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Everyone who helped make Edmonton Blues Society's 10th Anniversary Celebration on June 11 possible and so successful!

The founding EBS Board Members: Greg Martin, Chuck Frigon, Janette Frigon, Brenda Smyth, Mike Smyth and Bernie Kowaleski. We thank-you for your vision and forming the Edmonton Blues Society.

Past EBS Presidents: Greg Martin, Bernie Koweleski and Andy Nikiforuk. All former EBS Board members.

The numerous volunteers over the past decade who have given generously of their time.
The numerous musicians, especially the local ones, who have played EBS events with their style of blues.
This year's Board of Directors. 

Mississippi Heat for playing world-class blues to a sold-out crowd at the June 11, 2016 celebration.
Graham Guest (Edmonton) - Master of Ceremonies for the evening and fabulous impromptu keyboardist for the night.
Keith Zink - sound technician extraordinaire.
Our venue, German Canadian Cultural Centre
Our sponsors: folkwaysAlive! and Hallmark Doors
Media: Global TV, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Examiner, St Albert Gazette, CKUA and CJSR
Door prize sponsors: Ron, Blueberry Bluegrass Festival and Shaker's Roadhouse. 
and especially, the blues fans who came out and celebrated with us. We couldn't have done it without YOU!
Thank-you everyone for the past 10 years and here's to the next decade! 

Sincerely, 2015-2016 Edmonton Blues Society Board of Directors
Rosalynn Ruptash, Lonnie Hanson, Bonnie Weiss, Jeanne Vachon, Bob Holzer, Keven Kanten, Shirley Mitchell and Doug Crighton.  

Look for EBS at Edmonton Blues Festival in August.  


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 2016 EBS Dates
September 17 - Hot Cottage
November 19 - Memphis Bound Fundraiser featuring Graham Guest plus Rooster Davis Group
Dec - no event
(details subject to change)

All events at
German Club 8310 Roper Road with doors opening at 7:00pm
Cost $10 EBS Members, $15 Guests unless otherwise stated.
Advance tickets available.

Memphis Bound Blues Challenge
August 17 - Call to Enter opens

September 7 - entry DEADLINE 8:00pm
September - last 2 weeks are Qualifying and Semi Final rounds at various locations
October 2 - Final Rounds, NOON at Old Timer's Cabin 

Best Self-Produced CD
Entry deadline 8:00pm Sept 7. Blues CDs recorded on independent labels and released between Nov 1, 2015 and Sept 7, 2016 by northern Alberta musicians qualify. 

For information or questions email    

Blues lovers - Thank-you for supporting local live blues events.
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Thank you for supporting the local Edmonton live blues community.



Mississippi Heat 

Pierre Lacocque - harmonica, songwriter 
Pierre's passionate harmonica playing leaves listeners caught up by its fervent, inspiring presence. After moving from Europe to Chicago in 1969 with family, teenager Pierre was awed by the saxophone-like sounds he heard Big Walter Horton play at a university concert. What he heard that night, the music, the mood, the style and sounds, moved his soul.  

Pierre left music behind going on to become a psychologist. In his late 30's, he identified a void in his life. After doing some soul-searching, it became clear that he missed playing the blues. The awareness struck him like a beautiful horn, coming from an amp, distinct and unique, and yet a sound he had heard before, hidden all these years and definitely not lost. 

This is when Pierre’s passion revived, his fire and “joie de vivre” rekindled, his ability to take what was lost inside of him for many years and turn it into the raw, powerful heat that it is today.   

Inetta Visor - lead vocals 
Inetta has been singing with Mississippi Heat since 2001 with her powerful, Etta James-like voice. After studying electronics and working as a radio engineer, she joined the DUBBER RUCKIE choir. 1979-1984, she sang with the R&B choir, The Whole Truth, gathering great on-stage experience. 1983 - 2000 she sang and recorded lead vocals with Tainted Blue  and as back-up vocals with World Class Noise.  

When Inetta joined Mississippi Heat in 2001, they already had recorded several albums and received a Handyman award for Best Blues CD of the Year by Real Blues Magazine.  

Since she joined the band, they have recorded four albums (most recent April 2016) and a DVD, all of which have received awards. Inetta won the Best Blues Singer competition at the House Of Blues (Chicago) on July 10, 2003. She can sing!

Michael Dotson - guitar and vocals, singer songwriter 
This Chicago bluesman has played with some of the top blues names: three years with Aron Burton; six years with Magic Slim as a Teardrop; Big Time Sarah, Granae Louise, Liz Mandeville, Willie Kent, Big Jack Johnson, Guitar Shorty, Billy Boy Arnold, and Homesick James. 
This Chicago blues scene veteran has this to say about joining Mississippi Heat, “This band is a good fit for me, they do mostly original material and I’m a song writer. I find it more interesting working in a songwriting culture where you can come up with new stuff and try it out instead of just rehashing the same old songs.” 
Michael has recorded extensively with Magic Slim, Aron Burton, Jimmy Burns, Big Jack Johnson, Liz Mandeville, and Granae Louise and appears on over 19 albums. 

Brian Quinn - bass 
Brian Quinn was born and raised in the small town of Athens, Ohio. He began playing piano at the age of six and found his calling when he took up the bass at age fourteen. 

He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship, where he studied with world-class musicians such as Kenwood Dennard, Livingston Taylor, and Matthew Garrison. Brian had the experience of performing with guest artists such as Victor Wooten and George Porter Jr. (of the Meters). Brian finished college early, graduating Summa Cum Laude. 

The last 10 years, he has been working as a professional bass player and freelance music instructor in Chicago; playing, touring, and recording with a variety of artists and projects. Brian has played and recorded with Mississippi Heat since 2011. 

Terrence Williams - drums 
Terrence has been playing drums from 2 years of  age. He received some training playing in his high school marching band. His career path led to working with great artists in gospel, jazz, blues, etc. He is a well-traveled drummer playing in Paris, Rome, Budapest and Sidney Australia. 

Some of the artists Terrence has worked with include the Chi-Lites, Mrs. Albertina Walker, Mr. Jesse Dixon, Rev. Clay Evans, and Marshall Thompson. He has worked with Mississippi Heat for the past several years. 

As Pierre recently wrote to a promoter: “Terrence is an awesome drummer. He often travels overseas and to Canada with us. He is a drummer who listens to the ensemble, and never overstates his contribution. A true and natural team player on and off the band stand. A joy to have around. ” 

Definitely lots of world-class talent!


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!


September 17,  2016

Edmonton Blues Society presents

Hot Cottage 

advance tickets email
or 780-717-7604
Doors 7:00pm  
Music 8:00pm

$15 Guests   
$10 EBS Members

German Canadian Cultural Centre
8310 Roper Road

Poster is coming!
Hot Cottage

Steve Boddington 
guitar and vocals

Lindsey Umrysh
drums and vocals

Brian Koehli

Mike Yuzwenko
keys and vocals

Joe Piccolo
horns and vocals

arrive early for best seats!
an All Ages event

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