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Tiger Moon - The Dream Cafe

Tiger Moon

Tiger Moon

Friday June 23rd
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Tickets
Premium – $22
Wings – $12

Tiger Moon was here earlier this year and put on a show we needed to see again! This time they will be hot off their release of their new album Cariboo & Whiskey.

Tiger Moon is a name that is quickly becoming synonymous with blue-collar touring schedules and hard work in Canada’s music industry. Led by Dan Tait and Kasey Graff, the group’s founding members, Tiger Moon now boasts a full-bore boot-stomping folk & country sound with the addition of rhythm, bass and vocal team, Joshua Smith & Dylan Ranney. The new members fill out Tiger Moon’s sound with four-part harmonies, cocktail percussion and warm bass lines.

With the new record Cariboo & Whiskey out on June 9th, the team is working hard to secure their spot as an integral part of the musical fabric of Canada. They have been added to a number of West Canadian festival lineups in thanks to their upbeat, folky melodies and diligent and devout musicianship.

Tiger Moon took a team up to the Cariboo Mountain Region of BC to record a piece of Canadiana, and ‘Cariboo & Whiskey’ is the album they emerged from the mountains with.

Recorded in the 19th century gold-rush town of Barkerville, BC, ‘Cariboo & Whiskey’ is a unique expression of West Canadian Folk. It blends folk with country, and it’s drizzled with Tiger Moon’s signature syrup-soaked vocal harmonies. It’s an upbeat, fun-loving album, with a little bit of heartache and lament mixed in for good measure.

The album is available digitally, and also on CD & Vinyl record. Preorder of the album begins on April 20th, upon the release of their first single from the album.

www.tigermoonmusic.com

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Ezra Kwizera

EZRA KWIZERA

Saturday, June 24th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Tickets
Premium $38
Wings $23

When Ezra Kwizera takes to the stage, the magic of this internationally recognized artist will be an experience for all. 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.

www.ezrakwizera.ca

Locarno - The Dream Cafe

Locarno

Locarno

Thursday, June 29
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Tickets
Premium $48
Wings $33

Locarno is the Latin project of JUNO Award winning musician, Tom Landa. Like him, the music is equal parts Mexican and Canadian. Tom was born and raised in Mexico City, and moved to Canada in his teens. In 2006 he was awarded a Canada Council Grant to study traditional Mexican Music in Veracruz, Mexico.
In 2010 Locarno released ‘Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos’ The music was a mix of Son Jarocho inspired folk tunes with Afro-Cuban rhythms. The album went on to be nominated for a WCMA and garnered rave reviews.

Since then the band has honed in on their sound and incorporated more of their influences such as music from Columbia, African Sukous, Mexican Marimba Music, Venezuelan Joropo and Brazilian Forro Music. Perhaps where the band shines the most is in the live shows which features Tom Landa on jaranas and guitars, Kalissa Landa on violin, Robin Layne on marimba, congas and timbales, Pedro Mota on guitar an vocals, Aaron McKinney on bass, Liam MacDonald on drums, congas and pandero, Mark D’Angelo on trumpet and Nick La Rivere on trombone.

www.locarnomusic.com

Brickhouse - The Dream Cafe

Brickhouse

Brickhouse
Friday June 30th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Tickets
Premium – $48
Wings – $33

Vancouver’s Hippest Blue Funk Band is Original, Tight & Funky!

Brickhouse is one of the most uniquely “Vancouver” music experiences and unofficially, seeing Brickhouse LIVE is one of the TOP 10 coolest things to do in Vancouver.

For more than 10 years, Brickhouse was the official late-night house band for the famous Yale Hotel. It was on the Yale stage that the band built a legion of fans as diverse as you can get: hipsters, university students, baby boomers, tourists and musicians from 19 to 55+; all experienced the band live and soon grew to love Brickhouse and their brand of groovy, bluesy funky music. It’s rare for anyone who hears Brickhouse not to want to get up on the dance floor and find some “Room to Move”. Inevitably, you wait to catch that magical groove the band gets into; where 6 musicians turn into the Brickhouse machine…an almost-hypnotic meld of mind, body and soul where the audience, by singing and dancing along, becomes part of one of the best live music experiences you can find anywhere.

