Upcoming Live Music Shows


Check out who's playing at the famous Blues on Whyte in Edmonton, Alberta. We've got plenty of heavy hitters in the blues arena, as well as up-and-comers to the scene. Boogie the night away with live blues 7 nights a week.

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The Whiskey Jerks

The Whiskey Jerks

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Comprised of the talented Anna Bekolay (violin and voice), James Diakuw (clarinet and voice), Nevin Buehler (upright bass), Peter Abonyi (guitar), Kevin Buzinski (percussion), and Gillian Snider (voice and accordion), the Whiskey Jerks have created a unique and original sound that blends klezmer, folk, rock, country-blues, gypsy-punk and jazz with a distinct and honest prairie sound.

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Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band

Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band

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Formed in 1978 in Victoria British Columbia, Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band
started out playing the various pubs and dance halls around Victoria and on the Gulf Islands. In 1979 they released their Debut Album of mostly Original tunes. The album was produced by Powder Blues' Tom Lavin in his Blue Wave studios in Vancouver. After some very strong sales the band was signed to RCA Records and in 1982 the band release their second CD "Here Come's Another. The band toured across the country and opened shows for likes of Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield and Koko Taylor to name a few.

Andre Bisson Band

Andre Bisson Band

Andre Bisson Band

When one thinks of all the great performers of soul and rhythm & blues music, one doesn’t usually associate it with a young man from Northern Ontario – until they meet Andre Bisson. The award winning composer, arranger, guitar player and vocalist is one of the hardest working musicians around. Soulful, talented and sharp Bisson was clearly born with a passion for music and performing, as well as the smarts and talent to pull it all together and build a large following in Southern Ontario and beyond.

This Hamilton-based band’s horn-based retro soul moves markedly forward with an
all-original program by Bisson, the bandleader, vocalist and guitar player and sometime piano player. One listen, though, will tell you that he has a fine group of willing accomplices on board. Add in a couple of guests and you can transport yourself right back to the Club Bluenote. “Bad Scene” serves up a slab of funk for the opener. “Wasting Time” & “Timeless Love” keep the groove going with gorgeous melodies, something Bisson excels at.


– John Valentyn – Toronto Blue Society – Maple Blues Magazine

Boogie Patrol

Boogie Patrol

Boogie Patrol

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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.

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Samantha King

Samantha King

Samantha King

King wrote her first song ("I’m Just So Blue") for her brother when she was 13, and released her first album, This is Forever, in December 2003.

At the age of 16 Samantha was a featured performer in the 2001 World Championship ceremonies in Edmonton for the theme song "We've Got the Fire" by Jan Randall.

She was then given the opportunity by RCA Nashville to work with The Mavericks lead singer, Raul Malo. She has also worked with Randy Bachman (Bachman–Turner Overdrive) and Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney’s Producer).

As an entertainer she’s performed on festival main stages with Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Jann Arden, Sawyer Brown, The Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Nichols, Duane Steele, George Fox, Doc Walker, Charlie Major, Colin James, Honeymoon Suite and many more.

She has written songs with several of Nashville’s well known songwriters including Lisa Brokop (Artist), Tim Taylor (Jason McCoy), LuAnn Reid (Kenny Chesney), Eddie Schwartz (Hit Me With Your Best Shot), Ted Hewitt (Curb Music Producer), Joie Scott (Shania Twain) and many more.

In 2009, the day before she was to perform on the main stage at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, there was a large windstorm that collapsed the main stage - and caused the remainder of the four-day concert to be cancelled. As a make-up concert, King opened for Tim McGraw on September 17, 2009, at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, singing a brand new song entitled "Let It Rain". Funds raised were donated to the Donna Moore fund providing for the family of the woman who died in the stage collapse.

The Scott Ellison Band

The Scott Ellison Band

Scott Ellison is a Tulsa born Blues artist, with hints of Rock 'n' Roll and Soul wrapped into a contemporary shell. Scott has been credited many times on silver screen and on stage with blues legends such as B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland.

