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Blue Frog Studios is proud to host a special concert with JUNO AWARD winner JIM BYRNES. Jim’s evocative, smoky vocals and gutsy blues guitar weave together to create a unique sound that has all but vanished from today's world.
Jim Byrnes needs no introduction. From his first professional gig in 1964, over the years, he has had the great good fortune to appear with a virtual who’s who of the blues such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal and Robert Cray.
Jim Byrnes’ fame as an actor has grown immeasurably from his too-numerous-to-mention TV and movie roles, highlights including television’s Wiseguy and Highlander series, and his national variety show The Jim Byrnes Show. Jim’s first love, however, is the blues.
Here are just some of Jim’s career highlights’:
Be part of this extraordinary opportunity to experience an up close & personal concert with Jim Byrnes. His shows sell out very fast.
You likely have already read about Maya Rae. She’s just 14 years old, but Vancouver jazz vocalist Maya Rae already knows exactly who she is as an artist.
Her debut album, Sapphire Birds, showcases her beguiling, understated vocal style and her totally unique repertoire, which ranges from originals inspired by life at school and home to fresh covers of jazz standards and unique renditions of favorite pop songs by artists such as Meghan Trainor and Christina Aguilera.
Joining Maya are some of Vancouver’s finest jazz musicians:
Listening to Maya Rae’s Sapphire Birds, it is difficult to believe that the singer is just 14 years old. Her vocalizing is versatile and inventive, her originals are sophisticated, and she sounds very mature, making her age seem irrelevant.
High-points of Maya's career thus far include opening a show for New York pianist and singer Champian Fulton at Frankie’s Jazz Club and garnering national radio play on CBC radio for Maya’s holiday hit song, "I'm Still Waiting For Christmas". Maya considers her singing inspirations to include Eva Cassidy, Nina Simone, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan and Ella Fitzgerald. While she has recorded some individual tracks since cutting Joni Mitchell’s “River” when she was 11, Sapphire Birds is her first full-length CD.
The recorded Blue Frog concert is an important early milestone for Maya Rae, a singer who clearly has an important musical career ahead of her.
JACK DE KEYZER is a multi Juno, Maple Blues Award winning blues guitarist who tours the world with his hot blues, sweet soul and cool jazz stylings.
Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide, from the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand blues guitarists, he has released 9 CD’s and 1 DVD. An exciting live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer, de Keyzer performs an average of 120 shows per year and has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico). Much celebrated, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album) 5 X and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards, 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition and CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners. Always touring with an incredible band, Jack will have you rocking in your seat to his hot blues, sweet soul and cool jazz. World class.
“The finest blues guitarist in Canada” - Jeff Healey
“If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he’d be famous” - Bob Dylan
One of the highlight shows of 2016, LADIES SING THE BLUES returns to Blue Frog featuring five beautiful and extremely talented ladies belting out the songs of the blues greats.
Ladies Sing the Blues has become a huge success in Western Canada paying homage to the blues giants including Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Etta James, Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, James Brown, Van Morrison, Jr. Walker, and many more.
Featuring some of the very best female singers anywhere: Joani Bye, Alita Dupray, Nadine States, Leslie Harris and Amanda Dean, backed by Rob Montgomery and his All-Star Band.
This stellar show features a Celebration of these Amazing Lady Singers, with an All-Star Band embracing Soul Classics, Blues, Funky R&B, and beyond. The magical energy of this show, is why it has become so hugely popular with Music Lovers, and always performs for sold-out Audiences.
The LADIES look forward to seeing you at this Musical Celebration!
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, “Tom Dooley”, “Greenback Dollar”, “They Call the Wind Maria”, “Seasons in the Sun”, “It Was a Very Good Year”
The Kingston Trio is described as "the most envied, the most imitated, and the most successful singing group, folk or otherwise, in all show business" and "the undisputed kings of the folk singing rage by every yardstick”. They rose to international popularity, fueled by unprecedented record sales, and helped to alter the direction of popular music in the U.S.