With their brand of original, funky tracks and cleverly covered classic R&B tunes, Brickhouse blends classic and modern (Blue Funk) with ease and makes hearing and seeing Brickhouse an addictive experience.

www.brickhousevancouver.com

Declan O'Donovan

Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography

Declan O'Donovan

Declan O’Donovan
Thursday, July 6th
Doors 6pm
Show 8 pm

Tickets
Premium $25
Wings $15

A masterful songwriter collects life’s experiences and artfully turns them into songs that capture the imagination of a listener. Declan O’Donovan is that songwriter, that contemporary troubadour who utilizes a broad palate of voice and piano to tell intriguing stories through the music he creates.

At home in the rural environs of Whitehorse, Yukon and equally at home in the urban centers of Montreal and Toronto, this broad sense of place comes into play in the songs Declan has written for his newest release, Broken Sky. “Overall, the sound of the album strikes a balance between the rural and roots, and the urban and contemporary influences that contributed to the sound and the songwriting,” says O’Donovan.

His latest album ‘Broken Sky’ is out on June 2nd 2017.

www.declanodonovan.com

Shred Kelly - The Dream Cafe

Shred Kelly

Shred Kelly
Friday July 7th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Since their inception, the Fernie, BC based “Stoke-Folk” band have been re-defining what “folk music” means in Canada. Through their individual pan-Canadian backgrounds, Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert, Ian Page-Shiner, and Ty West have amplified the traditional sound of folk music with a more contemporary approach. They have humbly pioneered Canada’s modern folk sound – pushing the boundaries of the genre, and creating “Stoke-Folk” – a genre that truly encapsulates the peaks and valleys that define Canada.

Shred Kelly has garnered themselves sold-out shows with 200-300 people across Canada. They’ve performed at some of the Nation’s premier festivals, and received a growing list of awards and recognition. Their initial success is largely due to the fun, accessible, and genuine love they have for performing live.

Shred Kelly has just released their 3rd album – “Sing To The Night” – on January 27th 2015. The new material shows the growth and depth that the band has explored throughout the creative process, and once again demonstrates their signature claw-hammer banjo riffs, layered ambient synth, powerhouse rock, and sweet vocal harmonies. Their acclaimed producer John Critchley (Elliott Brood, Dan Mangan, Amelia Curran, The Once) from Green Door Studios was a master at creating an album that pushed their creativity and gave Shred Kelly a new take on their signature sound. Their music is a perfect blend of “stoke” and “folk”. That translates perfectly onto an album, or a packed dance floor.

Tickets
Premium $41
Wings $26

www.shredkelly.com

– Top 15 “Most Anticipated Albums of 2015” by CBC Music

– “Sing To The Night is a huge step forward for this young band” by Exclaim! Magazine

– Top 12 in the 2014 Peak Performance Project BC

– Ranked 3rd in the Top 10 “Must See Acts” at the 2013 Ottawa Folk Festival by Ottawa Rock Lottery

Hillsburn - The Dream Cafe

Hillsburn

Hillsburn
Thursday July 13th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Hillsburn had a big year in 2016, releasing their debut full-length album, In The Battle Years, and winning a Canadian Folk Music Award for “New/Emerging Artist of the Year” and an East Coast Music Award for “Fans’ Choice Video of the Year.” The Halifax-based quintet plans to unveil a follow-up album in 2017 and will be touring across the country this spring and summer with performances at venues and festivals from coast to coast.

“If you’re looking for a band that bleeds every last drop of themselves into their work, you’ve found them in Hillsburn.” – Kerry Martin [CBC]

“Intense and goosebump-inducing.” – Stephanie Johns (The Coast)

Tickets
Premium – $20
Wings – $10

www.hillsburn.com/epk

Ben Sures - The Dream Cafe

Ben Sures

Ben Sures
Friday July 14
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Ben Sures is a Canadian singer, songwriter and guitar player. He has been touring Canada for almost twenty years, best known for his unique songwriting and engaging performances. In 2011 his album ‘Gone to Bolivia’ was the most played recording by an Albertan on CKUA radio. Ben’s songs have earned him first, second and Honorary mentions in the John Lennon, International and USA songwriting competitions, twice he has had more than one song find its way in to the final rounds in the same year.

Born in Regina and raised in Winnipeg, Ben began playing guitar in high school, and has been writing and performing since then,. He has toured Canada from coast to coast, toured in the UK and performed in Beirut, Lebanon. A well respected guitarist within the industry, some of the artists he has worked with include Rita Chiarelli, Corin Raymond, Paul Reddick, The Wyrd Sisters, Angie Nussey, Emma Cook, Tim Williams, Harpdog Brown, Pete Turland and others. Ben has been a contributor to CBC’s The Irrelevant Show, Madly Off in All Directions and The Round up with Bill Richardson.

