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Premium – $40
Wings – $25
Harmonica & Guitar Duo Play a Mix Of Blues, Gypsy Jazz & Pop
Dynamic harmonica and guitar duo Keith Bennett and David Sinclair are coming. Both Bennett and Sinclair are veterans of the Vancouver music scene. Both musicians currently perform in a number of bands — and when they play together as a duo, their lively mix of blues, gypsy jazz and pop gets audiences moving.
Sinclair has toured with k.d. lang and played in Sarah McLachlan’s band for 10 years. He has also worked as a studio guitarist for Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams, to name just two.
Bennett, an acclaimed North Vancouver singer and instrumentalist, just returned from the World Harmonica Championships in Germany, where he placed 12th.
Friday, March 3
Premium – $33
Wings – $18
In today’s modern music, 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.
Premium – $39
Wings – $24
The Silver Screen Scoundrels are Brandon Isaak and Keith Picot. If you like great music, laughs and silent films, then you love The Scoundrels. These guys put on a very entertaining show that always has the crowd laughing and wanting more. The concept came to the guys a few years ago and they have been honing there skills at both performing there songs and making there silent films. There show’s consist of music with a lot of laughs thrown in and original live sound tracks to original old style silent era films. The Scoundrels have taken a old classic art form and thrust it into the modern world.
Individually, Brandon is a prolific song writer and has been nominated for a Maple Blues Award for Song Writer of the Year. He is also a world class musician who plays guitar, harmonica, washboard, jug, kazoo and most recently, he started playing banjo. Brandon is a great story teller with a quick wit and keen sense of humour which is evident in his shows.
Unforgettable is what a performance by stand-up bassist Keith Picot is. With a hard hitting slap style, all his own , he can drive a beat like the devil, then equally and effortlessly draw out the sweet tones of a saint. In 2011 he won a Maple Blues Award as Canada’s Best Bass Player. You are guaranteed pleasure when watching Keith Picot do what he loves to do.
Filmed at the Dream Cafe!!
The Blue Hearts
Saturday, March 11th
Premium – $39
Wings – $24
The Blue Hearts are a new duo formed in 2016, however, Big Hank Lionhart and Mark “Westcoast” Comerford have been band members for over 39 years in Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band. As well, Mark and Hank are members of the Victoria Music Hall of Fame. Westcoast’s true blues style of guitar playing along with his backing vocals are the perfect complement to Big Hank’s soulful voice. They compose their own tunes and have recorded 4 CD’s with Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band. As The Blue Hearts they have a debut CD “Pumpin Out the Blues”. Representing the Fraser Valley Blues Society in the Solo/Duo category at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee in January 2017, they were only one of two Canadian duos to advance to the semi-finals out of over 100 Solo/Duo Acts from all over the world. Quite a feat given the caliber of competition. They wowed crowds in Memphis in every showcase and round of competition and they will WOW you with their authentic brand of Blues.
Friday March 17th
Premium – $36
Wings – $21
Imagine if Barbra Streisand and Ray Charles hooked up and had a love child and then add some Michael Buble in there for some swing. That would make for some Dramatic Swingin’ Blue-eyed Soul! Welcome to Cayla’s music! A vocal powerhouse reminiscent of a bygone era – Cayla Brooke is a soulful Canadian singer/ songwriter – Her fresh lyrics swing in an old school vibe.
Cayla has been performing professionally since she was 14 years old. However life’s hiccups and challenges made it difficult to pursue her career fully. In a poignant conversation with her daughter a few years ago, Cayla promised that she would pursue her dream fully kicking down any fences she came across along the way. And she has. Cayla for a long time had a motto “If you don’t like where life has taken you, write your own script and put yourself in the lead.” She did just that … literally.
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers
Saturday, March 18th
Premium – $45
Wings – $30
A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. As he releases his second album, he’s already gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America. It’s no surprise. Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. The microphone looks almost superfluous. But looks are deceiving; once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world.
Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you’ve not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His latest album release, Birds with Broken Wings, explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world.
