2020 Saskatoon Blues Festival Lineup

Thursday, February 27th

Buds on Broadway

817 Broadway Ave
Thursday, February 27th
Doors 8:00pm Show 9:00pm
No Cover

 

Buds on Broadway


Blues Showcase

Brothers G

Tony Kaye

Apollo Cruz


Friday, February 28th

The Bassment

202 4th Ave N
Friday, February 28th
Doors 8:00pm Show 9:00pm
Tickets - $40. At the door - $45.00




Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia CopelandShemekia Copeland © Mike White / Alligator Records


American blues chanteuse Shemekia Copeland never holds back. Her instantly recognizable voice - capable of being sultry, assertive and roaring - delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. Her wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute musical and lyrical approach. Her intensely empowering, American music is as insightful as it is fun.

Her new album, America's Child, received two Blues Music Awards: Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. It is Copeland's most compelling work yet, with music swelling beyond Blues and into spirited Americana, with elements of rock, soul and country. Shemekia sings with passion and insight about the chaos and uncertainty in the world while still finding joy all around her.

Shemekia Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world and has appeared on national television, NPR, and in newspapers, films and magazines. She's sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. In 2012, she performed with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark, Jr. and others at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.

"When Shemekia Copeland opens her mouth, everybody pays attention. She pierces your soul. This is how you do it, and nobody does it better than Shemekia Copeland" - No Depression

Jeff Beck calls her "amazing". Santana says, "She's incandescent…a diamond."



Web site: Shemekia Copeland


Saturday, February 29th

Blues workshop

Rott'n Dan and Lightnin' Willy

Amigos Cantina

806 Dufferin Ave
Noon
No Charge


Rott'n Dan and Lightnin' Willy


Join Rott'n Dan and Lightnin' Willy at Amigos for a workshop on the blues. Dan and Willy are an acoustic duo focusing on Pre War, Piedmont and Country Blues.

Saturday, February 29th

The Bassment

202 4th Ave N
Saturday, February 29th
Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm
Tickets - $40



B.C. Read

B.C.Read


The high priest of Saskatoon blues musicians, B.C. Read has been preaching the gospel of Robert, Howlin', B.B. and Muddy to audiences in Western Canada for over 30 years.


Sugar Brown

Sugar Brown


There is something to be said about the dedication, ambition, and determination of a scholar; the drive to be the best and to offer his or her best work on whatever project or task is presented. Enter Sugar Brown, aka Dr. Ken Kawashima, PhD. Kawashima is a scholar and professor of East Asian history, as well as a scholar of music. His chosen musical endeavor is classic blues music and a concerted effort to record and preserve the unmistakable Chicago blues sound that harkens back to Chess Record's famous releases. The 2014 release of Sugar Brown's debut recording Sugar Brown's Sad Day stunned listeners across Canada with his ease and force in playing and singing blues. He quickly earned recognition for his classic style and raucous performances from the media and festival bookers coast-to-coast.

Recently, Sugar Brown's repertoire has morphed beyond Chicago blues and into a more chaotic and wild space shared by the Texas blues of Lightnin' Hopkins and Frankie Lee Sims, as well as the trance-like blues of northern Mississippi's R.L. Burnside.



Facebook page: Sugar Brown


Shawn Holt and The Teardrops

Shawn Holt and The TeardropsPhoto: Sylvie-Bosc


Shawn Holt is the son of legendary Blues Legend Magic Slim. The high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well and if you like what Magic Slim and The Teardrops have been doing for the last 35 years, you can continue to enjoy that unique sound and energy with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad's band. In 2014 Shawn Holt and The Teardrops won the Blues Music Award for "New Artist Debut Album for Daddy Told Me" on Blind Pig Records.

Shawn started playing the blues at the age of 17, when he went on the road with this father and Slim's brother, Uncle Nick Holt and The Teardrops. Shortly after that tour with his father, Shawn realized his genetic destiny (all the Holt's are talented musicians) and formed his own band. He has been watching, learning and playing blues ever since.....Worldwide!

Web site: Shawn Holt and The Teardrops



Sunday, March 1st

Windup Party

Black Cat Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave
1:00pm
Tickets $10.00 at the door)

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