Tickets
Premium $19
Wings $10

http://www.bensures.com/

Terence Jack 2 - The Dream Cafe

Terence Jack

Terence Jack
Saturday, July 15th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Terence Jack emerges with an energetic and refreshingly authentic sound on EP Never Get Back. Never Get Back is driven with a West Coast rock energy, calmness, and integrity that comes from his road-worn travels. The EP is packed with epic dynamics, big builds, and heartfelt stories, presenting Terence Jack at his strongest to date. It’s a hooky album with a polished sound, yet it never loses its inherent rawness and honesty.

Terence Jack and producer Daniel Klenner (We Are The City, Hey Ocean, Tourist Company) experimented with new tones and grooves for Never Get Back. Terence Jack’s band: Jeremy Appleton (bass), Cam Stephens (drums), Djavin Bowen (keys); has an infectious energy, and luckily, the record does the live show a good deal of justice- the band genuinely sounds like they’re having fun together. Their no-nonsense approach emanates from their performances and the album alike.

Come get sweaty, feel a heart pour all over you and share some earnest rock ‘n’ roll endorphins with Terence Jack.

“Terence Jack’s soulful sounds really brought the Ponderosa crowd together and parted the rain clouds, literally. Terence totally slaps you with that down home blues vibe and gets people’s feet stomping. A talented gentleman with a heart of gold.” -Kia & Kris

Tickets
Premium $39
Wings $24

www.terencejack.com

chouk bwa libete - the dream cafe

Chouk Bwa Libete

Chouk Bwa Libète
Wednesday July 19th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

« From the countryside of the New World’s first free black republic, stripped-down Haitian roots music from the community of Petite Rivière Bayonnais, enthralling percussion, dance, call-and- response singing, work songs, Vodou preformances, and Holy Week rara music, beautifully recorded and packaged. Sublime. » fRoots

Chouk Bwa Libète recorded their debut album in a small village in rural Haiti, a record that’s both raw and uncompromising. They play mizik rasin, properly authentic Haitian roots music – heavily percussive, adorned with call-and-response vocals, and infused with the scent and sensibility of voodoo. It’s music that refuses to obscure their homeland’s deep African heritage. As they themselves declare, these are rhythms that were “torn from Africa and secretly replanted in a new land”. But this “replanting” sowed a new identity. As such, the music of Chouk Bwa Libète is a proud statement of Haitian culture, of a nation that’s known the hardest of times but whose spirit remains as tough as those ancient drums.

Tickets
Premium $43
Wings $28

http://choukbwalibete.info/

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Sarah Jane Scouten

Sarah Jane Scouten
Thursday, July 20th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

At age 5, Sarah Jane Scouten was sitting on the dining room table, singing “Lace and Pretty Flowers,” by Canadian country-folk musician, Willie P. Bennett. Hank Williams and Stan Rogers were her greatest inspirations, both a staple at Sunday morning pancake breakfast and afterward, singing bluegrass and gospel music with her father and sister Anna Scouten on Bowen Island, BC. Her talent for performing came naturally, and as chance would have it, so emerged a knack for songwriting. Bringing us up to date, Sarah Jane Scouten is an internationally touring songwriter, loved by audiences across the Northern Hemisphere.

With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths, Old Crow Medicine Show and a wealth of old-time and bluegrass music, the two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee’s songs are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition, but often spill over into modern themes that are outspoken and edgy, from homelessness to midwifery to tongue-in-cheek heartache songs and unabashed Canadiana.

Tickets
Premium $38
Wings $23

www.sarahjanescouten.com

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John Reischman & The Jaybirds

John Reischman and the Jaybirds
Friday July 21
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Years of European and North American tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations…little wonder, the buzz around John Reischman and The Jaybirds continues to grow. Like the mandolinist at its helm, the group fashions a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned, yet unselfconsciously new. To see their live show is to believe it. A genial blend of story-telling and side-show humor provides the backdrop to their studied performance of original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material.

Hailing from the variegated ranks of the contemporary West Coast acoustic music scene, each of these ‘birds has certainly earned his wings: the list of projects they have contributed to over the years is nothing less than a short list of acoustic power houses. Together, their seamless ensemble work makes for one of the freshest, most tasteful band-sounds on the folk and bluegrass circuit today.

