2017 Saskatoon Blues Festival
Friday, March 3rd
35 22nd Street East
Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm
Big Dave McLean - With multiple Juno and Maple Blues Awards Canadian blues legend Big Dave McLean, has been singing the blues better than anyone for decades now. It's a journey that's taken him hooting, hollering and testifying through every juke joint and dance hall across the country.
A masterful guitarist and top notch harpist, McLean's raw and gravelly vocals bespeak of a life lived to the fullest, and a career spent performing in and around those countless small towns that dot the Canadian prairies. When it comes to the blues, however, McLean's heart firmly beats to the ghosts of the delta greats--especially the incomparable Muddy Waters, with whom he toured over two decades ago. Just how important the Mojo Man was to the development of Big Dave can be gleaned in an 11-minute tribute, aptly titled 'Muddy Waters for President'. Actually written for the dean of Chicago bluesmen, Muddy died before getting around to recording it.
Jack de Keyzer - From the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC, virtuoso guitarist, Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide. One of Canada's most awarded and in demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has relased 8 CD's and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings and live sessions with artists ranging from Etta James to Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley to Blue Rodeo. An incendiary live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer, de Keyzer performs an average of 180 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). A much celebrated musician, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album of the Year) 5 times and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada''s national blues awards) , first place in the International Songwriting Competition and won 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 and swaying to his hot blues, soulful r&b and cool soul jazz. World class.
The 24th Street Wailers - Experienced, road-tested and tougher than a two by four, The 24th Street Wailers are five musicians who originally met in music school. Their major influence? The sounds from the freewheeling period in the '40s and '50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities. When showmanship mattered. When the sax player, not the guitarist, got the girls.
2014's WICKED was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) and received widespread radio play including major radio shows and broadcasters such as B.B. King's Bluesville on SiriusXM and thebluesmobile.com (House of Blues Radio Hour) as well as CBC. Host of thebluesmobile and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd heralded the band as a "21st upgrade to jump and jive". They have since released another album, WHERE EVIL GROWS in March 2015. This album has further cemented the band's reputation as one of the best acts out there who bring a much needed high energy 1950's Rock n' Roll approach to the game.
Led by Lindsay Beaver. A wild and crazy front woman and singing drummer. This band is filled out by Michael Archer on Upright Bass, Marc Doucet on Guitar, Jesse Whiteley on Piano, and Jonny Wong on wailing Saxand between them they have 15 Maple Blues Awards. This band has been winning over the masses with their unbeatable live performances and a sense of showmanship from a time gone by, something many consider lost in modern day music.
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Saskatoon Blues Society
The Saskatoon Blues Society promotes, fosters, supports and celebrates blues music. We organize an annual mid-winter blues festival, create additional performance opportunities for blues musicians.