A talented singer-songwriter, guitarist, and blues-rocker, Scott Ellison was born on February 13, 1954, in Tulsa, OK. By the '70s, Tulsa had become an unexpected hotbed of blues-based rock bands as proven by both Eric Clapton and Freddie King's backing bands hailing from the area. It was the perfect match for Ellison with his heavy guitar shredding blues style. It was around that same time that Ellison began playing with legends in the business, such as country singer Jesseca James (Conway Twitty's daughter) in 1977 and renowned bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown in 1981. 

Scott's brand new CD to be released by Red Parlor Records on May 12, 2015 is called "Elevator Man". Produced by Walt Richmond, Eric Clapton's keyboard player on Eric's last 5 CD's. Scott was inducted into The Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame in May 2013. He continues to tour in the US and Canada, performing around 200 shows a year.
 

Trevor Finlay

Trevor Finlay

“It was awesome. Loved it.”

This was a tweet from Kevin Bacon after hearing award-winning guitarist/singer/songwriter TREVOR FINLAY’S 2015 album, “Sandpaper & Bourbon”.

Produced by Mike Flanders, the CD features 13 original songs, all penned by FINLAY.  “Sandpaper & Bourbon” showcases TREVOR’s lyric writing abilities, his innovative guitar playing and the “gravity and rasp” of his vocals.

TREVOR’s previous career included releasing 4 studio albums and touring incessantly all over the world (from Canada coast to coast to Australia, parts of the US and Europe), opening for big-named acts (like James Brown, Kid Rock, John Hiatt, Johnny Winter and Booker T. and the MG’s just to name a few), earning awards and nominations (2005 – Real Blues Magazine 11th Annual Awards – Best Canadian Blues/Rock Artist, Best Canadian Blues Band/Central, Top Canadian Blues Guitarist; 2002 – Toronto Blues Society’s MBA for “Male Vocalist of the Year”; 1999 – Toronto Blues Society’s MBA for “New Artist of the Year”), and becoming a regular guest on several popular morning radio shows.

In 2009, filmmaker Stacey K. Black began work on a documentary and named it after one of TREVOR’s songs – “Send My Mail To Nashville”. Calling it her ‘love letter to Nashville’, the film follows songwriters on their journey to and from Nashville, TREVOR being one of five songwriters that she follows and interviews. The movie started making the rounds at festivals in 2014 and is set for release in the very near future.

As a guitarist, FINLAY plays for 80’s pop icon Tiffany, making guest appearances on the singer’s 2016 album “A Million Miles” as well as her 2010 CD entitled “Rose Tattoo”.  TREVOR also co-wrote the first track on “A Million Miles”, a song called “Cry”.  Currently TREVOR travels with her all over the globe as her lead guitar player, as well as continually doing his own shows.

In 2015, TREVOR played 303 gigs and has no plans on slowing down anytime soon.

Odds are TREVOR FINLAY is playing somewhere tonight.

Toby

Toby

West Australian Blues/roots/indi artist Toby is so much more than your average singer-songwriter. She powers through each live performance with her own lyrical talent and fierce, dynamic vocals, with audiences revelling in the genuinity and honesty of both her songwriting and her performance. Her compelling vocals and the way in which she captures her audience can’t be explained but just needs to be heard and seen. Her live performance truly is a treat. Toby is passionate, raw, fun and powerful, with a mix of soul, blues, folk, rock and a splash of gypsy hick.

Music is a cold beer on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It’s a hot chocolate warming you on a winters day. Its like sky-diving over the Alps, its the heartbreak, the falling in love, then the heartbreak again. Its the excitement of really feeling emotions in their most raw state. Its travel, its culture. Its the one thing that can really bring us all to the same level. It bulldozes down all barriers. Its the soul of what i do.

