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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest






Ramada Hotel Downtown
Calgary Bluesfest Host Hotel
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The Blues Foundation









Festival Workshop

Tuesday, August 5th
Bluesfest Workshop - Harmonica (int., adv.)
Mikey's Juke Joint & Eatery
1901 - 10th Ave SW
5:00 pm
Co-presented by Calgary Bluesfest and Traditional Blues School, harmonica man Dylan MacDonald offers tips and techniques for harmonica players of intermediate and advanced skill levels. Ages 18 & over

Preview Performance

Wednesday, August 6
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Olympic Plaza
11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
*free event Brett Spaulding Band - 11:30 to 12:20 p.m.

Up-and-coming guitarist Brett Spaulding rocks Olympic Plaza with his hard-driving blues band, bringing a youthful face to the Calgary Bluesfest.

Paul Finn Band - 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

A funky, gritty style and deep groove mark the style of guitarist Paul Finn, who brings his trio to the stage for a set of classic blues.

Proclamation Ceremony

During the noon hour performance a ceremony will be held featuring the Deputy Mayor, Alderman Jim Stevenson, who will appear at 12:20 p.m. to present the City Council's Proclamation naming the dates of our event "Calgary International Blues Festival Week."

Friday, August 8th

Harmonica for Beginners
Cantos Keyboard Museum
134 - 11 Ave SE
2-4 pm
Co-presented by Calgary Bluesfest and Traditional Blues School, harmonica man Dylan MacDonald offers tips and techniques for harmonica players who are beginners. All ages.