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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#367 April10 2019
In this issue
Michael Jerome Browne Saturday May 4 - WRBS House Concert
Jack De Keyzer - May 3 Blue Frog Studio
Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
Hornby Island Blues Workshop
Rock Humour
Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues BandBlue Frog Studio - Friday May 10th
Eric Clapton Announces 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival
Links For Blues Fans
The Washington Blues Society’s Annual Best of the Blues Awards
Michael Jerome Browne
Saturday May 4 - WRBS House Concert

The White Rock Blues Society is proud to present Michael Jerome Browne performing the third in a series of intimate house concerts featuring Canadian, American and International Blues artists. This event is only being promoted in our Weekly Bluesletter and website giving our membership first crack at the limited number of tickets. 
( As a reminder to Bluesletter subscribers, being one, you are a member of the WRBS. We stopped issuing paid memberships a number of years ago to keep things simple. We are sure that Muddy Waters would have preferred it that way and like the idea of a house concert. After all he started out doing house concerts, which were called juke joints back then.)
This is a special kind of an event that allows fans to meet the performers and hear their music in a comfortable setting. Two sets are performed so there's ample opportunity of audience members to meet and great other music lovers as well as the artist. We use name tags to grease the wheels of conversation.


New Album
Michael Jerome Browne is a three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner (Traditional Singer, 2015; Solo Artist, 2012 & 2008), Maple Blues Award winner (with 32 nominations since 1999), Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Finalist, four-time Juno Award Nominee in both the Roots/Traditional and Blues categories. He is a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music.

That’s Where It’s At! is Michael Jerome Browne’s latest collection, focusing on soul music through the lens of a traditional blues player. Recorded largely live off the floor in Sherbrooke and Montréal (Québec) and Hamilton (Ontario), Michael’s finger style guitar and warm, unaffected vocals are front and centre, accompanied only by John McColgan’s funky drumming on five songs.

That’s Where It’s At! is the new album on Borealis Records, available February 8, 2019. This album focuses on the connection between blues and soul, the stripped-down accompaniment consisting only of Michael’s guitar, with drummer John McColgan on five tracks. Vocal guests include Harrison Kennedy, Roxanne Potvin and Eric Bibb. Five originals are mixed in with songs from Sam Cooke, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Al Green, Randy Newman and Stevie Wonder, as well as two spirituals from way back- the roots of gospel and soul.

To celebrate and share this outstanding new recording, Michael Jerome Browne will be on tour throughout Canada in the coming months, starting with industry showcases at both Blues Summit Nine in Toronto and Folk Alliance International in Montreal.

Saturday May 4 - House Concert, White Rock, BC 
WRBS Headquarters
15798 38A Ave
Surrey BC
604 723 3905
Tickets $25.00 (only 40 tickets available)
Coffee.Tea & Snacks


Visit and for more information
Jack De Keyzer - May 3 Blue Frog Studio
Jack de Keyzer- Checkmate Tour
May 3, 2019
​DOORS 6:00 PM  •  SHOW 7:00 PM   
DOORS 8:45 PM  •  SHOW 9:15 PM 
JACK DE KEYZER is a multi JUNO, Maple Blues Award winning blues guitarist who tours the world with his hot blues, sweet soul and cool jazz stylings.

Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide, from the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand blues guitarists, he has released 9 CD’s and 1 DVD.  An exciting live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer, de Keyzer performs an average of 120 shows per year and has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico).  Much celebrated, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album) 5 X and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010.  He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards, 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition and CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners.  Always touring with an incredible band, Jack will have you rocking in your seat to his hot blues, sweet soul and cool jazz. World class.

 “The finest blues guitarist in Canada” - Jeff Healey
“If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he’d be famous” -  Bob Dylan
Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
Another great line up for this year's 24th Annual Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival.
Great venue, fans and talent on stage. Check out their website for more details.


Hornby Island Blues Workshop

Twenty Years of Blues - 1999-2019

While twenty years is just a drop in the bucket of Blues time, we here on Hornby Island take great pride in saying we have been helping to keep the Blues vibrant and alive on the west coast in that time. These last two decades have been a blast as we have watched and heard students from all over Canada and the US come to our Blues Workshops to learn from all the best Blues and Roots instructors we could talk into coming to teach. We really appreciate the faith that has been shown as every musician who has come here to teach has agreed to do so without a contract, holding faith in our mantra that the entire operations runs on the egalitarian principle that everyone gets one share of whatever revenues we generate. That’s pretty cool if you think about it, that in a world driven mad by cash, that music can still generate such good faith and good vibrations. And here we are once again, this time with a big program of fourteen musicians joining with us and our faithful student disciples in the celebration of our twentieth Blues Week that will rolling out May 4 through May 11. We are planning a big party, some special musical treats and several acts of prestidigitation, conjuring and voodoo that will stun those who attend. Are you coming to the big show? You really should consider it.
Check out this promotion video regarding the workshop.

Rock Humour

Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band

Blue Frog Studio - Friday May 10th

Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band

May 10, 2019

DOORS 6:00 PM    SHOW 7:00 PM   
Canada’s Classic Bluesman, Harpdog Brown has a brand new album out. It’s called For Love & Money and it’s unlike anything you’ve heard from Dog! Produced by JUNO Award winner Steve Dawson, it’s a little bit Chicago and a whole lotta New Orleans and it is guaranteed to move ya!  And the Official Lower Mainland Album Release Party right here at the Blue Frog!

Harpdog has assembled a wicked seven-piece band just for this special evening and you’re in for a treat! They will be performing the whole album for you along with a little storytelling in between - as you would expect from Dog. You won’t want to miss this!

