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“Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “True Love Ways”, “Rave-on”, “Everyday”,
“Not Fade Away”, “Oh Boy”, “Raining in My heart”… the list goes on and on…
Back by popular demand to Blue Frog, Zachary Stevenson celebrates the life and music of legendary rock & roller Buddy Holly, whose career was cut tragically short by a plane crash in 1959. Equal parts actor and musician, Zach engages his audience with high-octane renditions of Buddy’s classic hits as well as humorous stories about his experience playing the 50s icon.
Zachary led the Arts Club Productions of “THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY” downtown Vancouver which sold-out over 100 performances and prompted the Vancouver Sun to name him one of the top ten talents to watch out for.
On Zach’s performance:
“Buddy’s a blistering winner…feel-great, leaving its audience roaring for more… Zachary Stevenson nails the rock ‘n’ roll legend in a full-throttle tribute that fires on all cylinders”
—Peter Birnie, The Vancouver Sun
“Zachary Stevenson… is the epitome of effortless cool with a gorgeous voice and a star-quality stage presence.”
– Mark Robbins, Vancouver Presents
“Stevenson can sing… The guy is a knockout.”
- Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight, Vancouver
David Gogo is one of Canada's hardest working and most prolific blues guitar viruosos, and he has a string of remarkable accomplishments to show for it He has earned four JUNO nominations, Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year, the CBC Saturday Night Blues’ Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada, and has twice been named Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year.
Over the years, David has played on stage with Johnny Winter, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley and has opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragicially Hip, Buddy Guy, Little Feat and Jimmy Vaughan. He performed as the supporting act for blues legend B.B. King for the third time in his career, this time at the Port Theatre in his hometown of Nanaimo, BC.
Rick ‘Poppa Dawg’ Halisheff has been a mainstay on the Canadian blues scene for almost 30 years now. Dawg also acted as a side man for a great many blues men including Sonny Rhodes, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Harpdog Brown and Sherman Doucette. While fronting his own 3pc group, he has opened for or shared the stage with blues greats such as JW Jones, John Mayall, Jimmie Vaughan, Colin James, Jeff Healey, Downchild and many more.
In 2013, the band were semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and won over an entire new audience with their original tunes, re-affirming their faith in the music that means so much to them. His music runs from gritty and soulful to deep and nasty and features the use of Poppa Dawg‘s trademark talkbox. It is still receiving airplay around the world as well as being featured on Saturday Night Blues on CBC, Galaxie and thorughout the US and Europe.
Colin Linden is a genuine renaissance man of roots music. He's a singer and songwriter of great skill, an in-demand and prolific record producer (Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Colin James), a sideman to the stars as guitarist for the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and, for the past decade, a member of the highly successful trio, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.
Colin's songs have been covered by The Band, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Keb' Mo', and Colin James, and his well-stocked trophy case includes seven Juno, multiple Maple Blues Awards, and a Toronto Arts Award. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for the star-studded A Tribute To Howlin' Wolf CD, and was involved in the ground-breaking O Brother Where Art Thou phenomenon. Linden has a well-deserved reputation as a slide guitar virtuoso of real originality, and his riveting slide work can be heard on albums from such artists as Cassandra Wilson, The Rankin Family and Whitey Johnson, the hit ABC TV series “NASHVILLE”, and on his own sizeable solo catalogue.
Night Moves | Old Time Rock & Roll | Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man | Fire Lake Against the Wind | We’ve Got Tonight | Hollywood Nights | Many More
Don’t miss the NIGHT MOVES Show, starring Dan Hare and his All Star band in a stunning re-creation of Bob Seger performing his greatest hits and favorites.
Bob Seger is an American music legend second to none with countless hits loved by millions everywhere! In 1973, he put together the Silver Bullet Band, with a group of Detroit-area musicians, with whom he became most successful on the national level in a career lasting over 6 decades.
With the powerful vocals required for this show, NIGHT MOVES starring Dan Hare re-creates Bob Seger of the 70s and 80s when his hits were on every rock radio station in the world.
Hard drivin’, old school Rhythm & Blues, complemented by some killer Boogie Woogies, by the fastest, flashiest, piano-thumping boogie man from the Netherlands. Yes, that’s right. This Dutch based, drive by piano player hits hard and will take no prisoners! As soon as he starts pounding the ivories, you’ll be on your way to the Land of Good Times.
