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Cousin Harley - The Dream Cafe

Cousin Harley

Cousin Harley
Friday, February 23rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Cousin Harley is the rocking hillbilly persona of Paul Pigat. This band has a hard-earned reputation for delivering everything from hot-rod rockabilly to foot stomping vintage country and western swing.

Paul is joined by Keith Picot on upright bass and Jesse Cahilll on drums to create an unstoppable rock ‘n roll wrecking crew.

Cousin Harley showcases the swing, rockabilly, blues and jazz elements that makes it truly unique in the roots music world. From classic honky tonk and cow punk tinged rippers, to a helping of western swing and classic jump blues, Cousin Harley plays in the old tradition—slugging it out hot and heavy in the trenches of the live music scene.

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http://paulpigat.com/cousin-harley

Rockabilly Brunch

Introducing ROCKABILLY BRUNCH!

Grand Opening February 24th, then EVERY Saturday after from 10am till 2pm!

Live Special Guest!
Rock N Roll
Southern Style Eats
Rhythm & Blues

Punch it to the Dream Cafe all you cool cats for some southern style brunch.
Don’t be a square!

Call ahead to reserve your table at 250-490-9012 or email info@thedreamcafe.ca

ALL AGES – NO COVER CHARGE

Naramata Choir Cabaret - The Dream Cafe 4

Naramata Choir Cabaret

Naramata Choir Cabaret
Saturday, February 24th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

The Naramata Community Choir steps off the traditional stage and steps onto a new one! Members of this fine choir will form solos, duets, trios, and quartets and perform on Penticton’s finest stage – the Dream Cafe! Thes small groups and soloists will perform music from a variety of genres focusing on jazz, pop, Broadway, and folk. They will be backed up by Sandy Andres (piano), Justin Glibbery (piano), Stefan Bienz (bass), and Michael Treadway (drums). The choir was formed in 1962 by Carol McGibney who put a sign on a tree asking for interested singers to meet. The choir formed and continues to this day performing for over 50 years!

Concerts and festivals have dominated the choirs performances but this concert will step away from the traditional stage of a church or hall and embrace the awesome vibe that the Dream Cafe brings for its performers. Join us for some outstanding small group performances on the best stage in the world!

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https://www.justinglibbery.com/
https://www.naramatachoir.com/

Terra Lightfoot - The Dream Cafe
William Crighton - The Dream Cafe

Terra Lightfoot

with special guest William Crighton

Terra Lightfoot
with special guest William Crighton
Thursday, March 1st
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneli- ness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow-burning soul ballads or hard-charging rock numbers.

On stages in France, the UK and across Canada, Lightfoot has performed alongside heavyweights like Emmylou Harris, Ron Sexsmith, Gordon Lightfoot, Sloan, Arkells, Basia Bulat, Albert Lee, James Burton, Whitehorse, The Sadies, Steve Strongman, Monster Truck and Daniel Lanois. She also stays busy as part of the country band Dinner Belles.

In writing and performing Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, Lightfoot set out to push her limits as a performer and challenge herself creatively. Where her debut was given to slower, softer songs and a subdued vibe, Lightfoot’s new album crackles with immediacy and demands attention. From the moment you put it on, the album announces Lightfoot’s arrival as a confident and natural lead performer.

Recording her sophomore album, Lightfoot says, made her a far more disciplined songwriter. That transformation took place early in the songwriting process. Holing up with headphones and a stack of vintage pop and rock albums, Lightfoot pulled apart songwriting mechanics, mastering tonic chords and middle eights and learning to craft memorably sticky choruses. She spent the weeks leading up to the recording sessions honing the album’s songs — working and reworking them until they were taut and lean. And then she hit the studio.

http://terralightfoot.com/

WILLIAM CRIGHTON
The singer-songwriter, now based in the Hunter Valley, is known for his powerful and mesmerising live performances. Respected Australian music journalist Iain Shedden, of The Australian, recently described Crighton’s Tamworth Regional Art Gallery appearance in glowing terms: “Once in a lifetime a gig surpasses all expectations, slapping you in the face with its grace, majestic singing, the quality of the material, and, in this instance, the acoustic ambience of the venue… [it] demonstrated music’s power to stir the heart and soul. In my all-time Top 10 that one.”

http://www.williamcrightonmusic.com.au/

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Lennie Gallant 2 - The Dream Cafe

