VBS Blues Calendar –  February 9, 2020

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Congratulations to the winners of the 23rd Annual Maple Blues Awards

Entertainer of the Year -Downchild Blues Band

Electric Act of the Year – Colin James

Acoustic Act of the Year – Matt Andersen

Male Vocalist of the Year – Matt Andersen

Female Vocalist of the Year – Miss Emily

New Artist of the Year – Miss Emily

Recording/Producer of the Year – Dawn Tyler Watson – Mad Love / Self (François Thiffault & Dawn Tyler Watson)

B.B. King International Artist of the Year – Buddy Guy

Songwriter of the Year – Dawn Tyler Watson

Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) – Michael Jerome Browne

Guitarist of the Year – Paul DesLauriers

Harmonica Player of the Year – *tied Harpdog Brown, Steve Marriner

Piano/Keyboard of the Year – Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Horn Player of the Year-*tied Chris Whiteley, Mat “Moose” Mousseau (Ben Racine Band)

Drummer of the Year – Tom Bona (Sue Foley)

Bassist of the Year – Alec McElcheran (Paul DesLauriers Band)

Blues Booster of the Year – Brian Blain

 

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Congratulations to the 2020 International Blues Challenge winners and to ALL the winners who made it to Memphis: http://j.mp/IBC2020Winners

1st Place Band – HOROJO Trio (Ottawa Blues Society)
2nd Place Band – The Jose Ramirez Band (The DC Blues Society)
3rd Place Band – The Pitbull of Blues Band / thepitbullofblues.com (Southwest Florida Blues Society)

1st Place Solo/Duo – Hector Anchondo (Blues Society of Omaha)
2nd Place Solo/Duo – Felix Slim (The Long Island Blues Society)

Gibson Guitar Award (Best Band Guitarist) – JW-Jones (HOROJO Trio)
Memphis Cigar Box Award (Best Solo/Duo Guitarist) – Hector Anchondo
Lee Oskar Harmonicas Award (Best Harmonica Player) – Felix Slim
Best Self-Produced CD – Moonshine Society “Sweet Thing” – River City Blues Society

 

Summertime Blues Festival 2020

Are you ready for Summertime Blues Festival 2020!? It’s going to be a blast!!
Weekend passes at early bird prices are on sale now. Makes a great gift.

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Buy tickets Now

EARLY BIRD WEEKEND PASS   $139.99 until March 1st 2020
REGULAR WEEKEND PASS       $189.99
SINGLE DAY PASSES:
FRIDAY          $89.99
SATURDAY    $89.99
SUNDAY        $89.99

VBS Up Coming Shows

Sat March 7 – Bluestravaganza – 5 bands $10

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ONGOING

Sunday Blues Service Jam – @ V-Lounge in the Red Lion. 3:00-7:30 pm  

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Sunday Blues Jam – Queens Bar, Nanaimo 4-8 pm. Host bands.

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Thur Feb 13

The Blue Hearts –  Hermann’s

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Gary Preston – Ross Bay

Fri Feb 14

Hip Shake Collective – Louisiana – Cup of Joe  5-7

The Kingmixers Duo – Bear Mountain Masters Lounge 6 PM

Fri Feb 21

Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar – Hermann’s Jazz Club .

Deb Rhymer Band – Bart’s 9 pm

Soul Shakers – ANAFVETS Sidney Legion

Hip Shake Collective – Louisiana – Cup of Joe –  5-7

Sat Feb 22

Paul Black – The Loft $10

KingmiXers Trio – The Rose Public House, Colwood 8 pm

Thur Feb 27

Hip Shake – Ross Bay

Fri Feb 28

Hip Shake Collective – Louisiana – Cup of Joe –  5-7

Paul Black – The Queens, Nanaimo 7 pm $7

Sat Feb 29

Mark Comerford – Christie’s

David Vest – Mardi Gras – Hermann’s

Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley – Nanaimo

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NAHS celebrates Black History Month Finale, Gala dinner and dance at the Bowen Auditorium, 500 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo. Celebrate with our Featured Act Deemed the “Masters of Old School Blues!” ON TOUR Diana Braithwaite (vocals) and Chris Whiteley (guitar,trumpet,harmonica) with band; stellar musicians guitarist Jordie Edmonds, bassist Jack Lavin and drummer Matthew Pease. A blues celebration not to be missed!

Dinner will be a buffet style of African and Southern Cuisine – Tickets $35, Members $30. Doors open at 6pm, Dinner at 7pm.  Tickets available on line at: www.nanaimoafricanheritagesociety.com 

Sat Mar 7

Rhymer & Wells – Boondocks, Sidney

VBS Bluestravaganza – 5 bands $10

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Fri Mar 13

Carlos Del Junco – Upstairs Lounge

Sat Mar 14

Give Them Their Flowers – Distrikt

Fri Mar 20

Corey Harris – Upstairs Lounge

Fri – Apr 3

Bill Johnson Trio – The Oaks 7-9

Sat Apr 4

R&B Kingpins – Hank’s BDay Bash – Hemann’s

Sat Apr 11

Rhymer and Wells – Christie’s 730-1030 FREE

Tues Apr 14

Bonnie Raitt  & James Taylor – Save On Memorial

Thur Apr 16

Little Marty & the Jukejoint – Hermann’s

Friday Apr 24

Deb Rhymer Band – Bart’s Pub 9 pm

Sat Apr 25

Rhymer & Wells – Boondocks, Sidney

Fri May 8

Jim Byrnes / Babe Gurr – Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 7 pm

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Sat June 20

Rhymer & Wells – Boondocks, Sidney

Sat July 11

Rhymer & Wells – Boondocks, Sidney

Sat Aug 8

Rhymer & Wells – Boondocks, Sidney

Sat Oct 24

Rhymer & Wells – Boondocks, Sidney

Sat Nov 14

Rhymer & Wells – Boondocks, Sidney

LAST CALL

 

LINKS

VANCOUVER BLUES AROUND TOWN

NANAIMO BLUES SOCIETY & FESTIVAL

WHITE ROCK BLUES SOCIETY

FRASER VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY

BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE 

BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE

BLUES IN VICTORIA ON FACEBOOK

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