Troy Turner

Troy Turner

Born in Louisiana in 1970 and raised in Baton Rouge, Troy first started singing in the Starhill Baptist Church choir at the age of five. Already he was an orphan of sorts. His father died in a tragic car accident when Troy was three; his mother was clinically depressed and living in an institution during most of his childhood. His paternal grandparents Edna Mae, a respected gospel singer, and Henry, raised Troy. They were the first to recognize his musical talent. Edna Mae sent him to school to learn to play the several instruments, including the sousaphone and the guitar, but balked when she heard him play the blues, a genre she still thought of as “the devil’s music.” 

It wasn’t long before Troy was sneaking out of the house at night to hang with the late harmonica master Raful Neal, who had famously played with Buddy Guy in the blues band The Clouds, and jam at local clubs like Tabby’s Blues Box, Byron’s and Soweto’s. Customers were so taken with his youthful appearance the nicknamed him “baby face.” He may have been young, but he’s always claimed to have an “old soul.” In fact, he says with a smile that he’s really 84. Troy was a huge Prince fan in high school. He dressed like the Purple One in high school, even thought of himself as a Southern version of the Minnesota superstar. He attacked songs with an aggressive style that earned him another moniker—Troy Turner, guitar burner.

Alex Zayas

Alex Zayas

Started playing guitar and singing at age 7, influenced by his brother, who open the doors to all kinds of music. After playing with several local outfits in Barcelona, an 18 year old Alex was recruited by harp bluesman Hook Herrera (Gov’t Mule, Alvin Youngblood Hart) with whom he played in top clubs and festivals in Europe. 3 years later he formed his own band Alex TNT, and got a residence in “La Boite”, a prominent Barcelona music club, as well as playing in other clubs and festivals in the Barcelona area. As Alex TNT, he has released 3 albums, Walking your way (Discmedi, 2001), I feel the blues again (Mas i Mas, 2003) and Alex TNT (Gaztaluzpeko, 2009) all on which he explored different facets of the Blues exclusively. He later joined African bassist/vocalist Steve de Swardt’s blues band, where he met a key influence in his career, string master Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen, Mª del Mar Bonet, etc). 

He shared countless nights onstage playing together with them and St. Louis drummer Julian Vaughn (Albert King, B.B. KingJohnny Copeland) at the Jamboree jazz club in Barcelona. Durant this time he toured in Canada and the US with Cockrell & the Groove and later with his own band. In Novembre of 2006, Alex had the privilege to open for the King of Blues B.B.King at the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. After many years on the circuit and being known as Alex TNT, he decides to ultimately shift his artistic identity to ZAYAS for the occasion of the release of his new work Guitarshock (Mitik, 2012), where he underwent a deep self exploration to find a new path through which to forge all of his past and present influences.

Alex Zayas has also played with artists such as Larry McCray, Johnny B Gayden, Lynwood Slim, U.P. Wilson (Texas Tornado), Paul Orta, Alvin Youngblood Heart, Mike Wheeler and Rick Perkins, among others… and has perfomed all around Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Ital, Canada and the USA. 

Tia Brazda

Tia Brazda

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Tia Brazda has established herself as a sparkling presence on the jazz scene in Canada and beyond, performing from Montreal to Paris to Amsterdam, and at such notable festivals as the Vancouver International Jazz, Toronto International Jazz and Bestival (UK). Her debut EP, Cabin Fever burst onto the scene in February 2012, hitting #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz chart as well as receiving play on CBC Radio 1, Jazz FM 91.1 and college radio stations across Canada. Originally from Vancouver, but having honed her cutting-edge sound in the clubs of Toronto, Tia’s sassy songs and pin-up girl style have made a startling impression, paying homage to the golden era while still remaining daringly modern.

Now with her debut full-length album Bandshell, Tia comes out swinging with a more polished flair, updating her vintage vibe from flats to heels. The 10 tracks examine affairs of the heart from a rollercoaster's front car view, neatly packaged and bowed with Brazda's superb Billie Holiday-meets-Amy Winehouse-like vocals. The album also debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart in Canada and was ranked #5 by Jazz FM 91 in Toronto on their list of Top 10 Canadian jazz albums of 2015. It also hit #24 on the CMJ national jazz radio chart in the U.S. after being added to over 30 stations nationwide.