Lennie Gallant

Lennie Gallant
Saturday, March 3rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Lennie Gallant is a native of Rustico, Prince Edward Island. This renowned Canadian singer-songwriter has recorded eleven albums (nine in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, East Coast Music Awards, and Les Prix Eloizes. He was recently honored with the Canadian Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year. He is the 2017 East Coast Music Awards Entertainer of the Year and also won the 2017 ECMA Folk Recording of the Year for his live album, “Searching For Abegweit”. Lennie just finished his fourth summer theatre season in PEI and followed that with an East Coast tour of his multimedia hit musical, “Searching For Abegweit -The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant”. The immensely popular production ran for over 140 shows. His newest release is a double cd album of 22 songs from that production. Many of the show’s visual images appear in his book, Peter’s Dream, a collaboration with sibling visual artist Karen Gallant that showcases 52 of her unique paintings paired up with his songs.

His album, “When We Get There” was nominated for a Juno Award and went up to the International Space Station with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette. Over 30 artists have recorded his songs, including Measha Bruggergosman, Ode de L’Acadie, and Jimmy Buffet and his songs have appeared in feature films, television series, and numerous theatrical productions. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist who has represented Canada on songwriter events in Nashville, London and Texas, entertained our troops in Kandahar, performed at Canada Day events in Washington and London, and on the world stage at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAiGmm_iFJ8&list=PLCIpsbK97eNaL88TuUqjsChrs0-tzCG_G

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http://lenniegallant.com/

Lion Bear Fox 3 - The Dream Cafe

Lion Bear Fox - Two Nights!

Lion Bear Fox
TWO NIGHTS!
Friday and Saturday, March 9th and 10th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox is three huge voices joined as one, telling the truth through compelling story, honest narrative and unbridled passion. Three men going to war onstage every night to share a message of hope, vulnerability and redemption. Lion Bear Fox is “a musical force of nature”, an “emotional awakening” that’s sure to “be around for a lifetime”. (Nanaimo Daily News/Songs in the Valley/Terry David Mulligan).

Originally known for their respective solo careers, Christopher Arruda, Ryan McMahon and Cory Woodward joined forces as Lion Bear Fox in 2012 and was immediately selected as one of the top 20 unsigned bands British Columbia (Peak Performance Project). The fall of 2013 saw the band release their self-produced breakthrough EP “We’d Be Good Men” and take Western Canada by storm, touring 15 times over the next two years including stops at Canadian Music Week (Toronto), Contact East (PEI), OSAC (Regina) Mission Folk Festival and The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC. They have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists like Tom Wilson, Good For Grapes, Elliot Brood and Kim Mitchell.

2016 sees Lion Bear Fox further cementing themselves as the new Canadian band to watch. With the help of friend and producer Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run), the trio spent ten days in the Vancouver Island wilderness crafting “the record of their lives” – a collection of songs steeped in character and full of warmth. One part folk, one part rock – a pinch of gospel and a dash of growl, the self-titled LP is a testament to the trio’s strength as songwriters. Lush acoustic guitars are bookended by buzzing electrics and screaming organs; all tied together by rich percussion and three voices in mighty harmony. It’s a sound that harkens back to an era when the song was paramount.

“All three artists are known for the passion they bring to their performances and the honest songs they write,” writes the Ladysmith Chronicle, “and they have succeeded in creating gripping, dynamic songs while capturing a sincerity rarely heard this side of the 2000’s”.

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http://www.thelionthebearthefox.com/

Oscar Lopez - The Dream Cafe

Oscar Lopez

Oscar Lopez Musician/Band
Friday, March 16th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Oscar Lopez’s Latin guitar groove makes him a standout on the world music stage.

Never afraid to venture into different genres, Lopez easily incorporates jazz, blues, and even pop sensibilities into his music. But one thing remains constant: letting the passion and fire within his soul loose through his fingertips and onto the guitar strings.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Oscar was encouraged by his father to play the violin and its close relative the mandolin, influencing his signature rhythmic playing style. He soon chose the nylon-string guitar as his “soul” instrument. Oscar’s infectious rhythms, guitar mastery and improvisational wit will make you marvel and definitely want to get up and dance. Speaking of which, Oscar has shared the stage with dancers from Alberta Ballet and with big bands like The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra with Spirit of the West. A two-time JUNO Award winner and multi-nominee, he continues to surprise and engage.

An independent artist again, Oscar Lopez’s latest release: “Apasionado”.