Tickets
Premium $46
Wings $31

www.thejaybirds.com

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Michael Kaeshammer - FOUR NIGHTS!

Michael Kaeshammer
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
July 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Michael Kaeshammer has been part of the Penticton summer music calendar at the Dream Café for 12 years running. Always a pleasure to host.

No Filter is the eleventh album from Michael. This is the sound of an artist following his muse completely unhindered by thoughts of commercial imperatives or genre constraints.

The prolific Vancouver Island-based singer/songwriter/pianist/producer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer.

On No Filter, Michael mixes his well-crafted and melodic original songs with a couple of evocative piano instrumentals, and the result is a delightfully varied collection.

Kaeshammer has completely come to terms with his eclectic taste in music, something showcased on the record.“The songs here are just things I wanted to write,” he explains. “If they sound as if they have been influenced by a lot of different things, then that is just the way it is. To me, it just sounds like my music.”

On No Filter, Michael takes the listener on a highly entertaining journey through refreshingly diverse musical terrain. It begins, fittingly enough, with “Letter From the Road”, a buoyant and upbeat romp with exuberant horns and Michael in top boogie-woogie form. “Nothing Seems To Reach You” has rich dynamics via the combination of horns, organ and backing vocals, and it also showcases Michael’s smooth and soulful voice….read more here

Tickets
Premium – $59
Wings – $44

www.kaeshammer.com

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Crystal Shawanda

Crystal Shawanda
Wednesday August 2nd
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Crystal Shawanda’s country roots run deep. Born Native American, she was automatically country, joined to the land and the real stories of everyday people. To Native Americans, music is everything. It’s their history, their dance, and it is used to remember and to forget. It’s a way to celebrate life and mourn death.

While working at Tootsie’s, Crystal began to work with producer Scott Hendricks (Faith Hill, Brooks and Dunn) and it was then in 2007 that Nashville music-business legend Joe Galante signed Crystal to RCA Records/ Sony Music Nashville. Crystal’s first single, “You Can Let Go” , was the fastest rising single in Canadian BDS history, reaching Top 5 in Canada and Top 20 in the US. Her debut album, “Dawn of a New Day”, was released in 2008, was Billboard’s highest charting album by a Native American in history, and sold over 400,000 copies. A CMT six-part documentary also aired in Canada called “Crystal: Living the Dream”, giving fans an inside look at Crystal’s life in Nashville.

In 2009, after five hit singles in Canada including the title track “Try” and “My Roots Are Showing”, and a massive tour with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, Crystal was named the Canadian Country Music Association’s Female Artist of the Year.

2010 shaped up to be another amazing year for Crystal, beginning with a cross-Canada tour with Reba McEntire, where Crystal was honoured to perform every night with the living legend for the duet “Does He Love You”. Crystal and her husband Dewayne launched their record label New Sun Records, and released two lead singles off of her forthcoming album, “Beautiful Day” and “Fight For Me”, in Canada. She also performed for 55 million people on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. In 2013 Crystal performed beside the White House on Inauguration Day, and followed by her first Juno Award win for Aboriginal Album of the Year.

Tickets
Premium $25
Wings $15

http://crystalshawanda.co/

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Randy McAllister

Randy McAllister
Thursday August 3rd
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

We’ve got the blues with Grammy nominated Performer Randy McAllister.

He’s been flying in the face of convention his whole career. No smoke, no mirrors, no choreography, no industry machines. One of the most versatile bluesmen in Texas, Randy plays driving drums and world-class harmonica, writes incredible songs and sings like no one else.

Roustabout, maverick, spiritual, gritty, amazing, genius, wild, bad-ass, soulful… These are some of the words used to describe this Texas bonafide blue blood. A much revered, singer, songwriter, harmonica player and drummer. East Texas roadhouse soul by one of America’s true blues/roots originals.

