Weekly Live Music! Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, & World.
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Samantha Martin Music
Tuesday, August 23rd
**Four Time 2016 Maple Blues Award Nominee** a welcomed return to the Dream Café…..
Bubbling up from the cauldron of roots Americana music, Samantha Martin is an artist of extraordinary power, gravitas and deep-seated emotion. On first listen, one is immediately struck by the awesome presence and sheer magnitude of her other worldly voice. Cigarette-ravaged and whiskey-soaked in the extreme, Martin’s pipes are capable of conveying an infinite range of emotions, bringing one to tears in one instance and in the next uplifting one’s soul with an empowered declaration of hope, faith and desire. Born in Edmonton, Martin first discovered the power of her voice in Grade 4 while auditioning for a role in a class production of The Sound of Music, belting out Rogers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things.” When her music teacher got excited and brought other teachers in to see the effect of the young dynamo’s pipes, Martin knew she had something special going on. A couple of years earlier, her father had bought her an acoustic guitar, getting her started by showing her a few chords and a basic boogie shuffle..
Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars
Friday, August 26th
Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars : Travel back in time to the early acoustic swing era of the 1920’s & 30’s and experience Vancouver’s most dynamic acoustic roots, world rhythm, gypsy jazz ensembles. Chanteuse Deanna Knight, shares sultry and sassy vocals alongside driving rhythms and hot solos. Described as “stand out, unmistakable and smooth as fine whisky” Knight celebrates fifteen years with “multi-instrumentalist and ace luthier Michael Dunn and the Hot Club boys who use their Hawaiian, resonator, and Gypsy-jazz guitars to slice and dice 50 shades of swing with admirable gusto.” Rooted deeply in the rhythms of Django Reinhart, this unique ensemble adds to a traditional sound with melody, charm and a memorable vintage flare.
“Brilliant woodwind and guitar work, gorgeous vocals, and scintillating arrangements. Their debut CD, ‘Gypsy Fire’, is extremely impressive” Steve Edge, Rogue Folk Club
Chanteuse with Vancouver’s Hot Club of Mars
Saturday, August 27th
Tickets $ 24
Brent Parkin is a veteran of the Winnipeg music scene and has been playing for audiences in Winnipeg and across Canada for well over 40 years. Brent’s music is a mix of Chicago style Blues, Swing, Roots music with some Country and Roots Rock and Roll thrown in for good measure. He is comfortable playing with his band whether it be a 3 piece or up to 7 piece, solo or duo.
In the early 70’s he co-founded several popular blues bands including the popular band Houndog in 1976.
In the last 43 years he has been part of the backup bands for such legends as Bo Diddley, Gatemouth Brown, Otis Rush, Billy Boy Arnold, Johnnie Johnson and Jimmy T99 Nelson and many more. As well as opening shows for such greats as James Cotton, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, John Prine….. just to name a few. A career highlight was sharing the tour bus and stage with BB King and his band as his opening act on a Western Canadian tour in 1983.
Wednesday, August 31st
Tickets $ 30
If you were at the Dream Music Festival in May you will remember this vocal powerhouse!
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. She has received many nominations for Maple Blues Awards & a Juno.
Friday & Saturday, September 2 & 3
For more than thirty years, Jim Byrnes has woven roots so deeply into the Northern Blues scene that it’s difficult to remember that this quintessentially Canadian icon was raised in St. Louis and that his instantly recognizable gruff as sandpaper, sweet as honey voice was not always an essential part of the country’s musical landscape.
“…smoldering intensity…deeply soulful…”
Mike Kalanj will join Jim for the evening on piano.
Harpdog Brown & the Travelin’ Blues Show
Thursday, September 8th
Canada’s #1 harmonica player two years in a row, 2014/2015 Harpdog Brown will be coming to perform some of their authentic, early electric blues from the early 50’s and late 40’s. Lowdown, understated guitar work from a young talent from Victoria, Jordie Edmonds who has toured with the Dog for more than 100,000 kms in the past three years, and doghouse bassist Pat Darcus is solid enough you can set your watch to him.
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 has been nominated again this year for blues artist of the year from the Western Canadian Music Awards, as well 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.
Friday, September 9th
Tickets $ 30
“What a headliner. Leave room for people to dance, you won’t be able to keep them sitting. For a guaranteed draw and a happy crowd, it’s a ‘lock’ with Brickhouse.” Keith Alexander, AD, Edge of the World Music Festival
Brickhouse is one of the most uniquely “Vancouver” music experiences and unofficially, seeing Brickhouse Live is one of the Top 10 coolest things you can do in Vancouver. 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.
