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EASTER HOP DANCE PARTY with DR. STRANGELOVE

Saturday April 4, 2015, Doors 7pm | Music 8pm



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The inaugural Blue Frog dance party went over so well, we were overwhelmed with requests for a repeat. We’re doing it again with one of the best dance bands around. BC’s most well-known and loved 6-piece dance band, DR STRANGELOVE have managed to remain on the cutting edge of the Vancouver's live music scene by bouncing effortlessly between styles as distinctly different as The Beatles to Lady Gaga. Their ability to constantly re-invent themselves musically to suit the tastes of the audience of “that " moment stems from their deep desire and dedication to always be more than a live jukebox.

DR.STRANGELOVE'S shows are highly audience interactive, always humorous, and sometimes a bit naughty! The band's vast and varied repertoire, as well as their two female and three male lead vocalists, gives them the confidence and ability to welcome audience requests often putting a very personal touch on an already great evening of entertainment and dancing.

With two decades of experience, this band of friends continues to light up the stages of Vancouver and beyond as the city’s musical ambassadors for numerous corporate, private and fundraising events.

This licensed event is primarily STANDING ROOM & DANCING with hi-top tables. There will be limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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CHAMPIAN FULTON

Friday April 10, 2015 | Doors 7pm | Music 8pm SOLD OUT



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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.

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Coastal Jazz presents ”Cellar Jazz Series”

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Roy Forbes

Saturday April 11, 2015 | Doors 7pm | Music 8pm



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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

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R&B ALLSTARS

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Friday April 17, 2015, Doors 9pm | Music 9:30pm



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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:

  • Colin Weinmaster – Trombone
  • David Steele – Vocals
  • Joani Bye – Vocals
  • Rick Hill – Drums
  • Kirsten Nash – Vocals, Tenor Sax
  • Al Lynch – Trumpet, Vocals
  • Russell Marsland – Guitar, Vocals
  • Alex Michie – Saxophone
  • Al Davidson – Keyboards
  • Billy Mendoza – Bass, Vocals
  • Steve Hilliam – Saxaphones
  • John Pearson – Baritone Sax
  • "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!

    SOLD OUT

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    BLUES BROTHERS TOO

    Saturday April 18, 2015 Doors: 6:00pm | Music: 7:00pm



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    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.

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    Seating is very limited for this special one night appearance.

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    CATHY MERKEL with the BILL SAMPLE TRIO

    Sunday April 19,2015 | Doors 2:30pm | Concert 3:00pm



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    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.

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    STEVE KOZAK & His West Coast All-Stars

    Friday April 24,2015 | Doors 7pm | Show 8pm



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    Vancouver born Steve Kozak has been a mainstay on the western Canadian Blues scene since the mid-eighties. Backed by some of Vancouver’s top musicians Kozak has built a reputation as one of Canada’s premier Blues acts and is known as the go to guy in Vancouver for the west coast Blues sound.

    An accomplished and tasty guitar player with a relaxed vocal style Kozak has been winning over fans performing his up-tempo brand of jump, swing and working man’s blues to enthusiastic audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.

    Gaining national recognition in 2013 Steve Kozak won a Maple Blues Award for New Artist or Group of the Year. Being nominated by industry professionals from across Canada.

    Holger Petersen host of CBC Radios Saturday Night Blues and head of Stony Plain Records says...“Really been enjoying 'Lookin' At Lucky'. Well done all round.” Bruce Iglauer head of Alligator records & artist management says... “This is a well-crafted album, performed with taste and subtlety. Any Blues fan should enjoy it; I sure did.”

    Some recent highlights for Steve and his band have been performing at some great festivals including: Opening the 2014 Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival, the 2014 Pender Harbour Blues Festival, Hwy. 101 Music Festival 2014, and The Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival 2014 following the legendary band Canned Heat. The Calgary Mid-Winter Blues Festival 2013, The Edmonton International Blues Festival 2010 and 2012, Powell River Blues Festival, 2011 & 2012, Nanaimo Blues Festival 2009, 2011, Pender Harbour Blues Festival, 2010, 2013 and more.