The Good the Bad the Blues

The Good the Bad the Blues

The Good The Bad The Blues

Aayan Naim, playing lead guitar and singing is his thing, he grew up in Chicago started playing and singing in the 7th grade, turned pro in the 9th and never looked back By the way he grew up directly across the street from Muddy Waters, his brother-in- law was a Temptation, let’s just say he get’s it honest. Talk about blues heritage, he’s got it. The rich sound of this band, is a mixture of the fresh new sounds of the new and deep rooted past of Gospel, Blues, Soul and Funk. the blending of influences make a rich dynamic experience that touches every sense of your being, you can feel it see it and hear it,, well maybe not taste but if you could it would be home cooking like you have always imagined. The band is fronted by Aayan Naim, he grew up in Chicago directly across the street from Muddy Waters, talk about blues heritage he’s got it. Playing lead guitar and singing is his thing. The Good The Bad And The Blues is the 2011, 2012, 2013 winners of the prestigious Black Swamp Blues Society blues challenge. 

Wayne Harris:
Bassist and vocals. What he brings is an unmistakable sound that keeps the groove moving. After playing all over the country he has chosen to apply his wealth of talent to ensuring this is the best musical experience you could imagine. 
John Cunningham: 
Keyboard and vocals a master of sounds. From Hammond B3 to a piccolo flute and everything in between. He makes every song vibrate with magic and majesty. 

Hollywood Mike:
Drummer and vocals. It is said a good drummer can make an average band good, and a great drummer makes a good band sound real good. So what do you get when you add Hollywood Mike with a great band? You get an INCREDIBLE BAND.

As the winners of the 2013 Black Swanp Blues Society's Challenge, the band has now evolved into a music force to be experienced. Winning the 2013 blues challenge took the band to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tn. where they placed in the semi-finals, top 30 out of 255 bands from around the world. 2015 brought us to new hieghts winning the Columbus Blues Challenge and then made the finals at the IBC. We now have a CD "Live at The Strand" available at any of our shows or message us an we'll get one to you.
 

JW Jones

JW Jones

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http://www.jw-jones.com/

JUNO Award Nominee, Canadian singer/guitarist JW-Jones tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy show that keeps getting hotter!

Jones has released eight albums, performed in twenty-two countries and four continents, and averages over one hundred shows per year.  The 2015 release ‘Belmont Boulevard’ hit #9 on Billboard sales charts in the United States, held the #1 position on Canadian roots radio stations for 13 weeks, and was nominated for JUNO and Maple Blues Awards in Canada. JW was invited to join Buddy Guy on stage four times and Canned Heat twice in the same year.  Canadian-born Hollywood actor Dan Aykroyd, known for his Blues Brothers persona “Elwood Blues,” has called JW’s group an “amazing blues band.”  

2016 NEWS: George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ management specifically requested JW-Jones to open for several of their spring tour dates, including Massey Hall in Toronto.  The band received a standing ovation at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.  Jones added three new countries to his list with a successful UK tour, and a new release is coming later this year, produced by Colin Linden in Nashville.

Maurice John Vaughn

Maurice John Vaughn

Maurice John Vaughn is a true blues original. A triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals, Vaughn writes powerful, innovative and often humorous songs that spring directly from his vast musical experience. His soulful and passionate vocals are convincing because they are earned -- Vaughn means what he sings. Coming out of the streets of Chicago, Vaughn was raised on Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, black Top 40 and James Brown.

Like the greats who have come before him, he has incorporated his various influences into a blues and R&B style that is completely his own. Vaughn's most recent Alligator recording, In The Shadow Of The City (AL 4813), is a collection of mostly original songs covering all the emotional bases. From the good-time fun of Can't Nobody to the soul searching of Suicide Is Not The Way, Maurice displays his singular musical vision.

