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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#318 February 7 2018
In this issue
Jason Buie Band - Saturday February 24th
Carlos del Junco - Friday March 16th
Note from The Editor
Links For Blues Fans
Seaside Has New Owners
Jason Buie Band - Saturday February 24th

Hot off of winning the 2018 Maple Blues Award, Blue Frog Studios is excited to host the JASON BUIE BAND in their first appearance since winning this prestigious national award!

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Jason Buie has performed throughout Canada, Europe, the U.S.A. and Japan. He's has toured consistently over the last 20 years playing Festivals, Clubs and Events.  Along the way he has performed with Blues legend Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Robert Cray, Jimmy D. Lane, ThePowder Blues Band as well as Canadian Rock Legends Trooper, The Odds, Kim Mitchell, Jerry Doucette and others.

His just released 3rd C.D "Driftin' Heart" has received rave reviews and Jason has also won best "self produced' C.D from The Victoria Blues Society. It was also chosen by the Memphis TN International Blues Federation as a top five entry of "self produced"  CD from the hundreds of albums submitted from around the world.

Jason's music remains a well-seasoned gumbo of blues, funk, rock and soul with influences that originate in the Southern States. His from the heart vocals, fiery guitar work and charismatic stage presence has captured the attention of critics and blues fans around the world. Jason's current band consists of John Hunter on drums, Tim Brown on bass and Wynn Gogal on organ and piano.
Carlos del Junco - Friday March 16th
Carlos del Junco
Carlos del Junco, Cuban-Canadian harmonica master, fashions sound the way Michelangelo sculpted his David: with daring and sensuality! Considered one of the world's greatest harmonica players, he is a pioneer of the "overblow" technique, allowing him to play a diatonic harmonica chromatically. The result is stunning: a sophisticated blues/jazz fusion from sublime to raw to quirky. 

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 "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 and several JUNO Award nominations:

  • 2017 SPAH (U.S.A. Society) Bernie Bray Harmonica Player of The Year Award nomination
  • 2016 Maple Leaf Blues Nomination for Best Harmonica Player and Best Acoustic Duo (with Jimmy Bowskill for Blues Etc…)
  • EIGHT times Harmonica Player of the Year - Canadian Maple Blues Awards
  • 2005 "Best Blues" Award - NOW Magazine, Toronto, ON
  • 1996 Blues Musician of the Year Award - Jazz Report Magazine
  • 1993 Hohner World Harmonica Championship, Trossingen, Germany -Two Gold Medals in both diatonic blues and diatonic jazz

Catch Carlos and his Blues Mongrels featuring Eric St. Laurent (guitar) and Henry Heillig (bass) in support of their new CD Hang On touring in Western Canada for the first time in 5 years!
Note from The Editor

I hope that all of you are making your way through the flu and cold season unscathed. I for one feel like I was hit by a freight train for the last two and a half weeks. It's something I picked up on the way to the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto last month. It didn't help that I managed to pass it on to my wife, Marg. No sympathy there.
If you haven't heard by now it pains me to tell you that the Pacific Inn, "the Pink Palace",venue we have been using for 11 years is no more. The staff we have been working with over that time have all been let go or quit. Hilton Hotels purchased the property and a transition management outfit is planning to do a total refit to bring the venue up to Hilton standards. Major construction is in the works over the course of the year.
The society will keep busy with co promotions with the Blue Frog Studios and are reviewing other venue options. In addition we are reviewing the feasibility of conducting an International Blues Society event to select a solo/duo act and or a Band to sponsor for the 2019 IBC.

We do plan to have a couple of house shows with some top tier blues artists who are coming through town this summer and fall. More details to follow.
I'm often asked how one joins the White Rock Blues Society and the answer is quite simple. By subscribing to this newsletter you are a member of the society. We have over a thousand receiving the Bluesletter each week. We don't ask for dues. We only ask that you help support our aim of keeping the blues alive by attending our events or any other events supporting the blues genre. That simple.
We will be supporting the Mount Baker R&B Festival this summer as always and the Las Vegas "Blues Bender" in September because they are great events. Another great event is the Naniamo Blues Festival that brings top tier artists to the West Coast.

The Juno Awards are coming up in March and there's a great album in the running that features three talented western blues artists that we hope gets the nod.

Note from Brandon":
So excited and proud to be nominated for a Juno Award with my dear buddies Tim Williams and Kenny Wayne for blues album of the year. Congrats to my brother Chris Isaak for producing this little jewel. The whole record was recorded, mixed and mastered in Whitehorse, Yukon.

That's it for now.
Links For Blues Fans


“The Blues Foundation plays an absolutely essential role in ensuring the present and future of the blues as well as celebrating this great American music tradition. With the Blues Music Awards and The Blues Hall of Fame, the Foundation honors the finest blues artists and recordings of the past and present. With the International Blues Challenge, Generation Blues Scholarships and the Foundation’s support of blues education, The Blues Foundation nurtures the great blues artists of the future.”
Bruce Iglauer, Founder and President, Alligator Records
Here is a link to a podcast that focuses on the blues produced by the Blues Foundation.

Seaside Has New Owners
If you are looking for a record store and a whole lot more, close to home, check it out.
I dropped in a few weeks ago and met Will who was stocking the shelves. I picked up a four CD set of the seventies amazing band Little Feat with front man Lowell George. I also checked out the new and used vinyl collection. It's quite a quality collection. Agust is the new owner. I haven't met him yet put I am looking forward to soon. Music lovers will appreciate the place. Drop in and see for yourself.
White Rock Blues Society  •  15798 38A Ave  •  South Surrey  •  BC  •  V3S 0K9

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