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King MuSKAfa, an energetic Edmonton based band, have been notorious for packing dance floors wherever they play. This six-member band fuses elements of reggae, ska, pop and soul to create their own unique sound. They cross over genres fluidly, creating an infectious dance rhythm.
King MuSKAfa's talent has traveled internationally thanks to involvement in the Jump Up/Megalith compilation "Still Standing" (US) and "State of New Music" compilation (UK).
Their fan base grows every show; off the stage CD sales clearing 3,000 and radio play occurring across the country are strong indicators of the band's impact.
Maple Blues Award Nominee, Tim Vaughn is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His soulful voice and immaculate guitar, bass and keyboard work have been resonating through clubs across Canada for the greater part of a decade; energizing and inspiring fans. With shear musicianship and interactive performance, Vaughn leaves audiences wanting more.
Bill Durst is a Canadian Blues- Rock- Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio chart hits. Bill has opened for or shared the stage with Rush, Areosmith, BTO, Yardbirds, John Mayall, Savoy Brown, Bobby Rush, Little Feat, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Jeff Healey, Steve Strongman, Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Jack de Keyser, Ted Nugent, L.A. Guns, David Wilcox, Bob Seger, Slade, Downchild, David Clayton Thomas, Sly And The Family Stone and more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.
Boogie Patrol has steadily built their reputation as one of Western Canada’s premier act’s and has garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic following since the groups inception in 2007. A 5 piece group that continue to create superb original music based on their collective influences. We’re talking Blues and Rock’n Soul, with a dose of funk all thrown into the melting pot to create what is Boogie Patrol. A stylistically unique group that is all about bringing loads of energy to the stage and to their music, with a goal of appealing to all walks of life.
Boogie Patrol boasts a frontman influenced by the grit gravel greats of music past and is backed by a cast of some of the most unique and well versed musicians you’ll find most anywhere. Some of them even hailing from Japan to New York to of course home bred Canadian talent!
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.
The Rooster Davis Group is based on the piano traditions of New Orleans; a fun, danceable mix of blues, jazz, and New Orleans folk, heavily influenced by the likes of Dr. John, Allan Toussaint, Professor Longhair, and Harry Connick Jr. Rooster's music has all the bounce and drive the music of New Orleans is known for, and is as much fun for the audience as it is for the musicians to play. Rooster's philosophy is to deliver an energetic performance with a high level of musicianship and respect for the authentic New Orleans piano tradition, and as a result has been successful in all types of venues from folk to jazz and blues.
SOBO is an International rock-n-blues band integrating American, Russian and Middle Eastern influences. Based in the Holy City of Jerusalem, SOBO has an International Message of Freedom. SOBO is legendary in Israel for its powerful and energetic mix of blues, rock, R&B and funk coupled with a unique sound of slide guita. It was SOB’s inspired blues jams and intense funk rhythms that helped found the still-growing Israeli blues scene. The band performed at venues all through Israel and the Netherlands during the 90s, and recorded their first album in 1998, which was received very positively in Israel.In early 2017 SOBO re scheduled to release their fourth album and have a US mini tour planned around there IBC participation as well. SOBO has shared the stage with Gov't Mul, Anna Popovi, John Lee Hooker J., Oli Brow, JC Smit, Alvon Johnson, Robert Lighthouse, andye Kane & Laura Chave, Lil Jimmy Reed, Sharon Lewis, Sergey Voronov, Blues Compan and many other great blues players.
Singer, Drummer, Songwriter, and Bandleader Lindsay Beaver is much more than a young woman with musical talent, she is a force that knows no bounds. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Lindsay has been leading her band The 24th St. Wailers across North America and Europe for the past several years playing her own blend of Rock n’ Roll, Soul, Punk & Blues. Her limitless voice and ferocious standing-drumming, once seen - never forgotten, have become known across festivals, theaters, and clubs from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Her songwriting and albums have given her an impressive list of accolades and awards that include a 2015 Juno Award nomination (Canadian Grammy), 15 Maple Blues Award Nominations, a 2015 Blues411 Award, multiple Sirius/XM INDIE award nominations, as well as several nationally syndicated radio features and numerous 4 & 5 star reviews in publications from around the world.