“Oscar Lopez is the only guitarist I know who can actually make an acoustic nylon string guitar scream. With the same instrument he produces tears and laughter in his audiences” – Martin Simpson, celebrated British Folk Guitarist

Oscar always sells out at the Dream! Be sure to grab your tickets early!

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https://oscar-lopez.myshopify.com/

The Good The Bad and The Blues - The Dream Cafe

The Good, The Bad & The Blues

St.Patrick's Day Celebration!

The Good, The Bad & The Blues
Saturday, March 17th
St. Patricks Day Celebration!
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

The rich sound of this band, is a mixture of the fresh new sounds of the new and deep rooted past of Gospel, Blues, Soul and Funk. The blending of influences make a rich dynamic experience that touches every sense of your being, you can feel it, see it and hear it. This band is a full time, hardworking, blues band that gives 100% to their original material and cover songs. Aayan Naim the front man, Known for his energy, grew up in Chicago directly across the street from Howlin Wolf, talk about blues heritage he’s got it. Playing lead guitar and singing is his thing. He is a true artists and entertainer.

BJ Love, Keyboard and vocals. A master of keys From Hammond B3 to making a grand piano rag time all over itself and everything in between. He makes every song vibrate with magic and majesty. BJ knows just what to play and when to play it.

Gordon Henry our bass player his uncompromising style keeps the music moving, creating a foundation that is pure and solid. His unmistakable voice adds richly to the harmonies this band produces.

Mike Darby Drummer and vocals. It is said a good drummer can make an average band good, and a great drummer makes a good band sound real good. So what do you get when you add Hollywood Mike with a great band? You get an INCREDIBLE BAND.

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www.goodthebadandtheblues.com

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Foto: Jiri Buller

Ineke Vandoorn en Marc Van Vugt

Ineke Vandoorn en Marc Van Vugt
Friday, March 23rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

2018 Dutch Grammy Winners!
Jazz singer Ineke Vandoorn and guitarist Marc van Vugt return to Canada!

With fairy-like sounds, funky arrangements, modern music full of harrowing and twisting harmonies and sadly comforting songs, Ineke Vandoorn and her partner in music Marc van Vugt explore boundaries in an admirable and fascinating way: between improvisation and composition, in original songs with regular lyrics and in pure improvisations, by giving their characteristic interpretation of standards or by amalgamation of different musical expressions.

Jazz singer Ineke Vandoorn and guitarist Marc van Vugt return to Canada in March 2018 after a very successful tour in 2016. This time they will concentrate on their much-praised duo and bring new repertoire. Inspired by the French Provence countryside they wrote news songs about friends, friendships and their loved ones. Vandoorn and van Vugt have taken the duo playing to a different level. Seamlessly and effortlessly they are switching roles and by times you are wondering who is doing what. Never losing their sense of lyricism and harmony, free as a bird they are playing their songs.

As part of their tour Vandoorn and van Vugt will be artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto and Capilano University in Vancouver. Concerts will be played in Toronto, Waterloo, Edmonton, Saskatoon, 6 cities in Alberta and B.C., the Vancouver area, Ottawa and Montreal. They will also perform their music with two different big bands and a jazz choir.

During this tour Ineke Vandoorn will also present the English version of her highly acclaimed book on singing ‘Singing From the Inside Out’. The book, labeled as the ‘Lonely Planet Guide’ for jazz and pop singers.

http://www.inekevandoorn.com
Have a listen –> http://www.inekevandoorn.com/page.php?id=150

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Carlos del Junco & The Blue Mongrels

Carlos del Junco Music & The Blue Mongrels
Tuesday, March 27th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

It’s probably a good thing Carlos wasn’t there when the harmonica appeared in North America in the 1860s. Neil Young and Bob Dylan can probably roll with it when he says they are very mediocre harmonica players. Aspiring harmonica players Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid might have overreacted and pulled out their pistols…

To say he plays the harmonica is like saying “Jimi Hendrix plays guitar”. He blows the blues harp through a prism — suddenly it seems he’s holding every color in the musical rainbow right there in his hands.

Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”). The emphasis is on blues, but Carlos and his band are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.

Playing a ten hole diatonic harmonica, Carlos has developed the unique ability to play chromatically by using a recently developed “overblow” technique taught to him by jazz virtuoso Howard Levy. Overall, this approach to the diatonic harmonica, although much more difficult to achieve, is in many ways more expressive and communicative than the mechanized tone produced by the chromatic harmonica . Carlos is one of the few pioneers of this overblow method, bringing musical credibility to what has still been considered by many in the music industry – a fringe folk instrument. The sophisticated sound produced by del Junco is at once sensitive, soulful, and sexy while never forgetting the rawness inherent in blues music.

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http://www.carlosdeljunco.com/

Black Umfolosi - The Dream Cafe

Black Umfolosi

Black Umfolosi Music (Official)
Wednesday, March 28th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

They’re back!

One of Africa’s great musical exports and one of the most successful groups we have ever booked in Canada, Black Umfolosi 5 blends acapella singing with dance and traditional costume in a show that has played some of Canada’s largest venues, but is so simple to produce it can also easily work in smaller theatres. For decades now the guys have been entertaining world music fans in too many countries and continents to mention. Absolutely brilliant.

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.

The Black Umfolosi 5 also provide workshops and residences in dance, voice, theatre, costume design, poetry, mime and also address various issues affecting society today.

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http://www.jproductions.com/bu.html

Ellen Doty - The Dream Cafe

Ellen Doty

Ellen Doty
Thursday, March 29th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Ellen Doty is a soulful Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Her music incorporates everything from pop and jazz to soul, folk, and indie music: a sound that is uniquely hers. A true storyteller whose works are as intimate and as personal as their handwritten lyrics, Ellen’s immense talent for songwriting is only complemented by her stunning vocals. Rich, sultry, and sweet, Ellen’s voice draws listeners in and takes them on an unforgettable journey. Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, Ellen has been a performer since age five- she sang and played “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from the Lion King at her first grade talent show.Doty’s first album “Gold”, a more traditional sounding pop-jazz album, was released in 2014. It reached the top 10 on several college radio charts in Canada, and she followed up the release with a crowd-funded, self-booked, 42 stop Canadian tour. In the past couple of years, Doty has been touring quite extensively in Canada. She had the chance to open for two-time Grammy-winner Gregory Porter, and recently completed a Western Canada concert theatre tour with award-winning saxophonist Eli Bennett from Vancouver.

After nearly two years of experimentation and songwriting, Doty’s long-awaited sophomore album “Come Fall” is set for release in February of 2018. The project seeks to strip the music down to its bare bones, leaving a raw and incredibly spacious sound. No bass. No background vocals. No horns. No layers. Just piano, voice, and drums. The mixture of pop, jazz, soul, folk, and indie music, is a sound that is undoubtedly hers. The album was recorded at Sumbler House near Toronto with drummer Davide Di Renzo (Cassandra Wilson, Tom Cochrane, Molly Johnson, etc.) and pianist Mark Lalama (Kevin Breit, Sisters Euclid, Daniel Romano, etc.). It was engineered by Juno-award winning engineer John “Beetle” Bailey, and features co-writes with many notable writers including Justin Rutledge, Andy Stochansky, Danny Vacon (The Dudes), and more.

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http://www.ellendoty.com/

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Van Django

Van Django
Saturday April 7th
Doors 6pm
Show 8pm

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

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www.vandjango.com

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Petunia & The Vipers

Petunia & The Vipers
Wednesday, Aprill 11th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Petunia & The Vipers formed in 2007, starting out as a sometimes-band, playing locally on the west coast. Things really got going for the group in 2009 when they began touring the US west coast, and recorded the bed tracks for their first album at the Sound Factory in Hollywood. Little by little, the album was added to and perfected, and in 2012 they released the self-titled album “Petunia & The Vipers” officially, to rave reviews and frenzied fans. Since it’s release the band has gone on to tour across parts of Canada, playing summer festivals and sold out shows, as well as several tours throughout the UK, and a regular circuit from Vancouver to Los Angeles, playing cities and towns down the west coast. In 2014, Petunia released a new album titled “Inside of You”, which features three backing bands, including the Vipers, a Roma-Swing ensemble, and an alt-country group of prominent Vancouver musicians. The album’s release was commemorated with a Petunia & The Vipers release show in Vancouver, a tour across western Canada and the US west coast, and a summer of playing shows at festivals across the country.

Petunia & The Vipers play several tours a year while Petunia is not touring on solo or duo missions. The full band is a typically a five piece, however a violinist is added when required, or when other accompanists are unable to play. The Vipers play in various other projects and are well known through their efforts. Guitarist Stephen Nikleva and Lap Steel player Jimmy Roy are former Ricochets, of Ray Condo and the Ricochets, while Patrick Metzger plays bass with several projects, including a bluegrass band led by some-time violinist Kathleen Nisbet.

