Now that the Acoustic Blue Monday are over it’s time for the return of the Blues On The Rideau full band Series. This will be the 9th year for what has become one of the most popular Blues Series in Canada.
All the acts are Maple Blues and/or Juno Award winners/nominees. There’s young talent along with seasoned veterans, popular returnees and new bands who’ve never played BOTR before. And this year two acts from western Canada are coming – piano man David Vest from Victoria in October and a hot young soul/funk/R&B band from Edmonton called Boogie Patrol – in February. As in the past all BOTR Shows are fundraisers for different Westport charities. To date over $45,000 has been raised and the goal this year is to hit another $5,000.
All BOTR Shows will be singles this year – all on Friday nights – except February 15th (a Saturday) when Boogie Patrol is here and May 9 & 10 (Friday & Saturday) when the David Rotundo Band is back for a 2 night stand. There is a chance that some Saturday dates may be added for some of the other bands as well but that will depend totally on the number of early advance reservations.
Here are a list of the acts starting with October 25, 2013:
DAVID VEST & THE EAST MEETS VEST BAND
Now living in Victoria, BC Alabama boogie-woogie piano man David Vest plays the 88’s like Jerry Lee Lewis and has shared the stage with legends like Big Walter, Floyd Dixon, Jimmy T99 Nelson and Katie Webster over his long career. He won the 2012 Maple Blues Award for Keyboardist of the Year. 2 members from Downchild and 1 from Fathead join him.
PROCEEDS TO THE WESTPORT LIBRARY
THE 24th STREET WAILERS
4 young musicians from Toronto who have taken the Canadian and international Blues scene by storm over the past few years. Semi-finalists at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Fun, gritty & funky – they bring a breath of fresh air to the Blues. Sax player Jon Wong won the 2012 Maple Blues Award for Horn Player Of The Year.
PROCEEDS TO THE WESTPORT FOOD BANK
February 15 – STEVE STRONGMAN BAND* www.stevestrongman.com
Unquestionably one of Canada’s best Blues singer/songwriter/harp players & guitarists. Won a Juno last year for best Blues album plus 3 Maple Blues Awards – for Guitarist , Recording & Songwriter of the Year. Nominated for 2 more MBA’s this year. An electrifying performer as well as a great musician. He always delivers a great show. His 3rd visit to The Cove.
* Replaces Boogie Patrol who were originally booked & unable to make it.
PROCEEDS TO EASTER SEALS EASTERN ONTARIO
Ottawa singer, songwriter and one of the best contemporary Blues guitarists in the world today. 11 Maple Blues Award nominations! – JW has played with artists like Kim Wilson, David “Fathead” Newman, Little Charlie Baty, Hubert Sumlin & Junior Watson performing in 19 countries on 4 continents. Dan Aykroyd calls them “one amazing Blues band”. They are.
PROCEEDS TO RIDEAU WATERWAY LAND TRUST
THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS
All stars indeed! 6 veteran players from two of Canada’s most famous Blues bands – Downchild and Fathead. Chuck Jackson vocals & harp, Teddy Leonard guitar, Michael Fonfara keyboards, Pat Carey sax, Gary Kendall bass and Mike Fitzpatrick drums. All of them have won Junos and/or Maple Blues Awards. High grade, big time Blues!
PROCEEDS TO WESTPORT’S RIDEAU VISTA & ST. EDWARD’S ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
May 9 & 10 *2 night stand*
DAVID ROTUNDO BAND
David blows harp as if possessed by the ghosts of Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and George Harmonica Smith. Combined with his great voice, mesmerizing stage performance and tight band this is the most popular act to ever play BOTR @ The Cove and that’s why they’re back again for 2 nights. Get your tickets early for this one.
PROCEEDS TO RIDEAU DISTRICT MUSEUM & WESTPORT IN BLOOM
$60 DINNER & SHOWADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Book ahead – most shows sell out in advance 1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636 WELL-PRICED ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE AT THE COVE