Wednesday March 22nd
Wings – $20
A Duo performance, Good Good Lovin, an intimate evening with Joe DeAngelis. Bill Durst is a Canadian Blues- Rock- Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio chart hits. Bill has opened for or shared the stage with Rush, Areosmith, BTO, Yardbirds, John Mayall, Savoy Brown, Bobby Rush, Little Feat, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Jeff Healey, Steve Strongman, Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Jack de Keyser, Ted Nugent, Monkey Junk, L.A. Guns, David Wilcox, Bob Seger, Slade, Downchild, David Clayton Thomas, Sly And The Family Stone and more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.
Awarded – Best Canadian Blues Rock Album (Artist) 2014, Blues Underground Network
Awarded – Top 10 Blues Rock Albums (International) 2014, Blues Underground Network
Fan Voted – “Hard And Heavy” CD voted #2, Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums 2014, Blind Lemon Blues
Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2014
and so many more…
Harpdog Brown & the Travelin’ Blues Show
Friday March 24th
Canada’s #1 harmonica player three years in a row, 2014/2015/2016 Harpdog Brown & Jordie Edmonds, will be coming to perform some classic blues from the early 50’s and late 40’s. Jordie Edmonds has toured with the Dog for more than 100,000 kms in the past three years.
Harpdog Brown has been a main staple of the Canadian blues scene for over 35 years, and it seems like he’s just getting started. Touring over 100,000 kms in the past 2 years just in Canada alone, tells us this man is a lifer and a road warrior. Not only does he make his harmonica talk/sing, his singing voice is unparalleled.
He was nominated this year for blues male vocalist of the year, as well as best blues recording of the year from the Maple Blues Awards, and was winner of the local Fraser Valley Music Awards for blues artist of the year. Juno nominee back in 1994 for best blues release of the year, and only Canadian to ever win The Muddy Award in Portland, Oregon, for best North West Blues Release of the year back in 1994.
The Justin Glibbery Quartet
Saturday March 25th
Premium – $39
Wings – $24
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!
Friday March 31st
Premium – $55
Wings – $40
Internationally recognized author and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video “To This Day” which has had over 13 million views, and he performed a customized version “For the Bullied and the Beautiful” to acclaim at the 2013 International TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Shane shapes his words and delivers in multi mediums from authored, video, spoken word, operatic, and musically performed.
Shane was born in Penticton, and has shared his beautiful and powerful words with us many times.
Saturday April 1st
Premium – $50
Wings – $30
Van Django’s music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining their roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by the 1930’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Since the group’s formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the USA and Europe.
Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada’s most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche, and bassist Brent Gubbels.
These men put on a great show and we are honoured they return over and over again.
“They have it all – musicianship, musicality, humor and that swingin’ Django sound. Sit back, relax, and be transported to 1930’s Paris” Scott Wilson, Jazz Yukon
Friday April 7th
Wings $24Bill is travelling with his new cd in hand “Hummingbird”. He has performed so many times at the Dream we have lost count. Definitely part of the family & a house favorite of many.The road, both paved and metaphysical, runs through all his music. Steeped in Cajun, Celtic, World Beat, Flamenco, Funk – and a lot of Blues. There is also a perspective that is not the world-weariness one could reasonably expect, but rather a deep connection with both a river of song and an energy that is distinctly spiritual.www.billbourne.com
Patrick Alexandre Trio
Friday April 21st
Premium – $39
Wings – $24
“By the time he was done, all that was left was his guts piled on the floor, and an audience, standing, cheering; insisting he do some more!” -Sheldon Sveinson, Artistic Director at The fiRe & Water MusiC Festival
After three albums with the F-Holes, and one with Little Miss Higgins (the Juno nominated Bison Ranch Recording Sessions), co-producing and playing upright bass, Patrick Alexandre recently released his first solo album: “Strange New World”. He describes it as a collection of songs about a modern era through the lens of old time blues. A true do-it-yourselfer, Patrick performed most of the instruments himself, (though he did managed to fit an appearance from each of the F-Holes and a few other guests as well.) He also engineered, mixed and produced the project, all of which was done on reel to reel tape, in a century old house near his home in Wolseley, Winnipeg.
Throughout his career Patrick has continually explored unconventional spaces and analog recording whenever possible. From his uncles’ old barn where Little Miss Higgins’ Juno nominated Bison Ranch Recording Sessions was recorded, to a 100 year old Wolseley house and beyond. He is currently holding residence in a temporary studio in an abandoned candy factory in Winnipeg’s gritty North End.
