The Saskatoon Blues Society presents the story of the blues and the history of its people, unfolding in the lineup at the 2013 Saskatoon Blues Festival Winter Meltdown Acoustic Blues Room at the Hilton Garden Inn. What you can expect is soul-moving music with a touch of self-effacing humor thrown in for good measure.
ACOUSTIC BLUES ROOM AT HILTON GARDEN INN FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 8:00 PM Tickets $30
DAVID `BOXCAR’ GATES sets the stage for your weekend of acoustic blues. If you think that a guy who uses a homemade harmonica holder constructed out of bicycle and lampshade parts and a few other odds and ends might just be a real bluesman then you need look no further than David Boxcar Gates. This Vancouver based musician, an astonishing acoustic-ragtime-Delta blues guitar talent, is an up and coming Canadian Blues “shooting star” who has been mesmerizing audiences across Canada, USA and the Europe. No hype, no frills, no gimmicks (well, maybe the harmonica rack), just a man playing his blues with genuine sincerity and honesty. A sheer pleasure to experience, this amazing one-man blues presentation is a not-to-be-missed performance.
STEVE JAMES, who refers to Austin, Texas, as “where I keep my stuff”, is a songsmith and bottle-neck guitarist who emerged very much at the head of the class of the young American blues instrumentalists from the 60s. Historian, educator and captivating stage performer Steve James plays an accomplished finger-style blues and sings some great stories. You will no doubt get a history lesson or two from this one of a kind Bluesman. No studio tricks, no production grandstanding – it’s more like – “what you hear is what you get”.
ACOUSTIC BLUES ROOM AT HILTON GARDEN INN SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 8:00 PM Tickets $30
ROSS NEILSEN – the Fredericton native and the acoustic stage Saturday night opener, who is now sharing his blues prowess coast to coast via rail, will be doing a “whistle stop-over” to make a special appearance. The Saskatoon blues audience will love his organic, rootsy sound, staying true to the soul of blues, for this unique one night performance. His latest album “The Shack Up Sessions” is a testament to blues at its finest.
JERRON “BLIND BOY” PAXTON, the songster, busker and itinerant bluesman from Louisiana, is the real package. Country blues fans will pick up on the swampy blues of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. This witty, fast rhyming musician, who picks banjo and guitar, and plays harmonica and piano, started to go blind at the age of fifteen, but continues to be a joyous entertainer, humorous with a dazzling wit, and a terrific storyteller who exudes an affable excitement. Blues fans in the know toast Blind Boy as a “once in a generation Blues star in the making.”
Real or soon-to-be-real blues fans need to line up for tickets on January 17, 2013. For more info and updates on artists, events and how to get tickets, go to www.saskatoonbluessociety.ca, Facebook (Saskatoon Blues Society), or Twitter (@stoonbluesfest).
Media Contact – Saskatoon Blues Festival – Janette Schwandt
Janette@saskatoonbluessociety.ca Ph: 343-6527