Tickets
Premium $43
Wings $28

www.randymcallister.com

David Vest - The Dream Cafe
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David Vest & Blue Moon Marquee

David Vest & Blue Moon Marquee
Friday August 4th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Gypsy Blues, Stomp Jazz, Minor Swing

Stemming from the Badlands of the Rocky Mountain prairies, Blue Moon Marquee is a self-styled Canadian gypsy blues band. This authentic duo writes and performs original compositions influenced by early blues, swing, jazz and ragtime. A.W. Cardinal, a Metis of Cree heritage, howls with a distinctive thick and smoky vocal while playing a jazz tinged blues guitar. Jasmine Colette, aka Badlands Jass is the rhythm section who not only commands the upright bass but also keeps the swing with both feet while singing harmonies. Blue Moon Marquee’s passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark, and the way Colette’s honey tones lift A.W.’s beaten down “bukowski-esque” mystique is something that enthrals audiences from the back room bar to the public square.

David Vest was onstage with Big Joe Turner and opening for Roy Orbison before he was old enough to vote. Although he’s a Maple Blues Award winner who now lives in Canada, David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player, blues shouter and world-class entertainer. His first Canadian recording, East Meets Vest, was named one of the best blues albums of 2012 by Holger Petersen of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues and earned a Maple nomination for Recording of the Year. In 2014, newly signed to Cordova Bay Records, he will be touring widely to promote his highly-anticipated new release, Roadhouse Revelation.

Tickets
Premium $40
Wings $25

www.davidvest.ca
www.bluemoonmarquee.com

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Company B Jazz Band

Company B Jazz Band
Saturday August 5th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

A Dream favorite! These girls have been here before and left us speechless!

Company B Jazz Band is Vancouver’s foremost vintage jazz harmony group. A 6-piece ensemble featuring a female vocal trio (à la the Andrews and Boswell Sisters) framed by clarinet/sax, guitar, and upright bass, “the Company” has been entertaining the masses since 2007 with their tight blend, driving rhythms, creative arrangements, sharp image, and charming wit. To date, the group has released 3 albums and performed all over their native British Columbia as well as the USA and China.

To date, Company B Jazz Band has released 3 full-length albums – Company B Jazz Band (2009), Rock & Roll (2011 – named for a 1930s ditty about being out in a boat), and A Company B Christmas (2013).

As ever, Company B Jazz Band is thrilled to keep doing what they do and is excited to find out where the music will take them next!

Tickets
Premium $38
Wings $23

www.companybjazz.com

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Steve Dawson, Daniel Lapp & Jeremy Holmes

Steve Dawson (Black Hen Music), Daniel Lapp and Jeremy Holmes
Wednesday August 9th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Steve Dawson will be joined by Daniel Lapp on fiddle and trumpet and Jeremy Holmes on bass and mandolin.

Over the past two decades, Vancouver-born guitarist Steve Dawson has become such an indelible fixture on the Canadian musical landscape that it’s tempting to take him for granted. The music that flows out of him is so natural and authentic that it’s possible to forget all of the toil that went into producing it.

Behind the seemingly endless stream of award winning musical output (he has produced and/or played on more than 100 albums since the turn of the millennium – 20 of which have been nominated for Juno Awards, and 7 have won Junos), is one of the hardest working musicians this country has ever produced. Whether he’s turning heads on the concert circuit with his incendiary playing, or pulling the best possible performances out of the many artists that he works with, Dawson is always striving to take things to the next level.

Steve’s multi-faceted career has brought him to countless international festivals, working on the stage and in the studio with an extensive cast of musicians, including John Hammond, Sonny Landreth, Van Dyke Parks, Colin James, Jim Byrnes, Jill Barber, Dave Alvin, Tim O’Brien, Fats Kaplin, The McCrary Sisters, Bob Brozman, Matt Chamberlain, Long John Baldry, Bruce Cockburn, Kelly Joe Phelps, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Geoff Muldaur, The Deep Dark Woods, Colin Linden, and many others.

•7 Juno Awards as artist/producer, 20 times nominated
•3 times named “Producer Of The Year” at Western Canadian Music Awards
•3 times named “Producer Of The Year” at Canadian Folk Music Awards

Daniel Lapp, former member of folk rock band Spirit of the West, has played on over 100 albums and performed with some of the worlds most renowned Folk and Jazz musicians. Daniel is a Professor at the Victoria Conservatory of music and the Director of the BC Fiddle Orchestra.

