Weekly Live Music! Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, & World.
A little something for everyone!
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July 26-30, Tuesday-Saturday
Tickets $ 40
He combines boogie-woogie, jazz & blues like no other. Don’t wait long as the whole week will sell out.
Here with an incredible trio for his 12th summer with us. He plays with you. At one of his shows, you’re all in it together – not only part of the story, but virtually part of the band.
After two sold out nights in Toronto’s Massey Hall & two major tours in China, Michaels reputation has grown wide, you may remember him from our Dream Festivals this year and last.
Kaeshammer has been nominated for 7 Canadian JUNO Awards, winning 2 of them. He has also received the WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS for “Musician Of The Year” and “Entertainer Of The Year”.
Black Umfolosi Music (Official)
Wednesday, August 3
Tickets $ 34
Black Umfolosi were formed in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who named themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa- to where their ancestors can be traced. Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance. Their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping! Their famous Gumboot Dances showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions and are a particular crowd pleaser. “Marvellous harmonies, spine-tingling gospel singing and bare-torsoed, hard-hatted gumboot dancing” GLASGOW HERALD
Friday, August 5th
Tickets $ 24
Ridley Bent continues to weave tales of wisdom and intrigue with titles such as ‘Fill Yer Boots’ about a truck driving card player, and ‘Crooked and Loaded’ written about a shoot out with a posse of outlaws. Produced by the John Ellis and supported by an all star band of country musics finest Wildcard will take your mind away and get your toes tapping as Ridley Bent does what he does best..!
On Wildcard the 2009 CCMA nominee and 7-time BCCMA winner’s storytelling and songwriting chops are sharper than ever. Although the tales are still as tall as they come, and the characters as large as life or larger, the cast of hard-drinking, fast-driving characters Ridley unleashes on Wildcard tend to be a shade less hell-bent on self-destruction than they are with keeping their lives between the lines and out of the ditch.
Channeling the high-energy performance ethic of artists like Dwight Yoakum and Little Feat, Ridley and his band tear a deep strip off the joint with tracks like ‘Brooklyn Texas’. Of course these are love stories told the way only Ridley can; tracks that run the gamut from hard and bitter to hardly better, including a beautifully rendered, deliberately down-tempo take on the classic Tom Petty song , ‘You Got Lucky’.
Ridley was introduced to us with Barney Bentall’s Cariboo Express early this year. His ‘cowboy rap’ was amazing.
Elizabeth Shepherd & Michael Occhipinti
Saturday, August 6th
Tickets $ 20
About the show
Having toured worldwide side by side over the past 4 years, Elizabeth and Michael have crafted an intimate show that draws on their many influences and favourite songs over the ages. Together, they breath new life and soul into tunes – some forgotten, some favourites. From Cockburn to Lightfoot, John Lennon to Stevie Wonder – not to mention their own music – they create a one-of-a-kind evening not to be missed.
Velvety-voiced pianist Elizabeth Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album ‘Start To Move’was voted one of the Top 3 jazz albums of the year by the listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then, the globetrotting souljazz innovator has released five widely acclaimed records, picked up 4 JUNO nominations, and toured extensively in North America, Europe, Japan and Latin America. Her latest record, The Signal, has been hailed as a “masterpiece” and appeared on numerous Best-of-the-Year list across the world.
Elizabeth has been hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility”, praised by critics worldwide for her arrestingly original writing and soulful delivery. Along with artists like Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, and Jose James she is seen as part of a wave of jazz musicians bringing the art form to a new generation of music fans. Elizabeth is also the only jazz vocalist to ever have been nominated twice for the Polaris Prize – Canada’s most prestigious music prize.
Michael Occhipinti is a versatile, sound-scultping guitarist and composer/arranger, who has spent decades freely moving between jazz, chamber music, world music, r&b/funk, and anything involving modern guitar sounds. A nine-time JUNO Award nominee, Michael leads several acclaimed groups including The Sicilian Project, Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon, The Triodes, and the 16-piece group NOJO (Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra). Michael’s creative guitar playing has made him the ideal compliment to a diverse range of groups, including modern jazz singer Elizabeth Shepherd, Indian fusion group Avataar, classical ensemble Group of 27, Psychedelic Turkish group Minor Empire, pop and soul singer Lester McLean, improvising electronic group Junik, and chamber group The Gryphon Trio.
Michael’s own projects explore everything from Sicilian culture to songwriters such as John Lennon and Bruce Cockburn, to instrumental New Orleans funk, adventurous original music and big band arrangements of Pink Floyd. Occhipinti’s guitar playing draws on a huge tonal palette and a dynamic range that has him creating sounds critics have called both “miraculous” and “searing.”
Friday, August 12th
An exceptional stage presence, guitarist / singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer.
Considered one of Canada’s most electrifying and versatile guitarists, she has shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bernard Purdie, Michael Jerome Brown, Tricia Foster, Scarlett Jane, United Steel Workers of Montreal, amongst many, and has opened for many icons including Canned Heat, Eric Andersen, Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour and Manu Dibango. In 2008, Cecile and Gern f. of USWM started Chick Pickin’ Mondays, a night promoting women singer-songwriters.
