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Direct from southern California, the world’s top Led Zeppelin tribute band invades Blue Frog for one night only. LED ZEPAGAIN is the only band to ever receive endorsement from Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page.
Led Zeppelin are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording; various sources estimate the group's record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide.
David Sinclair and Keith Bennett have teamed up to become one of the hottest duos around. World-class guitarist ,David Sinclair toured with Sarah McLachlan from 1993-2003 as her guitarist on the Lillith Fair, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing tours. Prior to working with McLachlan, he toured with k.d. lang on her Ingenue tour. He has appeared on television shows including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Arsenio Hall, Saturday Night Live, Larry Sanders, Good Morning America, Rosie O'Donnell, MTV Unplugged, VH1 Storytellers, The Grammy Awards Show, and Juno Awards.
Keith Bennett is a veteran singer and instrumentalist performing at top Canadian venues. His melodious harmonica playing has been featured with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and on over 200 CD's and soundtracks for film and television. For eight years, he was featured as the "Harmonica Man" at NHL Vancouver Canucks home games. Keith performed as Elwood of the 15-piece Blues Brothers Revue. He had a starring role in the 1996 production of Carol King's Tapestry at the Arts Club Theater of Vancouver that ran for a record 189 shows. He has performed as special guest with Rodger Hodgson of Supertramp
The Foggy Hogtown Boys have become a Canadian bluegrass and roots music institution. Their sound has influenced what's become a vibrant and youthful bluegrass scene in this country. From the band's legendary 15 year residency at Toronto's Silver Dollar Room; tours across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Israel; teaching instrumental workshops across the county; as well as individually recording as sidemen on hundreds of of albums, it is fair to say they have made their mark.
2014 finds The Foggy Hogtown Boys (Andrew Collins, Chris Coole, Max Heineman, Chris Quinn and John Showman) releasing their seventh album “Animals, Insects, and People”. The new album, recorded mostly live, rings with a looseness and maturity of a band that has nothing to prove, but a whole lot to say. Strong original material, creative arrangements of traditional bluegrass and old-time, and well-chosen covers (Justin Townes Earl, Roger Miller, Ralph Stanley) make for an engaging program.
Despite the band's high level of musicianship, they have always leaned away from the “slick and polished” sound of modern bluegrass, favoring a more “weird, wild and funky” approach to the genre. On stage, their personal chemistry shines through, with a shared sense of humour and fun that is infectious. Over the years their style has helped them win a dedicated following, both from within the bluegrass community and beyond.
The Guinness will be flowing for the perfect Saint Patrick’s Weekend Celebration, as the Pat Chessell Band fires up Blue Frog Studios for a foot-stomping, hand-clapping IRISH PARTY.
We are fortunate to have Pat and his remarkable band in for this show, as he performs more than 250 dates a year, and is triple-booked during St.Patricks time. He was the featured act in the Irish Pavilion during the 2010 Winter Olympics. His passionate, smoky vocals are complemented by Celtic fuelled sounds that stretch into influences of roots, blues and country. From concert halls to corporate shows, from BC to New York, Pat Chessell's performances have proven to be a hit with audiences of all ages.
Chessell's backup band consists of the fast, fiery fiddle playing of Andrea Taylor (exClumsy Lovers), the bouzouki playing of Nathan Powell and the tight rhythm section of Rick Chapman and Tim Renaud, on drums and bass respectively
Tom Harrison of the Vancouver Province described Chessell’s music as having “fresh energy and enthusiasm.”
"A force to be reckoned with" is how, Canada's top Celtic publication, The Celtic Connection describes him,
"...Check out his live show now so you could say you knew him when..."
After three sellout concerts and rave reviews last year at the Blue Frog Studios, we have invited award winning Celtic fiddler, Kiérah Raymond to perform once again at the Blue Frog.
Kiérah’s powerful yet playful performance style showcases her musicality and technical ability as she blends her original tunes with the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton. Kiérah consistently demonstrates her love and mastery of the fiddle promising an outstanding night of entertainment.
Performing with Kiérah are two outstanding B.C. musicians:
Innovative guitarist Adam Dobres (The Ruth Moody Band and Dustin Bentall Band).
Multi instrumentalist Adrian Dolan - piano, mandolin, accordion (The Ruth Moody Band and The Bills).
BARRACUDA hails from Vancouver, BC, Canada, the original city where Ann & Nancy Wilson formed the amazing legacy of the band "HEART". Barracuda performs the music of Heart with style, presence and a true passion for the songs that have become beloved classics to fans worldwide. Donna Caruk, a four-octave vocal powerhouse and dedicated Ann Wilson purest, leads the group. The multi-talented Brenda Kashmir bears a remarkable resemblance to the beautiful and charismatic Nancy Wilson (rock and roll kicks included). The two ladies have an electric chemistry on stage and are both fully dedicated performers that make it look so natural!
PAT BENATAR has stood the test of time for over 35 years! “ALL FIRED UP” captures the vibrancy along with the legacy of Pat Benatar and her long time life and musical partner ‘Neil Geraldo’ (Spider). Bringing the voice of ‘Pat Benatar’ to life is Donna Caruk. Joining, Donna in the role of ‘Neil Geraldo’ on guitar and keyboards is local guitar legend ‘Ray Roper.’ Rounding out this high-octane four piece are Bob Mcintosh (bass) and Curtis Lieppi (drums) who are rock n roll purists!
