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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#282 May 17 2017
In this issue
 May Marks White Rock Blues Society's Tenth Anniversary
Club 240
Volunteers  Welcome
The David Sinclair & Keith Bennett Duo
Request for fellow musicians
 May Marks White Rock Blues Society's Tenth Anniversary
 Please note that the planned Friday evening event is being moved to Sunday.


We have some special plans for the May 20th long weekend to celebrate the White Rock Blues Society's 10th Anniversary .
Saturday May 20th.Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues Band.
BBQ Food will be available starting at 6:30 PM in the Garden next to the Costa Brava Ballroom for those wishing to enjoy some southern food.
For nearly four decades Powder Blues has been Canada’s leading blues band. Their mix of swing, blues, jazz, rock & roll and r & b has an appeal so wide that people from seven to seventy often swing side by side at a Powder Blues concert. Over the years the band has toured non-stop through Canada, the United States and overseas, spreading a feel-good groove that makes people dance and shout.
Powder Blues debut album, ‘Uncut’, was shrugged off by the major labels who told the band there was ‘no market for the blues’. Undiscouraged, the band sold it off stage and sent it to radio stations whose switchboards lit up with calls asking ‘who’s that?’ After selling 30,000 copies in a few weeks, the same record labels competed to distribute this ‘non-commercial’ product. To date Powder Blues have sold over a million records worldwide.

Band highlights include winning Canada’s Juno, headlining the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, winning the Blues Foundation Award in Memphis, Tennessee and touring the US and Europe with legends like Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, James Brown, Albert Collins, James Cotton and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Leader, Tom Lavin has written many of the band’s best-known songs including ‘Doin’ It Right’ [‘On the Wrong Side of Town’] and ‘Boppin With the Blues’. Born in Chicago where he watched and worked with local bands and blues legends, Tom moved to Vancouver gigging nightly in the downtown nightclub scene. This led to work as a studio musician, song writer, band leader, record producer and film composer.
Tom has won BCMIA awards for ‘Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter and Producer of the Year’, a Juno award for ‘Best New Band’ and the American W.C. Handy award. He has over a dozen gold, and platinum records for Powder Blues, Prism, April Wine, Long John Baldry, Amos Garrett, and many others.
2017 is the band’s 39th Anniversary. Their more than dozen CD titles and DVD continue to sell world-wide making Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues one of Canada’s longest
-standing musical ambassadors.


Jason Buie Band, featuring Lauren Webb will be opening the show and introducing his new CD "Driftin' Heart". The dance/show will be in the Costa Brava Ballroom down by the garden. Southern BBQ will be available for purchase for those wanting to have something tasty to eat before or during the show. Limited seating so get your tickets sooner than later. Tickets will be $45.00 in advance and $50.00 at the door. We have had the Band play for us on two previous occasions and both events were sellouts.
Victoria based guitarist, singer and songwriter Jason Buie has been performing live since the age of sixteen. He has honed his skills over the years playing throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and Japan. Along the way he has played and performed with such artists as blues legend Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, The Jeff Healey Band, John Mayall, Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues Band, Big Dave Mclean, Jimmy D. Lane, Wild T, Johnny Ferriera and Jerry Doucette.
Jason is the co founder of the WRBS and the Artistic Director from the beginning helping produce shows. The White Rock Blues Society has been involved with putting on 111 events over the years.
Lauren Webb was at the ACT Arts Centre in her hometown Maple Ridge, where a youth talent show was taking place.
There were some professional sound engineers putting on a clinic in hopes of attracting some young blood into their industry.
One of the techs asked for a volunteer to sing a few bars so they could demonstrate to the group what “doing sound” is like.
So Lauren belted out a few lines, and the tech returned to her with a different microphone, you know, try this.
So she did, and accomplished something one of Canada’s most celebrated crooners never could.
“That was Diana Krall’s mic,” the veteran master mixer told Lauren when she was done. “I’ve been a sound guy for 20 years. You made me cry and that doesn’t happen.”
That was last year. Lauren was 9.


Sunday 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Musical showcase for local musicians to meet & greet, playing 25 minute sets. Open to the public, no cover charge. Being held in the Costa Brava Ballroom next to the garden. More great southern BBQ will be available prepared by Chef Darin.

Club 240
Club 240 is located at the Crescent Beach Legion 2643 128th Street, South Surrey  Phone (604) 535-1043

All tickets are $20 and are available at the Legion box office daily from 3pm-9pm, online at or at the door.

Doors open for all shows at 7pm Showtime 8pm

For for information on this or any future shows, please go to our website at
Club 240 is pleased to present R&B Conspiracy on Friday May 26.
The rhythm and blues powerhouse, R&B Conspiracy, is a mix of funk, soul, and traditional blues with an edge. This dynamic seven-piece band features three hot female vocalists and plays all of your favourite songs from the ’60s to today, guaranteed to keep you grooving all night. R&B – with a twist!

Volunteers  Welcome
If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers please contact us at 604 723 3905 or
Rodney Dranfield
The David Sinclair & Keith Bennett Duo
On the urging of mutual fans, David & Keith did their first concert together in the spring of 2010, a sold-out event in Deep Cove BC. The response was so amazing that they were eager to continue, and have since done many concerts in BC, including Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and their first Euro tour in 2013.
Rocking instrumentals, featuring David’s percussive acoustic guitar playing and Keith’s soaring chromatic harmonica are mixed with vocal tunes featuring both David and Keith. The style is a rootsy blend of blues, jazz and folk, both David and Keith have extensive backgrounds as solo artists, sidemen and studio musicians, and bring their wide range of skills to the duo. As well as chromatic and blues harps, Keith incorporates some specialty harps and his excellent guitar playing into the show, resulting in an incredible variety of sounds from just two guys.
Keith Bennett has played on hundreds of CDs, TV and filmscores, performed with Supertramp in Calgary and placed in the top 10 in both chromatic and blues harp events at the 2013 World Harmonica Championships in Germany. His melodious harmonica playing has been featured with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and for eight years he was featured as the ‘Harmonica Man’ at NHL Vancouver Canucks home games. As a singer, he has recorded several CDs and appeared in theatre productions as a singer/actor.
David Sinclair has toured extensively in North America, Europe, and Japan as a member of both Sarah McLachlan's and k.d. lang’s bands. As a studio guitarist, he has worked with artists including Sarah McLachlan, Amy Sky, Michael Buble, Daniel Powter, Gary Fjellgaard, Rita MacNeil, Valdy, Susan Jacks, Terry Jacks, BTO, and was guitarist and vocalist with CBS recording bands Straight Lines and Body Electric, composing several Canadian hits. His Acoustic Christmas CD was among the “top 5 all time Christmas recordings” on the Vancouver Province 2008 list.
Request for fellow musicians
Johnny Dee is a lead guitarist in the Surrey area looking for Bass Player, Drummer and Piano Player.
Give him a call at 604 760 4536
His Facebook page is Johnny Dee
White Rock Blues Society  •  15798 38A Ave  •  South Surrey  •  BC  •  V3S 0K9

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