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Being the daughter of living blues legend John Lee Hooker, Zakiya Hooker is quite familiar with the blues. To choose to follow in his footsteps is a major undertaking. But rather than relying on her father, Zakiya has pursued life, and music, on her own terms, overcoming personal tragedy and skepticism along the way. A strong and versatile vocalist, Zakiya has carved out a market for herself.
Zakiya made her debut performance in 1991 with her dad, John Lee Hooker, at the Kaiser Center Theatre in Oakland, CA. Since that time Zakiya has gone on to perform on shows with the likes of Etta James, Charles Brown, John Hammond, Taj Mahal and many more.
Zakiya has performed internationally in Paris, Amsterdam, London and Switzerland. She has performed at the world famous Filmore Auditorium, The San Francisco Blues Festival and The Monterey Jazz & Blues Festival. Zakiya’s voice can be heard on advertisements for Lexus and AIWA, also on the soundtrack of the movie Chalk, which won both the Camera d’Or at Cannes and Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in San Francisco.
To see Zakiya’s show is a sheer treat. Backed by some of the top names in the blues world, she puts on a witty, funny, emotional and most of all entertaining show. Her music has given her the opportunity to perform for fans the world over. Zakiya Hooker is John Lee Hooker’s living legacy and she is carrying her father’s seminal blues torch confidently into the new millennium.
AUGUST - Three vivacious life-experienced female singer/songwriters, Rae Armour, Beverley Elliott and Linda Kidder, joined by one skookum male guitarist, Daryl Jahnke, make up AUGUST. Their voices blend in the most pristine harmonies and their songs reflect true-life experience through a combination of pop, roots, and jazz styles. Song topics could include self-loathing, woes of stolen cars, joys of Facebook reunions, unrequited love, credit card challenges, and inspirational songs that are not gooey; all threaded with personal anecdotes and confessions. Intimate, funny, insightful, energetic and uplifting, AUGUST will involve the audience with their warm delightful approach. Equally at home on stage or on the back porch, when AUGUST comes around, it's time to kick back and enjoy!.
ACOUSTIC GROOVE - For over a dozen years, Acoustic Groove has entertained thousands with their highly stylized interpretations of popular songs and melodies. They have done it by stripping their performances down to bare essentials...minimal instrumentation and intuitive, expressive vocals. The lineup has seen changes over the years, but guitarist/vocalist Mike Taylor and percussionist Tony Chamberlist have been constants over most of them. Pianist/vocalist Diane Lines joined in 2010, adding smoky vocals, superb musicianship, and an expansive repertoire honed after years of being a globetrotting musician. Audiences can expect to be delighted by how such a little ensemble can generate such a big sound, and by the reinvention of pop, blues, and r&b classics, as well as American Songbook standards.
Susan Pesklevits (Jacks) began her professional career at the age of 15 when she appeared as a regular performer on the national CBC television show, Music Hop. At 18, she would invite Terry Jacks to accompany her on rhythm guitar at a singing engagement in Hope, B.C. Craig McCaw and Satwant Singh soon joined the duo and the Poppy Family was formed.
Susan has performed numerous hits, both in Canada and internationally, including “Which Way You Goin’ Billy?”, “That’s Where I Went Wrong”, “Good Friends”, “I Thought Of You Again”, “Anna Marie”, “All The Tea In China”, “Evergreen” and more.
After living in Nashville for many years, Susan returned to Vancouver in 2004. She was soon diagnosed with kidney failure and performed sparingly as her strength deteriorated. In 2010, Susan received a kidney transplant, the kidney donated by her brother Billy whose name was used for her first international hit with the Poppy Family, “Which Way You Goin’ Billy?”. She has since returned to live performing and recording. Susan’s rare 1970s album “Dream” is scheduled for re-release on CD in September.
Enjoy this rare performance with Susan and her top-notch band which includes David Sinclair on lead guitar, Zak Sinclair on rhythm guitar, Shawn Soucy on drums, Brian Newcombe on bass, Bill Sample on keyboards and Mary Saxton on background vocals.
Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he's a songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.
Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 16 CDs, albums and 8-tracks, and has received two Juno Awards (from a total of seven Juno nominations), and four Gold albums to his credit.
Along the way, he's taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia, been an invited performer for five years in a row at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas, and even played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers.
Today, he's based on Salt Spring Island, where he lives with his wife Kathleen, two dogs and two large cats (the three grown-up "kids" are all now living in the southern mainland of British Columbia).
Come relive the magic of the 60's and early 70's with the ultimate tribute to one of the most influential and popular bands of all time, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL. Larry Thompson, Rob Walker, Lisa Lambert, Todd Taylor are seasoned veterans of the music scene.
Come hear CCR favorites such as Midnight Special, Green River, Good Golly Miss Molly, Susie Q, Hey Tonight, Bad Moon Rising, Travelling Band, Proud Mary, Centerfield and many more.
This one is a party from start to finish. Direct from California, Terry Hanck, one of the most formidable saxophonists in the blues and soul business, will have Blue Frog hopping. He has a virile tone and attack and an uncanny command of upper-register notes. This former sax man for Elvin Bishop (Fooled Around & Fell in Love) for 10 years is an award winning musician that has been tearing up the charts with his New Orleans R&B and West Coast Jump Blues style CD “Gotta Bring It On Home To You”.
Blues and roots fans know that the soundtrack to early rock' n' roll ran on three-minute instrumentals with sax in the lead, and was directly related to 1950s and 1960s New Orleans R&B hits, along with that deep-fried wildness that came from Memphis. With this history lesson, old school rock 'n' soul saxophonist and singer Terry Hanck makes perfect sense. Clearly, Hanck has worshipped at the right Southern altars--those of such iconic R&B brothers as Fats Domino, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Lee Allen and King Curtis.
Twice recognized in recent years with Blues Music Awards nominations for 2009 and 2011 for “Best Horn”, 2012 Winner “Instrumental Horn” and now a nominee for upcoming “Best Horn” 2014; a favorite of blues societies worldwide, this nice guy is finally finishing first--on national blues charts and fans' hearts.
Terry has superb and serious saxophone chops...from his fiery reed work, beautiful tone and effortless, inventive melodies and a great song selection. His crack band consists of guitarist Johnny “Cat” Soubrand, bassist Tim Wagar, and long time drummer Butch Cousins (younger brother to Richard Cousins, currently playing bass for Robert Cray.
Slick back your hair, put on your shades and start the Fifties party with the TERRY HANCK BANDS’ riotous show.
Atlantic Crossing presents three incredible shows in one with tributes to the best in British Pop music, including The Beatles, Rod Stewart and Elton John. Audiences are consistently blown away with how close to the original artists Atlantic Crossing sounds. This group is consists of four amazing musicians who also are the touring group for Bachman-Turner: Brent Knudsen, Marc LaFrance, Mick Dalla-Vee and Ian Cameron.
The Beatles had a more profound impact on pop music and culture than any other band in history. Their influence is still heard today and Atlantic Crossing plays spot on versions of the early Beatles hits.
Atlantic Crossing also has one of the most authentic Rod Stewart tributes you will ever see or hear. From the stylish suits and signature stage moves and a voice that's so close that you'll swear it's Rod himself, Brent Stewart sets a new high standard for Rod Stewart tributes.
Every bit as energetic and flamboyant as Sir Elton, this is an exciting retrospective of one of the U.Ks most outrageous and enduring performers. From his 70's rockers to the sing along favorites, audiences love these timeless classics.
Paying homage to a true icon of modern music. Santana’s music crosses cultural boundaries and excites audiences world wide. He is an architect of latin rock and a true guitar hero. Supernatural honors the man and his music. A seven piece band led by award winning guitarist Doug Towle recreates the experience of a Santana concert with all the energy and musicianship of the real thing. Spanning an over 40 year career the show takes the audience through all of Santana’s greatest hits and modern classics. From his seminal performance at Woodstock to the 1999 smash album “Supernatural” (from which this tribute derives it’s name) this is an unparalleled career faithfully reproduced by musicians of the highest caliber.