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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest

February 16- 21, 2015
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CBMA celebrates its 9th annual Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest this Feb 16-21 with an exciting lineup of events and artists! Featuring a full week of workshops, public performances, blues history, the CBMA Awards and Hall of Fame Induction, and dance parties, the week promises to turn the heat on the Midwinter Blues and rock this town!

Headlining the festival are Victoria's rock 'n roll & blues piano giant (and recent winner of a 2nd Maple Blues Award for Keyboard Player of the Year), David Vest , Chicago's GRAMMY nominated blues guitar royalty John Primer , and Magic Slim's (who played the very first Calgary Bluesfest) wildly talented son, Shawn Holt, with his band, Shawn Holt & the Teardrops , the week promises some of the best in blues!

Also appearing during the week are Elsie Osborne (Singing the Blues Vocal Camp clinician), the Brian Pollock Band, and John Rutherford (blues historian), the week offers free and ticketed, all ages and adult-only events.



2015 Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest Schedule


Monday, Feb 16

Singing the Blues Vocal Camp Workshop
Workshop

Mikey's Juke Joint (1901 - 10 Ave SW)
6:00pm

The annual Singing the Blues Vocal Camp is a two-part workshop for local blues singers of all skill levels.

Vocal Camp participants will take a master class from Elsie Osborne, vocalist and recording artist, to learn about stage presence, mic technique, and how to interact with musicians.

If you missed the online registration and would like to participate, please come to Mikey's at 5:30 this evening to sign up. You'll need 3 blues standards to perform!

Camp participants must be ages 18+

FREE EVENT

Midwinter Volunteer Bash

Join the CBMA volunteers for some good cheer following the Vocal Camp Workshop! Kick off the Midwinter Bluesfest with those who make it all happen. Local blues greats Steve Pineo & the Blue Mondays Trio will perform.


Tuesday, Feb 17

Singing the Blues Vocal Camp
Performances

Mikey's Juke Joint (1901 - 10 Ave SW)
7:00pm

Singers perform before a live audience backed by the Brian Pollock Band. A panel formed by master vocalists Elsie Osborne and Cindy McLeod will offer constructive advice for singers. The top singer will be selected to go on to perform at the Calgary International Blues Festival in August.

FREE EVENT


Wednesday, Feb 18

Special Noon Hour Performance!

The Historic Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (corner of 7th Ave & 1st St SE)
12:10pm-12:50pm

David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player, blues shouter and world-class entertainer.

FREE EVENT


A Walk Through Blues History

National Music Centre (134 11 Ave SE)
7:30pm
FREE EVENT

John Rutherford hosts a Walk Through Blues History, with the telling of colourful blues stories and some of its foremost figures. Joining John for a night of blues history is David Vest, who will share his encyclopedic knowledge of the blues forefathers and the history of blues in Canada and North America. Presented in partnership with National Music Centre.

FREE EVENT


CBMA Blues Awards & Twilight Blues Jam

Mikey's Juke Joint (1901 - 10 Ave SW)
7:00pm

Calgary Blues Music Association (CBMA) is committed to fostering, preserving and furthering blues music and musicians, as well as presenting some of the finest blues to be found anywhere on the planet.

Based on the results of a public vote, CBMA will honour local and regional artists who have dedicated their careers to blues music during the 6th annual CBMA Blues Hall of Fame Awards ceremony.

The annual Midwinter Bluesfest Twilight Blues Jam will be hosted by the Brian Pollock Band. Bring your axe and perform with some of the finest musicians in the city!

FREE EVENT


Thursday, Feb 19

Midwinter Blues Concert

starring

David Vest

Mikey's Juke Joint (1901 - 10 Ave SW)
Doors 7pm, show 8pm

David Vest is a fabulous, foot-stompin' roots-rocker and boogie-woogie piano player, who can just as effortlessly play beautiful jazz and country blues ballads. His live shows are legendary, and his career probably pre-dates rock and roll itself. Onstage with Big Joe Turner and opening for Roy Orbison before he was old enough to vote, he later played with blues giants like Bo Diddley, Jimmy T99 Nelson, and Hubert Sumlin. He wrote the first songs recorded by Tammy Wynette.

$20 AT THE DOOR

COME EARLY TO GET GOOD SEATS!


Friday, Feb 20

Midwinter Bluesfest Dance Party

starring

John Primer

Kerby Centre (1133 - 7 Ave SW)
doors at 7:30, show at 8:30


By any yardstick, Chicago guitarist John Primer has paid his dues. Prior to making The Real Deal for Mike Vernon's Atlantic-distributed Code Blue label, Primer spent 13 years as the ever-reliable rhythm guitarist with Magic Slim & the Teardrops. Before that, he filled the same role behind Chicago immortals Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. Joined by the Brian Pollock Band.

Bring your appetite! Delicious food will be provided by Cornerstone Music Cafe!

$25 AT THE DOOR


Saturday, Feb 21

John Primer In-Store Appearance!

John Primer
Saturday, Feb. 21
1-3pm
Heritage Posters (1502 - 11 Ave SW)

John Primer will appear at Heritage Posters (1502 - 11 Ave SW) to sign autographs and chat about his career. Meet this blues icon in person at one of Calgary's great music treasures!

free event

Midwinter Bluesfest Dance Party

starring

Shawn Holt & the Teardrops

Kerby Centre (1133 - 7 Ave SW)
doors at 7:30, show at 8:30

Shawn Holt is the son of legendary Blues Legend Magic Slim. The high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well and if you like what Magic Slim and The Teardrops have been doing for the last 35 years, you can continue to enjoy that unique sound and energy with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad's band. Shawn Holt and The Teardrops won the Blues Foundation Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut, and won the 2014 New Artist Debut Album on Blind Pig Records, for the debut recording, Daddy Told Me.

Bring your appetite! Delicious food will be provided by Cornerstone Music Cafe!

Advance Tix $20 + GST HERE

or at Heritage Posters (1502 11 Ave SW)

$25 AT THE DOOR