Canadian blues music live
Guitarmania Vlll Stars Seven Guitar Wizards
Guitar lovers in Calgary are in for a treat this weekend as the Calgary Blues Music Association and Kaos Blues carry on their popular tradition of profiling some of the finest guitarists in the nation and beyond.
Guitarmania Vlll features seven of the finest from Canada and beyond, with Ken Greer (Toronto), Maurice John Vaughn (Chicago), Jack Semple (Regina), Jerry Doucette (Vancouver), Megan Lane (Regina), Dan Silljer (Regina) and Brent Wright (Calgary) headlining the event.
All three shows will feature each headline artist for a full set and backed by an all-star band including bassist Curtis Cripps, drummer Duris Maxwell, and Hammond B3 man Mike Little.
Jerry Doucette is one of Canada’s most gifted, influential, and under-rated performers. Mama Let Him Play (1977), with Brent Shindell (guitar), Duris Maxwell (drums), Don Cummings (bass) and Robbie King (keyboards) went platinum virtually overnight. Opening for the likes of Bob Welch and Meatloaf, Doucette quickly made a name for himself south of the border.
Considered a virtuoso of his art form, Jack Semple plays with unparalleled feeling and total technical control. The JUNO award-winning guitarist/singer has performed from Vancouver to Montreux, released 7 CD’s, and shared the stage with international artists ranging from Martha Reeves to k.d. lang.
Maurice John Vaughn
A triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals, Chicago-based Maurice John Vaughn was raised on Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and James Brown. He incorporated his various influences into a blues and R&B style that is completely his own. Maurice writes sharp, original songs, and performs them with soulful vocals, cutting-edge lead guitar, and swinging saxophone.
“Music means everything to me; it is my release, my passion, and my love…” (Megan Lane) “…Every city we play in draws a crowd because word gets out that I’m a 18-year-old girl who plays a mean guitar, but once we start to play, who I am on the outside is no longer a factor. One hundred percent emotion is put into my music, and that’s why audiences want more once they see me play.
Left-handed guitar slinger Dan Silljer has burned up the scene in the last decade, as he blends the past, present and future of the blues into one powerful sound. Silljer has shared the stage with a number of blues greats, including Toronto’s Jeff Healey and Regina’s Jack Semple, and in March 2007 was an invited guest of the Robert Cray Band at the Casino Regina Show Lounge.
Brent Wright has been a professional musician since he was 16 years old. He’s performed with a diverse range of artists including Dr. Hook, Jerry Doucette, and Long John Baldry to name a few. A veteran in the studio, Brent has appeared on jingles, artist cd’s, and his own material. Brent has worked locally with award-winning bluesman Donald Ray Johnson, and has recorded and performed with composer-pianist Ron Casat.
One of the founding members of Canadian rock legend Red Rider, Ken Greer has a long and illustrious history in the Canadian music industry. When not producing, or appearing as part of Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Ontario native Ken Greer also is a band member of the Juno and multiple CMT award-winning Road Hammers.
Shows run this Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28, with two evening performances and a Saturday afternoon all-ages matinee. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door.
For more information visit www.calgarybluesfest.com
Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28
Ken Greer, Jack Semple, Maurice John Vaughn, Brent Wright, Megan Lane, Dan Silljer, Jerry Doucette
with Curtis Cripps, Duris Maxwell, Mike Little
Bowness Community / Calgary