Über Funk Orchestra pays tribute to George Taylor and the House of Payne! There was a time throughout the 90’s and the early part of the millennium when a somewhat popular blues band , based out of Calgary was making there rounds throughout western Canada. The House of Payne was on the road playing to feverish crowds of dancers and patrons alike that would come support there local digs, and have a great time dancing to some really tight and unique arrangements of familiar R&B tunes. These arrangements were the soul creation of Mr. George Taylor, who relocated to Canada in the late 80’s from Florida. Meeting up with seasoned veteran drummer and shuffle master Jimmy Payne, they went on to form House of Payne. The band toured for over a decade until Jimmy decided he needed to stay close to home due to a battle with cancer. George along with long time band mate Kristopher Craig went on to form another Funk, Soul, R&B project called Stepchyle, which once again featured some very tight original arrangements of familiar and abstract Funk along with George’s original material. The band continued touring until 2009 when the tensions and expense of running an 7-11 piece band finally had taken its toll. The years have past by and unfortunately George has suffered 2 strokes since. Kristopher went on to work on cruise ships and has been traveling abroad ever since. Since Kristopher has been on the ships he has taken the opportunity to write down these arrangements of George’s and will be bringing them to the stage in Alberta, as the Über Funk Orchestra pays tribute to the George Taylor and the House of Payne.This tour was set up to help raise some funds for George, as well to bring his great arrangements back to life, even if just for a short moment in time. Come join the Über Funk Orchestra as they will be performing at. Calgary Mikey’s on 12th Dec 7 Red Deer the Vat Dec 8 Blues on Whyte 10, 11
Charlie is an old soul with no fixed address, and has packed four years of full-time touring experience into his 24-year old life. He has backed up and been backed up by some of the Canadian blues giants: Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Russell Jackson, Sherman “Tank” Doucette, David Vest and Donald Ray Johnson, to name a few.
With a combination of contemporary and traditional blues piano, and a fiery passionate voice, Jenie “Thai” Nolan has been making a name for herself across the country and the world. View Article
- Vue Weekly, Stephan Boissonneault
“The Rondel Roberts Band” is a neo-soul band from Calgary, Alberta, that borrows from a variety of classic and modern genres such as 70's soul, feel good funk, classic rock and golden era boom bap. TRRB adorns groove/backbeat oriented performances with contemporary original content and reinterpreted covered material that is bound to make listeners move.
“Strong classic rock feel, extraordinary musicianship… the guitar on this album is flawless and anyone who has a love for music can see how much emotion is put into each and every song”
The Nick Coals' Gang has burst onto the scene blending Country and Rock with a Jazz feel. A Modern Day Desperado who fuses country and rock effortlessly, whether you're in the mood to sing or dance or just lay back and chill Nick Coals' Gang has what you're looking for.
Funkafeelya is an Edmonton based funk original/cover band, that may cause lunacy and dimentia but it keeps people getting up to get down!
Nadine was born and raised in Edmonton and has been playing since establishing the Black Wonders in 2011, the year she released her first EP. Her first full length album, Taking Me Back to be released November 15th, 2014.
“The Blue Mules are described as a blues band with a foot stomping energy, and a groove and searing guitar tone. For this year’s performance at the festival they will be playing new material they have been working on for their upcoming album release, which they are hoping to have ready for October.”
Simon Arseneau Meridian Booster
Vegas Wives serves up an energetic show for music lovers of all ages. A super-group composed of some of Edmonton’s top musicians, the band showcases a performance that might fool you into thinking you’re listening to the original vinyls. Crowd-pleasing, engaging, a modern-day Midnight Special: Vegas Wives delivers the hits the way they were meant to be heard.
THE GOOD BAND is one of my favourite bands to hire. They are consistently fun, professional, and easy to work with, and they always deliver a top notch show. Their ability to tailor their sets based on what the crowd wants makes them great for events of any kind.”
— Nathan Richards. Manager/Booker of On The Rocks.
"Rolling out of the Canadian Rockies and across the prairie Province of Alberta, The Orchard finds its sound in Canadiana. Great tunes, great guitars and great Vocals. This is a real deal, no B.S. band playing real music."