Friday, September 16th
Tickets $ 14
Cam Penner doesn’t so much sing songs as summon them up like a medium calling up spirits. His gentle growl can become a Delta howl, as if he is the conduit, a mere medium articulating the blues of a whole continent, emanating from a bottomless well of shared everyman experience. His remarkably sympathetic foil and musical cohort, electric guitar and lap steel sound sculptor Jon Wood, conjures up sound and colour, building spaces where ghosts dwell and shadows beckon. They have been moving audiences for the last ten years and have toured their traveling show extensively through Canada and Europe. The distinctive flow, the masterful musical bonding and the overall atmosphere they create is both endearing and humbling. They make you want to listen closely to every word and each hand-crafted note. Their unrivaled attention-demanding presence marks this duo apart from other acts.
“There is an understated glory to their music: enthralling, haunting, comforting, arresting and altogether deliciously spellbinding.”
-Celtic Music Radio Live Review, Celtic Connections Festival Show, Glasgow, Jan 2016
“…had the emotional heft and strength of ancient spirituals, Penner showing why some folk have described his music as shamanistic.” -Paul Kerr/Maverick Magazine, Jan 2016
Saturday, September 17th
Tickets $ 28
With a career span of over 26 years and eight records, Canada female vocalist of the year (maple blues award), Angel Forrest sure knows how to rock the house with last spring’s latest release, “LIVE” LOVE at the Palace.
Forrest’s work gained positive attention from critics as well as fans. If her spot on tribute to Janis Joplin was a no-brainer amongst festival attendees and club’s patrons, her unique signature on blues takes us a step beyond. A familiar face on the Canadian blues circuit; she was a remarkable fit at last year’s Toronto Blues Society’s Women Blues Review presented at Massey Hall. Other accomplishments include strong appearances at Montreal’s internationally renowned jazz festival as well as Tremblant’s Blues ten day extravaganza when she opened this year for Jarvis Church – The Soul Station.
Tickets $ 34
Tri-Continental is a collaborative evolution that fuses the talents of three wonderful guitar-players, singers and songwriters. There are no musical boundaries present in this one-of-a-kind blues/folk/world music mélange. Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim present a truly unique and critically acclaimed sound that is a great success in terms of soulfulness and presence, intensity and atmosphere.
Bourne, Quitzau and Slim are in their own rights well-recognized and respected artists with successful solo careers. They are indeed major players in the Canadian roots music scene who have individually and collectively received 4 Juno awards and 10 nominations. Together as
Tri-Continental, something very special and magical happens with the grand improvisor, the kidnapper of the blues, an the inventor and promoter of the new universal sound.
Tri-Continental is an engagement between artists and friends built on artistic respect and a deep passion for, and knowledge of the blues. This is clearly evident in the music they create, where the sharing and curiosity has led them on a fascinating musical exploration resulting in a beautiful, infectious sound where blues, world, Celtic, folk, flamenco and African rhythms fuse into one. Accentuated by their sweet vocal harmonies and imaginative guitar playing, Tri-Continental’s global blues and roots music is a testament to faith, dreams, talent and, most of all, friendship.
LeE HARVeY OsMOND (Tom Wilson) & Thompson Wilson
Wednesday & Thursday, September 28 & 29
Tickets $ 34
These two men were one of the ‘highlights’ of the Dream Festival in May. You don’t want to miss this show.
LeE HARVey OsMOND aka Tom Wilson (guitar and vocals) struck Canadian rock gold in the ’90s as the leader of the much- loved Junkhouse, and then found a whole new audience as a crucial component of roots-rock super- group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. BARK was a 2015 Juno Nominee. He is an amazing songwriter & performer. His son Thompson will be playing with him and has his own thriving career.
“Funny, Great story teller, amazing voice, engaging, mesmerizing, authentic, true to himself, sexy, hairy, raw talent, family guy, giving, entertaining, warm and fuzzy…”- Cindi Lou Baker, Dream Café Co-op Board Member
Saturday, October 1st
Tickets $ 30
The Bills’ brand new album, Trail of Tales features 14 new original tracks. For the first time in their storied career, the album sees all five members of the band contributing compositional talents in a truly collaborative offering. Trail of Tales winds from infectious, grooving folk/pop vocal numbers to beguiling, hypnotic instrumentals. The album walks a verdant path through lyrics that explore and shimmer with melodies that are sure to become standards in the deep and rich With two previous JUNO nominations and multiple Western Canadian Music Awards under their belts, expect the musical magic you’ve come to love from this extraordinary quintet. The Bills are renowned for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, evocative songwriting, and a refreshing sound that transcends musical boundaries and defies simple categorization.
“Their sound is panoramic, mischievious, fiercely unpretentious – and musically splendid” – Boston Globe
Strings, bellows, keys, voices, skin and bows – these are the vehicles for The Bills’ unique sonic approach. With individual band members sporting world-class credentials in folk/roots, jazz, classical and world music, The Bills truly are a Canadian acoustic music super-group, and their combined creative studio talent and explosive live shows have made them legendary folk/roots entertainers.
