Canadian Pacific Blues Society’s fifth & final show of 2018 before a raucous crowd of rabid Blues Fans was A Celebration of Rory Gallagher with Band of Friends featuring Davy Knowles (guitar) with Rory Gallagher’s Rhythm Section of Gerry McAvoy (bass), and Ted McKenna (drums) at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver.
The evening honoured the music & legacy of the great Irish Blues Rock icon Rory Gallagher, born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal in Northern Ireland. He formed “The Tatse” later renamed simply “Taste”, a Blues Rock and R&B power trio. After that band broke up Gallagher toured under his own name, hiring former Deep Joy bass player Gerry McAvoy to play on Gallagher’s self-titled debut album. This was the beginning of a 20 year musical relationship between the two. Ted McKenna joined the band in 1978. Formerly with the U.K. Blues Rock band “Back Door Slam”, Davy Knowles is a Manx blues guitarist & singer who counts Eric Clapton, Cream, Dire Straits, Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, & Robert Johnson, among others as his musical influences. He did Rory Gallagher proud with his performance here in Vancouver.
Canadian Pacific Blues Society’s fourth show of 2018 featured 2 Canadian Blues Legends, THE JIM BYRNES BAND & THE SUE FOLEY BAND at the RIO THEATRE on FRIDAY NOV 2, 2018. There was a great turnout for these two Multiple Award Winners! Both have won Juno Awards, & Several Maple Blues Awards. Both artists incredible performances demonstrated why they are true Icons & Award Winning Blues acts. Our thanks to the many who came out to see & hear Sue & Jim both.
Canadian Pacific Blues Society’s Third Show of 2018 featured two Music Legends, DAVE ALVIN & JIMMIE DALE GILMORE TOGETHER, backed by The Guilty Ones & with Jon Langford (The Mekons) at IMPERIAL on SUNDAY SEPT 30, 2018. This was a “knock your socks off” mind-blowing night of incredible music before 400 plus music fans.
Canadian Pacific Blues Society’s Second Show of 2018 in conjunction with One Stop Rock Shop featured Alligator Records recording artist, the “Original Blues Brother” himself, Curtis Salgado at the RIO Theatre on Friday May 25th, 2018 with Guests: The Mojo Stars. It was an Amazing Night of Blues, R&B, and Soul. We greatfully thank the 200 plus supporters who came out for one fabulous evening.
Canadian Pacific Blues Society’s First Show of 2018 in conjunction with One Stop Rock Shop was held on Sunday February 18, 2018 with TINSLEY ELLIS and his band at the RIO Theatre, 1660 East Broadway. Tinsley performed songs from “Winning Hand” his newest CD on Alligator Records, released January 12, 2018, plus other great tunes from his vast repertoire. Special Guests for the Evening were Rocky Milino Jr. & the C4D Band. Our sincere thanks to our many wonderful supporters who came out for an evening of great, rockin’ & smouldering Blues.
Our Second Show of 2017 at the RIO Theatre on East Broadway, on December 1, 2017 was one fine night of swingin’ West Coast Jump Blues with Alligator Records recording artists Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, along with Guests by special request, The Twisters. It had been 4 long years since Rick Estrin, et al played Vancouver & almost as long since The Twisters had performed in Vancouver. We thank the musicians first & foremost, plus our co-presenter One Stop Rock Shop, and ultimately a Big Thank You to the Blues Fans that came out to support the Canadian Blues Society.
Our First Show of 2017 at the RIO Theatre on East Broadway on March 19, 2017 was a fabulous night of contemporary & swingin’ Blues with local favourite The Steve Kozak Band in honour of their new CD Release, titled “It’s Time”. Our thanks to all who came out to support this one as it was also a fundraiser for the Canadian Pacific Blues Society.
Our Fourth Show of 2016 at Imperial on Main Street on July 14, 2016 was a real Blast with music icons & legends from The Blasters, none other than Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones. Cousin Harley with the amazing Paul Pigat on guitar opened, kicking off a spectacular evening. Over 3 hours of fantastic “Live” music. Our thanks to the excited music lovers who came from far & wide to witness this incredibly talented bunch of professional musicians.
Our Third Show of 2016 at the Fox Cabaret on Main Street on April 15, 2016 had newcomer Ari Lantela open with a fantastic old school acoustic performance, before the main headliner, the “Original Blues Brother” Curtis Salgado delivering some superb heard rending Soul, R&B, & Blues. We thank everyone who came out for this one as it was truly a Great Night.
Our Second Show of 2016 at the RIO Theatre on East Broadway on February 8, 2016 featured Mark Hummel’s 25th Anniversary Harmonica Blowout. Ticket sales initially lagged, but thanks to our great supporters & local musicians rallying Blues Harp fans, this show came off well. The line-up was, in our opinion, stellar with top harmonica players like Mark Hummel, Aki Kumar, Curtis Salgado, and Little Charlie Baty, plus incendiary guitar from two of the Blues genre’s top guitarists Charlie Baty & Anson Funderburgh, and a solid bottom line with R.W. Grigsby on bass, and Wes Starr on drums. AND let’s not forget, a Special Surprise appearance by none other than Colin James. Our sincere thanks to all the Blues Harp Fans who came out to support this one, and helping us to survive in bringing the Blues Back to Vancouver.
Our First Show of 2016 at the Imperial on Main Street on January 17, 2016 that featured Master slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, and Special Guests, the Wailin’ Al Walker Band. We thank all the Slydeco & Blues Fans who came out in support, helping to keep the Blues alive in Vancouver.