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July 14, 2008

Maple Ridge Jazz & Blues Festival

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Maple Ridge Jazz & Blues Festival

Maple Ridge Jazz & Blues Festival
Saturday, August 9
Memorial Peace Park
Maple Ridge, BC

A Full Day of World Class Jazz, Blues & Latin Music Runs on Two Stages

The 12th annual Maple Ridge Jazz and Blues Festival takes place Saturday, August 9 at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge, B.C.

Running from noon – 11pm, the festival features two outdoor stages with 11 hours of non-stop live music by jazz, blues and roots veterans alongside emerging talent. Other festival attractions include a beer garden, food and arts vendors, displays and more.

A wide range of jazz styles are represented in the headline roster, including the 13-piece Cuban ensemble La Gran Union lead by Wil Campa (Cuba, Vancouver), award-winning tenor saxophonist Eli Bennett (Vancouver); Dixieland greats The Creole Jazz Band (Vancouver); Last Train Home – The Metheny Project (Vancouver) and marimba/percussion ensemble Kutapira (Vancouver), who perform a mix of Zimbabwe marimba music and Afro-Cuban drumming.

Blues artists include keyboard giant John Lee Sanders (New Orleans, Kelowna), vocalist Sibel Thrasher (Vancouver), guitarist Gerald Charlie & Black Owl Blues (Scowlitz Reserve, Lake Errock), guitarist Nigel Mack & the Blues Attack (Vancouver) and the Russell Jackson Band (Vancouver), to name a few.

Tickets are $20, (half price for seniors 65+) and are available at the gates and only on the day of the festival. Children 12 & under are free.

MAPLE RIDGE JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL HEADLINE ROSTER

Alouette Stage

Kutapira
Eli Bennett
Sibel Thrasher
Last Train Home
John Lee Sanders
Russell Jackson Band
La Gran Union with Wil Campa

BC 150 Spirit Stage

Gerald Charlie & Black Owl Blues
Nigel Mack & The Blues Attack
The Lavalights
The Creole Jazz Band
Arsen Shomakhov

for more info visit www.jazzblues.ca

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