C.R. Avery Words & Music
Thursday, October 6th
Tickets $ 20
Outlaw Hip-Hop Harmonica Player, Beatbox Poet, Punk Piano Player, String Quartet Raconteur, Rock & Roll Matador, Playwright
Whether performing to thousands at the Royal Albert Hall or the lucky few who made it inside the packed past capacity speakeasy, C.R. Avery is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock & roll. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation; with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beatboxing simultaneously while pounding the piano and adding harmonica like a plot twist. A multi-talented front man for his Legal Tender String Quartet; a crazed lead singer/harp player for his rock & roll band The Special Interest Group; a lyrical dynamo & the musical backbone of the spoken word trio Tons of Fun University.
From musical beginnings in his late teens, C.R. Avery has recorded over fifteen albums as well as writing & directing six hip-hop operas, which were mounted and performed from New York’s Bowery to L.A.’s South Central. His incredible live performances have been described as Bob Dylan in the body of Iggy Pop; colliding with Little Walter, the Beastie Boys and Allen Ginsberg. Every show is all or nothing and his fearless approach to all genres of music both on stage and in the studio proves the longevity of this talented, astonishing creator has so much more to come.
Friday, October 7th
Tickets $ 36
We are honoured Guy Davis is coming back to the Dream stage, one of the Best…..one of the Class Acts.
Guy Davis is easily one of the finest proponents of acoustic blues in the world. He has performed across North America, Europe, the UK, Australia and South America, and has played hundreds of shows in Canada, selling out theatres from coast to coast and performing in all ten provinces and two territories. A great story teller, a unique voice and as brilliant on the harp as he is on the guitar, Guy has earned his place as one of the true greats of the current generation of blues artists.
His ‘all’ is the Blues. The routes, and roots, of his blues are as diverse as the music form itself. It can be soulful, moaning out a people’s cry, or playful and bouncy as a hay-ride.
Guy can tell you stories of his great-grandparents and his grandparents, they’re days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the infamous KKK. He can also tell you that as a child raised in middle-class New York suburbs; the only cotton he’s picked is his underwear up off the floor.
He’s a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis’ creativity.
Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces.
Birds of Chicago
Saturday, October 8th
Tickets $ 24
For several years Allison Russell and JT Nero’s respective bands, Po’ Girl (Vancouver, BC) and JT and the Clouds (Chicago, IL), have collaborated extensively, but on 2011’s Mountains/Forests, released under the JT Nero banner, they tapped into the true, bewitching power of their voices together on an entire record.
JT Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Allison Russell’s silver and gold tones, is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it’s haunting. Fired by the band, it’s a full tilt revival.
“When Russell sings that “the years floated by like cotton seeds and now the long-legged two-stepper turns 73,” she sends the words out and onto a breeze, along with those cotton seeds. It’s a wonderful way to capture how old age can feel if you’ve gotten the most out of it. The song, “Galaxy Ballroom,” feels like a place that you’d like to ascend to when your earthly waltz has come to an end. Nero and Russell make rainy and sunny days feel exactly the same – like treasures.”
The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show
Thursday, October 13th
The heart of rock and roll is alive and well with Fred Eaglesmith’s 20th album, Tambourine. Fusing together all of Fred’s past influences, the result is pure rock ‘n ‘roll reminiscent of 1966.
Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today’s music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone’s boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere. While blazing his own often colourful path he has avoided most of the traps and pitfalls of his peers, his career reads like a manual on how to succeed in music today without trying to fit into the traditional business models.
Los Angeles Times “Eaglesmith snarled out lyrics that underscore his overriding attitude that music and musicians ought to be cherished in the here-and-now and valued for the quality of their art, not the size of their bank accounts or TV ratings.”
The Bend Bulletin praised Fred as “a singer-songwriter with a loyal fan base: a raconteur known for his funny stories and sometimes funny, sometimes poignant songs…a figure to whom ‘entertainer,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘original’ can be applied in equal measure.”
Tickets $ 33
“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
Russell deCarle Trio
Saturday, October 22nd
Tickets $ 32
Russell was here in the spring and put on a great show, can’t wait to have him back.
As lead vocalist and bassist of iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster, deCarle is no stranger to awards and accolades. Over their career the 2008 CCMA Hall of Honour inductees have racked up an impressive list of JUNO and Canadian Country Music Awards, gold and platinum selling records and number one singles. As a songwriter deCarle has also been honoured with two SOCAN Song of the Year Awards.
Held together by equal measures of heartbreak and hope, and featuring performances from some of Canada’s most accomplished instrumentalists, Under the Big Big Sky plays like the soundtrack to a vintage film. A fluent mix of blues, jazz and R&B tinged western swing that pays homage to some of Russell deCarle’s all-time favourite artists while remaining simultaneously fresh and familiar.
Looking at his solo output thus far, however, he describes it as “more of a torchy-bluesy affair”, particularly on his first solo album launched a few years ago called ‘Under the Big, Big Sky’.