Dave Lang & the Insolent Rabble
Saturday, August 13th
Dave Lang and his group “the Insolent Rabble” play jazz and swing like it was meant to be played. Their music is irreverent, fast, and fun. The only flats they worry about happen on the road and they can’t pronounce Phrygian but they’re pretty sure it has something to do with cold beer. This band changes the way people think about jazz. Original tunes like “Ou Est La Vache” and “She Just Went Crazy” are as well received as their novel arrangements of standards.
Performance highlights include appearances at The Empress Hotel, Butchart Gardens, Rifflandia, and The Vancouver Island MusicFest. Dave Lang & the Insolent Rabble are proud to be the right band for any occasion, and they are just as comfortable playing a big festival or a fancy sit down show as they are busking on Victoria’s Inner Harbour Causeway. In 2015, they logged more than 100 paid performances.
Wednesday, August 17th
Tickets $ 34
Eric Bibb is described as one of the most imaginative modern blues musicians of his time, bringing a gentle yet passionate sound to the stage that carries an enriching experience, both musically and spiritually. His style melds the rootsy sound of traditional Americana with the soulful authenticity of blues, enriched by a contemporary feel.
Bibb’s music has been nominated for a Grammy and numerous other music awards. His music has found wide success in Europe. As the son of singer and actor Leon Bibb (Broadway, NBC television), nephew of John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet, and the godson of Paul Robeson (“Showboat”), music runs in his blood.
Michael Jerome Browne will be joining Eric on stage……………fabulous player & singer/songwriter on his own.
Up On Cripple Creek
Front Porch Roots Revue (Tribute to ‘The Band’)
August 18 & 19th, Thursday & Friday
Tickets $ 32
“ The Band was in my mind one of the greatest musical groups to hit the planet; Front Porch Roots Revue’s tribute, Up On Cripple Creek not only captures the essence of the group, but when you close your eyes there are moments you think it is The Band. We are fortunate to have a group of Western Canadian musicians who have the balls and talent to pull off an amazing tribute; Rick, Levon and Richard would be proud”!
Larry Werner, Producer: Big Valley Jamboree
“It’s as if the boys in Front Porch are channeling The Band….a great, great show.”
Allison Brock, CKUA’s Wide Cut Country
Cast of “Up On Cripple Creek”
> Doug Andrew: (vocals and rhythm guitar) leader of Vancouver’s new age jug band The Circus In Flames and former leader of seminal Vancouver punk band Shanghai Dog. Doug also participated in the Ian Tyson Tribute: The Gift, and received high praise from the Toronto Star for his contribution of Someday Soon to the Tyson Tribute recording that also included performances from Jennifer Warnes, Blue Rodeo, Corb Lund, and The Good Brothers.
> Gord Matthews: (lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocal) original member of k.d. lang’s reclines who recorded on a number of lang’s albums including Absolute Torch and Twang and Angel with a Lariat. Matthews followed that with a ten year run as lead guitarist in Ian Tyson’s acoustic trio
> Ron Rault: (bass and vocals) mainstay on Edmonton scene and long-time member of Front Porch Roots Revue. He has played bass with legends like John Lee Hooker on the road and Louisiana Red in the studio and wrote Powder Blues hit Jump Up
> J.R. Shore: (piano and vocals) Calgary based tunesmith who has won two of the Calgary Folk Fest Songwriting contests. A writer steeped in the story telling tradition of The Band’s Robbie Robertson and the Grateful Dead’s Robert Hunter. Just released State Theatre, 2 disc set, one of new originals and one of choice covers including The Band’s W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
> Thom Moon: (drums) Bragg Creek’s King of Western Standard Time. Ian Tyson’s drummer in the studio since 1979, and also spent a number of years touring with Amos Garrett, Thom is considered one of the most musical drummers around.
> Garth Kennedy: (organ, piano) Up On Cripple Creek’s answer to The Band’s Garth Hudson. Not only an amazing organ player who can deliver the Hudson sound with authenticity and passion, Kennedy is also a terrific blues piano player who makes tunes like Stuff Ya Gotta Watch jump.
> Crawdad Cantera: (harmonica and vocals) With Ron Rault, longest running member of Front Porch. Cantera has backed numerous American blues legends including Lazy Lester and David Rea. Crawdad handles the material The Band cut with Muddy Waters and Paul Butterfield and some of the material Levon Helm cut on solo projects.
Tickets $ 24
From England via Wales comes one of the hottest young proponents of the blues-folk tradition on the other side of the pond. A triple threat as a fine singer, instrumentalist and songwriter Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.
A mixture of retrospective solo and duo arrangements recorded during an afternoon at the esteemed Southern Ground studio in Nashville, Live at Southern Ground features Martin on Weissenborn… a traditional Hawaiian acoustic guitar played across the lap, resonators and archtops, and of course Daniel Kimbro on upright bass. Oh yeah, and he’s also performed at Royal Albert Hall and completed an entire tour on a bicycle and broken the world record for the highest gig ever and no we aren’t sure if that has something to do with substances or altitude!
“With depth that accompanies wisdom, the grit of anxiety and influences of yesteryear’s troubadours, enter Martin Harley: an artist fitting perfectly into your broken heart” – www.grammy.com
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.
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 master from Victoria, Jordie Edmonds who has toured with the Dog for more than 60,000 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 90,000 kms in the past 20 months 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 as a local Fraser Valley Music Awards. 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.
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.