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July 19, 2007

Carma Acoustic Blues Announces 2007-08 Lineup

Written by
cindy mcleod

live blues, Canada

Acoustic Blues Series Stars Presents Artists in Intimate Setting

The Epcor Centre’s Carma Acoustic Blues Series announced their tenth anniversary lineup yesterday, with the upcoming 2007-08 season promising six outstanding concerts featuring some of the finest names in regional and international blues.

Performing in pared down versions of their sounds, the artists will be appearing at the intimate Engineered Air Theatre. Patrons can purchase tickets to individual concerts or a Blues Club Membership for all 6 shows at a discount.

2007-08 Carma Acoustic Blues Series Artists

SATURDAY, SEPT 22.07, 8pm

Her last three albums pay tribute to the women pioneers of blues and jazz of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, but for sultry singer Maria Muldaur they also prove she too is a blues legend. At a young age Maria was guided by blues greats Sippie Wallace and Victoria Spivey and mastered the art of capturing the soul of old time blues and jazz. “Midnight at the Oasis” (1974) was Grammy-nominated for song of the year and like much of her work, carries the essence of days gone by.

FRIDAY, OCT 19. 2007, 8pm

When Toronto musician Donnie Walsh started up the Downchild Blues Band with his brother 30 years ago, he had no idea his boisterous party band would ignite a Canadian blues revolution. Dubbed the “original blues brothers” (by Aykroyd himself), Downchild’s rhythms and rock ’n’ roll coolness not only influenced blues artists across Canada, but has made history as the premise behind the infamous SNL duo. In a rare, intimate setting this patriarch of Canadian blues will perform with band member Chuck Jackson, uncovering the basis behind Downchild’s work.

FRIDAY, NOV 16, 2007, 8pm

Big Bill Morganfield has the blues runnin’ through his blood. His debut album is proof that he inherited more than just a regal blues pedigree and menacing baritone voice from his father,
McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters. In recent years, Big Bill has come into the blues circuit, showcasing a sound rooted in the Chicago blues tradition and a songwriting talent that reaffirms he’s got soul. Rarely performing in a duo setting, Big Bill will have audiences remembering the old time tradition and spirit of his legendary father.

FRIDAY, JAN 18, 2008 8pm

Canadian blues musician, David Gogo is known around the world for his ability to integrate blues, soul and rock into his electric performances; he’s wowed Stevie Ray Vaughan and toured with Johnny Winter. But he’s stripped it all down for his latest Juno-nominated release, “Acoustic” (2006), which shows Gogo is an ace on his 1930 National Steel resonator guitar, adding rich tone to his captivating and soulful blues.

FRIDAY, FEB 29.2008, 8pm

Kelly “Mr. Chill” Hoppe is known as the sidekick to Gordie Johnson of Canadian rockers, Big Sugar. But Mr. Chill has gone back to his country and bluegrass roots, using his talents as a multiinstrumentalist and singer to profess his honky tonk wisdom. He’ll hit the stage with guitarist Greg Cox and is sure to impart insight with his raw, clever and foot stompin’ performance.

FRIDAY, APR 25.08, 8pm

A brilliant songwriter, wild showman and elite guitarist, David Wilcox is an established Canadian blues and rock icon. For this very special performance the Carma Acoustic Blues Series will showcase a rare side of this guitar master. Wilcox will perform a solo acoustic show delving into the roots of blues, presenting his extensive work and demonstrating why he is a legend.


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