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July 20, 2008

King Eddy Reunion Jam & Bash

Written by
cindy mcleod

live blues, Calgary

King Eddy Reunion

King Eddy Reunion Jam & Bash
Saturday, August 16
Shamrock Tavern & Grill, Calgary

Flamekeeper for the King Eddy Plans 4th Annual Event

The 4th annual King Eddy Reunion Jam & Bash takes place at the Shamrock Tavern & Grill in Calgary on Saturday, August 16th from 2pm till 2am.

Hosting the afternoon jam will be Blueswak, who will be joined throughout the day by local players and blues giants such as Sonny Rhodes and other King Eddy alumni.

The King Eddy, once known as “home of the blues” for the world class music that rolled through the doors, was the hub of Calgary’s blues music scene before closing in August of 2004, when the building was condemned due to mould. Over the years the venerable club presented such names as John Hammond, Pinetop Perkins, Otis Rush and Buddy Guy, along with hosting some of the city’s most popular jam sessions on Saturday afternoons.

Since that time Calgary blues fans have rallied to save the colourful history and culture of the King Eddy, creating an advocacy group and hosting events to raise awareness about the importance of the building to the blues scene in the city. Recent announcements have been made that the initiative has been successful in saving the name and perhaps part of the actual building.

One of its great supporters, the Shamrock Tavern & Grill, have hosted multiple events and become an ad hoc replacement venue for the famous King Eddy Saturday afternoon jams. Organizer Darcy Clendenning has put together the 4th annual King Eddy Reunion Jam & Bash in honour of the establishment. As Clendenning puts it ” The Shamrock Hotel is the proud to carry the flame, so to speak, for as long as necessary. When the King Eddy re-opens, we can hand back the torch to the new operators and re-establish blues music at The King Eddy.”

for more info phone 403-290-0084

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