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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#372 May 15 2019
In this issue
Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
Winthrop  Rhythm & Blues Festival - July 19 - 21
Rock Humour
16th Annual Pender Harbour Blues Festival June 7,8,9 2019
Sugar Brown Is Coming To Town with Jordie Edmonds in July
Pickaxe Rhythm & Blues Festival - Republic, Washington July 26-28 2019
Article Okanagan Blues Camp October 21 - 23, 2019
Links For Blues Fans
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.


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
Rock Humour

16th Annual Pender Harbour Blues Festival June 7,8,9 2019
Sugar Brown Is Coming To Town with Jordie Edmonds in July

White Rock Blues Society - Blues House Concert Series
is Proud to Present
Sugar Brown with Jordie Edmonds
Thursday July 25th
Tickets go on sale on Friday May 24th

Sugar Brown

There is something to be said about the dedication, ambition, and determination of a scholar; the drive to be the best and to offer his best work on whatever project is presented. Enter Sugar Brown, aka Dr. Ken Kawashima, PhD. Kawashima is a scholar and professor of East Asian history, as well as a scholar of music. His chosen musical endeavour is classic blues music and a concerted effort to record and preserve the unmistakable Chicago blues sound that harkens back to Chess Record’s famous releases. Sugar Brown’s two album releases have stunned listeners and reviewers around the world, with his ease and force in playing and singing blues. He quickly earned recognition for his classic style and raucous performances from the media and festival bookers coast-to-coast.

Recently, Sugar Brown’s repertoire has morphed beyond Chicago blues and into a more chaotic and wild space shared by the Texas blues of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Frankie Lee Sims, as well as the trance- like blues of northern Mississippi’s R.L. Burnside. Sugar Brown’s highly developed song writing, guitar prowess and vocals reveal his many diverse grooves, shades, and styles.
Sugar Brown’s blues is sweet, dark, inconsolable, raw, and wild.

Interview and performance on Blues Tribe TV, 2015

“Blues music as an art form benefits broadly from Kawashima's dedication to keeping the genre bona fide as hell and magnificently entertaining.” - Winnipeg Free Press
“He clearly comprehends the emotion that infuses blues, as do the comrades in his band. Poor Lazarus sure brings pre-1950’s-style blues back to life!” - Blues Blast Magazine
“The Toronto-based history prof-cum-retro blues artist Sugar Brown continues to cut his own unique path, merging vintage sounds and styles with an individual, particularly literate lyrical bent.” - Roots Music Report

“Here you have a Japanese/Korean–American singer-songwriter and guitarist performing the deeply African American traditions of Chicago and droning Hill Country trance blues way up north in Toronto, Canada. If you think it might be a disaster and couldn’t possibly fly, rejoice. Sugar Brown will shake you up just a little...You want to press the replay button because this hard-driving record is a pure musical pleasure and highly addictive. This is sure to raise some eyebrows in bewilderment, but it is pure fun excitement. Get down Sugar Brown. Nothing boring here. - Living Blues Magazine

He will be joined by Jordie Edmonds an accomplished Classical Blues guitarist who has traveled extensively and recorded with Harpdog Brown.

Jordie Edmonds

Harpdog Brown, Sugar Brown & Jordie Edmonds
IBC Memphis February 2017
Pickaxe Rhythm & Blues Festival - Republic, Washington July 26-28 2019
See All scheduled performers
Article Okanagan Blues Camp October 21 - 23, 2019
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
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