Advertisement

Select Page

More blues at Roots & Blues

More blues at Roots & Blues

Blues at Salmon Arm's Roots & Blues Festival just got bigger. For the weekend of August 18-20, Roots & Blues is pleased to announce that four more blues acts, that collectively cover a big spectrum of that genre, have been added to the festival line-up.

Acoustic blues, covering many styles will be provided by two of Canada's finest blues disciples, veteran David Essig and recent Juno winner Michael Jerome Browne. Both are ex-pat Americans who came to this country as young men. Essig in the early seventies, while Browne moved to Quebec from his native Indiana with his parents in the eighties when he was nine.

David Essig, has delivered brilliant interpretations of blues classics and original blues numbers over the course of his half century as a touring musician. But, Essig is also steeped in a multitude of traditional folk styles, and his career has seen him work extensively as a producer. He was a pioneer in the Canadian independent roots music scene as a label owner. Essig is a brilliant roots performer and songwriter, and along with his solo concert at Roots & Blues he will also be hosting a tribute to his friend, the late great tunesmith Willie P. Bennett, with guests Stephen Fearing and Claire Lynch.

Michael Jerome Browne, like Essig, plays "the blues" but is also a champion of old time, cajun, country and swing music as well. He's not only a deadly slide guitarist but a fine fiddler and mandolin player who works extensively with Eric Bibb. To quote Frank-John Hadley Johnson of Downbeat magazine, "Michael Jerome Browne...magnifies the magnificence of 1920s and 1930s country blues numbers...A singer of clarity and character, he is as skilled on banjo and mandolin as he is on valuable old guitars." It isn't hard to figure out why Browne has been nominated for, and won, so many Canadian Folk Music and Juno Awards.

Alberta's Boogie Patrol is one of the hottest blues-influenced bands stretching the boundaries of the blues and giving it a fresh contemporary feel. Guided by vocalist and harmonica player Dan Shinnan, the group stirs blues with rock and soul, then tosses a dose of funk into the melting pot to create a sound that inspired Buddy Guy's guitarist Ric Hall to say, "Boogie Patrol is off the hook...they're on fire!" This quintet will headline the Roots & Blues barn stage on Thursday, August 17. They will also play a major role in the Mad Dogs Experience performance paying tribute to Joe Cocker and Leon Russell in the barn on Saturday night, and find their way onto a few workshop stages during the event.

The festival is celebrating its 25th year.

"The festival has a lot to celebrate in August 2017," says artistic director Peter North. "Twenty-five years is quite an accomplishment and says a lot about the audiences thru the years."

Go to www.rootsandblues.ca for ticket information.

 

Related Post

About The Author

Editor

Okanagan Life captures the essence of life in the Okanagan Valley with informative and entertaining features on issues that matter to people who live or vacation in this great region, plus stories on Okanagan destinations, personalities, wine, food, history, outdoor recreation and more. We're now in our 30th year of publishing. Subscribe

30,000 giveaway for small business okanagan

Current Issue

yearly-subscribeDigital Edition - Yearly Subscription

Each month, we're giving away 30 free annual subscriptions to celebrate our 30th year in publishing! With a digital subscription, you can enjoy Okanagan Life on your tablet.

Upcoming Events

Jan
22
Mon
3:00 pm Happy Hour at Quails Gate Winery... @ Old Vines Restaurant at Quails' Gate
Happy Hour at Quails Gate Winery... @ Old Vines Restaurant at Quails' Gate
Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour at Quails Gate Winery with live music by Lindsay May @ Old Vines Restaurant at Quails' Gate | West Kelowna | BC | Canada
Happy Hour at Quail’s Gate Winery! https://www.quailsgate.com/dine/ Listen to Lindsay May perform her award winning originals and a fun mix of covers while sipping Foch and enjoying the beautiful view in this upscale restaurant in[...]
Jan
24
Wed
6:00 pm Communal Table Dinner Series @ Quails' Gate
Communal Table Dinner Series @ Quails' Gate
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Communal Table Dinner Series @ Quails' Gate | West Kelowna | BC | Canada
Join us on Wednesday’s for our long table dinners, each time exploring a different theme or region in the world. Enjoy 3 family-style courses for $55 per person (plus tax & gratuity). January 10: France[...]
Jan
25
Thu
6:00 pm Wine Education Seminar: Through ... @ Quails' Gate
Wine Education Seminar: Through ... @ Quails' Gate
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Wine Education Seminar: Through the Ages - Vertical Tasting @ Quails' Gate | West Kelowna | BC | Canada
At Quails’ Gate – we love wine! We love drinking it – making it and learning about it so we’re launching a new set of fun and interactive wine education sessions to share some of[...]
Jan
26
Fri
11:30 am Luncheon featuring Mayor Basran ... @ Coast Capri Hotel
Luncheon featuring Mayor Basran ... @ Coast Capri Hotel
Jan 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Luncheon featuring Mayor Basran - State of the City @ Coast Capri Hotel | Kelowna | BC | Canada
Mayor Colin Basran is the Chamber of Commerce’s guest speaker on January 26th providing his annual State-of-the-City address to a sold out crowd, about the past year’s successes, challenges and look ahead to where Council[...]

TWITTER

Error: Please enter a valid email address

Error: Invalid email

Error: Please enter your first name

Error: Please enter your last name

Error: Please enter a username

Error: Please enter a password

Error: Please confirm your password

Error: Password and password confirmation do not match