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Edmonton Blues Society's
10th Anniversary 

June 11, 2016
with Mississippi Heat,
the hottest band in Chicago
playing traditional blues with a unique sound

German Canadian Cultural Centre
8310 Roper Road (51 Ave)
Doors 7pm
Music 8pm - Midnight
$25 advice;  $35 at the door
Available at:
Acoustic Music, Blackbyrd Moosik, 
Myhre's Music, EBS Mail or

Get your tickets NOW before they sell out.   

Edmonton Blues Society is 10 years old this year. In celebration, we are proudly presenting from Chicago Illinois, MISSISSIPPI HEAT

Mississippi Heat has a long history of sell-out shows and has played or headlined major blues festivals around the world: USA, Canada, Europe, South America, etc. Their traditional blues with a unique sound covers several different flavours of blues. Mississippi Heat has been performing, touring and recording for 25 years.

The renowned Charlie Musselwhite has this to say about the HOTTEST band in Chicago, "ALWAYS inspiring, heart-felt blues...tasty and brilliant harmonica playing throughout. A PHENOMENAL PERFORMANCE!!!"
Get your tickets before they sell out at:  Acoustic Music, Myhre's Music, Blackbyrd Moosik,
$25 advance, $35 at the door.
or 780-717-7604. 

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May 29, 2016
Congratulations to the 2016 Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame Inductees: Peter North, Rusty Reed & the Southside Shuffle and Russell Jackson. Nicely done, EBHoF.  

2016 EBS Events
Sept 17 - Hot Cottage
Nov 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 and cost $10 EBS Members,
$15 Guests unless otherwise stated. Advance tickets available.

Memphis Bound Blues Challenge
Aug 17 - Call to Enter opens

Sept 7 - entry DEADLINE 8:00pm
Sept - last 2 weeks are Qualifying and Semi Final rounds at various locations
Oct 2 - Final Rounds

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.

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


Congratulations to 2014 CMBA Awards recipients!
Congratulations to Maple Blues Awards nominees!

2014 Global TV (Edmonton) Interviews
Nov 15
April 12 
February 22 
January 18 



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!

Our Next Upcoming Event :

June 11,  2016

Edmonton Blues Society presents
for their 10th Anniversary

Mississippi Heat 

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

$25 Advance   
$35 at the Door

German Canadian Cultural Centre
8310 Roper Road

Mississippi Heat

Pierre Lacocque 

Inetta Visor
lead vocals

Terrence Wiliams

Brian Quinn

Michael Dotson
guitar and vocals

arrive early for best seats!
an All Ages event

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