Tickets
Premium $45
Wings $30

www.blackhenmusic.com/dawson-index#toursd

Jesse Roper - The Dream Cafe

Jesse Roper

Jesse Roper
Thursday August 10th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Victoria BC’s Jesse Roper is magnetic. With an explosive live show, the genuine quality and charisma of his versatile blues rooted soul, rock and country funk is as approachable as his charm. Since the release of his sophomore album ‘Red Bird’ in 2015, Jesse Roper has been riding a surge of momentum that has kept the wheels on his faithful van turning as he becomes a major festival draw, securing direct support to artists including Keith Urban, Steve Earle, Booker T, Beth Hart, Lee Brice, Colin James and Spirit of the West. Besides his success with touring, Jesse Roper was chosen to compete at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN and became a finalist favorite in BC’s Peak Performance Project. The nostalgic may appreciate his throw-back vibe akin to Stevie Ray Vaughan and vintage Texas blues, however, Jesse Roper’s music remains current, his fiery energy captivating audiences while his knock out live performance blows them away.

2017 is set to be another busy for Roper and his band mates. Having just finished recording at Vancouver’s famous Warehouse Studio with UK producer Ian Davenport. The new album, titled “Access to Infinity”, gives a modern treatment to the blues a la Jack White and The Black Keys. Due out spring 2017, expect to see Jesse performing at venues and festivals across the country.

Tickets
Premium $41
Wings $26

http://jesseroper.ca/

Scott Cook - The Dream Cafe

Scott Cook

Scott Cook
Friday August 11th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada’s Scott Cook has managed to distil the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul and country over spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. His fourth release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track “Pass It Along” won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers”. In 2015 he put together a seven-piece honky-tonk band for his rollicking fifth album, Scott Cook and the Long Weekends Go Long, and in 2017 he released his sixth album Further Down the Line, packaged in a 132-page softcover book giving a look back, in words and pictures, on his last decade of rambling. Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 160 gigs and a dozen festivals a year. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.

“Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on.” -David Francey, 3x Juno-winning songwriter

“There’s nothing flash about Canada’s Cook. He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own… He has a good eye for imagery, a gentle human touch, a wry sense of humour, a whole lot of integrity, a warm, rugged voice and a bunch of memorable lines… Truly one of Woody Guthrie’s children.” -David Burke, R2 Magazine

Tickets
Premium $28
Wings $15

www.scottcook.net

David Essig - The Dream Cafe

David Essig

David Essig
Thursday August 17
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

DAVID ESSIG was introduced to Canadian audiences in 1971 as a “talented newcomer” at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival. Now, 40 years later, he enjoys an international career as one of Canada’s finest interpreters of original, contemporary folk music. Always paying homage to his roots in Bluegrass and Country Blues, David uses these traditions to create timeless new songs. He has released 20 albums over the course of his career.

David is highly respected as a thoughtful and intelligent songwriter, with Canadian folk standards like “Albert’s Cove” and “High Ground” to his credit. His work moves from pieces as contemporary as today’s news, to songs that sound as if they were rediscovered from old country blues 78’s. These are songs that tell stories that will start you laughing and leave you crying.

Equally renowned as an instrumentalist and traditional performer, David is a master of the blues and slide guitar. Whether on the 12-string or the electric slide guitar, his spontaneous style crosses all the borders between country, blues and the avant-garde. With his 5/8” socket and a sound that could peel the petunias off your mother’s porcelain, he is considered one of Canada’s finest slide guitarists.

David’s masterful songwriting is the theme of A Stone in My Pocket, the milestone double CD project released in 2004 by WEA in Canada and by IRD in Europe. For this project, David recorded fresh new versions of 30 of the most popular and moving songs from his 35 years of writing. He was joined by renowned musicians Oliver Schroer on violin and Tobin Frank on bass. A Stone in My Pocket has received critical acclaim as a landmark recording in Canadian roots music.

“David Essig is one of our most cherished touchstones
for the Canadian way of life.” – Penguin Eggs Magazine

David is currently working on a new cd, Motel as Metaphor, at his studio in Sointula, BC, for release in Fall, 2017.

Tickets
Premium $40
Wings $25

www.davidessig.com

Nikita Afonso - The Dream Cafe

Nikita Afonso

Nikita Afonso
Friday August 18th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Winner of Best New Talent at the International Portuguese Music Awards (2017) and voted Best Musician in the South Okanagan by Okanagan Life Magazine (2015), Nikita’s music speaks to the heart and touches the soul. It has a familiarity that resonates within one’s self. The folky melodies and honest lyrics mixed with breathy yet strong vocals captivates audiences from the vibrant young to the charming old. Being able to adapt her show from a solo act to a full band with rich harmonies, she is able to entertain crowds of regional music concerts and festivals, as well intimate wine tasting shops and dining restaurants. Nikita has opened for country luminaries such as Paul Brandt, has shared the stage with Keith Urban as well as open for Canadian singer songwriter Scott Hellman. In 2017 she won MTV’s Cover of the Month competition.

