As a songwriter, Jay threads together the colours of his own ancestral traditions: Dene spirituals, Irish ballads, Canadian folk and rock. He was raised in a family of accomplished musicians on the tundra of Yellowknife, where his music electrifies its never-ending days and nights. Whether on the main stage of a summer festival or headlining a shadowy cabaret, Jay captivates.
Micki Free is a Grammy Award Winner & Five Time Native American Music Award Winner. Micki was discovered and managed by Gene Simmons of the legendary super group KISS. Micki was the guitarist in the R&B sensation Shalamar, boasting "mega platinum hits" with songs like "Dancing In The Sheets" from the movie soundtrack "Footloose", or friend Eddie Murphy's smash hit movie "Beverly Hills Cop" (where Micki won his Grammy Award for "Best Album Of An Original Score Written For A Motion Picture") on the Dave Chappell Show, in Charlie Murphy's "True Hollywood Stories"...features "MICKI FREE IS NOT A GIRL" skit with Prince playing basketball against Charlie and Eddie Murphy!
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”
Funkafeelya is an Edmonton based funk original/cover band, that may cause lunacy and dimentia but it keeps people getting up to get down!
“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)
"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
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.
"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