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The Fabulous Thunderbirds

One of America's most recognized bands, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been pumping out their distinctive blend of Texas style blues and power rock with barnburners such as Tuff Enuff and "Wrap It Up for over 30 years. Co-founder Kim Wilson spearheads the group as it moves into it's newest incarnation.
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Canned Heat

Formed in 1965 during the psychedelic era, the legendary California band Canned Heat first gained world-wide fame for appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals. Carved into the pages of rock & roll history, the band continues to pump out their distinctive blend of blues, classic rock and boogie.
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Savoy Brown

"Legendary"... "a blues/rock institution" ... "true innovators"... these are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past thirty years by music critics and fans. One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown (with founder guitarist and longtime member Kim Simmonds at the helm) helped launch the UK blues/rock movement that paved the way for such acts as Led Zeppelin.
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Buckwheat Zydeco

If you've seen a Buckwheat show, you know what to expect: rocking, stomping, good time Creole party music. If you haven't seen Buckwheat Zydeco live, you're missing one of the music world's most exciting and fun performers.
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E.C. Scott

Ranked among the best of the female blues singers in recent years, San Francisco based E.C. Scott has one of the sexiest, smoothest, and most understated deliveries in the genre and is a powerhouse entertainer to boot.
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Lou Pride & Rooster Blues Band

This blues singer is a living legend in his hometown of Chicago. His Gospel roots have stood him in good stead, forming the underpinnings for some of his classic songs that have captured the hearts of blues fans far and wide.
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Lionel Young

Virtuoso violin player Lionel Young boasts extensive credits in both the classical and the blues worlds, most recently taking home the coveted International Blues Challenge Competition in Memphis (2008). Young has toured America and across Europe with Ballet troupes and with the National Repertory Orchestra, as well as winning Best Blues Band in Westword's Best of Denver. The Lionel Young band will tear up mainstage with their high-energy blues.
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C.J. Chenier & Red Hot Louisiana Band

According to The Boston Globe, "C.J. Chenier attacks the accordion with the tension and drive of James Brown...creating contemporary, turbo-charged dance music." Living Blues magazine named C.J. Chenier "the best living zydeco singer and accordionist," and Billboard called him "the heir to the zydeco throne."
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Roy Hytower

Chicago's Roy Hytower, also known as 'Doctor Root' (and more recently Doktu Rhute Muuzic), has influenced countless musicians with his jazz and blues guitar style and includes playing with Otis Rush among his many music credits. Doktu Rhute Muuzik is also widely recognized for his work as an actor in theatre and feature films.
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Bill Dowey & the Blues Devils

A powerful and heartfelt voice, a searing slide guitar tone, and a tour bus full of experience makes Bill Dowey one of the most convincing and dedicated blues artists in Canada.
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The Insomniacs

Playing vintage instruments and channeling a blues style from the 1950s, The Insomniacs are one of the hottest acts on the west coast scene. The award-winning band have recently been nominated for the Blues Foundation's Best New Artist Debut Award (2008), while their hit song Crime Scene was listed on the BluesCritic.com top 20 contemporary blues songs for 2007.
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Panzie Johnson

Panzie's music career began at the age of 16, won the Teen Vocalist Championship category on the popular syndicated show Star Search, with Ed McMahon. At 17, Panzie scored her first deal with Columbia Records with Randy Jackson (now a regular on American Idol). For the past 13 years the Texas native has been touring the world with pop superstar Stevie Wonder. Panzie comes from a family of talents that includes her Grammy award-winning stepfather, Donald Ray Johnson.
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Donald Ray Johnson

Known for his soulful, passionate and thunderous tenor voice, Grammy award-winning singer and drummer Donald Ray Johnson makes Calgary his home, but in recent times has been winning hearts in Europe, where he has been touring his distinctive blend of blues, R&B and soul. "
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Dione Taylor & Canadian All-Star Blues Band

Juno award-winning vocalist Dione Taylor is equally renowned in blues, gospel and jazz circles. Blessed with a rich and smoky voice, Dione has performed for presidents and royalty, sharing the stage with such greats as Patti LaBelle, Ann Peebles and the Neville Brothers.
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Joining Dione for her performance is the Canadian All-Star Blues Band, featuring guitarists Jake Langley, and Jack Semple.

