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If you were lucky enough to see the John Lee Sanders Christmas show last December, you will remember that Gary Comeau was a huge highlight of the show getting the audience clapping and stomping with his infectious Rajun’ Cajun style. Now, here’s your chance to see Gary with his own hot band, the VOODOO ALLSTARS, for a Blue Frog style Mardi Gras celebration!
Gary Comeau is a singer-songwriter and musician of unusual diversity and talent. Playing a range of instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion and piano, he delivers originally crafted, high energy, New Orleans-style rockin' roots and blues. Although Gary’s own roots are French-Acadian, ...he was born and raised in Nova Scotia..., his soul seems to have taken a long and inspiring detour through Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. And while Gary does not consider himself to be a cajun or zydeco artist per se, those styles have certainly influenced the music he's written and recorded.
Gary Comeau - piano, fiddle, accordion, mandolin, vocal
The Voodoo Allstars are:
Tim Hearsey - guitar, slide guitar, vocal
Jerry Cook - sax, percussion, washboard, vocal
Rob Becker - bass, vocal
Chris Nordquist - drums, vocal
Don’t miss this foot stomping good time!
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. His evocative, smoky vocals are found in a truth that doesn’t come overnight.
• 2011 Juno winner (Blues Album of the Year)
• 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards Winner (Blues Album of the Year)
• 2006 Juno Award Winner (Blues Album of the Year)
• 2006 Canadian Folk Music Award Winner (Best Contemporary Singer)
• 2006 Canadian Folk Music Award Winner
• 2006 Maple Blues Awards 2-time Winner (Recording of the Year)
• 2006 Maple Blues Awards 2-time Winner (Best Male Vocalist)
• 2006 Leo Award nominee for music video (Just a Pilgrim)
• 1995 Inducted BC Entertainment Hall of Fame
• 1995 Juno Award Winner (Blues/Gospel Album of the Year)
Just in time for St.Paddys, the Pat Chessell Band will be firing up Blue Frog Studios for a foot-stomping good time. Known for his high-energy performances, Chessell performed more than 200 times in 2011 alone, as well as being 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, Pat Chessell's performances have proven to be a hit with audiences of all ages. He has toured from BC to New York, and everywhere in between.
"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..."
Come and join the frivolity as Blue Frog turns green and sets up as an Irish Pub for one night only!
It is so great to see the next "big thing" in Celtic music is coming from White Rock. Kiérah Raymond is a "fiddler extraordinaire". She is a multi-award winning Celtic Fiddler and Winner of a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award. Inspired by the heartfelt playing of Martin Hayes, her own playing radiates the love she has for traditional and contemporary Celtic music - always playing with the clear and precise intonation for which she is known. Kiérah’s new album - "Stonemason’s Daughter", honoured the West Coast by receiving a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award.
Adam Dobres is a natural born guitarist with a sensitive ability to embody any style of music. He has played with almost every notable musician in the city while dabbling in jazz, Celtic, country and roots music for half his life. Adam toured from 2007 - 2011 with Emmy winning songwriter Toni Childs, opening for Jackson Browne. Since 2011, he has been touring with the Ruth Moody Band which opened last summer for Mark Knopfler in 12 European cities.
Adrian Dolan is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Victoria, perhaps best known for his work with the award-winning roots ensemble The Bills over the past 13 years. His skills as a violinist, fiddler, pianist and accordionist have landed him on stage with some of the best in the business, including playing and touring with Ruth Moody. Adrian has a passion for composing, producing, educating and leading a new generation of folk music into the 21st century.
Dreams - the Ultimate tribute to Fleetwood Mac , is an authentic sounding, seven piece tribute to Fleetwood Mac. They perform in full costumes, similar to the actual styles worn by the original Fleetwood Mac. You will be taken back with all their favorite songs including Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way, Landslide, Say You Love Me, The Chain and of course Dreams.
The band of professional musicians from Vancouver BC, Canada, has played many shows over the last few years in casinos, theatres and corporate events, all around the world. Some of those places include Las Vegas, the Dominican Republic, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Regina, to name a few. You will be amazed at how close Dreams - Canada's tribute to Fleetwood Mac, looks and sounds like the original Fleetwood Mac. They take you back in time, so you can experience this amazing music all over again
Tiller's Folly is the Pacific Northwest's critically acclaimed, internationally travelled acoustic power trio, planted at the forefront of a bold new movement in progressive roots music. A highly regarded Canadian Celtic group-turned-historians, this award-winning ensemble has shifted to what might be more aptly termed Acoustic Roots Music. The band’s single Death & Taxes won the Independent Music Award's People's Choice for Best Song in 2012.
Tiller’s Folly is Bruce Coughlan (songwriter, lead vocals. Guitar, bodhran, flute, whistle) Nolan Murray (fiddle, mandolin, mandocaster, banjo, viola, guitar) and Laurence Knight (producer, bass, vocals). 2014 finds the band's focus returning to their Pacific Northwest home, excited to share songs and stories of their colourful adventures. With their new self-penned songs, new musical studio partnerships and an inexhaustible collaborative spirit, Tiller's Folly is poised to breakthrough to the next level throughout North America and beyond!
"Tiller’s Folly is a national treasure." ~ Peter North, Edmonton Journal
These favourites return exactly one year to the date from their last SOLD-OUT show at Blue Frog Studios.
The well-known Vancouver based group STONEBOLT had a string of great hits in the late 70s and 80s; "I Will Still Love You", "Baby Don’t Ya Hide It", "Lovestruck", "Queen of The Night", "Was It You", "Please Please Me".
Remember this great song? "I Will Still Love You"
Vancouver’s Stonebolt arrived as part of the wave of talented bands that helped put Western Canada on the musical map. The group had it’s beginnings with North Vancouver school friends Ray Roper, Brian Lousley and Danny Atchison, and the lineup soon jelled with the addition of lead singer David Wills and keyboardist John Webster.
After signing with Parachute Records in Los Angeles in 1977, the group released four albums (on Parachute, and later RCA Records) and had numerous hit singles. Their biggest was "I Will Still Love You" which charted in the U.S. and many parts of the world. They guested on many top TV shows of the day, including American Bandstand with Dick Clark, and Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack.
Stonebolt continues to put on a lively and entertaining show, performing the best of their material plus other favorites from the high-flying times when classic rock was just plain ‘rock.’
One of the things we hear most from our concert attendees, is "When is Diane Lines coming back??" Well, finally we have great news for you as Diane and her stellar band return to Blue Frog for a two-night stint on April 11th & 12th.
In her show "Jump!", dynamic pianist/vocalist Diane Lines forges a uniquely feminine approach to the era of jump blues, swing and boogie-woogie. Featuring the music of Louis Jordan, The Nat Cole Trio, Dinah Washington, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles and more, Diane and her supporting cast of world class musicians combine high-octane musicianship and natural wit, “making the audience feel they’re at a great musical party with a personal friend"
"Port Ludlow embraced Diane Lines, Tony Chamberlist and the rest of the gang of JUMP!. Diane interacts with the audience all the time from the stage and is approachable in the lobby between sets. She truly is a multi-tasker … her piano licks and great vocals seamlessly merge." Barbara Wagner-Jauregg, President, Port Ludlow Arts Society.
"Loved the show...a winner! What a wonderful trip through the forgotten years of music between the end of WWII and the birth of rock and roll. An incredible concert interwoven with the stories behind the music we all know so well." Dave Chesney, publisher, White Rock Sun; former executive CBS Music
Shows starts at 8pm, so there is plenty of time to enjoy a nice early dinner at one of the many fine restaurants that White Rock has to offer.
Select Friday or Saturday night shows below: