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IN THIS ISSUE - April 25th, 2012

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne will be Headlining this years New Years Eve Dinner & Dance

Next Show - Michael Jerome Browne - Saturday  May 5th, Rhumba Room

Comming 2012 White Rock Blues Society Shows

Win This Guitar Painted by Stan Street

Chris Noel Band featuring Wailin' Al Walker Sat. May 12th Tsawwassen Legion

Ian Moore Returns to White Rock - May 11th at Blue Frog Studios - SOLD OUT

Carlos Del Junco is Coming to White Rock May 18th, Blue Frog Studios

9th Annual Pender Harbour Blues Festival has a great line up

Patricial Hotel - Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne  Saturday May 5th

Sunday Blues by the Water - Granville Island & SFU Blues Music Series

Ten Years After Winterland San Francisco August 4th 1975

Mt. Baker 17th Annual Rhythm & Blues Festival Spotlight on Hot Tuna

Levon Helm – Dirt Farmer, American Minstrel

Good News for Delta Blues Fans, David "Boxcar" Gates Back on Thursday Nights

Saturday's Show Was A Lot Of Fun

Mike & the Mellotones – the story so far… by Paul Jansen

Stan Street - Hambone Art Galery - Clarksdale Mississippi

About The Society

The White Rock Blues Society - Five Years In

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne will be Headlining this years New Years Eve Dinner & Dance

The White Rock Blues Society is pleased to announce that Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne will be the star attraction at this years New Years Eve Dinner & Dance scheduled to take place for the third year at the Pacific Inn Resort.


In the past two years The Twisters did a fantastic job entertaining the sell out crowd of New Years Eve party goers.


As you would expect, planning for New Years Eve events requires a lot of planning and preparation. It's the busiest show night of any year and it's very important to secure top talent well in advance. We are fortunate to have such a great talent to help us bring in the New Year in fine style.


Kenny is currently booked for the Legendary Blues Cruise in mid January out of Florida. He has a large following and for good reason. This man can sing and play the piano at a world class level and has travelled the world entertaining blues fans.


More details about the New Years Eve event will be coming as we get closer to years end. Tickets ususally sell out quickly once they become available. Newsletter subscribers will be the first to know when the tickets will be available and how to reserve tables. rodneyd



Kenny's Website

Next Show - Michael Jerome Browne - Saturday  May 5th, Rhumba Room

Come see one of Canada's blues artist treasures.



Tickets $20.00 for Advance $25.00 At the Door

Doors open 7:30 PM.


Tickets online: Surrey Arts Centre


Tickets are also available at the following locations.


Tapestry Music Ltd1335 Johnson Rd White Rock


Surfside Music and Vintage Guitars 103 – 1645 140th Surrey


Blood Pudding Imports 20243 62nd Ave Langley


Hairzone For Men 20775 Fraser Hwy Langley


Pacific Inn Resort 1160 King George Blvd.; call Ingrid 604 535 1432


Or Call 604 542 6515 White Rock Blues Society if you have any questions.


Michael Jerome Browne


     "An exceptional songwriter and singer."

   - John McLaughlin (The Province, Vancouver)


         "A roots music expert."

   -Roger Levesque (Edmonton Journal


“A multi-instrumentalist and singer of vast talent"

   - Brad Wheeler (The Globe and Mail)



MJB has released a new CD of solo acoustic blues: 'The Road Is Dark'.

An Acoustic Blues Road Trip,  destination love, death & drinking.

Great songs, beautiful vocals and lovely textures abound. (Song "AT IT AGAIN" JUST NOMINATED IN BLUES CATEGORY at INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS!)

Michael Jerome Browne, Canadian Solo Folk Artist of the Year in 2008, Maple Blues Acoustic Artist Award Winner, International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist, Three time Juno Award Nominee in both the roots and blues categories. Michael is a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music.


Whether he's gliding a slide across his national guitar, pulling his bow over the fiddle strings to play a lively Cajun waltz, or flailing away on his gourd banjo Michael's passion and virtuosity always shine through. In the true tradition of folk music, his performances inspire us to see the interconnections between the many cultures and influences that gave birth to American Roots Music. Gospel, Blues, Old-Time, Country, Soul and Cajun, expect to hear all of this and more from a performer who's been called a street-smart archivist and an absolute treasure.


Born in South Bend, Indiana, Michael is the son of English professors whose love of music and poetry inspired them to take their nine year old son to the great jazz, blues and folk clubs in their adopted home of Montreal. By the age of fourteen, MJB was already a regular on the vibrant folk and coffee house scene adding banjo, fiddle, and mandolin to his masterful command of all variety of guitars and harmonica.


A musician's musician, when he isn't performing his own material he is in demand backing up and recording with artists such as: Eric Bibb, Jordan Officer, and Susie Arioli.








Comming 2012 White Rock Blues Society Shows


 Saturday May 5th Michael Jerome Browne - Pacific Inn Resort


Friday May 18th Carlos Del Junco & Rick Fines Co-Promotion with Blue Frog Studios

Saturday June 16th John Lee Sanders, Pacific Inn Resort


Saturday September 22nd TBD, Painted Guitar Raffle Draw


Saturday October 13th JW Jones, Pacific Inn Resort


Monday December 31st Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne Pacific Inn Resort




Win This Guitar Painted by Stan Street




Chris Noel Band featuring Wailin' Al Walker Sat. May 12th Tsawwassen Legion





Ian Moore Returns to White Rock - May 11th at Blue Frog Studios - SOLD OUT



New Concert Alert - Texas Music Icon “Ian Moore” with “Jason Buie” May 11th, 2012 Doors: 7:00 pm Show: 7:30 pm


When Stevie Ray Vaughan passed away many music observers felt there were three heir apparents:


Jonny Lang

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

and Texas' Ian Moore.


Direct from Austin Texas, get ready to experience renowned guitar prodigy and gifted singer-songwriter, Ian Moore. This prolific singer-songwriter has performed on tour with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and ZZ Top. Jason Mraz in 2008 chose Ian Moore to play guitar in his touring band during his world tour in support of his multi platinum (5 x) album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. Ian has performed on hundreds of TV and Radio shows including The Late Show with David Letterman. Moore blends both guitar and voice to create atmospheric visions and narratives that encompass the heart, mind and soul of a listener. Layered landscapes of rock fused with the wanton pop of looking for substance – and finding it. With 5 Top 20 Billboard hits and eight studio albums to his credit, Moore never fails to mesmerize critics and audiences alike with his ever-evolving riveting live performances. Don't miss this rare solo acoustic tour through Canada. " He doesn't fly with angels; he dances with devils" BILLBOARD "Top notch purveyor of lovely, emotive chanteur rock. " The Onion "Moore is a texturist, an artist who is never afraid to explore the more exotic colors on his musical palette." Amplifier "Moore's show is a layered emotionally entrancing live set." Pop Culture Press


On the same bill will be BC guitar whiz, Jason Buie. This Vancouver based guitarist, singer and songwriter has been performing live since the age of sixteen. He has performed throughout Canada, Europe, the U.S. and Japan. Along the way he has played with such artists as blues legend Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, The Jeff Healey Band, John Mayall, The Powder Blues Band, Big Dave Mclean, and Jerry Doucette. With the Release of his critically acclaimed CD “Urban Blues” his profile continues to grow.



Tickets for this show are available right now at:


Kelly & Juanita



Carlos Del Junco is Coming to White Rock May 18th, Blue Frog Studios

This is a great opportunity to see and hear Carlos and Rick display their respective genius up close and personal. The last time Carlos was in town it was a sell out with 180 attending, so don't procrastinate getting your tickets because this will be a sell out.


New Concert Alert - World Champion Harmonica player “Carlos del Junco” with renowned singer/guitarist “Rick Fines” , May 18th, 2012 Doors: 7:00 pm Show: 8:00 pm


Friday, May 18th is the start of the May Long Weekend, and what better way to kick things off than with the “Jimi Hendrix of Harmonica”, Carlos del Junco with renowned singer/songwriter Rick Fines. And, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for great weather for the opening of our rear studio lot patio with refreshments.


Carlos has performed at every major festival in North America and Europe, has recorded with Bruce Cockburn, Kim Mitchell, Oliver Schroer, Zappacosta, and has also worked with Dutch Mason, Hoc Walsh (Downchild Blues Band) and Holly Cole. Check out some of his impressive list of accomplishments:


1997 - 2011 Harmonica Player of the Year - EIGHT times out of the Canadian Maple Blues Award's FIFTEEN year history


2005 "Best Blues" Award- NOW Magazine, Toronto, ON




1993 Hohner World Harmonica Championship – Trossingen, Germany Two Gold Medals in both diatonic blues and diatonic jazz


Carlos is one of those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it's either retire the category or rephrase the question to "Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos". This includes two Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada.



Joining Carlos will be the renowned singer/songwriter/guitarist Rick Fines. Rick is a veteran of the folk and blues circuits in North America. In October 2005 Rick went to Alabama where he took first place in the Sweetgum Bottom Acoustic Blues Competition with B.B. King one of the judges!


He won the MapleBlues Award for Songwriter of the Year this year, Acoustic Act Of The Year twice (98, 99), and has received eight additional nominations. His work with Jackson Delta (for 15 years) brought nominations from both the Juno and the Handy Awards. He has played for legendary blues piano player Pinetop Perkins, songstress Colleen Peterson, folk icon Penny Lang and many others. He toured from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic, from B.C. to NYC last year alone, bringing his understanding of blues, finger-style and bottleneck guitar.


Tickets for this show are available at:


Kelly & Juanita


9th Annual Pender Harbour Blues Festival has a great line up


The Pender Harbour Blues Festival is running from June 1st to 3rd.


They have a great line up for their 9th annual event and I can't think of a better way to celebrate the beginning of summer. We attended it last year and had a great time.




Festival Website

Patricial Hotel - Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne  Saturday May 5th

Sunday Blues by the Water - Granville Island & SFU Blues Music Series


Here's a note from Mario Brox regarding a wonderful series of blues & Jazz Shows he's planning at the Dockside Lounge at the Granville Island Hotel. I can't think of a better way to spend a few hours on Sunday. Hotel Website




Good morning Rod.

During our last conversation you were so kind to invite me to send the program for my Sunday Blues & Jazz Brunch Series

in the Dockside Lounge at the Granville Island Hotel for publication in your newsletter. Here's the March / April schedule

with complete May to follow soon: No Cover Charge.


April 29 - David "Boxcar" Gates

May 06 - Brandon Isaak Trio ( The Smalltown Playboys )

The shows are put on by Concept Entertainment and start at 11:30 am every Sunday until about 02:30 pm. During the Summer

months they are set up outside on the Patio ( weather permitting ) right by the water. It's a beautiful, warm and relaxing ambiente,

with great people, fantastic a la carte foods and of course fabulous live Blues & Jazz music.

If this run turns out successful, we may be given the Fall and Winter semesters

for more dates and a more structured schedule.

Cheers to the Blues,



Ten Years After Winterland San Francisco August 4th 1975



Ten Years After, with dynamic front man Alvin Lee, was born of the second British Blues invasion and from 1966 to 1975 they rocked their way into musical history. From the Midlands of England to a residency at London's famed Marquee Club to the Fillmore West in San Francisco, Ten Years After's ride to fame was built on some of the finest and most innovative blues/jazz/rock music being offered. Catapulted into superstardom as a result of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, Alvin's Lee's dazzling performance in front of nearly 500,000 rock fans is still considered a standard by which other rock guitarists judge themselves. Lee's lead guitar and vocals were bolstered by the exceptional talents of Leo Lyons on bass, Ric Lee on drums and Chick Churchill on keyboards, and Ten Years After proved to be a powerhouse of great blues rock.  


Wolfgang's Vault





Mt. Baker 17th Annual Rhythm & Blues Festival Spotlight on Hot Tuna

Deming Log Show Fairgrounds

3295 Cedarville Rd

Bellingham, WA 98226



Quickly becoming a "must attend" event, the Mount Baker R&B Festival has, once again, risen to the occasion. With top shelf talent, second to none, anywhere in the State, the buzz is already on. It's our sixth year at the Deming Log Show Fairgrounds, a 180 acre "built to order" venue for a gathering of several thousand…"premium" camping RV hookups…flush toilets, H&C running water, "FREE SHOWERS"…lots of great food & crafts vendors…two "signed guitar" raffles (all proceeds to Bikers Fighting Cancer), donated by Hugo Helmer Music. Limited to 2000 advance tickets!


             Limited to 2000 advance tickets!

Hot Tuna Video

Check out the aerial shot of the Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival Site. Over the years I've attended my share of outdoor music festivals from Watkin's Glen in New York State where 600,000 people descended on the race track to see the The Band and The Allman Brothers to Pender Harbour. There is something special about live music outdoors. Blue sky, the smell of mouth watering BBQ meat emanating from the concession area, and the sweet sound of music filling the air. Everyone smiling, many dancing others sitting comfortably in their lawn chairs that they put out on the Friday night and can leave in place until they leave on Sunday or Monday. I'm going back for the third time again this year, it's a Blues-fan highlight of the year in my mind. Year after year the quality of the Artist lineup is remarkable. Even if you have never hear of a particular band, rest assured you will be impressed once you see them in action.

Each week I plan to highlight another band in the order in which they will be appearing at the festival. We start this week by highlighting Oli Brown who will being kicking off the Festival on the Friday night.

Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival

Press Release


August, 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2012

Deming Log Show Fairgrounds

3295 Cedarville Rd.

Bellingham WA 98226


“As always, the most fantastic lineup of world-class music in the Pacific Northwest! The most amazing venue plus the coolest vibe around…”


Friday, August 3rd:

OLI BROWN BAND… UK’s youngest, brighest star! Amazing!

RAFAEL TRANQUILINO BAND…Superstar from Mexico City!

JUMPIN JOSH & FELICIA…South Sound Blues Association candidates for the International Blues Challenge…teenagers no less!


Saturday, August 4th:

HOT TUNA (electric)…Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Cassidy (founding members of Jefferson Airplane) front one of the most amazing bands ever!


Hot Tuna at MerleFest, 2006. Left to right, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhof.

Jefferson Airplane side project

Hot Tuna began during a hiatus in Jefferson Airplane's touring schedule in early 1969 while Grace Slick was undergoing recovery from throat node surgery that had left her unable to perform. Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Paul Kantner, and new drummer Joey Covington played several shows around San Francisco including the Airplane's original club, The Matrix before Jefferson Airplane returned to performing in April to support the album Volunteers. read more



Current members

Jack Casady – bass (1969–present)

Jorma Kaukonen – guitars, vocals (1969–present)

Barry Mitterhoff – mandolin (2002–present)

Skoota Warner – drums (2009–present)



DANA FUCHS BAND…”Showstopper” from New York City!

GUITAR SHORTY… Mind blowing guitar work! One of a kind!

THE FAT TONES…”House-Band” of the Mount Baker R&B!

THE CHRIS EGER BAND…NW “prodigy”…Chris has it all! Jasmine Greene...”Knockout” young vocalist from Bellingham no less!


Sunday, August 5th:

HAMILTON LOOMIS...Young Bluesman from Texas…”Big hit in 2011!”

HARPER & MIDWEST KIND… Amazing Aussie World-Bluesman!

THE KIRBY SEWELL BAND…All the way from Calgary Alberta!

REDHOUSE…Tim Scott’s latest project…Hold on to your seats!

BOBBY HOLLAND and the BREADLINE…One of the NW’s best!


Year after year, new and old fans of this event come from all over the Northwest to enjoy great music at Washington State’s “premiere” venue…the Deming Log Show Fairgrounds. It’s 180 acres of “pristine” grass camping, RV hookups, free shower facilities, beer garden, food/crafts vendors and relaxed atmosphere make it a “must do” event each summer. There’s “never” a charge to camp!

Free after-hours jams in our indoor museum building are worth the price of admission themselves. It’s an opportunity for amateur players from around the State to take the stage with the pros. Jams go until 2am each night.


Avalon Music, Bellingham, (360)676-9573 Hugo Helmer Music, Burlington, (360)757-0270

tickets/info Online…VISA/CREDIT CARD @ or (360)383-0850

Levon Helm – Dirt Farmer, American Minstrel



Levon Helm has sadly passed away at the age of 71. From his days as the backbone of The Band, to the last few years that centered around his Midnight Ramble experiences in Woodstock, NY, Helm made timeless music steeped in American traditions for half a century. It's sad to see him go; after putting so much of himself into the music for so long, we know he won't be forgotten.


He was born to music-lovin’ cotton farmers and grew up in a town called Turkey Scratch, pickin’ up the guitar by nine, blowin’ harmonica by ten; he hit the drum kit at fifteen after seeing Elvis and his band create frenzy with limbs that danced to heart-pumping rhythm.


His palette was formed of African-American minstrels, rhythmic blues and bluegrass, Grand Ole Opry and straight up rock n’ roll.  Calling music, “…one of the foods of our lives,” he ate and drank his fill, sharing a table filled with family and friends for more than sixty years.


In 1998, Levon (Lavon) Helm was diagnosed with cancer of the vocal cord and his soulful Southern voice became a whisper. No matter. He could still play drums, calling his drummer’s stool “the best seat in the house.”Read More

Good News for Delta Blues Fans, David "Boxcar" Gates Back on Thursday Nights



David "boxcar" Gates will be playing at the Memphis Blues Barbeque House every


Thursday night between 6 and 9 PM.


You can enjoy the food and the live music just like you are on Beale Street in Memphis TN.


Memphis Blues Barbeque House South Surrey

#50-2443-161A St. (Grandview Corners)

South Surrey, BC V3S 0M6





Saturday's Show Was A Lot Of Fun

Thanks to all who came out to help us celebrate our 5th year as the White Rock Blues Society. Many local musicians came by to say hi and some got on stage. Ellie Johnson played some wicked guitarand Kathy Frank belted out some powerful vocals. We had James Sheppard drop by along with Chris Noel, Laura Bacon, Phil Davey and drummer Barry Baldwin. The Compound Blues Band hit the stage running and had the dance floor shacking right out of the gate.






















 Jason & Friends




Tony & Victoria
























Jason Buie Band

Compound Blues Band


Mike & the Mellotones – the story so far… by Paul Jansen

If you ever wondered how the blues is doing on the other side of the pond here's a look at a blues band I think you will enjoy.



Here they serve you one appetizer from their upcoming album  '1+1=3'' which will be issued May next, featuring Enrico Crivellaro, Italy's's best bluesguitar player.


 Click to play


This band was founded in 1993 by singer/guitarist Mike ‘The Kid’ Donkers and bass player Jules ‘Lord Julius’ van Brakel. Both Mike and Jules were dissatisfied with the band they were playing in and decided to get together one Sunday afternoon. Mike had a love for Texas blues, particularly Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Anson Funderburgh, and Jules was crazy about Ronnie Earl and Stevie Ray Vaughan.


It didn’t take long for them to decide they should form a new band together. “But where are we going to find a drummer?”, Mike asked. Jules said he knew just the guy. This turned out to be Jules’s rhythm partner, Guido ‘El Guido’ Willemsen. Mike and Jules decided right there and then they would quit their bands and form a Texas Blues trio. One morning soon after that Mike literally woke up with a name for the band – Mike & the Mellotones. This was, of course, based on such names as Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets.


When Mike & the Mellotones came on the Dutch blues scene, there was no other band like them. It seemed like everybody was trying to copy the Chicago blues sound and they all sported hats, shades, beards, and Gibson guitars. Along came Mike & the Mellotones with greased-back hairdos, Fender Stratocasters and sharp suits, introducng Dutch blues audiences (and soon international blues enthusiasts) to their particular brand of Texas blues. They took the blues scene by storm, often playing long sets for wild crowds.

In 1996, Dutch blues label Lizard Disks signed the band and released a live debut album entitled Live Magic. During that same year, the band became friends with ‘Monster’ Mike Welch, who was then new on the scene as a 16-year-old blues sensation. They decided to work together on the second album of Mike & the Mellotones, released in 1997. During that time Guido had left the band, to be replaced by Rens ‘El Lorenzo’ Hardijzer. With Lorenzo behind the drumkit the band was able to rock out even harder, resulting in a powerful third album, Thumbs up!, released in 1999.


Yet the band felt their music was becoming too much of a routine. To break this routine, they experimented with a second guitarist, a keyboard player and a harmonica player. None of it seemed to work, because as a trio the band had developed almost telepathic communication, which only resulted in Mike, Jules and Rens appreciating their tight trio sound even more. Still there was a need for change, because they felt like they were repeating themselves. Unable to find a new direction they liked, Jules then decided to leave the band in 2003, after 10 years of being an original Mellotone. However, just before that, the band released a live album entitled Wild Live Action (2002). Featured on the album are Texan guest players Mike Morgan and Gary Primich and Australian guest musician Geoff Achison.


After Jules had announced his departure from the band, Mike and Rens invited two young guns to play in the band – guitar picker Ruben ‘Ruubz’ Klabbers and bassist Mike ‘The Trigger’ Sedee. As a four piece, the band changed course and focused on their classic rock and southern rock influences and changed their name to simply The Mellotones. This resulted in an album called Not The Same (2006). Unfortunately, the band was too blues for rock and too rock for blues. This left the band in a crisis. Guitarist Ruben Klabbers was replaced by Jaap ‘Skimpy Jizzle’ Lagerweij, only to be replaced by Ruben K. again. Eventually, the band decided to become a trio and rename themselves Mike & the Mellotones and go back to playing blues in 2009. The bass player at that time was still Mike Sedee and the drummer still Rens Hardijzer.


Their return to their original blues and trio sound felt like coming home. The band hadn’t played blues in six years and it felt good to be doing what they knew how to do best. Mike Sedee left the band in 2011 to play guitar in a rock band called Black Bottle Riot. With his help, a replacement bass player was found – Erwin ‘Lefty Zennings’ van Gestel. But then Mike Donkers reunited with his old buddy and co-founder of Mike & the Mellotones, Jules van Brakel and Jules became the band’s bass player once again, after an 8-year absence. This was short-lived though, as Jules was also asked to play bass in Dutch blues band King Mo and opted for that band instead. Mike and Rens then asked Erwin to join the band, instead of him being the substitute bass player.


Wanting to put themselves back on the map after not having released a blues album in 8 years’ time, Mike and Rens decided in mid-November 2011 to look for a studio and book a recording date. The studio became the Edgetip Studio in Arnhem and the date was January 22nd, 2012. At that time Mike and Rens had ZERO new songs – every tune had yet to be written! But by the time Jan. 22nd rolled around they were armed with 12 new tunes, two of which were cover tunes – talk about a burst of creativity!


