The BLues On Whyte Block party returns for its 5th year.

JULY 3RD BLOCK PARTY

Without a doubt, the single biggest party of the year. July 3 is a continuation of back-to-back live local music and fun that started on Canada Day. We continue the party by cranking up the heat even more with 9 bands across THREE STAGES ALL DAY! We don't always party like this, but when we do, we pull out all the stops.

For one rockin' Sunday in July, part of Whyte Avenue is closed to traffic and open to music fans! Blues on Whyte hosts Takin' it to the Streets - a music festival including 9 bands that play across 3 stages. Over 70 vendors and 6 food trucks will line the streets for some shopping and eating while you take in the live music and enjoy a free pancake breakfast.

Here's the schedule:

STREET STAGE: (clicking on the artist will take you to their Facebook Page)

Jenie Thai                         10:00am - 11:00am
Boogie Patrol                   11:30am - 12:30pm
Absofunkinlutely              1:15pm - 2:00pm
Sam Spades                     2:45pm - 3:45pm
Sweet Vintage Rides       4:15pm - 5:15pm
Punk Drunk Cabaret        5:45pm - 6:45pm
Powerhouze                     7:30pm - 8:30pm
Hector Anchondo            9:00pm - 10:00pm

BEER GARDEN STAGE:

The Steadies                     12:30pm - 1:30pm
Boogie Patrol                    2:00pm - 3:00pm
Absofunkinlutely              3:30pm - 4:30pm
Powerhouze                     5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hector Anchondo            6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sam Spades                     8:00pm - 9:00pm
Punk Drunk Cabaret        9:15pm - 10:15pm

BLUES ON WHYTE STAGE (INSIDE)

Jenie Thai                        2:30pm - 3:30pm
The Steadies                   4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sam Spades                    5:30pm - 6:30pm
Absofunkinlutely             7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sweet Vintage Rides      8:30pm - 9:30pm
Powerhouze                    10:00pm - 11:00pm
Punk Drunk Cabaret      11:30pm - 12:30am
Hector Anchondo            1:00am - 2:00am

About The Bands:

BOOGIE PATROL:

Boogie Patrol has steadily built their reputation as one of Western Canada’s premier Funk, Soul & Blues Rock bands. Since their formation in Edmonton in 2007 they have opened for blues legends such as Buddy Guy, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. A featured act on some of the West’s finest roots music festivals. The band has garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic following on the strength of their high-energy live shows and their dedication to excellent musicianship and charming stage presence.

While charismatic vocalist Dan Shinnan’s blazing harmonica punctuates Yuji Ihara’s savvy compositions, and anchored by the thick, head-bopping bass of Nigel Gale, Boogie Patrol creates a grooving, propulsive pocket that fills dance floors to capacity and beckons even the most sensible of patrons to join in the enthusiasm.

HECTOR ANCHONDO:

A few artists Hector has had the privilege of performing with: Styx, Magic Slim, Johnny Winter, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Indigenous, Rockin' Johnny, Spearhead, Blue October, Big & Rich, Fishbone, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Cyril Neville, Samantha Fish, Hamilton Loomis, and many more. 

Hector Anchondo doesn’t just play the blues— he lives and breathes the blues. At 16-years-old, the budding musician picked up his first guitar and never looked back. He began an instant love affair with the instrument, especially Fenders. Born in Omaha, but raised seven miles outside of Salem, Missouri, Anchondo was able to take advantage of the tranquil farm life and learn guitar at a steady pace. He was drawn to those artists who played Fender Stratocasters like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, but also respected the country greats such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr. As he got older, his propensity for music only intensified. After playing countless shows at family gatherings and hole-in-the-wall dive bars, Anchondo made the move back to Omaha, Nebraska in 2000. His first official recording, Rookies of the Year, was with his first band, Anchondo, and featured more energetic, Latin-influenced grooves. Recorded by the infamous A.J. Mogis of Presto! Studios (and later Saddle Creek Records), the album funded any touring for the next few years. With a home base in Omaha, it made traveling much easier. 

THE STEADIES

The Steadies take the explosively popular Top 40 sound and mix it with rocksteady and reggae influences, creating what they’ve dubbed, “island rock.” No matter your mood, The Steadies pick you up and carry you to the beach in your mind, the club in your dreams, the place you go to clear your head and dance. It’s a scene where rumbling fault lines rip open the dance floor, and the only thing that keeps you from falling over is the gravitational pull of the steady beat. The Steadies aren’t invited to the party---they are the party.