    Steve was awarded The Ambassador of the Blues Award for 2012 by the Blues Underground Network.

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    ELTON/BILLY LIVE- The Music of Elton John & Billy Joel

    Saturday April 25,2015 | Doors 6pm | Show 7pm



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    Two great artists, face to face, in one great Show.

    Don Wolf (Basically Billy) - In his career, Billy Joel has sold over 100 million records with numerous Grammy Awards and Nominations and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with receiving the Kennedy Center Honors.

    To pay tribute to this artist, Don Wolf has dedicated himself to recreating the magic that is Billy Joel. Don's uncanny resemblance to the star combined with his powerful and dynamic voice makes for a convincing tribute. His career includes seven national and international CD releases, music composition for theatre, screen, and local and international touring band work.

    He is a highly sought after professional singer/songwriter who has fronted and toured the USA, Japan, Europe, and Canada. Don has also worked together with many top stars and producers, including Golden Earring, Poison, Bruce Fairbairn, Jack Richardson and Danny Lowe.

    Mick Dalla-Vee (Captain Fantastic) - From 1969 to the present, Sir Elton John has consistently dominated the charts and written some of the greatest movie sound tracks in the history of the genre. He has recorded over 45 albums to date, most of them receiving either gold or platinum status.

    Mick Dalla-Vee (as Elton John) with his convincing vocal styling and costuming captures the magic of Elton John in a fun, enthusiastic and authentic sounding way. Mick has been the lead vocalist and bass player for Randy Bachman for 14 years with a gold and platinum award for sales of 'Live at The Roseland Ballroom' in NYC with Bachman and Turner and special guest, Paul Shaffer.

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    ANGEL FORREST with PAUL DESLAURIERS & DENIS COULOMBE

    Friday May 1, 2015 | Doors 7pm | Music 8pm



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    This show is a testament to what happens when three people who are very passionate about life and music come together and play. They revisit songs from the albums Mother Tongue Blues, recently nominated at the Maple Blues Awards for Album of the Year, Come Alive, 2011 Best Album of the Year at the Quebec Lys Blues, as well as some of their favorites from other artists.

    With a career span of over 26 years and eight records, Canadian Female Vocalist of the Year, Angel Forrest sure knows how to rock the house with last spring’s latest release, "LIVE" LOVE at the Palace.

    Angel won the 2014 and 2015 Best Female Artist of the Year in Toronto at the Maple Blues Awards as well as Songwriter of the Year in 2015. Among other notorious openings, she shared the stage with The Beach Boys, Burton Cummings, Shawn Phillips and blues greats Thornetta Davis and Larry McCray not to mention the legendary Eric Burdon and Lou Gramm of Foreigner.

    Angel is joined by award winning guitarists, Paul Deslauriers and Denis Coulombe.

    This show is proudly co-presented with the White Rock Blues Society.

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    MONKEYJUNK

    Sunday May 3, 2015 | Doors 7pm | Music 730pm



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    In their relatively short 7-year existence, Ottawa, Canada-based MonkeyJunk has cultivated a unique blend of SWAMP ROOTS ROCK. Their extensive touring has helped to develop a notable fan base across Canada, the US and Europe. Tony D plays guitar; Steve Marriner sings, plays baritone guitar and harmonica; Matt Sobb plays drums.

    They have been rewarded for their hard work with many awards including:

  • 2014 Canadian Independent Music Award – Blues Artist/Group of the Year
  • 2014 Juno Award nominee – Blues Album of the Year
  • 2012 Juno Award winner – Blues Album of the Year
  • 2008-2013 – 20 Maple Blues Awards
  • 2010 Canadian Independent Music Award – Blues Artist/Group of the Year
  • 2010 Blues Music Award (USA) – Best New Artist Debut
  • They have released 3 albums on Stony Plain Records/Warner Canada and the fourth (yet-to-be-named) album will be released on the same labels in September 2015 and will feature guest performances from Canadian music icons David Wilcox and Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson!