He moves effortlessly from the full funk of (Everything I Do) Got to Be Funky to solo acoustic blues on Treat Me So Bad. According to Vaughn, it's important to mix things up musically and stylistically. "I don't want to be known as a 'heavy,'" Vaughn says, "but rather as someone who understands pain, can deal with it, and can also have a good time." His goal is to inspire his audience to do the same. 

Tacoy Ryde

Tacoy Ryde

Tacoy Ryde was first conceived almost 40 years ago in the minds of a group of twelve year olds from Stettler, Alberta in the summer of 1967 (commonly referred to as ‘the Summer of Love’).

In 1973 they moved to Edmonton. At this time, the members of Tacoy Ryde were writing their own songs, as well as playing covers by the likes of the Allman Brothers, The Band, The Byrds and lots of Grateful Dead tunes. Since they were the only band in Edmonton playing this kind of material they developed a large following of loyal fans who would guarantee full houses wherever they played.

In the spring of 1980 the band recorded their first single at Homestead Recorders with manager Larry Wanagas (k.d. Lang, Big Sugar). The single,"Is There a Reason"/"Don't Let Me Be Alone" was released and received airplay regionally. These were the days of six-nighters back-to-back across the country, with a solid fan base in several major cities. Tacoy Ryde was also becoming a fullfledged reggae band. They were now being booked to open for major reggae acts such as Jamaica's Third World Band and England's Steel Pulse.

By 1982, the time was ripe to record an album. The band headed to Pinewood Studio in Vancouver with Claire Lawrence (Chilliwack, Hometown Band) hired to produce the record. The album consisted of original reggae material as well as a version of "Could You Be Loved" by Bob Marley and Third World's arrangement of Gamble and Huff's "Now That We've Found Love". The band was unable to secure a record deal so the album was shelved and to this day remains unreleased.

In late 1983, under pressure to change their name and move in a more pop direction Tacoy Ryde became Jato and signed with an upstart label from Vancouver, Parallel One. Jato worked with Declan O'Doherty (Idle Eyes, Rita Mcneil) and reshaped their sound considerably to try and break into the pop market of the day. The Jato album was well received by radio and songs like "She's Got" and "Lake of Fire" were on gold rotation across Canada. Jato also produced two music videos for these songs which got a lot of play on Much Music. Though things seemed to be going well, a major distribution deal was still not in the cards and by 1988 the band temporarily stopped performing.

Reformed in 1990 as Tacoy Ryde, the band went back to its roots and started to perform again in local clubs. Having lost front man, Jerry Woolsey, the band forged ahead without a lead singer until meeting up with Al Brant while performing a tribute on Jimi Hendrix's 50th birthday. Shortly after this, Drummer Bill Hobson's future wife, Dale Ladouceur joined the band.

By 1995 the band was a regular fixture on the Edmonton club scene. Independent albums were becoming easier to produce and Tacoy Ryde began recording their independent CD, “Here's the Picture”.

“Here's the Picture” was released in 2003 and songs like "Where's Doug" and "Ojo Grises" ranked in the top 15 most played songs on CKUA radio.

With two lead singers who are also great songwriters, and a band that has forged a unique sound over its many years together, the band today is poised to record a sensational new album (just in time for its 40th anniversary) and hit a new stride in its long and colourful history. (via YEGLive.ca)

Fred Brousse & the Blues Party

Fred Brousse & the Blues Party

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Fred been diggin’ these Blues for over 30 years, learning a lot from working with masters such as Alligator recording artist Maurice John Vaughn and the missed Joe « Guitar » Hughes (Houston TX). He was also hired by Lil’ Ed and his Blues Imperials in Chicago 1997. Beside Blues, He can play Spanish Classical guitar and French songs with World Blues influences. With his band he still works with singer Grammy Award winner Donald Ray Johnson, the great Maurice John Vaughn, Tre’ & the BluesKnights who plays genuine Southside Chicago Blues like nobody else (they rocked together the Chicago Blues fest. in 2009).