Tickets
Premium $27
Wings $15

www.nikitaafonso.com

Steve Kozak - The Dream Cafe

Steve Kozak

Steve Kozak
Saturday August 19th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Steve Kozak has just been nominated for a 2017 Western Canadian Music Award as Blues Artist of the Year!

One of Canada’s finest blues artists, Steve Kozak has been turning heads of blues fans in Canada for over thirty years since he first broke onto the Vancouver scene in the mid-eighties.

When it comes to tasty West coast blues guitar, Kozak’s name is at the top of the list in this nation — just ask greats like Duke Robillard and James Harman who have shared the stage with this gifted bandleader, instrumentalist, writer and singer.

Gaining national recognition in 2012, Steve Kozak was nominated by industry professionals from across Canada and won a prestigious Maple Blues Award for New Artist or Group of the Year. Steve was also awarded The Ambassador of the Blues Award for 2012 by the Blues Underground Network.

Steve Kozak has recently released his newest album “It’s Time, The Steve Kozak Band, in March of 2017. He has released three previous albums — Steve Kozak – Westcoast Blues Revue (2003); Hoot ‘N Holler (2007), and Steve Kozak’s Westcoast Blues Revue – Lookin’ at Lucky (2012)

Tickets
Premium $43
Wings $28

www.stevekozakband.com

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Sister Speak

Sister Speak Music
Wednesday August 23rd
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Canadian born songwriter Sherri Anne is the creative force behind Sister Speak’s moving live show and unique musical pallet. Their startling debut, Rise Up For Love, afforded the momentum to tour North America, securing opening slots for Xavier Rudd, Chris Isaak, reggae artist Mike Love and Air Supply among others, as well as sponsorship from esteemed instrument manufacturers like Taylor and D’addario. Sister Speak is currently based out of both southern California and British Columbia, and constantly on the move with over 150 concerts a year throughout North America.

For Sister Speak’s northwest tour, Sherri Anne will be joined by her exceptional backing band, including bassist Jacob Miranda, guitarist Lonny Eagleton(Shawn Hook) and drummer Niko Friesen(Marcy Playground, Jane Sibery). Sister Speak will perform songs from their acclaimed debut and their upcoming “folk-electronic insprired” EP!

Tickets
Premium $38
Wings $23

www.sisterspeakmusic.com

VIDEO LINKS:
The Stand – https://youtu.be/eRay1vhS0Bw
Sister Speak “Will It Ever” Live – https://youtu.be/bctgD8uSIYQ
Sister Speak “Chicago Dream” Live – https://youtu.be/Ld4lN5NIW2g

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sister_speak / @sister_speak
Instagram: www.instagram.com/sisterspeakmusic / @sisterspeakmusic

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Shakura S'Aida

Shakura S’Aida
Friday August 25th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Born in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in Switzerland. A long-time Canadian who lives in Toronto. That’s Shakura S’Aida, a truly international artist whose involvement in the Canadian music scene has been ongoing for the almost 25 years. Along the way, she has enriched the jazz, blues and classic R&B communities with her soulful voice, enthusiastic personality and commitment to her deep soul music.

Shakura’s career has spanned genres and countries and taken her to some of the most noted stages in the jazz world. She’s performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York and has also been featured with the legendary Jimmy Smith; she’s sung in a backup choir with Patti Labelle, and is equally at home singing material with a Ray Charles tribute band, or presenting a one-woman show of the music of Nina Simone.

Shakura’s long-simmering career initially moved into high gear in 2008 with a triumph at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, when she earned the runner-up position, competing against more than 100 bands from more than 20 different countries.

“I am truly blessed by all the incredible opportunities I have had,” says Shakura. “My life has been filled with amazing adventures; I can’t wait to see what happens next!”

Tickets
Premium $44
Wings $29

www.shakurasaida.com

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Devon Coyote

Devon Coyote
Thursday August 31st
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

In a plastic and digital world it can be hard to find genuine, good music that speaks to a real audience. Devon Coyote’s timeless fusion of Roots, Rock and Blues does just that. Their shared passion for creating great music and a fierce determination to be heard, have led the boys to humble success in the Canadian Indie music scene.