    “The name MonkeyJunk comes from Son House, who once said ‘I’m talking about the blues, I ain’t talking ’bout no monkeyjunk.’ But I am going to talk about MonkeyJunk – they are brilliant and have produced one of the best albums I have heard in a long time…; Ten tracks that prove that this Canadian band is here to stay. And as Son House would have said if he had seen these boys:
    "I’m talking ’bout the blues, I’m talking about MonkeyJunk!" Bob Boncey, Blues Matters (UK)

    “The Sultans of Swamp R&B” William Shatner

    “MonkeyJunk are keeping the spirits of Muddy Waters and the other roots giants alive with their own unique brand of music.
    Check it out – you won’t be disappointed.”
    David Wilcox

    “Loved your CD, some really cool tunes – It is one I find myself listening to over and over again” Ritchie Hayward, Little Feat

    This show is proudly co-presented with the White Rock Blues Society.

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    The Hearts & Souls of Jazz

    John Stowell, Oliver Gannon & Jodi Proznick

    Friday May 8, 2015 | WORKSHOP 3 - 5PM

    Friday May 8, 2015 | Doors 7pm | Concert 8pm


    Blue Frog Studios is pleased to welcome three giants of the jazz world for a unique daytime workshop, followed by an evening concert. Students, professionals and lovers of jazz will appreciate attending the daytime workshop, or the evening concert, or both events.

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    John Stowell is a much sought after clinician and educator.

    "He plays his amplified guitar as if he were surrounded by fine crystal… the type of slow burning, sustained energy that you hear in the players that practise all the time." Downbeat

    "John Stowell plays jazz, but he doesn't use any of the cliches; he has an incredible originality. John is a master creator" Larry Coryell

    "More guitarists would like to play like John Stowell, if they knew how..." Herb Ellis

    Oliver Gannon dedicated his life to jazz in a very busy music career that kept him at the nucleus of the genre. The mastery of his musical expressions and his numerous recordings keep him an essential influence in the evolution of jazz. On top of his busy performing and recording career, he has long been involved in teaching guitar.

    Jodi Proznick is a Juno nominated bassist, composer and music educator and one of Canada`s finest jazz artists. She has won numerous national awards including Bassist of the Year a number of times and has recorded with countless artists as well as her own groups.

    Jodi has been described as "armed with an arsenal of talent sure to develop recognition as one of the finest bassists in the jazz world today" She has a Master`s Degree in Education and is on faculty at Capilano University, Kwantlan College and is Jazz Department head at VSO School of Music.

    All WORKSHOP Attendees will receive a 50 page PDF file with article written by John for various magazines(Downbeat, Guitar Player, Canadian Musician, etc.) The content includes original tunes from John, applications of melodic minor and triads to build solo lines, voicings and chord melodies. In addition to covering those topics, Olly, Jodi and John will demonstrate and discuss elements of small group playing(soloing, comping, group improvisation,etc).

    The atmosphere will be relaxed and friendly with questions and participation encouraged.All levels are welcome to attend but intermediate to advanced topics will be covered.

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    UNCLE WIGGLY’S HOT SHOES BLUES BAND

    Saturday May 9, 2015 | Doors 7pm | Music 8pm



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    With a career that began humbly at the University of Victoria’s Sub Pub, this band led the live music, independent recording and producing scene in Victoria BC in the 80’s. They become RCA Recording Artists, received rave reviews of live performances along the way and shared stages with Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, Koko Taylor and Paul Butterfield to name a few, leaving an indelible legacy of 21 recorded tracks that still stand the test of time.

    They released a new CD this year called “Still Burnin it Up” and they have just come off a successful Western Tour to Alberta and BC, as well they played two hot sets on the mainstage at the Island Folkfest this past summer as well as blowing folks away at the Vancouver Island Blues Bash on the Labour Day weekend. To top it all off they won the right to represent BC at the International Blues Challenge in White Rock in July 2014 and traveled to Memphis in January of 2015 to compete.

    This show is proudly co-presented with the White Rock Blues Society.

