The BLues On Whyte Block party returns for its 6th year.
Blues on Whyte block party 2017
This year will be bigger and better
June 30 to July 2, 2017
So here is the breakdown of whats going on for the Blues on Whyte Block Party this year.
Friday June 30
5pm to 2am We start the pre Canada Day kickoff with 3 bands and a DJ in our Blues on Whyte parking lot Beer Gardens.
Saturday July 1
10am to 10pm 3 stages 9 Bands
We will close down the bus lanes on 104st from 82ave to 84ave and have 6 Food Trucks and 40 Vendors. We will take over McIntyre park with a large stage with 9 bands playing all day and night.
Blues on Whyte beer gardens (in our parking lot) will have a stage going from 1pm to 2am
and Blues on Whyte Bar will have bands from 3pm to 2am
Sunday July 2
10am to 10pm on Whyte ave
The Morning will kick of with a FREE Pancake Breakfast at 10am.
We will shutdown Whyte ave from 103st to 104st
We will have 9 Bands on 3 stages, 6 Food Trucks and 40 Vendors
The Main stage on Whyte ave will run from 10amto 10pm
The Blues on Whyte Beer Garden Stage will go from 1pm to 2am
Blues on whyte stage will run from 2:30pm to 2am
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.
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.