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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#370 May 1 2019
In this issue
Michael Jerome Browne This Coming Saturday, May 4 - WRBS House Concert
Jack De Keyzer - May 3 Blue Frog Studio
Rock Humour
Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues BandBlue Frog Studio - Friday May 10th
Pickaxe Rhythm & Blues Festival - Republic, Washington July 26-28 2019
Winthrop  Rhythm & Blues Festival - July 19 - 21
Links For Blues Fans
Michael Jerome Browne
This Coming Saturday, May 4 - WRBS House Concert

 A very special & intimate event a blues fan will remember.

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
Doors 7:00 PM
Performance 8:00 PM
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
Rock Humour

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.



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!
Pickaxe Rhythm & Blues Festival - Republic, Washington July 26-28 2019
See All scheduled performers
Winthrop  Rhythm & Blues Festival - July 19 - 21
Shemekia Copeland
Larkin Poe
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
The Greyhounds – special Friday show
The Proven Ones
Ural Thomas & the Pain
Billy Joe & the Dusty 45s
Too Slim & the Taildraggers
JP Soars Gypsy Blue Revue featuring Anne Harris & Jason Ricci
David Jacobs-Strain+WORTH
Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method
Too Loose Cajun Zydeco Band
Methow Juke Joint Allstars
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
White Rock Blues Society  •  15798 38A Ave  •  South Surrey  •  BC  •  V3S 0K9

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