A special bonus for this show will feature RAY ROPER of STONEBOLT performing a selection of his famous hits.
Pacific-based roots music ensemble, Tiller’s Folly announces the release of their 9th album: Stirring Up Ghosts - Volumes 1 & 2, a double CD collection of the group’s historically-based music from the Pacific Northwest. “Songs of triumph and adventure, of heroes and villains from the True North’s Canada's colourful past”.
Tiller’s Folly are modern day storytellers of lore, uniting past with the present. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Tiller's Folly are a critically acclaimed, internationally traveled power trio at the forefront of a bold new movement in acoustic roots music. For the past eighteen years, through thousands of performances stretching from the Pacific Northwest to The Carolinas and across to the British Isles and beyond - they have spread their memorable blend of energy, history, musicality, romance and just plain fun from small and large halls to theatres and festivals. With nine studio CDs to the bands credit, Tiller's award winning productions continue to expand and refine their potent mix of acoustic & electric based, Celtic influenced Canadiana, Americana, Newgrass 'and beyond.' Tiller's Folly is Bruce Coughlan (songwriter, lead vocals. Guitar); Nolan Murray (fiddle, mandolin, mandocaster) and Laurence Knight (bass, vocals).
The charismatic New York vocalist and pianist, Champian Fulton, returns to Vancouver to celebrate the release of her latest album, "Change Partners: Live at the Yardbird Suite", which has been heralded as one of the Top 10 Jazz Releases of 2014 by the Ottawa Citizen. Champian's crowd-pleasing, effortless and award-winning voice is supported by equally impressive piano chops (quite a feat when featured simultaneously) along with a killer backing band: Jodi Proznick on bass, Julian MacDonough on drums, and Cory Weeds on tenor sax.
Coastal Jazz presents ”Cellar Jazz Series”
Born in Dawson Creek, B.C. and nicknamed Bim as a child, Roy Forbes has been a prominent and critically acclaimed artist who has made enduring artistic contributions to the Canadian music scene as a performer, recording artist, songwriter, producer and broadcaster. It might be on the CBC or across a festival meadow, but you’ll always recognize the unique, intense guitar playing and the high soulful singing of Roy Forbes. He has absorbed all of his influences and developed into a totally original, dynamic, exciting performer of deeply resonant lyrics.
This two-time Juno nominee and multi West Coast Music Award winner has ten solo albums to his credit as well as two records with UHF (Ulrich, Henderson and Forbes), a Christmas LP with Connie Kaldor and his work hosting CKUA and CBC programs. After more than forty years, Roy Forbes remains one of Canada’s favourite and best-loved acoustic artists. www.royforbes.ca
The Legendary R&B Allstars was formed in the late 1970’s as a testament to their love of 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:
Get ready to “Shake Your Tail Feathers”, as the “Blues Brothers Too” hit the stage at Blue Frog. This is a Blues Brothers tribute act who perform live high energy song and dance routines consisting of all the signature songs based on the original movie “THE BLUES BROTHERS” starring Dan Aykroyd & John Belushi.
This entertaining group will keep you spellbound as they sing, dance, and joke their way into your hearts. They’re ‘On A Mission From God’ to entertain you with high energy, choreographed song & dance routines. They got the moves, the sound, and the look (from the black Fedoras and Skinny Ties, to the authentic Ray Ban® sunglasses).
Backing up Jake & Elwood Too is one of Canada’s hottest 9 piece Rock & Roll bands “DOUBLE OVERTIME”, boasting a full 4 piece horn section just like in the movie and special guest, vocalist Shannon Renning (who will be singing songs including “THINK – RESPECT – SON OF A PREACHER MAN” all in the style of Aretha Franklin Queen Of Soul) - you’ll hear them all singing Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Country, and a whole lot of great Rock & Roll dance tunes performed up close and personal - live – all in the style of the original Blues Brothers.
Don’t miss Elwood’s speeches & Jakes dancing, as they re-live the antics from right out of the movie. Hear the horns wail to the likes of “Minni the Moocher”, “She Caught The Katy”, and other show tunes. Watch Jake “as he grabs the whip” during the showstopper “Rawhide”. And oh yes, you’ll even hear a little country (yep just like Bob’s Country Bunker – from the original movie). If you saw the movie, you’ll love this fun-packed tribute to Jake and Elwood Blues.
Cathy is a veteran of the performing arts scene in and around the Greater Vancouver area. While her roots as a singer and pianist remain firmly planted in both classical and gospel music, she has more recently ventured into the genres of opera and musical theatre. Additionally, Cathy enjoys singing jazz standards, and traditional choral work, such as with the Jubilant Vocal Ensemble. When she is not working on some music-related project or another, she is usually with students ages 5 to 55!
Cathy recently released her first demo album, with several tunes covering light jazz, pop standards and inspirational classics. Backing up this cross section of fabulous music will be the Bill Sample Trio, featuring Bill, Rene Worst, and Buff Allen. Pianist extraordinaire Eldon McBride will accompany the classics and inspirational selections.
Special guests dropping by will be up and coming saxophonist Eli Bennett, and gifted singer Jackie Rose Block. The photographic work of Kerry Bryers Enns will add one more layer of artistry to the show.