 


Jake Langley

One of the nation's premier guitarists, Jake Langley has spent the last four years as part of the world renowned Joey DeFrancesco Trio. Equally well known for his work in blues, pop and R&B, Jake appears as part of the Canadian All-Star Blues Band with fellow greats, singer Dione Taylor and guitarist Jack Semple.
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Jack Semple

Juno award-winning guitarist Jack Semple (Regina) and his flying fingers appear as part of the Canadian All-Star Blues Band, with fellow featured guests, vocalist Dione Taylor and guitarist Jake Langley.
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South Thunderbird

"A Little bit of Texas and a whole lot of blues"

Considered one of the hottest bands on the Native American blues scene, South Thunderbird performs Stevie Ray Vaughn-inspired electric blues with a bit of southern boogie.
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The Blue Voodoo

Hailing from Vancouver, The Blue Voodoo is full of rootsy twists and turns in a modern Blues style. Paul Wainwright (horns), Dave Hoerl (harmonica), Bryan Tosoff (keyboards), Rick Dalgarno (guitar), Ted Tosoff & Ricky D (vocals), Kelly Stodola (drums) and Gerry Berg (bass) perform tunes by such greats as The Band, Muddy Waters,the Allman Brothers and a little Bob Dylan (with a pinch of Beatles). read more The Blue Voodoo

 


Rault Brothers Band

One of Alberta's favourite roots musicians for over 30 years, guitarist, songwriter and radio host Lionel Rault and his brother Ron lead the popular Rault Brothers Band through a wide range of blues, rock and R&B favourites.
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Sherman Doucette

If you love good boogie, blues & soul, then you'll enjoy harmonica man and singer Sherman Doucette "The Tank" and his TANKful of BLUES. This noteworthy artist has shared the stage with dozens of blues legends, and is an antique harmonica collector.
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Steve Pineo & Band w/Horns

Calgary blues and roots rocker Steve Pineo is said to have it all - he sings well, plays a mean guitar and writes excellent songs. He's an institution in this town, his constant evolution and apparent inability to be content with the status quo have made him one of Calgary's most consistently entertaining performers.
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Lindsay Ell

When Canadian music icon Randy Bachman crossed paths with Calgary teenager Linsay Ell, a songwriting collaboration was born and culminates in a new CD for the young guitarist/vocalist that is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
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Richie Pollack

A mess of ingredients from New Orleans rock to African influenced instrumentals, "vibey" gospel to some good down home cookin', harmonica man Richie Pollack cooks up a batch-o-"Stew" that will make you feel good all the way down to your toes. "
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Ian Stewart Band

Welsh born, Canadian guitarist Ian Stewart has become known across Western Canada for his swingin' blues-rock style and accomplished guitar style. The musician spent time in Winnipeg, where he shared the stage with such greats as Big Dave McLean, Brent Parkin and Colin James, before relocating to Red Deer, where he performs regularly and is a sought-after teacher.
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Preston & Bonkowski

Equally adept on harmonica, keyboards and vocals, veteran bluesman Gary Preston and upright bass and percussion dynamo Anita Bonkowski get down on some good ol' blues, funky New Orleans grooves, a couple of vintage jazz gems and some of Gary's original compositions.
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Burnin' Time Blues Band

Guitarist Colin Farnsworth, drummer Kat Vance and band made their debut on the Calgary scene in 2007, and have since built a loyal and enthusiastic audience for their "pumped-up" blues sound.
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Allman Tribute Band

This 7-piece band will bring back the sounds of one of the greatest blues bands in history. Lead by drummer Kevin Belzner, the Allman Tribute Band will be joined by singer Kirby Sewell for a powerhouse set of classics. "
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Kirby Sewell

Winner of the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest's "Singing the Blues" competition (2008), Calgary vocalist Kirby Sewell joins the Allman Tribute Band for a set of powerhouse blues, R&B and soul.
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Brett Spaulding Band

At just 22 years old, guitarist and songwriter Brett Spaulding is quickly becoming known amongst Calgary blues fans for his high-energy guitar style, soulful voice and catchy tunes.
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