The idea came up to ask their old buddy Enrico Crivellaro, Italy’s – if not Europe’s – finest blues picker, to play on the album as well. Enrico said yes, of course, and pretty soon you’ll be holding the end result in your hands. With this new CD, Mike & the Mellotones are every bit as relevant as they were when they started out, 19 years ago, showing why they were at the forefront of a new blues movement. Since their inception in 1993, bands have come and gone, yet Mike & the Mellotones have remained a mainstay in the European blues scene for almost 20 years now. Despite their relative silence since their release of Not The Same in 2006, the band actually never broke up or quit (although, admittedly, they came pretty close at times). It’s like Glenn Frey of the Eagles once said – they just took a long vacation. But now they’re back with a vengeance! Just listen to these samples and you’ll know they’ve only gotten better through the years – like a vintage amp or guitar!



Encore Enrico!

Italy’s top blues guitarist, Enrico Crivellaro, will guest spot on the new album of Mike & the Mellotones, entitled 1+1=3. Enrico will be laying down his soulful guitar parts on March 26. In preparation for Enrico’s recording and also for the 1+1=3 Tour, Mike & the Mellotones are holding tryouts with Enrico on four consecutive dates, March 22-25. See the gig guide for this. This is a unique opportunity to catch the band live with none other than the great Enrico Civellaro, who has played with, among others, James Harman, Lester Butler and Janiva Magness. Check out Enrico’s website at  


New album and new tour!


Mike & the Mellotones are currently working on a new album, which will be enitled 1 + 1 = 3. This album, the band’s sixth album, will feature Italy’s finest blues guitar player, Enrico Crivellaro. Enrico’s unique talent hasn’t gone unnoticed outside his native Italy either, since he is regularly invited by top American blues players to play along on records or even go on tour with them.

Enrico and Mike & the Mellotones have been friends for years, so when the band asked him for a guest spot on their new album, Erico didn’t hesitate one bit! 2012 will also see more collaboration between Mike & the Mellotones and Enrico Crivellaro, as the band will perform with Enrico and vice versa. On top of that, Enrico will also perform in the Netherlands with his own band.

So check out the gig guide and don’t miss out!


Paul Jansen


+31  6 15111875



+ 31 24 3606747

Stan Street - Hambone Art Galery - Clarksdale Mississippi

Raffle tickets are available at our shows this year and at Surfside Music where Robbie Keene has graciously allowed it to be on display until the winner is drawn September 22nd.


The winner will be drawn Saturday September 22nd at a blues show that will be announced later.


Check out the painting that Stan Street created on this year's Raffle Guitar.


Each year as a result of Robbie Keene's support we have had a guitar that we asked all the artists who performed on our stage throughout the year to pose for a picture with the guitar. In September the winner of the raffle not only gets the guitar but in addition receives a hard cover iBook worth over fifty dollars with all the artist pictures. The first year we had a Blue Guitar, last year a Black Guitar and this year it will be this beautifully painted guitar with a unique Robert Johnson theme "At The Crossroads".


We have raffle tickets available at Robbie Keene's, Surfside Music Store. Surfside Music 103 – 1645 140th Surrey.


Check out Stan's website and see some of the work he has done.


I can't thank Robbie Keene enough for everything he's done to restore this early sixties Silvertone bottle neck guitar.


I sent pictures to Stan Street in Clarksdale and asked him if he could give me any information about how he got the guitar so that we could tell a story around it.


The guy who found it is not a player and thought Stan would have some use for it.


He said his friend found it in a storage shed next to a barn on a farm just east of town near Stovall Farms. That's where Muddy Waters came from in the early forties. The shed hadn't been used for years, it was full of junk and the guitar was under some rugs and had no strings on it. The neck was loose and a small portion of the guitar top was coming away from the edge. We believe from the markings found on the underside of the top, i.e. you need a mirror and a flash light to see the faded stamp, that it's an early sixties guitar with the Silvertone brand likely manufactured in Chicago by the same company that made the Stella Guitars. These were entry level guitars priced quite low by today's standards. Many a blues man cut their teeth on such an instrument. Often the action was high after a couple of summers in the Delta where temperatures reach 110 F with 90% humidity without air conditioning anywhere to be seen or enjoyed. This high action encouraged slide guitar techniques to be honed.