The Lion Sons are the closest thing to the original Kingston Trio that exists today. You bear witness to the energy, charisma, vocal power and acoustic domination that transports you to a time when The Kingston Trio was the band everyone emulated, loved and appreciated for the simplicity and purity of their sound.
Josh Reynolds and Mike Marvin are the son and nephew/adopted son of Kingston Trio original Nick Reynolds. They grew up in the same household spending much of their time accompanied by their childhood friend Tim Gorelangton; whose natural abundant musical talent and vocal tenacity was quickly identified by the famous Trio members. This was a musical home, an environment that was frequented by the biggest names in show business.
Josh, Mike and Tim were inspired by, motivated by and intentionally or not, mentored by affiliation each time a famous performer sat down in their living room, picked up a guitar or banjo and sang a song. There was nothing more natural than playing the music that was around them. It took quite a few years before they were able to duplicate the sound that had won the hearts of the world.
If you were lucky enough to have seen and heard the original Kingston Trio in the 50s and 60s, come now, and relive the cultural sensation that represents the greatest moment of Déjà-vu that can come your way for the price of a concert ticket. The Lion Sons.
Original Kingston Trio:
It’s Rodeo Weekend and what a better time to experience “a magnificent tribute to the Man in Black”.
David James and Big River are often described as one of the most authentic Johnny Cash tribute shows touring today. James and his band – Todd Sacerty on bass, Duncan Symonds on guitar and pedal steel, and Colin Stevenson on drums – look and sound like the legacy of the Man in Black, and when they step on stage, they live it. From the way Cash holds his guitar to the way he talks to his audience, the legendary musician lives again when James steps to the mike and says, “Hello, I’m almost Johnny Cash.”
James has dedicated himself to recreating an authentic tribute to Cash, focusing on not only his rich baritone, but also his mannerisms and his interaction with the crowd. “It’s not only about the voice,” James said. “It’s about living and breathing the man – his posture, his mannerisms, his moves and his quirks. I want our audiences to go home feeling like they just observed the man himself.” James is succeeding.
According to Lisa Wilton at the Calgary Sun, “James does his best to look the part – black is the primary colour from his hair down to his shoes – but it’s his uncanny vocal similarity to Cash that is most impressive. Even when he talks, James has the singer’s low rumble down pat.”
The Man in Black might be gone, but David James and Big River are fulfilling the continuing demand for his music and keeping the memory of the legend alive in the hearts and minds of fans everywhere.
BAD MOON RIDERS are a tribute to one of the most successful rock bands of the late 1960s and 1970s,
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
Performing hits like “Proud Mary”, “Born on the Bayou”, “Hey Tonight”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Green River”, and many more, Bad Moon Riders take you on a journey back to the golden era of rock.
These veteran musicians pride themselves on giving a professional show from start to finish that is faithful and authentic to a live CCR performance.
Featured vocalist Mike Kelly has an amazing singing voice, and flawlessly matches John Fogerty’s unique vocal style.
Bad Moon Riders truly personifies the spirit and grit of North America’s Favorite Rock & Roll Band. They take great pleasure in faithfully recreating the music of CCR just as you remember it, lived it, and loved it!
Blue Frog Studios is proud to host the GRAND FINALE CONCERT for the
ROADHOUSE LIVE YOUTH TALENT SEARCH.
Every Wednesday through April and May, the Roadhouse Grille in South Surrey hosts a weekly Talent Search with one finalist being selected each week. On Wednesday, June 7th, these 8 weekly winners will compete on stage for the Grand Prize Package, as well as additional prizes to all the finalists.
Come hear the best of our local young talent and cheer on these aspiring performers.
A limited number of tickets are available.
When Ezra Kwizera takes to the stage at Blue Frog on June 9th, the magic of this internationally recognized artist will be shared throughout the world via Blue Frog’s new Live Streaming service. But nowhere will the effect of this concert be felt more than in his former home of Rwanda. Monies raised at Ezra’s performance will go towards the construction and running of the music school he is building in Rwanda.
