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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.


Alouette Stage

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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