Harpdog Brown - vocals, harmonicas
Dave Webb - keys
Rick Jacobson - drums
Pat Darcus - bass
Skye Lambourne - trombone
Jerry Cook - baritone & tenor sax
Riley Bartlett - trumpet

Harpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late ’40s and early ‘50s. These days he’s been touring more and more as Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band - a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring slide trombone, keyboards, bass and drums and often a sax and clarinet. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! This music will move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show!

He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s a very fitting moniker. "I speak the blues like it's the truth, and it is”, he was recently quoted. "I do feel like I'm a servant of the people. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages using the vintage sound whether it be with his lowdown classic blues band the Travelin’ Blues Show or with his Uptown Blues Band. Harpdog says "Blues has a healing power. It's a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that's OK."

Harpdog has won three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014/2015/2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, has three consecutive Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations, a Juno Nomination and is the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016, he was nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica Player, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year) for his latest release Travelin’ With The Blues. Travelin' With The Blues released in 2016 is still sitting in the top roots and blues charts and follows his Top 20 charting 2014 release What It Is (Roots Music Report International Blues Albums).

Get off the couch and some see some seriously vintage blues that’s lots of fun!
Eric Clapton Announces
2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival

Eric Clapton Announces
2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival


Two-Night Festival to Feature Legendary Music and Collaborations
(March 28, 2019) – Widely considered one of the world’s all-time greatest guitarists and known amongst his peers as a great collaborator, Eric Clapton announced today the fifth installment of the Crossroads Guitar Festival. The Festival, which has become legendary in its own right for hosting performances and impromptu collaborations from the world’s most legendary guitar players, will take place September 20-21 in the city that hosted the first-ever Crossroads Guitar Festival, Dallas Texas. See full listing below of artists performing.
Clapton will gather the past, present and future of guitar music onto one stage for an unparalleled musical event. All profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons.
Since its inception, Clapton’s vision for the Crossroads Guitar Festival has been to create an event where his friends and contemporaries can have fun and perform together for the benefit of a good cause. This year’s Festival will feature two-nights of musical performances with once-in-a-lifetime guitar collaborations. Known as pioneers in their field, the roster of artists spans old and new. The audience can expect unrivaled entertainment, brilliant guitar work, surprise guests and impromptu jams that are the hallmark of these performers.
The first Crossroads Guitar Festival, in June 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, was an unprecedented collection of guitar icons from blues, rock and contemporary music. The sold-out show was chronicled in a 2-disc DVD that has since gone on to become one of the world’s top-selling music DVD’s. The Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 and 2010 were the second and third such concerts by Clapton and were staged at Toyota Park in Chicago. Both Festivals were filmed for DVDs and met similar acclaim and achieved multi-platinum status. The fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2013 brought the world’s best guitar players to the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden in New York and met with huge critical acclaim.
In addition to the concerts, the Guitar Center Festival Village will be featured on Victory Plaza adjacent to the arena. Some of the world’s best guitar and gear manufacturers, including Ernie Ball, Fender, Gibson, Martin, PRS, and more, will host interactive exhibits where guitar enthusiasts can plug in and play new products and classic favorites. In addition, Guitar Center Festival Village Stage Presented by Ernie Ball will host master guitar clinics and solo performances by main stage artists, next generation guitar virtuosos, and special surprise guests. The Guitar Center Festival Village will be open from 12pm to 8pm each day and is free to all ticket holders.
Tickets for the Crossroads Guitar Festival may be purchased as follows: Citi® cardmembers will have first access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 2 at 10am CT through Wednesday, April 3 at 10pm CT. Presale tickets will be available through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete details, please visit General Public On-Sale will begin Friday, April 5th at 10am CT via
For more info: or Donations to the Centre can be made via the donation button on the website.
(Note: Two Different Nights of Music. Not All Artists Will Perform Both Nights but Eric Clapton Will Perform Both Nights.)
Alan Darby
Albert Lee
Andy Fairweather Low
Billy Gibbons
Bonnie Raitt
Bradley Walker
Buddy Guy Band
Daniel Santiago
Doyle Bramhall II
Eric Clapton
Gary Clark Jr.
Gustavo Santaolalla
James Bay
Jeff Beck
Jerry Douglas
Jimmie Vaughan
Joe Walsh
Jonny Lang
Keb Mo
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Los Lobos
Pedro Martins
Peter Frampton
Robert Cray
Robert Randolph
Sheryl Crow
Sonny Landreth
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Tom Misch
Vince Gill
The Crossroads Centre, Antigua
Founded in 1998, Crossroads Centre, Antigua was created to provide treatment and education to chemically and alcohol dependent persons, their families and their significant others. Treatment is provided through residential care, family and aftercare programs. The pathway to recovery is founded on the 12 steps and a change in lifestyle. Crossroads Centre, Antigua also operates a 16 bed halfway house in Antigua called the Bevon House and facilitates various ongoing recovery initiatives on the island of Antigua and the Caribbean.
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.

Canadian Blues History
The Washington Blues Society’s Annual Best of the Blues Awards

The Washington Blues Society:

celebrating 30 years of Keeping The Blues Alive: Presents:

The Northwest Music Hall

The Washington Blues Society’s annual Best of the Blues Awards presented in partnership with the Anacortes Brewery (“BB Awards”) returns on Sunday, April 28 th to honor musicians, artists, events, and venues nominated by blues society members in 32 award categories. The 2019 “B.B” Awards show will feature performances by select nominees and recognize new inductees into the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame. The nominees once again represent the very best blues performers from throughout the Pacific Northwest


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