Ezra was born in Uganda to Rwandan refugee parents, and now living in Vancouver. Ezra returned to Rwanda shortly after the 1994 genocide, during which many of his Tutsi relatives had been killed. Overcoming times of fear, trauma and struggle, Ezra’s history contrasts brightly with the leader he is today – a creative artist and a community role model who helps vulnerable children, youth and needy families develop the skills necessary to improve their lives.
Ezra’s music embodies the multicultural spirit of modern-day Canada, the style, a zesty yet soulful mix of Reggae, Soca, East African Bongo and Pop. With linguistic agility, Ezra fluidly sings in English, Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Zulu and Swahili.
An added incentive for seeing this amazing performance is the fact that it is also the CD release party of Ezra’s newest album “Humura”. Ezra’s performance promises to be uplifting and emotional with an eclectic group of African and Canadian musicians and dancers. It will be a performance to remember.
Powerhouse singer/percussionist Shannon Gaye joins forces with Britt & Carly McKillip, uber-talented siblings with an undeniable vocal blend & style. Together, they present R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - a concert celebrating women of Soul, Rhythm & Blues.
Paying homage to trailblazing female artists, the show features tunes by classic icons like Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and Etta James as well as contemporary artists such as Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and Adele.
The stellar six-piece band is comprised of some of Vancouver’s finest musicians, led by gifted pianist/producer Kristian Alexandrov. Kristian is the music director for Jens Lindemann’s “Brassfire” show, which was featured at Blue Frog in February 2017.
Kristian has co-written and produced three albums with Soul/R&B recording artist Shannon Gaye, described as “the slender singer with the big soulful voice”. Their most recent collaboration is Shannon’s latest CD Little Wonder, an acoustic gem with a modern spin - urban music with matter for the mind.
Britt and Carly McKillip were born and raised on the West coast - you may know them as the award-winning recording duo, One More Girl. Growing up in a musical family, Britt and Carly cut their teeth on all things entertainment: they’ve worked as actors since they were little, appearing in many prestigious film and television projects, and have shared the stage with artists such as Toby Keith, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban.
Musica Brasileira, formed by JUNO winning artist Tom Keenlyside, explores the kaleidoscope of musical styles that have made the Brazilian sound so enticing and harmonically rich. Bossa Nova, Choro, Samba, Forro, Frevo and many other kinds of Brazilian music are represented in performance by the group, featuring some of the most respected and bold performers in the Canadian music scene and features:
Tom Keenlyside, Flute - Tom has performed, written and arranged all types of music for nearly five decades, receiving many awards and accolades. His music has received JUNO wins and nominations, multiple Westcoast Music Awards, SOCAN composition awards, and has been featured on Grammy winning /nominated albums by Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and many others. He has had a lifelong love of Brazilian music, and his latest release, “Musica Brasileira”, explores the rich and sultry tapestry of the art. The album has garnered great critical praise, and has received heavy airplay on jazz and worldbeat radio throughout the US and Canada.
Bill Coon, Guitar- is one of Canada’s most sought after guitarists, having performed with Jimmy Heath, Peter Bernstein, Eddie Daniels and Brad Turner, to name a few.
Sharon Minemoto, Piano- A first call pianist in the Vancouver jazz scene, Sharon has presented her wonderful piano playing in clubs and festivals across Canada and Europe and is equally comfortable performing with the mainstays of the Canadian Jazz scene and the Vancouver Symphony.
Miles Hill, Bass- Bassist Miles Hill has done it all…performance, composition, production,with some of music’s biggest names, such as Van Morrison, Michael Buble Seal, Freddie Hubbard, Sarah Mclachlan and the great Brazilian maestro Ivan Lins.
Bernie Arai, Drums- Alternately edgy and introspective, Bernie Arai’s performances are always captivating, swinging and definitive. He is the go-to drummer for the musical spectrum of the Vancouver jazz scene.
Sal Ferreras, Pandeiro, Percussion- Sal has been a fixture on the Vancouver music scene for decades, and has excited audiences with his fiery playing across Canada and Europe. He describes himself as a cultural catalyst and has a Star on the BC Entertainment Walk of Fame.
“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