This is a one of a kind blues-art-piece that any music fan would enjoy displaying in any room of their home. A team effort has brought it to this point; a music fan who gave it to an artist, a blues fan who asked an artist to use it as a canvas, an artist to create the mythical Robert Johnson theme, and a master guitar restoration specialist to bring it back to shape. To top it off, every musician that plays on our stage this year will sign the side of the guitar while their picture is taken. A book will be printed with all the artist pictures along with other memories from the year. Now, someone helping support the White Rock Blues Society by purchasing a raffle ticket will be its proud owner.


About The Society


Serving Lower Mainland Blues Fans


“From the Delta to Hope”

We are a relatively new society, receiving our charter as a non-profit society in May of 2007. We have been putting on shows every two months since. The venue we have used is a club the size of the Vancouver Yale Hotel called the Rhumba Room. It is attached to the Pacific Inn Hotel at 1160 King George Blvd. about a mile from the Peace Arch border crossing. We also periodically put on shows at the Crescent Beach Legion at 2643 128th St. Surrey.





What we have done todate and our 2012 current plans: All events held at the Rhumba Room unless otherwise noted.

1. Introduction: Wednesday May 16th 2007 Back Porch Blues Band event, Camp Kwomais.

2. 1st event with Society status July 13th 2007 at the Rhumba Room Jesse Burch, Good Dog Bad Dawg & Rich Koops and the Koop De Villes.

3. The Bill Johnson Blues Band, Sept 8th 2007 Crescent Legion, “A Blues Night Out”.

4. The Twisters, November 3rd, Rhumba Room Blues Bash II.

5. 1st Yuletide Blues Benefit Concert, Dec 9th 07 Rhumba Room 10 local blues bands played for the Peace Arch Community Services Food Bank.

6. Year-End Blues Bash, Dec 29th.

7. Phat Betty, aka Cat Wells, Feb 07 2008.

8. Rob Lutes & Rob MacDonald February 29th 08.

9. Blue Voodoo, Ellie Johnson, April 19th.

10. Johnny Ferreira & The Swing Machine, Sept 6th 2008

11. Jerry Doucette, Nov 8th 2008.

12. 2nd Annual Yuletide Blues Benefit, Dec 7th 08, Rhumba Room, a long list of blues entertainers donated their time and talent for Food Bank.

13. Russell Jackson, Mud Bay Blues Band, Dec 27th.

14. Kathi MacDonald, Joani Bye, Leanne Coleman Valentines’ Blues Divas Feb 14th 2009.

15. Wild T and the Spirit Feb 11/09.

16. Harpdog Brown, Hank Shreve, Brian McFadyen and Steve Kozak’s Westcoast Blues Revue 1st International Harmonica Showcase April 11/09.

17. MonkeyJunk award winning three-piece blues band Friday May 22/09.

18. Lloyd Jones Struggle Blind Pig Recording Artists, Saturday June 20/09

19. Julian Fauth, August 2009 Juno Award Winner Best Blues Album, “Ramblin’ Son”.

20. John Lee Sanders and Muddy Fraser, Saturday September 5/09.

21. Doc McLean & Big Dave McLean, “The Century Blues Tour”, Crescent Beach Legion, Wednesday November 4/09

22. Harpdog Brown & Yukon Slim Crescent Beach Legion, Thursday December 10/09

23. 3rd Annual Yuletide Blues Benefit Concert Sunday December 13/09.

24. The Twisters, The Yale Hotel Fundraiser for IBC sponsorship January 11th 2010

25. Rita Chiarelli Crescent Beach Legion Wednesday Night January 20/2010

26. Cat Wells  Valentine Blues Night Out Saturday night February 13/2010

27. Keith Hallett Blues Comes To White Rock, Elk’s Hall Saturday March 13/2010

28. Tim Williams Crescent Beach Legion Thurs. April 1/2010

29. Fathead Sat. May 1st Pacific Inn Hotel – Rhumba Room

30. James Harman Friday June 4th Pacific Inn Hotel – Rhumba Room

31. Harpdog Brown, Graham Guest, Jason Buie, David “Boxcar” Gates – Rhumba Room Tuesday June 15th

32. The Twisters, Rhumba Room, Saturday September 11th 2010

33. Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies Sunday October 17th

34. Doc Maclean Friday November 19th Darker Ways Blues Tour

35. 4th Annual Yuletide Blues Benefit Concert  proceeds for the White Rock South Surrey Food Bank Sunday 12th 2010