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    DALANNAH GAIL BOWEN & OWEN OWEN OWEN

    Friday May 22, 2015 | Doors 6pm | Music 7pm



    “Extreme talent both vocally and musically. Powerful, tender, emotional and heartfelt.
    Pleasing to the heart and soul."
    Sonny Rock, NYS Blues Hall Of Fame Radio Host

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    Considering the differences of this unique duo; Dalannah is a 69 year-old African-Candian/Cherokee who has been singing blues/jazz and gospel for forty years and Owen Owen Owen (Owen Veber) is a classical and jazz-trained bassist... it is exciting that this unlikely duo won the right to represent British Columbia, were finalists at the 31st Annual International Blues Challenge and inducted as Master Blues Artists in the Blues Hall Of Fame.

    Witness something unique, fresh and full of passion. From the moment that the duo "arrived", Dalannah and Owen have created a buzz about the uniqueness, passion and quality of the music they create. Dalannah and Owen are a blues duo that celebrates all that is blues from a fresh perspective featuring a mix of traditional and original songs, powerful vocals and exceptional bass playing.

    Both Dalannah and Owen are accomplished musicians in their fields and have a wealth of experience in the music world. Dalannah was named "one of Vancouver's Thirty Inspiring Women” and was #10 on the Galaxie "Blues Albums of the Year". An in-demand vocalist, she has performed with or opened for other major artists including Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Willie Dixon and many more. In January 2015, Dalannah was inducted as a Master Blues Artist in the Blues Hall of Fame. Dalannah and Owen continue to capture new listeners by creating an experience that is raw, engaging and entertaining.

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    ZACHARY STEVENSON’S BUDDY HOLLY with THE FAB FOUREVER

    Saturday May 23, 2015 | Doors 6pm | Music 7pm



    For one night only… Blue Frog presents two great attractions on one spectacular show…

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    Zachary Stevenson returns to the stage as Buddy Holly,
    and is joined by the knockout Beatles tribute band… The Fab Fourever.

    It’s a well-known secret that without the influence of Buddy Holly… the Beatles may not have existed, as Paul McCartney stated; “John and I started to write songs because of Buddy Holly.” The Beatles name also comes from John wanting a bug-themed name similar to Buddy Holly’s “Crickets.”

    Now some 50 years later… Buddy Holly, the man that left such a huge impression on what is arguably the biggest pop phenomenon of all time, is being celebrated together with the Beatles through their music by two world-class tribute attractions… Zachary Stevenson performing as Buddy Holly and the Fab Fourever performing as the Beatles.

    Stevenson has performed as Buddy in no less than 10 different productions of ‘The Buddy Holly Story’, and is currently being applauded for his leading role of the hit musical “Red Rock Diner” at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre. (Michael Buble starred in the original production)

    The Fab Fourever have been wowing audiences throughout Western Canada with their live renditions of all the Beatles hits. This show will pay homage to the music of the 50’s and early 60’s with the Fab Fourever performing songs from 1960 – 1965, songs from the Cavern Club in Liverpool, the Ed Sullivan Show, and their ‘64/’65 World Tours.

    This is a musical pairing that could never have happened until now… enjoy the music of two of the greatest rock’n’roll artists of all time… together on one spectacular show! Buddy Holly and The Beatles… plus special added attraction… Rock’n’Roll Diva Molly Dee!

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    CORY WEEDS QUARTET with guest NYC ORGANIST MIKE LEDONNE

    Saturday May 30, 2015 | Doors 7pm | Music 8pm



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    CD RELEASE for CONDITION BLUE, CELLAR LIVE'S 100th CD Featuring CORY WEEDS alto sax, MIKE LEDONNE organ, OLIVER GANNON guitar & JESSE CAHILL drums

    Jazz Impresario is at it again and this time he's reached a BIG milestone. The label that saxophonist Cory Weeds founded in 2001 Cellar is releasing its 100th album and it happens to feature him on alto saxophone. Condition Blue was recorded in New York City and features New York's finest, Peter Bernstein - guitar, Joe Farnsworth - drums and Mike LeDonne - organ. Weeds will reunite his Vancouver group featuring Mike LeDonne on organ. The last time this band collaborated it resulted in the Juno Nominated "Up A Step, The Music Of Hank Mobley.'" Condition Blue features the music of another saxophone giant, hard bopper Jackie Mclean.

    Come and help celebrate the 100th release for Canada's finest record label.

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    Coastal Jazz presents ”Cellar Jazz Series”

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