JENIE THAI

Vocally, she has been compared to an early Maria Muldaur but soaks in the musical influences of Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ryan Adams. A performer, song-writer, singer, and instrumentalist: Jenie Thai combines classical technique, jazz harmonics, and a life-long appreciation for blues and folk to produce a unique charm as a singer-songwriter on the on the Canadian folk, roots, and blues music scene.

ABSOFUNKINLUTELY

Former members of Father Time and The Green Line together creating the Funkinist-Reggaeist Jams around!!!
Dan Loyens- Vocals
Michael Conklin-Guitar
Ray Luedee-Drums
Jared Gumaer-Bass
Gerogious Giannios-Sax, vocals, keys, and just about everything else

SAM SPADES

Named after the lead character in Dashiell Hammett’s thirties pulp detective novel The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spades is a high energy rockabilly band from Edmonton, Alberta. The band takes a new twist on songs steeped in rockabilly tradition and has just released its first EP "Wolf". "With Wolf, Sam Spades has made a classic blues and rockabilly album that sounds as fresh and relevant as the throw-back bands that they’ve chosen to emulate. And for any fans of rockabilly Wolf would be an excellent record to add to your collection."- Jamie Robash, The Equal Ground.

Formed in the fall of 2013, Sam Spades has been growing its audience by playing concerts, clubs and festivals around Western Canada. The band’s core includes John Richards on upright bass, Greg Hann on drums, Trevor B McNeely on lead guitar and Sam Heine on guitar and lead vocals. Individually the band members are accomplished musicians. Some of John Richard's notable performance credits include The Salmon Arm Blues and Roots Festival, The Alberta Music Series and The Beaumont Blues and roots festival. Greg Hann has toured extensively nationally and internationally with celtic band Sprag Session, singer/songwriter Mo Kenny, soul singer Cyndi Cain and many others. He has also been featured on recordings that have won numerous East Coast Music Awards. Trevor B McNeely has performed at SXSW, and the Edmonton, Canmore and Brandon Folk Festivals. Sam Heine has performed at the Jasper Folk Festival, and the Robison Mountain Music Festival amongst others. 

SWEET VINTAGE RIDES

Sweet Vintage Rides performed at the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto for Canadian Music Week 2013. They've won Battle of the Bands contests by Supernova and Dead City Records. Their original songs Freaky Girl and Time to Dance have been played on 102.3 Now! Radio, Edmontunes, and the Insomnia Radio Network.

PUNCH DRUNK CABARET

Hailing from Dustbowl, Alberta, Roots-rockers Punch Drunk Cabaret mixes up a potent cocktail of rockabilly, outlaw country and steampunk swing, then delivers it with all the energy of AC/DC. Sharply dressed like early century snake oil salesmen, the trio has earned rave reviews for their dancefloor packin’, crowd participating live shows that attract an incredibly wide range of music fans. This is evidenced by the fact the band has continually been a fan favourite at festivals as diverse as Roots, Country, Blues and Rock.

Despite their rockabilly/country/swing traditions, Punch Drunk Cabaret is no nostalgia act. Singer/guitarist Bandmeister Randy B fronts the trio like a home-brewed concoction of Stray Cat Brian Setzer and Tom Waits, while Sawbones Grant is one of the few 12 string bass players on the continent. (yes you read that right…twelve string bass!) The rhythm section is rounded out by stand-up drummer extraordinaire Capt. Sean E Watts. The band’s set list features a winning mix of originals you swear you’ve heard before and cover songs like you’ve never heard before, including a swingin' version of Hot For Teacher and an unforgettable Mumford & Sons/Motorhead mash-up.

POWERHOUZE

PowerHouze is a dynamic and diverse multicultural band that plays original and cover songs from a wide variety of genders such as Rock&Roll, R&B, Funk, Reggae, Ska and Soca. PowerHouze love to entertain and with the talent that makes up this band that is what you will be, entertained. PowerHouze boasts world class musicians that have played with distinguished artist such as Pink, Sean Paul, Janet Jackson, and many many more. The band features two keyboard players, a guitar player, drummer, bass player and a female vocalist. With PowerHouze Band you will get a powerful stag presence that come from the band members extensive background in the entertainment industry. PowerHouze band is concerned with being a positive influence to the community, and as such the music they play is suitable for all ages.

a look back at some of the fun from 2015.