”We can definitely say Mr. Boogie Woogie is not an acquired taste. His enthusiastic piano attacks are instantly accessible. He starts playing, you start smiling.” C. Graham - Tucson Citizen
Mr. Boogie Woogie (aka) Eric-Jan Overbeek was born on April 5, 1967 in Nieuw-Vennep, the Netherlands. Mesmerized by that old piano in the living room, Eric-Jan began studying classical piano at the age of eight. He demonstrated early an extraordinary talent for musical arrangement and got his first job at age twelve playing piano as an accompanist for dance classes. In April 2011 Overbeek was voted Best Dutch Blues Pianist 2010. A title he was nominated for again in 2013. He also won the prestigious title of Best European Blues Pianist 2005 in the company of the many of the world's best blues artists.
'Eagle Eyes' are a tribute to one of the most legendary rock & roll bands of 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.
CRYSTAL SHAWANDA has amassed an impressive array of awards and accolades with thousands of concerts across North America under her belt and a remarkable recording pedigree. Her soulful, rootsy sound has allowed for a nearly seamless bridging of the traditional country and blues worlds. Crystal’s amazing talent shines through in “You Can Let Go”, “What Do I Have to Do”, “Dawn of A New Day”, “Try”, “The Whole World’s Got the Blues”, “Beautiful Day” and “Closer”.
Crystal struggled mightily for many years to find her place within the music industry. Her unique aboriginal cultural background has left her feeling like an outsider at times. That search may now be at an end as the process of creating her latest album, the cathartic, bold and refreshingly authentic Fish Out of Water sees the talented Shawanda not just coming to terms with her unique place in the industry, but embracing and truly celebrating it. Like a fish out of water trying to fly, the hard-hitting blues title track “Fish Out of Water”, the wistful country-tinged “Laid Back” and the insightful “Skin Deep”, amidst the album’s remainder, unequivocally portray an artist who has truly found her voice; rich, powerful, charming and intimately real.
The release of Dawn of a New Day (2008) spawned the hit ballad “You Can Let Go”. The album entered the Canadian Country charts at #2 and the Billboard Country chart at #16, eventually selling more than 400,000 copies. Crystal was named CCMA Female Artist of the Year (2008), won Best New Country Artist at the Canadian Radio Music Awards (2009) and was nominated for two Juno Awards that same year. She won the Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year(2013). Shawanda has also earned three Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards and five Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in her career.
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Bring on the heat! It’s a Summer time dance party with the OCEAN PARK WAILERS, a popular seven-member South Surrey band that particularly delights the dancers in the crowd. From the deep blues, to rock and R & B, to roots and originals, the Wailers play what they love - and judging from the audience reaction…it shows.
"We were fortunate to have the Ocean Park Wailers play for us at a recent fundraiser. They had the place rockin' and the dance floor packed all night long. Their range of blues and classic rock created a great party atmosphere, with everyone that attended asking where and when they could hear them again." John Hogg / Director - White Rock Tritons Baseball team
“All I Have To Do Is Dream”| “Wake Up Little Susie” | “Bye Bye Love” | “Cathy’s Clown” | “Bird Dog” | “Till I Kissed You” | “Let It Be Me” | “Walk Right Back” | “Crying In The Rain".
BYRD DAWG is the ultimate tribute to two iconic musical duos - The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel - – starring Joel Dietrich and Wayne Rempel, and their seasoned four-piece group, The Vintage Electric Band.
Joel and Wayne both grew up listening to those amazing harmonies and lyrics painting vivid pictures. Playing together in bands for several years they discovered their mutual love for singing and harmonizing. They read about Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and many other artists saying Phil and Don Everly influenced them. The more Joel and Wayne played together, the greater their excitement and interest grew in developing a tribute to the influential Everly Brothers.
Relive the excitement of the THE EVERLY BROTHERS with Byrd Dawg and The Vintage Electric Band.
Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been up for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno’s, received The Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee and most recently The Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous JAZZ festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player and pianist.
Two documentaries have been made about Bunnett’s work. “Spirits of Havana “(2000) National Film Board (NFB) was presented at numerous film festivals internationally, television (CBC, PBS) as well as in Europe.
Jane’s most recent recording and touring group “Maqueque” is turning heads internationally. The group consists of Jane with five dynamic young Cuban women instrumentalists and composers. As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence.
Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, the Maple Blues Award winning Kirby Sewell Band have been making a name from themselves all over North America. Enroute to the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, Nevada, they are rolling into the Blue Frog Studios for some intimate shows.
Known for their passionate live performances, the monster five-piece extravaganza perform a modern take on the blues, pulling at your heart-strings with melodic stories told from the depths of an old soul. Their arrangements are amped up, invigorating, thought provoking, and play against the grain.
The band is fronted by award winning vocalist Kirby Sewell. Known to break a sweat on stage, Kirby truly connects with the spirit of the blues. Nuances of his own life are shared in unforgettable performances, leaving audiences with no doubt that the blues has spent time with him.