AUNTIE KATE AND THE UNCLES OF FUNK
"Auntie Kate and the Uncles of Funk" stir up a mess of blues,
seasoned with good old R&B and delivered on a plateful of soul and
funk. Great vocals backed up with solid playing make for a terrific live
experience! Check out the website at: www.auntiekate.ca
BILL JOHNSON BLUES BAND
Bill performs solo on acoustic, and National steel guitar, and leads an
excellent four-piece west coast blues oriented group. He has a long
history in a variety of Canadian blues bands. Current lineup: Bill –
guitar, vocals & harp, Rick Erickson – bass, John Hunter – drums
& Brendan Hedley – keyboards. Bill has several CDs available,
including an acoustic solo disc. He is a nominee for best guitarist in
the Toronto Blues Society’s Maple Blues Awards. Visit his website for
more info at www.billjohnsonblues.com
DEB RHYMER BAND
The Deb Rhymer Band have been featured numerous times at the Victoria Jazz Society's annual Blues Bash
and R and B Fest and have been a part of the Victoria blues scene for many years. The band is fronted
by the Divine Ms. Deb Rhymer on vocals and includes Phill Albert on bass, Neil Taylor on guitar and Andy
Graffiti on drums. The band released their first CD in 2005 and is steadily getting more airplay including
the legendary blues show hosted by CBC’s Holger Peterson. The band currently host the popular
Sunday Afternoon Blues Jam from 3-7pm every Sunday at The Clubhouse in The Sticky Wicket on Douglas Street.
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DOCTOR BONES BLUES PROJECT
Dr. Bones is Victoria's own Gospel Blues band. Dr. Bones plays a range of blues styles using its own material and
songs from artists like Blind Boys, Larry Howard, Eric Bibb and Rosetta Tharpe. Dr. Bones plays for marginalized
and homeless, at charity fundraisers, and occasionally at Her Majesty’s prisons on Vancouver Island and on the
Lower Mainland. It has played the Saanich Fall Fair two years in a row, and the "Back to the Gospel Blues Festival"
in Chilliwack for the last three years. Dr. Bones consists of veterans Alan Bisson (guitar, vocals), Tony Reynolds
(bass), Jack Funk (drums), Gail Bones (vocals, percussion) and John Bones (harmonica, vocals). Playing "music for
what really ails ya" call the Doctor 250-652-4002, and check out our sites at
BAR AND GRILL
after Elmore James, and like him, ELMORES' is pure blues; a place to lose
yourself in the shuffle driven by seducing slide guitar and haunting
band includes John Fisher, slide guitar and vocals, Sharon Wadsworth,
bass and vocals, Jack Hicklin, harmonica and Kenny Preston on drums. For
booking/gig booking contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or view
Bart's, and features Colin Campbell on
guitar and trumpet, Rick Erickson on bass, and Anita Bonkowski on drums.
THE GARY PRESTON BAND
The Gary Preston Band
specializes in blues, but throws in some lovely surprises and can cover
a wide range of styles. The band plays regularly at two of Victoria's great live venues - Swans and
THE H.P.'s (aka Hardened Professionals)
H.P.’s [hardened professionals] have seen and done it all in the music
business and provide more bang for your entertainment buck! Led by the two
N’s,,, Neil OH Neil, veteran saxamaphone artist and showman and Newman
Corey, master string stretcher, provide the action up front, while Dave
Bishop and local favorite Bob Miron keep it all together in the rhythm
section!! If you want to have a good time and do some dancing, be where
they are!!! Contact email@example.com
HARRIS GILMORE AND THE MOJOS
With the amazing AL SABOURIN on guitar, burn up the stage with hard driving
blues originals and covers, fiery jams, and even some funky reggae.
But that's not all, oh no! THE MOJOS mess with your head,
genre bending, like in the middle of "Wang Dang Doodle",
they might break into a few bars of the 80's hit, "Tainted
Love", blended in with Bob Marley's "Get Up Stand Up",
before pounding back into the blues. Harris has opened shows for
DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND, ROBBEN FORD, KATIE WEBSTER, and, don't
forget...folksinger VALDY? For more info go to www.harrisgilmoreandthemojos.com
Lazy Mike and the Rockin' Recliners Play Harp Driven Rockin' Blues from Chicago to the West Coast and all points in between plus a whole mess of Blues Originals.
You can check us out at www.lazymikeandtherockinrecliners.com or at www.facebook.com/lazymikeandtherockinrecliners which seems to be the favoured one.