“It’s the perfect spot to find some real blues, right here in Winnipeg” he says of the building “between the systematic problems with poverty and racism right outside the window, and the ghosts spooking the tunes right out of me from inside of the old decrepit and very creepy building… inspiration is never very far away.”
Backed by two of Winnipeg’s finest, Dwayne Dueck on guitar, and Jeffrey Laird on drums, Patrick swings seamlessly from guitar to piano, to harmonica, and of course, back to his native instrument, the upright bass. With his animated live show, powered by his unending energy and roaring voice, he continues to entertain audiences across Canada, keeping up his reputation as one of the hardest working, and most intense performers around, giving every last bit of himself in performance.
Premium – $55
Wings – $40
“Hot enough to raise sweat on a chunk of granite!” ~Monday Magazine (on Paul Pigat)
” … El Twanguero is a journey into the heart of the music … ” ~Rolling Stone Magazine
When two rockabilly virtuosos come together from different sides of the world for one special night, magic is bound to happen. Join local master guitarist and singer/songwriter Paul Pigat (aka Cousin Harley) and Spanish finger picking sensation and pioneer of Western Swing and ragtime in Spain, Diego ‘El Twanguero’ Garcia for a mashup up of rockabilly, flamenco, country blues, tango, jazz, ragtime and more. Since meeting for the first time at the Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival in Mexico in 2013, Pigat & Garcia have become kindred musical spirits, joining each other on stage and delivering performances with a complex interplay that takes most duos decades to form. With their pure musicality, combined talent and energy they’ll keep your toes tapping all night long.
“Our first contact with the Spanish grammy winner was at the Zihua guitar fest when he and Paul Pigat dazzled the crowd with some of the best fingerpicking we have ever heard.” The combination of Diego and Paul promises to be the highlight of 2016 and one of the best shows ever at the Dream Café. Don’t miss the magic these two guitar virtuoso`s will bring to our little piece of paradise.” Brian Chadwick, Summerland
Penticton Trade & Convention Centre
The Dream Cafe Co-op, A&A Propane and Penticton Western News proudly present the 2017 Dream Music Festival. The 2017 line-up is an all-star list of Juno and Maple Blues award winners and nominees who will fill your evening with the best in Canadian blues, tinged with cowboy swing.
The Festival is held on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017, in Penticton’s Trade & Convention Centre – dressed up as a remote version of the Dream Cafe.
This year’s line-up features last year’s Festival favourite the incredible Shakura S’Aida (with pianist Lance Anderson), the smooth and passionate Russell de Carle (from Prairie Oyster), Canada’s legendary blues man and Maple Blues award winner Big Dave McLean, multiple Maple Blues nominee Angel Forrest (with her two fabulous guitar players Denis Coulombe and Ricky Paquette) PLUS the return of Master of Ceremonies, and our favourite pilgrim, Jim Byrnes.
Once again, the Festival format features the “Dream Festival Band”, an ever changing troupe of performers backing the featured performers and each other’s performance. This collection of artists features dynamic front man Steve Dawson (who will contribute an individual performance) PLUS the best of back-up artists Chris Norquist (drums), Jerry Cook (sax), and Bernie Addington (bass).
Tickets available in person at the SOEC box office or online at www.thedreammusicfestival.
Mike Farris and Paul Brown
Saturday May 20
Premium – $60
Wings – $45
Whether rearranging songs of centuries past or infusing new lyrical life to half-songs, it becomes clear that Mike’s vocal gift is simply the surface of a very deep well. Full-tilt originals include “Real Fine Day,” a poetic account of the birth of Christian Blue Sky Farris that features some killer Kenny Vaughn guitar hooks-“easily one of the top three days of my life, that day,” Mike says, and “Power of Love,” an unforgettable, high-energy soul groove and already an audience favorite.
Shine For All the People, the 2015 Grammy Award winner for Best Roots Gospel album, bears witness to the determination of putting one foot in front of the other and to the power of music to get you there. “I’ve discovered that falling is a divine thing,” Mike adds. “It’s part and parcel of being human. The important thing is to keep the faith and keep moving on and on. Daring to be courageous enough to share our deepest burdens with each other is the greatest gift we can give.”
“Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap….He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not…that’s magic.” – MARY GAUTHIER