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http://petuniaandthevipers.com/

Madison Violet - The Dream Cafe

Madison Violet

Madison Violet
Friday, April 13th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac are the two multi-instrumentalists who make up Madison Violet. Born in Montreal and raised in Kincardine, Ontario, Brenley used to spend her summers in Lisa’s hometown of Creignish, Nova Scotia, but they never met on the east coast. It was a chance meeting that set them on their musical journey, later finding out that not only did Lisa know Brenley’s extended family, but that their father’s sat next to one another in high school in Cape Breton. Since their fateful meeting in 1999, the pair has been nominated for numerous ECMA awards and a Juno award, won a Canadian Folk Award for Vocal Group of the Year, the Maxell John Lennon Songwriting grand prize, and many more. Currently on tour in support of their latest release, The Knight Sessions, Madison Violet have released 7 studio albums,as well as a live cd and dvd recorded in Germany.

When you hear them, the first thing you’ll notice is that their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family: Born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana. In a word, they are musical chameleons.

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https://www.madisonviolet.com/

Erin Costelo - The Dream Cafe

Erin Costelo

Erin Costelo
Saturday, April 14th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Erin Costelo is an artist who is mining the truth – through writing, arranging, producing and masterful live performance. With a voice unlike any other in Canada she has the ability to successfully float between genres and stages, her unwavering vision continuously offering the best sound and voice to a feeling, idea or story.

With songs that sound like they were written by your heroes, she’s had the opportunity to open for heroes like Mavis Staples, Dr. John and Bettye Lavette and has recently performed with Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band.

Her latest, self-produced album Down Below, the Status Quo was nominated for a total of 12 awards in her home on the East Coast of Canada. It is a magical, moonlight-soaked reverie, filled with drama and intensity; in one moment a defiant cry and in the next a desperate whisper. It has been described as “embodying the spirit of Nina Simone” and “conjuring the ghost of Donny Hathaway”.

Erin will be joined by Clive MacNutt on guitar.

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http://erincostelo.ca/

Black Hen Roadshow 2 - The Dream Cafe

The Return of....The Black Hen Roadshow!

The Return of…..
The Black Hen Roadshow
Tuesday, April 17th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Featuring Steve Dawson, Leeroy Stagger, Steve Marriner, and Ndidi Onokwulu.

The acclaimed Black Hen Roadshow is back, and better than ever. Coming to stages across Canada in the spring of 2018, this third incarnation of the travelling revue features one of our best line-up of artists yet. It’s going to be an evening of unique collaborations and authentic musical entertainment like no other, cementing the Roadshow as one of the finest touring showcases of contemporary roots music in the country.

Steve Dawson and his Black Hen label need no introduction to Canadian roots music fans. A musician’s musician in the truest sense, he is both a highly sought after producer and in demand performer. Known for bringing the best out of everyone he works with, the multiple Juno Award winner and renowned guitar slinger couldn’t be more excited about taking this incredible group of musicians on the road. “Each of these powerhouse performers has their own unique artistic voice, and having, them all together on stage at once is guaranteed to create plenty of musical magic.”

Leeroy Stagger has had a very good couple of years. In 2015, the seasoned troubadour surprised many when he out paced all other comers, to win Alberta’s 2nd annual Peak Performance Project. Since then the Vancouver native, now living in Lethbridge, has been moving from strength to strength, steadily building his fan base through touring and his new radio show on CKUA – and just last month, releasing a highly anticipated new album, that’s garnering rave reviews and plenty of radio airplay too! Live, Stagger delivers his from-the-heart songs with an authenticity and power that is undeniable, making him a perfect fit for the BH Roadshow format.

Both as the dynamic front man for Juno Award winning blues juggernaut Money Junk, and as a solo artist in his own right, Steve Marriner has been blowing away audiences for the better part of two decades (which is all the more remarkable, considering he’s only 32 years old). Whether he’s ripping it up on the harmonica, or crooning a classic blues ballad, the stage never fails to come alive when Steve is in the spotlight – as he proved nightly on his recent touring as part of the Colin James band.

With a stage presence that is at once beguiling and dramatically intense, Ndidi Onukwulu is a Juno nominated and Maple Blues Award winning performer who has taken her music around the world. As Exclaim! Magazine so aptly put it, “her exceptional voice blazes with confidence…sophisticated, surprising and surefooted, this is seriously heady stuff.” Needless to say we couldn’t agree more.

