some casual jams, and the conclusion: “This sounds good! Let’s do some shows!”
In February of 2015, the pair, now officially calling themselves Kane & Potvin, decided to see if that live chemistry would extend to the studio. They booked in time with Darryl Neudorf (Blue Rodeo, Neko Case, Lindi Ortega, Jill Barber near Orangeville, Ontario – coincidentally, the location of Bryan and Kevin’s first show together.
From the first rehearsal, Kane said both musicians saw that there was potential to present songs from the Pikes, the Grapes, as well as their respective solo material, in a way that listeners would find both fresh and familiar.
Over the year the duo has hit the road as often as possible, playing shows from coast to coast, and performing a mix of Northern Pikes, Grapes Of Wrath, solo songs, and, of course, debuting new Kane & Potvin material.
They’re back and ready to get Blue Frog hoppin’ again after last year’s three SOLDOUT shows. The Legendary R&B Allstars was formed in the late 1970’s as a testament to their love of Classic R&B. Since their first show opening for Long John Baldry, the group has shared the stage with James Brown, War, Chuck Berry, Paul Butterfield, and the Allman Brothers.
The Allstars line-up features some of the best in Vancouver talent:
Tom Harrison, Vancouver Province: “R&B is alive and well and living in Vancouver!”
One of Vancouver's Finest and Funkiest…Classic R&B at it’s best!
Many Blue Frog regulars enjoyed the incredible concert last year with THE NYLONS, featuring vocalist Micah Barnes. Now Micah returns to Blue Frog on his New York Stories National Tour.
Before joining The Nylons and touring the world, MICAH BARNES became a much-loved singer songwriter on the Queen Street scene, cutting his teeth in Toronto’s cabarets and jazz clubs. However, it was recording with the A Capella Pop act that vaulted Micah into the global music scene, ultimately landing him in SoCal, launching a solo career touring the U.S. which led to his #1 international club hit “Welcome to My Head” and coverage in Rolling Stone Magazine as “an Indie artist to watch”. Returning to his jazz oriented roots resulted in a series of critically acclaimed solo recordings, including his most recent “Domesticated”, which saw Micah returning to tour Canada.
With his new collection, New York Stories, MICAH BARNES pays homage to the rich musical history of the Big Apple using the rhythms of the Cotton Club, the Brill Building, The Apollo Theatre and classic Broadway. The recordings are stripped down in classic jazz style. The result is an assured collection of deeply personal and sophisticated songs that remind us that the deepest of musical traditions are always contemporary. The first single “New York Story” shot to the top of the Jazz charts in both Canada and the US. It also resulted in Micah being named the Toronto Indie Awards Best Jazz Act of 2014.
"Acid folk" was born in an old garage off Clinton Avenue in Toronto, concocted by Tom Wilson from Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, a few Cowboy Junkies, and some Skydiggers. Allowing bass, hypnotic rhythms and a lot of groove into their songwriting circle, the artist collective LeE HARVeY OsMOND created a sound that would creep out of the Northern woods and across the Great Lakes into the South, the same way The Band did forty years before them.
Blue Frog looks forward to a return appearance by the eminent and hirsute Steeltown reprobate, Lee Harvey Osmond, aka Tom Wilson aka One of Three Rodeo Kings, aka that large, melodic growling man from the former Junkhouse. Stylized as LeE HARVeY OsMOND, LHO is a Canadian psychedelic folk project of musician Tom Wilson. The act first took shape with Wilson in his LeE HARVeY OsMOND persona, backed by Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies and Josh Finlayson of Skydiggers. They wrote, recorded and released the debut album, A Quiet Evil, in 2009 on Latent Recordings. Margo Timmins, Andy Maize and Suzie Vinnick also contributed to the album. The band's current touring configuration consists of Wilson on lead vocals and guitar, Aaron Goldstein on guitar and pedal steel (who also contributed to A Quiet Evil), Cam Malcolm on bass guitar, Brent Titcomb on percussion and vocals and Ray Farrugia on drums.