|The White Rock Blues Society|
#333 June 6 2018
|Al Lerman - Blues House Concert Monday July 16|
While Jason Buie and I were in Toronto in January for the Maple Blues Awards we met Al Lerman for dinner at Frans 24 hour diner at 40 College Street, a favorite hangout for musicians for decades. Among other things we discussed the BC July tour Al was doing and the possibility of doing a house concert here in White Rock area. Jason and I thought it would be an interesting format to try out. It is becoming increasingly popular across the country especially for solo/duo performances.
The format offers a much more intimate experience than bigger venue performances and it's at the historical core of the blues genre evolution. It's a modern day Juke Joint.
So on Monday night July 16th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM we'll be holding our first House Concert.
Rod & Marg Dranfield
15798 38A Ave
Finger food and snacks along with coffee and tea will be included in price.
It's a "bring your own beverage" event.
Tickets are $20.00
"BLUES WITH A WHOLE LOT OF SOUL!"
Bluesman AL LERMAN is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He was founder and leader of the 2X Juno Award winning band FATHEAD, and along the way built a solid career touring as an acoustic solo act, accompanying himself on guitar and rack harmonica. An engaging and skilled artist, his shows often feature humorous anecdotes interspersed between great blues songs. He is regarded among the top harmonica players in the country and his prowess on the instrument has earned him no less than ten Maple Blues Award nominations in that instrument category. Both his harp and wailing tenor saxophone have been heard on countless recordings and live sessions with some of the best in the blues. A full-time musician for over forty years, Al casts a magical spell on his audience wherever he goes.
"Wry and tender from beginning to end. It’s a big thumbs-up for anyone who likes a little originality. Al Lerman is a troubadour of the first order."
-Blues Blast magazine, USA
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In 2016 his standout "Slow Burn" disc made the esteemed world-wide list of Top 100 Blues Albums Of The Year. That same year he also garnered a Maple Blues Award nomination for "Acoustic Act Of The Year". In 2017 he received a Recognition Award for “Leadership In Arts & Culture” from the County of Peterborough.
While mainly performing solo acoustic these days, side projects include the MAPLE BLUES BAND, the house band for the annual Maple Blues Awards show. They have backed guest performers such as Colin James, Shakura S’Aida, Paul Reddick, Duke Robillard and many more. GENIUS + SOUL, led by pianist Lance Anderson, celebrates the music of Ray Charles. Ray’s soulful repertoire gives Al’s big, Texas-style tenor sax a chance to shine. Throughout the years, Al has been active in sharing his adept harmonica skills, conducting workshops in schools, music camps and festivals.
For Al, the blues bug bit at a young age when he was taken to hear the famed duo of SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE at Toronto’s Riverboat coffeehouse. His interest in the music immediately sky-rocketed, and over the years he saw the duo no less than forty times. Moving into his twenties while playing in local Toronto blues bands, Al sought out many of his musical heroes, seeking both advice and inspiration. He considers himself fortunate to have sat in with blues giants such as MUDDY WATERS, WILLIE DIXON, SUNNYLAND SLIM and many more. A long friendship ensued with Chicago harmonica player CAREY BELL who mentored him on the instrument. Hearing him now, there’s no doubt he has learned his lessons well.
|Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival|
If you can only make it out to one festival this summer this is the one I recommend. Every year Lloyd Peterson and his team puts together a great collection of top blues bands and musicians. The price is right, the music is top tier the venue is superb and the people you meet can't be any friendlier.
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The society will keep busy with co promotions with the Blue Frog Studios and are reviewing other venue options. After 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 have decided not to participate this year.
We do plan to have a couple of house concerts 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.
That's it for now.
|The Sound Shifters - Promising New Musical Project - This Saturday Night|
Here's a shout from well know local artist Randy Schultz who has been entertaining folks in our area for many years.
I am in a new musical project. The Sound Shifters.
Back with my buddy Tony Rees, from long ago Blues Caboose days (’90’s). Back with my drummer from Mojo Zydeco (’05-’12) coupled with local high-energy Rob Harvey on bass.
What kind of music? Well sort of a blending of Blues Caboose and Mojo Zydeco- not surprising, as well as the revival and re-arrangements of more obscure cover songs hand-picked from the last 40 years. The result? A good-time, let’s dance live music experience.
Our debut show was March 30 at the Crescent Beach Legion. We are playing there on a regular, once per month basis.
Further dates to be set on the same Saturday of the month TBA.
Our intention is to build a local scene at this venue where people know they will be well entertained at the modest cost of $10.00.
Tickets are at the door.
Hoping you are well and enjoying music!
BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE
“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
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