With busy first call upright bassist Jeremy Holmes by his side, Mr. Dawson will lead this remarkable collection of renowned artists through two killer sets of authentic and inspiring music, that is sure to be remembered as one of the best shows of the season. The first set will consist of each headliner taking their turn playing songs with Steve and Jeremy in support and the second set will see the entire entourage take the stage to play a full set of collaborative group numbers.

For more on the artists, see below:
Steve Dawson: http://www.stevedawson.ca/
Steve Marriner: http://monkeyjunkband.com/
Leeroy Stagger: https://www.leeroystagger.com/
Ndidi Onukwulu: http://ndidio.net/

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5uDooGp_dw (Steve Dawson with Colin Linden, Sonny Landreth and friends)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzIlczYcowo (Steve Marriner with Monkey Junk)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COlFD7OCUrA (Leeroy Stagger’s new single)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYxoHTfNoyY (Ndidi Onukwulu)

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Harry Manx

Harry Manx
Wednesday, April 18th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Harry Manx has been dubbed an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. His unique sound is bewitching and deliciously addictive to listen to.

Born on the Isle of Man, Manx spent his childhood in Canada and left in his teens to live in Europe, Japan, India and Brazil. He honed his hypnotic live show on street corners, in cafes, bars and at festivals. But it was Indian music that captured his attention and in the mid 80s he began a five-year tutelage with Rajasthani Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Grammy winner with Ry Cooder for A Meeting by the River). Receiving the gift of Bhatt’s custom-made, self-designed Mohan Veena (a 20-stringed sitar/guitar hybrid) was the catalyst for Harry to forge a new path with his now signature east-meets-west style of music. While the mohan veena itself is beyond exotic, Manx uses it within traditional Western sound structures.

Manx is a prolific artist, releasing nine albums in a eight-year span with no signs of stopping. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards and his mantel shelf also holds honours from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Vancouver magazine Georgia Straight, and the South Australia Blues Society. He received CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Awards for 2007 and his albums have garnered five Juno nominations.

Blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves and you’ll get Manx’s unique “mysticssippi” flavour. It’s hard to resist, easy to digest and keeps audiences coming back for more.

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http://harrymanx.com/

Brickhouse - The Dream Cafe

Brickhouse

Brickhouse
Wednesday, April 25th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

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.

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www.brickhousevancouver.com

Jack de Keyzer - The Dream Cafe

Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer
Thursday, May 3rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

Two time Juno, 7 time Maple Blues winner Jack de Keyzer and his 6 piece band return in 2018 with the brand new release Checkmate. A tribute to the great Chess Records, Chicago blues giants. Talk to Me Baby, Ain’t Superstitious, All Your Love I Miss Loving, Do Right Woman, and 10 more great tracks filled with urgency, virtuosity and fun! De Keyzer plays the blues world wide. His music has taken him from the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC and many points in between. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand blues guitarists, Jack has released 12 CD’s and 1 DVD. An exciting live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer, de Keyzer performs an average of 100 shows per year and has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico). Much celebrated, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album) 5 times and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has also won 7 Maple Blues Awards. Always touring with an incredible band of top musicians. This is a must see show for fans of high energy blues guitar and lovers of blues, rock and soul music. De Keyzer is Canada’s King of the Blues.

“If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he’d be famous” Bob Dylan
“The finest blues guitarist in Canada” Jeff Healey

AWARDS

Juno
Win: 6 The Corktown Sessions/ Blues Album of the Year 2010
Win: 6 String Lover/ Blues Album of the Year 2003
Nomination: Electric Love/ Blues Album of the Year 2013
Nomination: Blues Thing/Blues Album of the Year 2007
Nomination: Down in the Groove/Blues Album of the Year 2001

Maple Blues Award
Guitarist of the Year 2007,2005, 2004
Entertainer of the Year 2004
Electric Act of the Year 2004
Down in the Groove/ Blues Album of the Year 2000
Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement) 2001

International Songwriting Competition
Honourable Mention “The Way That I Love You” 2010
1st place Win ” That’s The Only Time” 2007

Great Canadian Blues Award
Winner CBC listeners vote 2009

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http://www.jackdekeyzer.com/

The Burying Ground - The Dream Cafe 2

The Burying Ground

The Burying Ground
Saturday, May 5th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

“Built around core players Woody Forster (Vocals and Guitar) and Devora Laye (Vocals, Washboard, and Saw), The Burying Ground lay out a feast of southern old timey acoustic gems that pay homage to southern Americana and goodtime blues inspired by the ghosts of Charley Patton, Memphis Minnie, and The Mississippi Sheiks.” — David Morrison (Folk Radio, UK)

A band that shines when performing live, The Burying Ground has been charming audiences large and small across Western Canada and the United States, lending new life to old songs while performing original tunes. Known for their songwriting, they aim to shed light on aspects of the human experience that resonate into the modern day, touching on mental health, the traumas of war, social justice and good old fashioned lost and found love.

