THANK YOU to all the EBS volunteers, the audience, Paradise Grill food truck and Overdue Blues Band for a wonderful night of blues, dancing and good food. It couldn't happen without you! Edmonton Music Awards Gala 6:00pm June 14/2015 at Royal Alberta Museum Theatre. The Legacy Award will be presented posthumously to the late "Kirby" for her dedication to the music community she loved. Best wishes to all of this year's nominees! nominees are listed on their website: www.edmontonmusicawards.com
Edmonton and Area Blues Artists performing in Memphis! Enjoy!
Videos from Memphis at Blues City Cafe January 23, 2014
at Silky O'Sullivans on January 22, 2014
A taste of what's to come at the Finals Oct 2014
Video about EBS and Memphis Bound Blues Challenge
2014 Semi Finals: a taste of what to hear!
Thank-you to Richard Carr for featuring tracks from several Edmonton blues artists on your CKIA-FM show from Quebec City on April 28, 2014. It's greatly appreciated! Playlist details here
2014 City of Edmonton Mayor's Awards for the Arts Recipients here
The Overdue Blues Band was created from a dynamic musical partnering from a local jam, late October 2011. Instant camaraderie made it apparent this endeavor was going to be taken further. The band members forming the group are seasoned veterans in the music scene, each bringing a diverse approach in their craft. Through a vocal camp, the band was selected to play an hour set at the 2012 Calgary Blues Festival, where the debut 3 song demo ‘Unleashed’ sold out and has since received radio play on the syndicated radio show ATC Blues.
The Overdue Blues Band have participated in the Edmonton Blues Society’s Memphis Blues Bound Challenge twice, competing against seasoned veterans and placed in the finals and semi-finals. Other past show highlights include: an outdoor party for the City of Red Deer; a fund raiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Society, the H.O.P.E. benefit for Jason Filiatrault, headlining the Friday night show at the Frozen Rose Blues Festival in Camrose, headlining Red Deer’s Canada Day event and playing at the Edmonton Blues Society’s Old Timer’s Cabin.
The Overdue Blues Band has been described as being: “full bodied”, “powerful”, “sultry”, “fierce”, “soulful” and will have you up and dancing to their wonderful “gumbo” mix of blues and rock!
Tracy Wells, Vocals Tracy's love of music has been apparent since she was 2. She started taking private lessons in Royal Conservatory piano at the age of 9 and then went on to complete the jazz and blues General Music Program at Grant MacEwan. It was through this program that she developed her love of playing in ensembles and found herself not only wanted for her keyboard abilities, for her voice as well. It took years afterwards for her to realize that her true passion was for singing blues and rock based music. Her raw vocal styling has been described as fierce, soulful and passionate. Come hear for yourself this up and coming powerhouse!
Dean Bruce, Guitar Dean has played guitar since he was 10 years old. Growing up in Northeast Edmonton, he was immersed in the blues-rock scene and was playing in the top rooms in Edmonton by the time he was 17. Dean hosted jams and played in several popular bands in Camrose before moving to Red Deer and starting the Overdue Blues Band with Tracy.
Marcel Meijers, Bass Marcel has been a self-taught bassist since the age of 12. While in Europe he played in many diverse bands, and since moving to Canada from the Netherlands in 2007, he has continued to do the same. Marcel is the newest member of the Overdue Blues Band and we couldn't be happier to have him aboard!
Curtis Romanick, Drums Curtis grew up in Sherwood Park, starting drum lessons at 8 years old. He continued studying his craft under his mentor, Dean Pierno, a well known Edmonton Jazz drummer until graduating from High School and then completed the Grant MacEwan music program, majoring in drum performance. Post college he played in local acts around Edmonton honing his craft, delving into many different genres. Eventually his path led him to his first original band, Matthew's Grin with whom he played and toured for about 4 years. After gaining some much appreciated experience, his path led him to become the drummer for local recording artists McCuaig. They travelled coast to coast in Canada as well as extensively touring the States and Mexico. After 6 albums and 10 years on the road he finally decided to settle into his childhood home of Sherwood Park and is ready to take on the Overdue Blues Band adventure!
Nick Partridge, Keyboards Nick hails from Northeast England and started playing piano at age 6. At 18 he joined a band going to Germany and ended up touring Europe for 12 years. He played with various night club bands based out of Geneva, Switzerland. After immigrating to Canada, Nick played mostly in Alberta and is now based out of Red Deer. Save these 2015 EBS event dates
June 13 - Overdue Blues Band
Doors at 7:30pm. Music at 8:00pm, unless otherwise stated Arrive early for best seats. Old Timer's Cabin is an ALL ages venue. Reduced cover charge for under 18 yrs old.
Fall 2015 - watch for Memphis Bound Blues Challenge dates. Call to Enter will start latter half of August with an early September deadline. EBS Regular monthly events welcomes All ages!
Venue - Old Timer's Cabin 9430 Scona Road (99 Street)EBS "In the News"
Edmonton Blues Society's Media Releases: read here Blues Dance Lessons
Blues dance, like Blues music, is soulful, expressive and rhythmic: it can be the perfect way to celebrate the end of a work week, meet new people or just groove to whatever the band is playing! Originating in the United States in the late 1800s, Blues dance has recently been embraced anew by communities across North America for its versatility and emphasis on connection between partners. More info, contact Matt Long or Jen Rush of Nova Blues dance community. No previous dance experience necessary!
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