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February 21, 2009

2nd Annual Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest Kicks Off

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues festivals, Canada

Kathi McDonald

Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb 23-26
Kathi McDonald
Paul Oscher
International Blues Collective
Paul James

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The second annual Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest kicks off on Monday, Feb. 23 and runs the full week with a host of activities and a headline roster featuring some of the finest in blues.

Slated to appear are legendary Seattle vocalist Kathi McDonald; multi-instrumentalist Paul Oscher (Chicago); the International Blues Collective with Kenny Neal (Baton Rouge, LA), Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne (Vancouver), and Sonny Rhodes (L.A.); and Toronto guitar giant Paul James.

Throughout the week blues fans can wipe away the winter blahs with a range of dance Parties, Concerts, Workshops, Singing the Blues Vocal Camp, the CBMA Blues Hall of Fame Awards ceremony & more.



Emerging Blues Artists Workshop – 3-5 pm
with Wayne Logan, Entertainment Lawyer
Cantos Music Foundation

Wayne Logan brings his extensive legal background in intellectual property and business law to this workshop designed for blues musicians with experience.

Singing the Blues Vocal Camp Clinic – 8:00 pm
with Kathi McDonald
Ironwood Stage

Aspiring blues vocalists will be guided in the art of singing and performing by legendary Seattle songstress Kathi McDonald.


Singing the Blues Vocal Camp Performances – 8:00 pm
with Kathi McDonald
Flight Deck International Bar & Grill

Vocal camp participants perform with the Tommy Knowles band before a live audience.


Flight Deck International Bar & Grill – 8:00 pm

CBMA Blues Hall of Fame Awards

The 2nd annual Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony honours regional blues artists who’ve been voted by fans as tops in their field.

Midwinter Bluesfest Concert
with special guest Kathi McDonald & Friends

The great Kathi McDonald will rock the house with her powerhouse vocals.

Twilight Blues Jam

A signature event during both Calgary Blues festivals.


Midwinter Concert – 8:00 pm
with Paul Oscher – Alone With the Blues
Inglewood Community Hall

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Oscher.


Midwinter All-Star Dance Party – 9:00 pm
International Blues Collective
with Kenny Neal , Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Sonny Rhodes
SAIT’S Gateway Lounge

This trio of greats appears in a six-piece band for a screamin’ hot dance party in celebration of Black History month.


Blues Jammer’s Workshop – noon to 2 pm
with Bob Kohl
Mikey’s Juke Joint & Eatery

Workshop for beginner & intermediate musicians who wish to, or currently participate in, jam sessions at local clubs.

Midwinter Dance Party – 9:00 pm
starring Paul James with Bill Dowey & the Blues Devils
Inglewood Community Hall

JUNO Award-winning guitarist Paul James (Toronto) performs with one of Calgary’s favourite blues bands.

for more info visit www.calgarybluesfest.com

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