36. The Twisters Friday December 31st New Years Eve with The Twisters Dinner & Dance Party

37. Mud Dog Fundraiser Wednesday Jan. 26 Yale Hotel Vancouver

38. Glen Pearson All Star Jam Saturday February 19th Crescent Beach Legion

39. Carlos Del Junco Thursday, March 10th Crescent Beach Legion.

40. Dalannah Gail Bowen Saturday March 19th Rhumba Room

41. Tim Williams Wednesday April 6th Sandpiper Pub

42. Harpdog Brown and the Bloodhounds  Saturday April 9th Rhumba Room

43. David Gogo Trio Saturday May 28th Rhumba Room

44. Right A Wrong With Song, Musicians Rally For Q Sound, Saturday July 2nd Rhumba Room

45. Blues By The Sea, Semiahmoo First Nation Spirit Stage on Marine Drive White Rock, Saturday August 13th 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM

46. Fathead Friday September 16th Rhumba Room

47. Doc McLean & Big Dave Maclean :National Steel "Bad Boy Blues" Tour Saturday September 24th Rhumba Room

48. Nathan James Trio  Saturday October 22nd  Rhumba Room

49. Four Solo/Duo Acts performing before judges using IBC criteria to select next year entrants, Sunday October 23rd, 7:30 PM West Beach Bar & Grill

50. MonkeyJunk, Thursday November 10th at the Rhumba Room

51. Fifth Annual Yuletide Blues Benefit, Sunday December 11th 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Pacific Inn Hotel Rhumba Room

52.The Twisters Saturday December 31st 2011 New Years Eve Dinner & Dance at the Rhumba Room

53. David “Boxcar” Gates & Friends Memphis Send Off  Admiral Pub & Grill, Sunday January 15th 2012

54. Triple CD Release Dance, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Harpdog Brown, Brandon Isaak Sat. March 24th, 2012 Pacific Inn Resort, Rhumba Room.

55. Saturday April 21st Jason Buie Band and the Compound Blues Band Pacific Inn Resort

56. Saturday May 5th Michael Jerome Browne - Pacific Inn Resort

57. Friday May 18th Carlos Del Junco & Rick Fines - co promotion with Blue Frog Studios

58. Saturday June 16th John Lee Sanders, Pacific Inn Resort

59. Saturday October 13th JW Jones, Pacific Inn Resort

The White Rock Blues Society - Five Years In

Serving Lower Mainland Blues Fans

“From the Delta to Hope”



In a few days, May 17th 2012 to be exact, we will be marking our fifth year since we received our non profit status as a registered society from the provincial government. Our upcoming March 24th CD Release extravaganza dance/show will be the 54th event we have held. The majority of our events take place at the

Pacific Inn Resort, conveniently located just off Hwy 99 at the last exit, Exit 28, before the Peace Arch border crossing. Anyone west of the venue will not see a traffic light all the way to the Pacific Inn parking lot once they drive on to Hwy 99. Anyone coming from the north can take King George Blvd. right to the door. If coming from New Westminister then Hwy 91 will link them into Hwy 99. Those east of our location can take Hwy 176 (Pacific Hwy) down to 8th Ave and head west on it until they cross over Hwy 99 and they're there. Our Washington State neighbors can find us just a couple of minutes north of the Peace Arch border crossing. The Rhumba Room is our ground zero for the blues and has been adopted by the White Rock Blues Society as our "home of the blues".

The Rhumba Room is only open to the public if it has been booked for an event, otherwise it is closed or is used for private functions such as weddings.

We try to support blues artists who are travelling through town by offering them another venue to fit into their tour. We also showcase local talent, as there are a good number of very talented blues artists in our area as well as throughout BC. We also take great pride in sponsoring artists to attend the Annual IBC held by the Blues Foundation located in Memphis Tennessee. To date we have sponsored, The Twisters, Mud Dog, and most recently David "Boxcar" Gates and they were all great ambasadors of the BC blues music scene.

Another important event every year has been the annual Yuletide Blues Benefit for the local food bank run by Sources. Over the five years we have generated over $15,000 and 5,000 lbs of food. This was accomplished because local musicians offered their time and talent at no cost, to support a good cause. The Hotel offers up the Rhumba room at no charge and Buchanan Printing do all the posters and handouts at no charge. When additional backline equipments is required both Tapestry Music and Surfside Music help us out. They, along with many volunteers, come together each year to support the food bank that services the needs of White Rock/South Surrey.




If you have not made it out for one of our dances/shows you are in for a treat. We always have excellent live entertainment and a great venue to view the band and dance on a newly installed dance floor. There is a cash bar and a restaurant at the venue offering very tasty food. Lots of free parking and special room rates are available to show attendees.


There is no other venue likeThr Rhumba Room in the area. It's not The Yale Hotel but it has its own charm. Volunteering blues fans will meet you at the door and you will soon feel very comfortable in the place. 



White Rock Blues Society • 15798 38A Ave • South Surrey, BC V3S 0K9
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