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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#334 June 13 2018
In this issue
Help Rick's Heart Fundraiser
Al Lerman - Blues House Concert Monday July 16
Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
Note from The Editor
The Sound Shifters - Promising New Musical Project
Links For Blues Fans
Help Rick's Heart Fundraiser
Rick Dalgarno - Facebook Post

I hadn’t put this up yet but I guess it’s time so here it goes....May 7th I had a very substantial heart attack and I was in peace arch hospital for 8 days being given fantastic care and every test know to man. It turns out I have a weak heart. All things considered my wife Jeanine Burns and I have mostly made it thru the first part of this unnerving journey . She is my absolute rock and love of my life. I am now home and on the road to my recovery. It’s been so incredible for me to see my family and friends come to our aid and bringing the love and selflessness , doing it all and going above and beyond for us. (Y’all know who you are) I love you all deeply!!!!!! At this point I’ll update when I can and see you all soon! Cheers
Rick and his fellow band members have on numerous occasions in the last 11 years  come out to support numerous fundraising events for good causes sponsored by the WRBS. It's time now for fans and friends to lend a hand during Rick's time of need.  Musicians from afar away as Kelowna are pitching in to conduct a fundraiser on his behalf, Sunday July 8th at the Pacific Inn Rhumba Room. As luck would have it, the venue is still available because of renovation delays.
The event will bring the community together to help a neighbor in need and enjoy some great entertainment.

The Semiahmoo Music Consortium (Club 240 producers) along with the WRBS are coordinating efforts organizing the event.
Tickets are available:
on line at Brown Paper Tickets 
at two local locations.
Long & McQuade and Tapestry Music.
They will also be available at the door.
Doors open at 3:00 PM


Poster by Jim Widdifield

On May 6, Rick Dalgarno the lead guitarist and vocalist for Blue Voodoo and a mainstay of the Vancouver music scene for many years suffered a severe heart attack. The prognosis is for a long term recovery and Rick, who has donated a lot of his time to do fundraisers for other causes is in dire need of our help now. With not being able to play or work his regular job, it is going to be a tough road for him to navigate.
For this reason a group of musical friends including the Semiahmoo Music Consortium, the White Rock Blues Society plus Rick’s long-time friend and bandmate Ted Tosoff are organizing a fundraising concert at the Rhumba Room located at the Pacific Inn in South Surrey on Sunday July 8th from 4pm-9pm.
Many people have come to the plate to assist in this endeavour including the Pacific Inn who have graciously provided the room at no charge, Long and McQuade Music who are providing the entire backline for the performances plus marketing tickets through their South Surrey outlet, Rob Nelson of Robco Sound who is donating all the sound equipment and engineers, and a lot of volunteers without whom the whole fundraiser would be impossible to run.
Tickets are a $20 donation and are available online at, at Long and McQuade South Surrey, Tapestry Music in White Rock or at the door for this staggering collection of musicians who are donating their time and talent to help out with the cause.
The Lineup for the fundraiser are as follows:
4:00-4:35 pm The Blue Voodoo with special guests Poppa Dawg Hallisheff and Laura Bacon
4:35-4.50pm Jack and Dev ( Rick’s nephew and daughter) ( acoustic)
4:50-5:25pm  Glen Pearson plus James “Buddy” Rogers with special guests
5:25-5:40pm  Jordan Carrier ( acoustic)
5:40-6:15pm Gale Force Blues band and Friends
6:15-6:30pm David “Boxcar” Gates (acoustic)
6:30-7:05pm The Mojo Stars
7:05-7:20pm Steve Sainas ( acoustic)
7:20-7:55pm Lone Wolf
8:10-9:00pm Barracuda ( a tribute to Heart)
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
Surrey BC
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




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
Look for it in the "Store" section on this site as well as iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and more.
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.
“Not to be missed event!” Voted “Best Blues Festival…America” in 2018! This 180 acre, made to order venue is tailor-made for a weekend of amazing camping and the best Blues musicians from around the World. Only minutes from US-Canadian border, it couldn’t be more well suited for our Canadian blues fans. Free camping, free showers, food/crafts vendors and famous after-hour jams can’t be beat.
August, long weekend! Visit the website at for tickets and details…
Note from The Editor
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

Here's a shout from well know local artist Randy Schultz who has been entertaining folks in our area for many years.
Hello Rod;
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.

June 23
July 21
All Saturdays
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!
Randy Schultz

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.

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

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