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This not your usual Christmas Show with the standard Christmas Carols. This show is a collection of traditional Blues Christmas Tunes from the 20's, 30's, 40's 50's and 60's by the likes of Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, BB King, Eric Clapton, Charles Brown and Etta James plus many more.
The Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas gives you a look into the souls of these fabulous Christmas Blues songs written by the legends of the blues. This show played to sold out houses and standing ovations in Alberta last winter and had rave reviews on the Vancouver Island shows. This is the first opportunity and only appearance in Greater Vancouver area.
UNCLE WIGGLY’S HOT SHOES BLUES BAND have been around since 1978, are former RCA Recording Artists and members of the Victoria Music Hall of Fame. They toured extensively in the 80′s opening for such legends as Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, Koko Taylor and Paul Butterfield to name a few. This past January 2015 they won the chance to represent BC in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge.
The band is made up of: Hank (Uncle Wiggly) Lionhart – Vocals, Lonnie Glass – Bass, Mark Comerford – Guitar, Matt McLean - Trumpet, Dave Rowse – Sax, Andy Graffiti– Drums with Special Guests Dennis Meneely – former Streetheart Member – Keyboards, Paul Wainwright – Sax and Deb Rhymer – Vocals.
You do not want to miss this refreshing take on a Christmas Show.
This show is proudly co-presented with White Rock Blues Society
From award winning Nuevo Flamenco guitarist Doug Towle and his band De La Terra comes a new show and album celebrating the music of the Christmas season Latin style.
Taking traditional songs of the season and putting a distinctive Spanish twist on them, this show promises to be an exciting, fiery way to kick back and enjoy some time-honored music in a new light.
De La Terra features Doug Towle on guitars. Doug has traveled the world with a guitar on his back. Absorbing musical styles from the far reaches. He has released seven albums of instrumental guitar music including his newest offering “Guitarras Navidenas”. He has won praise from audiences and industry alike. He is one of the premier guitarists in Canada.
Joining Doug will be Peter Davyduck on Bass. Peter has performed on countless recordings, performed all over the globe and continues to be one of the most sought after Bassists in western Canada.
Lyndon Dewitt will be on percussion. Lyndon has worked with Doug and De La Terra for the better part of 25 years. He has also been a part of many other performing and recording projects.
Don’t miss this premier performance of “Guitarras Navidenas”. There will be a few surprises thrown in for good measure.
Something for everyone from Beatles to Eagles to unique Christmas classics, intriguing originals and of course, hits from the 60’s & 70’s. Featuring 4 lead singer/songwriters, great musicianship all tied up with a bow & more than a few laughs!
RON IRVING (Guitar, Vocals, Bass)
MICHAEL VINCENT (Guitar, Vocals, Piano)
ELI BRYAN NELSON (Guitar, Vocals, Bass)
LUKE ISAAC (Guitar, Vocals, Bass)
Friends of the Family Christmas Fundraiser
Their Christmas-ish concert engages and delights audiences of all ages. Their charming chemistry and performing expertise delivers a smooth sleigh ride through original material and familiar, beloved Christmas repertoire. Their fresh jazz arrangements will keep dancing in your head long after the last encore!
Leading parallel careers but only collaborating since 2011, Linda (vocalist) and Dave (pianist) combine a formidable list of credits. Having worked individually as performers and writers with the likes of legendary icons Bryan Adams, kd lang, Anne Murray, Alanis Morissette, Paul Horn, Kelly Rowland, and Gary Fjellgaard, and having a Juno award and a Billboard #1 hit between them, they chose jazz as the genre to take their energy and talents in a new direction.
Humorous to haunting, frenetic to fragile, Linda's exquisite and soaring vocals intertwine seamlessly with Dave’s boisterous inventiveness on piano. Backed by Brent Gubbels (bass) and Nino DiPasquale (drums) and joined by the humorous and talented performer Norm Foote, their music weaves a new and memorable spell to celebrate the most magical of seasons.
“Linda Kidder and Dave Pickell’s Christmas show was a delight. Beautiful harmonies, combined with heartfelt lyrics and masterful instrumentation brought the true joy of Christmas.” Steve Campbell - Genesis Theatre Manager
"...Vancouver's Christmas season...made even brighter when these two stars come together for an evening of jazz inspired classics." Voni Grindler - theatrical producer
“I felt like I could have been in New York City at this concert. That's how good these two are.” Susinn McFarlen - actor/playwright
Friends of the Family Christmas Fundraiser
Christmas season…friends are back in town, people are winding down for the holidays, and the excitement is building. It is becoming somewhat of a tradition to have Blue Frog’s last event of the year with good friends, THE MUD BAY BUES BAND, for a Christmas dance shaker.
The rockingist blues band around, Mud Bay Blues Band will have Blue Frog hopping. This veteran blues band gets the crowd dancing up a storm wherever they perform. Besides hearing some “mudified” Christmas favorites, we will hear some cuts from their new album “Colebrook Road” which is getting airplay on CBC and internationally.
During their touring schedule, the band has shared the stage with the likes of James Cotton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Long John Baldrey and many more, as well as playing the Burnaby and Calgary International Blues Festivals.
Look for surprise Special Guests to be joining in with Mud Bay.
This is primarily a STANDING ROOM & DANCING event with hi-top tables. There will be limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The BIG O was unmistakable with his trademark sunglasses, his distinctive, powerful voice, his complex compositions and the dark emotional ballads we all love. From 1960 to ’64 Roy Orbison landed 22 songs on the Billboard Top 40, including “Only The Lonely”, “Crying”, and “Oh, Pretty Woman”. His impassioned voice, bridging the gap between baritone and tenor, coupled with his signature arrangements ensured the charting of the hits “Dream Baby”, “Ooby Dooby”, “Blue Angel”, “Blue Bayou”, “You Got It” and “In Dreams”. Tragically, his life was cut short, leaving us only the music.
And, long may the music live! THE LONELY delivers a sensitive and dynamic tribute to the one and only Roy Orbison. Veteran Mike Demers leads this group of musical journeymen in their mutual and deep appreciation of the timeless music of the Caruso of Rock. THE LONELY - A TRIBUTE TO ROY ORBISON approaches the music with a humble spirit and sincere desire to recreate the sounds and feel of the original recordings. The band has been selling out shows right from their debut.
Tina Coldwell of TLC Entertainment says, “One of the best tributes I’ve seen and I’ve been in the biz for 22 years.” Be there or be square!
John Reischman and the Jaybirds are a top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power. They win rave reviews for a trademark, old-time-infused bluegrass sound that respects tradition while advancing the music. Years of European and North American tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations...little wonder, the buzz around John Reischman and The Jaybirds continues to grow. Like the mandolinist at its helm, the group fashions a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned, yet unselfconsciously new. To see their live show is to believe it. A genial blend of story-telling and side-show humor provides the backdrop to their studied performance of original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material.
"On the evidence of Stellar Jays, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are in their prime as contemporary bluegrass musicians capable of maintaining and extending the music's legacy," says Billboard.com.
Bluegrass Unlimited magazine describes tone-master and composer John as "one of the world's undisputed masters" of the mandolin, a frequent accolade since his days with the Tony Rice Unit and California's Good Ol' Persons.
The Jaybirds line-up includes: John on mandolin, Jim Nunally on guitar, Trisha Gagnon on bass, Nick Hornbuckle on banjo, and Greg Spatz on fiddle. Together, their seamless ensemble work makes for one of the freshest, most tasteful band-sounds on the folk and bluegrass circuit today.