Years ago, Devon Bjarnason carved a path into Western Canada’s touring circuit, winning over fans and venues with his passion, presence and strong songwriting. As his sound grew, he recruited a rock-solid rhythm-section by joining forces with drummer/percussionist Rod Anderson and bassist/multi-instrumentalist D’Arcy Booth. Rather than a revolving door of hired session players, the Coyotes are a band of brothers; sharing hundreds of nights in grimy motels and long, marathon drives in old vans. This off-stage chemistry and camaraderie transfers to their live show for an electric and energetic experience.

Devon Coyote pride themselves on their self-managed and completely D.I.Y. approach. Tour Booking, Social Media, Graphic Design, Video Editing, Website Design, Networking and all other elements of a successful independent band are handled in-house by The Trio and their skilled team.

The band has proven themselves as top shelf performers, directly supporting George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Blue Rodeo and 54-40 on multiple dates in Western Canada. They have also provided direct support for The Wild, Current Swell, The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer, Wil, Daniel Wesley, July Talk, Shred Kelly, Alex Cuba, Yukon Blonde, Emerson Drive and many more prominent artists. Notable festival appearances include: Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, Rifflandia, Centre of Gravity, Keloha Music & Arts, Wapiti, Sunstroke, Harvest Fest, Music On The Mountain, Invermere Music Festival, Golden Sound and Desert Live. In their travels they have also been fortunate to share the stage and jam with the likes of Harry Manx, members of Canned Heat, Matt Mays & Adam Baldwin, Sherman Doucette and more.

Tickets
Premium $30
Wings $15

www.devoncoyote.com

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The Justin Glibbery Quartet feat. Yanti

The Justin Glibbery Quartet (Justin Glibbery Music)
feat. Yanti
Friday September 1st
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

The Justin Glibbery Quartet brings together some familiar faces to the Dream Cafe – Michael Treadway on drums and Stefan Bienz on bass. This time around there are some newer faces as well – Michael Perkins on trumpet is an Okanagan based trumpet player who has a stellar musical resume. Our guest vocalist is no stranger to audiences in the south Okanagan – Yanti! Her sultry vocal style compliments this diverse yet cohesive band. From innovative original compositions to torch vocals on jazz classics, this group will entertain you and have you feeling it!

For the past decade, Yanti has performed locally in many different sets and venues. From Jazz Standards at weddings or retirement homes to rock ballads for fundraisers, either live or karaoke, Yanti has a diverse range of vocal talents. Not only is Yanti involved with performances, she also passionately teaches voice, musical theatre and ukulele at venues such as Martin St. Art and Music Gallery, The Aidan Mayes School of Music and Even Dance in Penticton. Wife to local RMT, Brent Rowland, and mother of 3 daughters, Yanti loves to sing accompanying herself with a ukulele at Markets in Naramata, Penticton and Summerland through the summer. In this setting, Yanti invites her students to come and perform to help her collect donations to gift out bursaries and scholarships to the community for Yanti’s music lessons and performances. As a featured vocalist for hire, Yanti performs with local jazz band Sax Among Friends and at Zia’s Stonehouse with the Allan Crossley band. Please visit www.yanti.ca for details on upcoming performances.

Tickets
Premium $40
Wings $25

www.justinglibbery.com
www.yanti.ca

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Angel Forrest

Angel Forrest
Saturday September 2nd
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

Performing with two great guitar players: Denis Coulombe & Ricky Paquette

With a career spanning 27 years, nine albums and the winner of the Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Quebec blues belter Angel Forrest released her new album, Angel’s 11 on March 11th, 2016.

Ambitious and original, this project demonstrates the friendship shared between Angel and the 11 guitarists who are featured on this new album. Combining masterful song writing with her partner Denis Coulombe, Angel has written eleven songs imagining the guitarist who would put their own musical touch and expertise to each track. Angel Forrest offers a rich album with various sounds ranging from blues to rock to jazz.

Forrest’s work has gained positive attention from critics as well as fans. It was her tribute show to the legendary Janis Joplin that brought Angel Forrest to the public. Her spot on tribute to Janis Joplin is another unique signature on blues that takes us a step beyond.

There is no question that Angel Forrest is one of the most powerful singers on the contemporary blues scene today. The strength of her performances, her distinctive voice and fiery personality has allowed her to conquer the hearts of thousands of fans around the world.

Tickets
Premium $42
Wings $27

www.angelforrest.ca