Summertime Blues Fest 2015
August 28-29-30 at Maffeo Sutton Park
The Nanaimo Blues Society presents The Summertime Blues Fest August 28th, 29th and 30th at Maffeo Sutton Park on the waterfront in Downtown NanaimoThe festival is quickly becoming known as the “go to” Blues Festival on Vancouver Island. With International stars, Canadian stars, a beautiful waterfront park and great volunteers the festival has it all. It features great food and beverages, along with eclectic vendors selling their one of a kind arts and crafts.
There is an International headliner each night. Friday night features Marcia Ball. The Texas born, Louisiana raised pianist/vocalist. She is equal parts Texas Soul, New Orleans second line rhythms, Boogie-Woogie and Louisiana Swamp Blues.
Saturday night features Elvin Bishop. Elvin was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame this year as an original member of the Butterfield Blues Band. His music is a mash-up of Chicago Blues, rowdy R&B and good-time Rock ‘n’ Roll. He is best known for his huge hit, “Fooled Around and Fell In Love”.
Sunday night features Zydeco powerhouse C.J. Chenier. His father, Clifton Chenier, was the undisputed King of Zydeco. C.J. started out in his father’s band at the age of 20 playing sax. As his father’s health deteriorated due to complications from diabetes, C.J. took over accordion duties. When his father passed in 1987, C.J. took over the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Since then he has forged his own path with his unique style of Zydeco. If you’re not familiar with Zydeco it features accordion and rub board and blends up-tempo Blues, R&B and indigenous Louisiana Creole music. It’s very lively and almost impossible to sit still while the band is playing.
Besides these international stars the fest also features three of Canada’s greatest Blues stars: Jack Semple, Harp Dog Brown and Poppa Dawg. All three artists have large followings due to their undeniable talent and continuous touring. The balance of the festival features the best Blues bands in Western Canada and Vancouver Island.
Advance tickets are available at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo. Early bird 3-day passes are $69.95 until June 30th. After that, the 3-day passes are available for $79.95. They are also available the day of the shows. Friday’s tickets are $20 and Saturday’s and Sunday’s tickets are $40 each day.
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Doug Fetherston has produced a wonderful montage for the Nanaimo Blues Society for our 2014 edition of Summertime Blues!
Our thanks go to Doug for the compilation!
go! Island - Live at The Queen's!
1:40-4:48: Jackie Moisan talks about the popular Sunday Blues jams at The Queen's
6:30-10:06: NBS president Gerold Haukenfrers with info on the Summertime Blues festival
34 Victoria Crescent
From 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Only $5.00 at the door !