By Ken Wallis
Summer Time Blues
Well we’re well into August and Fall looms on the horizon, but we’re still having a ton of fun attending summer blues concerts.
Cool Blues at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario
We’ve been to several of the Wednesday night concerts, and it was time to catch up with the Paul DesLauriers Band.
If you haven’t caught them live, make sure you put them at the top of your bucket list. The Paul DesLauriers band features Paul on guitar and vocals,
And has been selected entertainer of the year twice at the Maple Blues Awards
Greg Morency has won two Maple Blues Awards as bass player of the year
And Sam Harrison also sports a Maple Blues Award as drummer of the year.
The Paul DesLauriers band is currently out west so if you live out that way, make sure you catch them.
Sunday August 19th at Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Salmon Arm BC
Tuesday, August 21st at The Dream Café, Penticton BC
Wednesday August 22nd. Fire Valley Concert Series, Edgewood Legion Bar, Edgewood BC
Thursday August 23rd Slocan City Trading Company, Slocan BC
Saturday August 25th at Edmonton Blues Festival, Edmonton AB
Sunday August 26th at the Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival, Nanaimo BC
And while you’re at it, pick up their latest cd Relentless. It’s a real winner !
Crystal Shawanda was up next, but lightning storms kept us hunkered down in our home.
I’m sure she put on a great show. Her new blues cd is entitled Voodoo Woman and it’s a dandy
The Kitchener Blues Festival
We arrived on the Friday afternoon catching John McKinley
The Festival features 3 main stages within walking distance, but when you from one to other, you put some serious road work in. And if anyone thinks the blues is waning, just take a look at the crowds that attended!
We hiked on down to Victoria Park to catch Kitchener’s Gary Cain Band
After this hometown performance, he’s moving down to Austin Texas, but have no fear he’ll be returning for regular Canadian tours.
We hotfooted it back to the first stage where we started originally to catch tunes from Son of Dave
Then on the move again, to listen to Miss Angel and the Homewreckers
Angel puts on a great show, and in case you didn’t know, she’s the widow of the legendary Mel Brown.
It was time for dinner, and let me tell you we had wonderful Japanese cuisine on King Street!
After dinner, Jonathan Knight and Soulstack served up the savoury blues.
Excitement built as we knew the closing act of the night was going to be Walter Trout. I knew his music but had never seen him live. He just put everyone away with his performance.
He talked about his recent battle with liver disease and how he almost died. He spent 8 months on his back in a hospital, unable to speak. A liver transplant saved his life. But he had to learn how to walk, speak, and even more of a challenge, he had to learn how to play guitar all over again. His passion and desire speak to his determination to once again take the stage with guitar in hand. He was simply amazing and the crowd responded in kind.
That was it for Blues Source for our first day. Next week we’ll continue highlighting the Kitchener Blues Festival in another photo packed blog.
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