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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#382 July 24 2019
In this issue
Sugar Brown with Jordie Edmonds Thursday July 25 - Tickets now Available
Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival August 2 - 4 2019
Rock Humour - The Blues Doctors
Jazz in the Fort  July 26 - 28
Article Okanagan Blues Camp October 21 - 23, 2019
Mountain Rhythm & Blues Revival - August 10 Noon to 9:00 PM
Ana Popovic - August 21 Featuring Special Guests The Chris Eger Band
R & B Triple Bill Extravaganza Friday September 27
Links For Blues Fans
Kal David - Lauri Bono and The Real Deal
Sugar Brown with Jordie Edmonds Thursday July 25 - Tickets now Available

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



 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 Classic Blues guitarist who has traveled extensively and recorded with Harpdog Brown.

Jordie Edmonds
I had the pleasure of meeting Sugar Brown 2 years ago in Memphis during the International Blues Challenge when I was there with Harpdog and Gordie. That year Dog's band was representing the WRBS.
I took in Sugar Brown's solo performance on Beale Street and was very impressed with his music and lyrics. At the time he was representing the Toronto Blues Society as their solo artist.

Harpdog Brown, Sugar Brown & Jordie Edmonds
IBC Memphis February 2017
( 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 liked 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 artists. We use name tags to grease the wheels of conversation.
Coffee, tea and snacks are provided.
Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival August 2 - 4 2019

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.
                                           24TH Annual Mount Baker R&B Festival
August 2-4, 2019
Deming Log Show Fairgrounds
3295 Cedarville Rd.
Bellingham WA 98226
“Blues from the North Country…a collection of Canada’s top Blues…and more!”
Winner of The Blues Foundations highest award, “Best Blues Festival…America” in 2013. This year’s festival pays homage to Canadian artists and fans alike.
Friday, August 2nd…Joey Houk, THE CHRIS EGER BAND, JACK SEMPLE
Saturday, August 3rd…Adrian Clarke, Michelle Taylor Band, Patti Allen &    
Sunday, August 3rd…The Replayzmentz, Cory Vincent Group, Bobby Patterson
Held each year at the Deming Log Show Fairgrounds near Bellingham, WA. This is the “perfect” setting on 100+ acres of manicured grounds surrounded by towering fir and cedar trees. Food and crafts vendors, 3 beer gardens and an indoor jam facility with All-Stars jams every night until 2am. Two ATM’s on site for fast cash. Camping is free and a free portable shower trailer for comfort.
Tickets online @ or in person (cash or check) at AVALON MUSIC, in downtown Bellingham, WA. Check the website for tons of information.

Rock Humour - The Blues Doctors

Jazz in the Fort  July 26 - 28
Blues Fans check out what is going on close to home.
Hello Rodney, How's things? Mud Bay is opening the Ft.Langley Jazz & Arts Festival July 26 on a Friday Night Blues Show with lots of great folks that evening. Appreciate if you had a moment and could give give the festival a small plug on your WRBS site. It's the first year that they included Blues and we're hoping that they'll be successful this year and and include Blues people in the years to come.
Thanks from Mark & the Muds
Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival
Article Okanagan Blues Camp October 21 - 23, 2019
Mountain Rhythm & Blues Revival - August 10 Noon to 9:00 PM
Ana Popovic - August 21 Featuring Special Guests The Chris Eger Band
R & B Triple Bill Extravaganza Friday September 27
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
Kal David - Lauri Bono and The Real Deal
White Rock Blues Society  •  15798 38A Ave  •  South Surrey  •  BC  •  V3S 0K9

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