- Jim Scott (multi grammy award winning producer/mixer)
FKB, the high-energy rock band based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has had a whirlwind 2017 and 2018. Between releasing three singles and three music videos, they have performed over 80 shows in the last 12 months in Canada and the United States. They were also nominated for Adult Alternative Recording of the Year for “Bright Lights” at the Edmonton Music Awards during this time. Their latest single “Casual Love,” released on KnightVision Records/Warner Music, attracted international attention. Their dedication to a fast and exciting rock show continues to capture the attention of audiences everywhere they play just as it caught the attention early on of Clayton Bellamy (The Road Hammers) who produced their debut EP 123 FKB as well as recent singles “Bright Lights,” “My Bedroom,” and “Casual Love.” The band has an impressive resume of shows with performances alongside high profile artists including The Trews, Bif Naked, Scott Helman, and many more.
"Talk about star power, a killer voice and guitar skills. She said to the band as much to the audience, “I think tonight, we’ll just play some blues.” Playing slide guitar, Grainger began with rootsy blues, her voice full-bodied with plenty of soul. There was clarity there too with that unmistakable bell tone mixed with grit. We were in for some serious musicianship with Kara Grainger. Her vocals packed a punch and she played monster guitar solos that had the crowd whooping and clapping. Nice to see a female musician kick some a** like that". - Rock & Blues Muse
“A funk-infused collar-popping impression on the BC music festival circuit… reminding music lovers what it’s like to have real instruments in a modern day chart topper!”
Ferny turnbull is simply a band made up of four guys who love to play. We are out to
share our love of music with as many people as possible through live shows as well as online.
Ferny Turnbull has been playing central and western Canada and have had a great time meeting new people
along the way. We are looking forward to taking the show to new venues as well as past ones.
Here's to another year! See you on the road.
How do you describe Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch sound and songbook? What characterize ban’s philosophy?
Our sound is heavily influenced by the Texas blues sounds of Freddie King, Johnny Winter, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Junior Brown, and other guitar-based Texas blues/rock bands. We strive to incorporate various styles of American roots music (rock, country, soul, swing) into our blues music so that we can maintain an original style and sound unlike any other band. I like to follow Stevie Ray Vaughan's philosophy, which is to give the audience 110% of yourself each and every time you take the stage. I try to show this in my live performances.
Sizzling hot guitar solos. Smooth and soulful vocals. High-energy stage performance. Backed by a rhythm section that is second to none, this IS Dennis Jones. Check out a live show, and you’ll instantly agree, this band ROCKS the blues like NO other!
Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin are an Ottawa based original roots blues/rock band. Gritty vocals and guitar and an “in your face” groove that doesn’t quit!
Alex started playing guitar and singing at age 7. After playing with several local outfits in Barcelona, 18 yr old Alex joined harp bluesman Hook Herrera (Gov’t Mule, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Kid Ramos, Denny Freeman) Hook was Alex’s first mentor, introduced him to the start of a music career by teaching him how to understand the music, specially the blues, and opening the doors into the profesional business. With Hook Alex had the chance to play in the best festivals and clubs all over Europe. Alex tours Canada since 2005 playing in venues like: The Blues on Whyte (Edmonton), The Blues Can (Calgary), Fratter’s (Red Deer), The Drake (Canmore) and Lynnwood Station (Calgary) to name a few.
The Good, The Bad And The Blues, has a sound described by the International Blues Society judging committee as “The next big thing.” This band of four, has been exciting audiences all over Canada, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Michigan. They are the real deal, one audience kept repeating, “They are the real deal.” From soul stirring vocals to a foot stomping back beat, they make it all come alive.
Rockin’ Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, The Meters,WAR, J. Geils Band, Clifton Chenier, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Jake has conjured up this formula that is blowing crowds away from coast to coast. Widely known as a touring juggernaut among his peers, his schedule of over 200 performances per year include clubs, concert venues, and festivals.
The Georgia Fats
Boyd Norman on Bass, Barry Taylor on Drums and Joël Fafard on slide
guitar and vocals.
Coming from three different directions together they have settled on a greasy grove based blues rock foundation drawing influences from John Lee Hooker to Hank Williams.
"Sydow has a charismatic stage presence, and is an excellent songwriter, showing character beyond his years in both his lyrics and playing ability. With influences ranging from deep-south slide guitar, to jazz and funk, his songs take on an accessible, Americana feel, and he breathes life into traditional styles of music that allows for a new generation of fans, while still appealing to older-generations that grew up with blues, rock n’ roll, and folk music."
-Colorado Music Buzz