VBS Blues Calendar –  March 1, 2021

Welcome to March, blues fans. Although things remain quiet on the live music scene, we are inching slowly closer to seeing a live show. Just not yet.

It is with great sadness we pass along the information that the Nanaimo Blues Festival is cancelled for 2021. I’m sure our friends at the Nanaimo Blues Society will be working hard to make 2022 bigger and better than ever.

In the meantime here are some on-line shows to check out.

Our own Deb Rhymer will be sing the blues at Hermann’s Jazz Club March 6th by donation.


Sat. March 6th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (All Ages)
A Night Of Blues presents:

Tom Bowler guitar and vocals, Sharon Workman piano, Joe Kovacs drums, Peter Dowse bass, known collectively as the Accidental Blues Company, in a show full of groove and feeling as only the blues can represent. The true highlights of the concert will be the special guests who will honour the stage!

Deb Rhymer vocals
Auntie Kate vocals
Doug Awai saxophone

These amazing guests will raise the roof in a blues extravaganza sure to please! You will be dancing in your living room, or kitchen, or garage, it doesn’t matter where, you will be grooving!

watch at https://www.youtube.com/c/HermannsJazzClubLive/videos
You can donate directly to the musicians and this venue at ArtsOnView.ca/Donate


Taj Mahal is doing some pay per view concerts:

Happy Winter!

TAJ MAHAL will announce a 3 show Livestream Series next week and open to your partner affiliate participation. Please let me know ASAP if you would like to participate – we’d love to have you!

Mandolin will be the exclusive ticket seller and streaming platform. For any interested parties, Mandolin will provide a unique ticket purchase link for you to market the show via your socials, email lists, ticket buyer lists and any other outreach opportunities.  We will provide artwork and suggested copy. Each show will be streamed live from the UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA at  6pm PST/9pm EST with a 48 hour post show replay window.  There are Individual ($25 USD), Group ($32 USD), Combo ($40 USD) and Series ($65 USD) ticket options. NOTE: 10% from each ticket sold via your unique ticket link regardless of price level will be paid back to you and settled by Mandolin within 30 days post stream.

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Taj Mahal and Phantom Blues Band with special guest Jon Cleary

Saturday, March 20, 2021
Roots Rising Showcase hosted by Taj Mahal and featuring Rob Ickes & Trey HensleyAmythyst KiahAnnie MackLeyla McCallaPiedmont Bluz Acoustic DuoRanky TankyAllison Russell and Jontavious Willis

Saturday, March 27, 2021
Taj Mahal & Fantastic Negrito

Announce/on sale Tuesday, February 23.

Michael Morris 

Harpdog Brown has been doing a music/interview show “Live From The Doghouse”




Four more episodes of the new Sunday Brunch series with special guests coming up

Faced with travel restrictions, venue closures and other limitations due to the global pandemic, blues artist Harpdog Brown has been displaced from his touring life and is temporarily riding out the pandemic in Alberta.

Harpdog and his team had planned to film more music videos for the 2019 release For Love & Money. Unfortunately, those plans were thwarted along with all the tour cancellations. Thankfully FACTOR allowed us to rethink our plans and come up with a solution that still met the funding criteria.

Through reconnecting with former bandmates from his former band The Bloodhounds (1990s) they were able to safely congregate at DanLyn Studios in Sherwood Park Alberta, just outside of Edmonton. It was a magical reunion that led to some outstanding musical performances.

“Many years ago I had a radio show on CJSR, broadcasting from an old bank vault in the basement of the University of Alberta campus. It was a fun project and a great vehicle to share music and a forum to delve into the blues” said Harpdog Brown. “Then my manager and I got to talking about that TV show ‘Daryl’s House’ that Daryl Hall used to host. And we thought, hey wouldn’t it be fun and entertaining to do something like that?”

“The rest fell into place. The band is fantastic. These guys are top-shelf. Some of the best blues players in Alberta. DanLyn Studios was the perfect location. It’s a beautiful studio and plenty of room to ensure all safety protocols would be followed. We lit it like a stage to give a live performance feel. They even have their own pub so that became the Dog House Pub where we shot all the interview segments. The only thing missing was a live audience.”

To tie it all together, each episode features the new band doing a remake of a song from the 2019 release For Love and Money.

In The Dog House Episodes

#1 JAN 24, 2021 – Bill Bourne


#2 JAN 31, 2021 – Peter North


#3 FEB 7, 2021 – Jack de Keyzer


#4 FEB 14, 2021 – Cam Hayden


#5 FEB 21, 2021 – Aki Kumar


#6 FEB 28, 2021 – Kid Andersen


#7 MAR 7, 2021 – John Nemeth


#8 MAR 14, 2021 – Holger Petersen


#9 MAR 21, 2021 – Tim Williams


About Harpdog Brown

Harpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues true to the sound of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late ’40s and early ‘50s. Until recently, he’s been touring as Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band – a vintage New Orleans Blues sound that is piano-driven and at any given show could feature slide trombone, sax, clarinet, trumpet and more. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington.

He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s a very fitting moniker. “I speak the blues like it’s the truth, and it is”, he was recently quoted. “I do feel like I’m a servant of the people. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages with a vintage sound. “Blues is a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and when they realize that we all have our issues, it’s OK.”

Follow Harpdog Brown

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarpdogBrownLIVE

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harpdogbrown

Website: https://www.HarpdogBrown.com

Listen/Buy For Love & Money from your favorite retailer: https://smarturl.it/HarpdogBrown

Not a YouTuber? All episodes can be watched on his website at https://www.HarpdogBrown.com/in-the-dog-house 

For interviews or additional information please contact:

Sarah French Publicity




As always, Be Kind, Be Calm and Stay Safe.

VBS Up Coming Shows




Tuesday 6-9 Jack & Dave – The Loft

Wednesday Night Showcase – The Loft

Thursdays & Saturdays 9pm – Sir Mike’s Blues Hour radiosidney.ca/

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Fridays 8-11pm – Cam Hayden’s Friday Night Blues Party  ckua.com/listen/

Sunday Showcase – The Loft 3 PM

Sunday Blues Services – V-Lounge @ Red Lion. 3-730 pm.  Cancelled for now.

The Queens , Nanaimo – temporarily closed.

— Contributions by VBS and Dave Harris,  BLUESIN VICTORIA



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