We are also on myspace and there are some fan posted video's of us on youtube as well.
more info at www.lazymikeandtherockinrecliners.com
LAZY MIKE AND THE ROCKIN RECLINERS
& Bonkowski are a swingin' little duo with Gary Preston on piano,
vocals and harmonica and Anita Bonkowski on upright bass and percussion.
The music is always bluesy, with a touch of jazz and Latin.
PRESTON McCOOL is a five-piece blues-rock band configured of
Victoria musicians many of you will know from past experience. Along
with well-known some blues standards their repertoire includes less
familiar entries from such notables as the Paul Butterfield Blues Band,
Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray as well as some eclectic numbers from
sources like Ian Maclagan, Spirit and Gary U.S. Bonds. Del Kunitz - lead
vocals and harmonica. Del and Ken Preston previously played together in
Swingin' Richard. Ron Lukawitski - bass and vocals. Ron and Sean McCool
played together in Doc & the Doo-Wops and Ron and Ken were in The
Gene Grooms Project. Brian Ferguson - keyboards. Brian and Sean played
in Party of Four working on cruise ships in Alaska, the Caribbean,
Mexico and the South Seas. Sean McCool - guitar and vocals. Sean and Ken
played together in RiffRaff. Ken Preston - drums. Connections noted
above, but it's worth mentioning that Ken is an inductee in the Royal
City Music Project's Hall of Fame for his work with Blues Union. For
bookings contact Ken Preston 250 361-9914
SLIM AND THE DEUCES
Slim and the Deuces consists of Dave (Slim) Harris, George Fenn, John Hunter, and Gary Preston.
They have been part of the Canadian blues scene since the early 70's. They love that old school
blues style and strive to keep it alive. Collectively, they had the good fortune to backup many
of the greats. Slim is also a legendary Victoria busker who plays a multitude of instruments in
his own one man show. In 2008 the band released it's first CD "Live at the Blues Underground"
which can be enjoyed at http://www.reverbnation.com/slimandthedeuces
. Check it out then come down and see the real thing.
Slim Rooster band members: Bill Holtom guitar and vocals, Will Pontes drums and vocals, Jeff Cuell soprano/alto sax and lead vocals,
Clark Brendon bass and vocals. Slim Rooster is 4 piece jump swing blues dance band that performs covers, originals, and standard songs.
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SUMMER AND THE SINNERS
“My Name is Summer and these are my Sinners!”...
begins every show and the musical journey ahead is pledged. Hailing from Vancouver Island, Summer helms
a gutsy, guitar heavy brand of blues-rock with a five alarm voice that is equal parts power and persuasion.
Big Mama Summer can definitely get your attention with her sly, sexy, sultry voice. Summer has played with
some of Canada’s finest musicians and is known from coast to coast with 3 CD’s to her credit still spinning
around the Canadian and US charts. Summer and the Sinners had a #1 single for 6 weeks in a row from their
second CD “Boogie with the Devil” on the Australian blues charts. Summer and the Sinners continue to play
and tour and are writing for their 4th CD. For Bookings call 250-885-5300 or visit the website at
The Push Band is a quartet of powerful musicians as adept at Blues and
Motown as they are with Classic Rock and Pop. The Push can be seen the
second weekend of every month at Bart's throughout 2008. Fronted by
powerhouse singer Rhonda Aikin, The Push also features Gavin Dixon
on bass and vocals plus Don Peterson on guitar and vocals. Please
contact :Don Peterson at 250-386-8403-home or 250-888 3396 cell, email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the website at www.thepushband.ca
THE SOUL SHAKERS
This six-piece rhythm and blues band features lead singer Joyce " The Voice" Allensen, Henning Kanstrup ( bass),
Sean McCool ( guitars), Scott Ramsay ( tenor/bari sax ), Matt Vause ( drums ) and Peter Willing ( keyboards ).
This hard-driving band always has the crowd on their feet dancing and involved with the fun on stage. Their
signature feature is powerhouse vocals and harmonies as all band members are strong vocalists in their own right.
Check them out at www.soulshakers.ca and on the Soul Shakers Facebook page.
23RD STREET BLUES BAND
23rd ST....the blues band for folks who like the blues and those who do but don't know it yet.
Playing a mix of electric and acoustic, harp-driven blues that range from contemporary to classic,
with some classic blues rock thrown in for good measure. We pull this all off with Alan “Lynx”
Bisson on vocals and guitars, John “Doc” Bones on vocals and harmonica, and a solid back end
consisting of Greg Wareham on drums and Pat "Wilbury" Lawrence on bass.
Hear the music on http://livevictoria.com/ and contact Alan for gig bookings at 250-595-3340.