2013 Saskatoon Blues Festival Kick-off

Published: Jan 14, 2013

Blues guitarist/singer ALBERT CASTIGLIA headlines opening night Thurs. Feb. 28th for The Saskatoon Blues Society’s 2013 “Winter Meltdown”. The Electric Blues Cabaret at the Odeon Event Centre will feature three dynamite performances that will get Blues fans warmed up enough to keep the heat on for the entire Blues weekend.


Saskatoon’s own APOLLO CRUZ will ignite the evening with its young and vibrant sound. Led by Nick Longpre’s searing guitar and deep throated vocals, along with Brandon Ziola and Aiden Currie’s “beyond their years” rhythm section, this trio manages to pay homage to the blues masters, whether it be covering the classics or playing their own songs. When recently asked about opening for the “Winter Meltdown”, the collective feeling of the band members is “an honour”, “so much respect for the Blues guys”, “really cool to be opening”, “the velocity of the event is astounding”!

THE HARPOONIST AND THE AXE MURDERER – the Vancouver based duo of Shawn Hall and Matthew Rogers steps onto the stage with a sack full of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion and a greasy Telecaster. The 2013 Maple Blues nominees have earned praise for their decades-deep Blues style. They’ve been described as Canada’s answer to The Black Keys, playing Blues that will get you up on the dance floor, plain and simple.

The Saskatoon Blues Society is thrilled to bring from Miami ALBERT CASTIGLIA’s ferocious guitar and soulful vocals to the 2013 Saskatoon Blues Festival. Delivering a truly powerful message similar to his mentor Junior Wells (Vietcong Blues), CASTIGLIA shows he’s no mere minstrel to the Blues, but is also a world educated songwriter trying to keep the world aware of itself. His latest album “Living the Dream” spent most of 2012 in the top 10 on the Blues Charts. The Saskatoon Blues Society is very proud to be the first to present CASTIGLIA and his powerful trio to this area.

This show is a “must see” for Saskatoon and area music fans – mark your calendars now!! Tickets for the Saskatoon Blues Festival “Winter Meltdown” go on sale January 17, 2013. For more information and updates on artists, events and how to get tickets – go to, Facebook (Saskatoon Blues Society) or Twitter (@stoonbluesfest).

Media Contact – 2013 Saskatoon Blues Festival – Janette Schwandt
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