They have a lively, gritty sound with tight harmony and a driving rhythm section reminiscent of the music of the juke joints and jazz halls of the 1920’s and ’30s. The band moves effortlessly between toe-tapping dance music, the yearning of country blues and the embellishments and energy of ragtime and jazz.

“While they may be devoted to the precious music of a long gone golden era, they still have an awful lot to offer the present and future, as music this good is evidently timeless.”
David Morrison, Folk Radio UK

“If you have the opportunity to see The Burying Ground perform, do not miss their innovative musical interpretation of blues and rags, with a modern perspective, that few bands have mastered.”
— Greg Keffer, Fraser Valley Blues Society

Tickets
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Wings $15

https://www.theburyingground.com/

Weaves - The Dream Cafe

Weaves

Weaves
Monday, May 7th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

2018 JUNO NOMINEES

It’s been almost exactly a year since Weaves released their acclaimed debut LP. The self-titled album was among the most anticipated of the year, and was lauded internationally upon its release for its exuberant approach to guitar pop, which was described as “one of the most unpredictable sounds of 2016” (MTV), and “a triumphant assault on all things conventional” (i-D). It was a whirlwind year for the band who spent a nearly uninterrupted 12 months on the road, playing festivals across the globe, and touring with their fellow 2016 breakout artists Sunflower Bean and Mitski. Propelled forward by their own momentum, which they corralled like the barely contained energy of their explosive live sets, it was a transformative experience, and upon returning home to Toronto the band’s leaders, singer Jasmyn Burke and guitarist Morgan Waters, found themselves possessed by an irrepressible burst of creative energy.

But be wary: the more you listen, the more habit forming Weaves becomes.

Picture the classic rock band. It’s likely you’re thinking of a four-piece: bass, guitar, drums, vocals. Though they might at first glance look pretty standard, Weaves are not doing that kind of math. On their debut, the Toronto quartet shed the restraints of indie rock structure and form, letting something more emotional drive their sparse and artistic sound. Emerging from their city’s well-established noise rock scene, Weaves’ music is difficult to pin down, yet undeniably memorable.

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https://www.weavesband.com/

sinclair bennet

David Sinclair & Keith Bennett

David Sinclair & Keith Bennett
Saturday, May 19th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm

DAVID SINCLAIR MUSICAL BACKGROUND
David is ex-band member with k.d.lang, Sarah MacLachlan, Straight Lines, Body Electric and Sunshyne.

He has recorded with Michael Buble, BTO, Prism, Valdy, Bryan Adams, Susan Jacks, Leon and Eric Bibb, Gary Fjellgaard, Rita MacNeil and numerous others.

He has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Grammy Awards, Juno Awards, Conan O’Brien, and many CBC shows.

He has penned numerous radio hits and has presented many guitar workshops.
For more information see: www.davidsinclairmusic.com

KEITH BENNETT MUSICAL BACKGROUND
Keith was “Harmonica Man” at Vancouver Canucks broadcasts for nearly a decade.

He has appeared with VSO, Supertramp, John Prine and played the character of Elwood of “Blues Brothers Revue” and he has recorded with countless top name artists.

He is listed in The Top 10 harmonica players at The World Competitions.

For more information see: www.keith-bennett.com

THE DAVID SINCLAIR AND KEITH BENNETT DUO

The duo first appeared in 2010 at a sold-out concert in Deep Cove, BC. The enthusiastic audience response convinced both virtuosi to build on the momentum and additional concerts only strengthened that resolve. Tours in Europe in 2013 and 2015 made it even more evident that a major act was blossoming. The concerts are getting bigger and the repertoire more interesting with original tunes as well as ear-catching arrangements of standard tunes from many genres.

Sound samples: www.sinclairandbennett.rocks

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Wings $32

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