By Ken Wallis
Kitchener Blues Festival Part 2
This is part two of our spotlight on the Kitchener Blues Festival.
And it’s gonna be packed with the artists Blue Source saw at the Festival.
On the way, I even stopped to take a ‘true selfie’
She took the stage and rocked us all to the music of Janis Joplin.
Ben Racine Band
Ben showed why he was selected as best guitarist at last year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
The talented harmonica player for the J. Geils Band showed how to create Magic on the harp, accompanied by Shun Ng
Carson Downey Band
A last-minute replacement, Carson proved he’s not you average substitute band. He cranked it up a few notches and had the audience glued to their seats.
Roomful of Blues
I’ve been listening to this storied band for years but this was the first time I got to see them live. They sure know how to put on a rousing show and I feel fortunate we got to see them
Ghost Town Blues Band
We got stuck in a restaurant and got there late to see one of our favourite bands. Their popularity was evident as it was so packed I couldn’t get near the stage for pictures. Matt Isbell sure knows how to put on a performance !
Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials
Another band I’ve always enjoyed but never seen live. Lil’ Ed is the consummate performer. His facial expressions reflected how much he enjoyed being on stage, and he won the hearts of the audience. All I need to say is I can’t wait to see him again.
Boy can she belt out a tune. She’s garnered three-in-a-row Grammy nominations for Blues album of the year.
It was quite a day – we walked from one stage to another and I set a record number of steps in one day!
And thrilled to see Cheryl Lescom hosting some of the events.
She looks dynamite!
Final Day – Sunday
When it comes to the last day of a festival, you can’t help but get the blues. But then again, we were there to hear the Blues, so we kept on Shuffling.
Danny put on a unique show. After listening a lot to his cd, Cities In Blue, I was expecting more of the same. Well he threw a complete curve by playing a bunch of oldie tunes as only Danny Could play. Hats off to a master performer who had the audience in stitches with his banter between songs.
Jack de Keyzer
Jack is the poster boy for Canadian Blues. It seems almost unfathomable that when you’re the best, you can get even better. But Jack did just that.
He performed a slew of songs from his new cd Checkmate, which I truly believe is a masterful recording saluting Chess records.
Jack’s band has also scaled the heights of greatness. Richard Thornton on sax,
Alan Duffy on bass,
Nick Succi on keys
and Rick Donaldson on drums.
The were so tight you couldn’t squeeze a rift between them. What a show. And they were having a blast!
And the huge audience loved it!
After the show we went backstage for a visit.
It was great catching up with these terrific musicians.
Dawn Tyler Watson
She won last year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and her talent is obvious. If you need proof, get her cd Jawbreaker and you’ll understand why. I’ve seen her numerous times and I’m still in awe.
And that was it. Time to head home with music in our heads and Blues in our hearts.
I want to salute the Kitchener Blues Festival and the folks that pull it off. An amazing weekend of blues that is free for music lovers to enjoy.
Many thanks to Claude Cloutier for facilitating our attendance.
Additional pictures will be posted on www.facebook.com/BluesSourceEntertainment
What’s up Next ?
The Kingston Blues Festival is this weekend but unfortunately we can’t attend.
The Southside Shuffle
It takes place September 7,8, 9 in Port Credit.
We’ll cover it in our next blog and Blues Blast will highlight the music on Sept 4 on 101.5 The Hawk Fm and Sept 6 on Blues and Roots Radio.