THIRD ANNUAL BLUES FESTIVAL
Saturday, Feb 15 Doors @ 1:00 pm Music from 2:00 - 9:30 pm
5 Miles to Memphis
Front Porch Revue
Dylan Farrell Band
Thomas Alexander & Fusion Experience Band
Sunday, February 16 Doors @ 12:30 Music 1:30 - 9:00 pm
Angie & the InKeins
Blind Dog Blues Band
The Lynne Chwyl Band
Winter Blues Festival Line Up
February 15, Saturday Line-up
Doors at 1:00. Music from 2:00 - 9:30
5 Miles To Memphis is a 7 piece local group with a unique sound, an infectious vibe and decades of musical experience in the Edmonton music scene. Their love of the blues and all of its variations and derivatives, from Chicago to Country, shines through in their mix of originals and covers. The band is anchored by singer, songwriter, keyboardist and harp player Kevin Kulchitsky. Kevin was a semi-finalist in the YEG 2014 Memphis Blues Challenge. The rest of the band features the talents of bassist James Pryma, guitarist Dan Meunier and drummer Ebenezer Militsala. But what really sets 5MTM aside is the backup/lead vocal and percussion section featuring Dilys Kulchitsky, Jonna Rogers Borchman and Charlotte Burrows under the arrangement of Dilys Kulchitsky. There is nothing as sweet as the human voice in three-part harmony.
The Colin McDonald Band Here are three very talented guys who love the blues and love to play. Formed in 2013, the Colin McDonald Band (CMB) delivers driving, dynamic high energy blues classics with passion and precision. The band consists of Colin McDonald guitar and vocals; Maurie Jarvis bass guitar and vocals; Tyson Well drums and vocals. The CMB loves to play songs from their favorite artists, staying true to the creation of the song but adding their own flavor and spice when they can.
Front Porch Roots Revue - With 10 years of gigging and recording under its collective belt, Front Porch Roots Revue has earned a reputation as an act that is both exciting and dependable, yet one that is continually evolving and coming at its audiences from any number of musical reference points. With bassist Ron Rault, harmonica player David “Crawdad” Cantera, guitarist Gord Matthews and drummer Thom Moon as the current “core” members, Front Porch continues to work from the premise that there is strength in numbers. The other constant in the Front Porch Roots Revue equation is that there is no reason to not explore both the music written by band members, songs found in the discographies of great artists that make for great theme-based shows, and traditional music, whether it be blues, country, gospel and/or folk.
The Dylan Farrell Band is a high energy blues band based out of Edmonton. In January 2018 they represented Northern Alberta at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN where they made it to the semi-finals. They recently released their new CD “A Week at the Exchange”
Dylan Farrell is a born guitarist whose playing displays an emotional maturity and technical depth and dexterity that is truly remarkable for someone only in his mid-twenties. Originally from Minto, New Brunswick, he began his professional career playing in his father’s band in Saint John at the age of 15. Upon moving to Edmonton in 2012, he almost instantly became a fixture in the city’s thriving roots and blues scene, lending his consummate skill as a sideman to several acts and hosting weekly blues jams throughout the city. The Dylan Farrell Band consists of Jeff Burwash on drums, Nigel Gale on bass and Eric Doucet on keys.
Thomas Alexander and The Fusion Experience Thomas Alexander is a local performer with international credentials. He has been part of bands successfully touring the US and Japan. Thomas takes his inspiration from Icons like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Billy Eckstine, and Ella Fitzgerald and has sung with many bands and artists of the statue of Florence Larue lead vocalist of the 5th Dimension, The band consists of Thomas Alexander (lead vocals); Percy Marshall (guitar and vocals); Rollie LaMarche (bass guitar); Scott Alexander (Keyboards and vocals); Murray Schneider (keyboards and vocals); Ray Dussome (drums and percussion)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH LINEUP
Doors @ 12:30 Music from 1:30 - 9:00 pm
Angie & The iNkleiNs are a Roots and Blues Band from Edmonton Alberta. Their music is danceable, emotionally rich, a mix of original songs and reimagined covers from many generations and genres.
Singer/songwriter, Angie Klein, captivates and engages audiences with soaring vocals and passionate performances. Will Ryan is an accomplished guitarist with a passion for the blues. He started gigging at the age of 16 in rock and roll bands and graduated from the Grant MacEwan Music program in 2011. Bass player Benjamin Williams is a professional entertainer and musician; his career began with the classical guitar in 2004, winning numerous scholarships and accolades for his studies in the years that followed. Drummer Darryl Simpson graduated from Grant MacEwan University in the early 1990s, with a Performance Major in Music.
The Blind Dog Blues Band has blues-based grooves with rocking energy. Their vocals are heartfelt with tight harmonies. They serve up rip-roaring riffs mixed with simple, solid and satisfying soulfulness. Vocalist/songwriter, Della Curry has won many vocal competitions over the years. Bruce Goebel (Bass, vocals) started his music career at age 12 and played with a variety of bands throughout the years. Bruce built the 5-string bass that he plays at gigs. Howard McKay (guitar, harp, vocals) studied music at the UofA and Grant MacEwan as well as playing in a variety of bands. He taught music for over 35 years in elementary schools. Hugh Read (guitar, vocals) has played in a number of Edmonton-area bands over the years and performed as a single during the 1970s. Hugh taught in the Edmonton Public School system and at NAIT. Michael Sabourin (drums, vocals) started playing drums in high school, he studied music at Grant MacEwan and has played with many folk, rock and jazz bands and played for several theatre productions.
The Lynne Chwyl Band - Lynne Chwyl grew up in Ardrossan, AB. Her early life experiences lend Lynne’s vocals a powerful intensity fraught with smoky, sultry and sometimes gritty authentic emotion. Lynne is backed by an exciting convergence of some of Edmonton’s finest musicians who together deliver a high degree of blues musicality and performance that captures the admiration of their peers and fans everywhere. Edmonton Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Percy Marshall provides a full palette of tasty rhythm and lead guitar licks acquired through a lifelong career that began with his first guitar lesson at age 9. Jeff Barlett plays bass with a relaxed, yet solid groove that knits the band together effortlessly. Drummer Greg Pretty has a long history with the blues, having toured with many blues greats. Rounding out this cast of characters are classically-trained and award-winning saxophonist, Rose Marie C, and world-touring pianist, David Aide, a.k.a. Rooster Davis, on keyboards.
The Van Dangos have been playing their way through the local Edmonton music scene with their brand of the ’50s influenced rock and roll. By combining elements of rockabilly, country, swing, and blues, they'll keep ya movin' and groovin' and tappin' ya shoes. While riding the freight train lines, Zander was caught by CP railroad officials. In an attempt to evade the railroad police, he wound up falling off a tank car and onto the railroad track. This resulted in the loss of four fingers but that did not stop him. Three years later, at age 23, he continues to play guitar, despite the traumatic incident. Zander is joined by Dustin West (drums), Sean Stephens (bass), and Brian Musilek (keyboards).
Charlie Jacobson is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Red Deer, Alberta. He has backed up, and been backed up by, some of the Canadian blues giants: Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Russell Jackson, David Vest, and Donald Ray Johnson, to name a few.
All of this foundation building paid off. Charlie’s guitar appears to be part of his body when he’s on stage, like a third arm. It is not uncommon to see him weaving throughout crowds and jumping from drum kit to table while singing his heart out and never losing a note on the guitar. Joining Charlie is Andy Hamilton on bass and Jeff Lisk on drums