Advancing to the Semi Finals on Beale Street in Memphis TN at the 31st International Blues Challenge representing Edmonton Blues Society and Northern Alberta is TWO BLUE in Solo/Duo category. Congratulations! Two Blue competes at 12-Bar (upstairs, Jerry Lee Lewis) at 8:40pm at 31st International Blues Challenge on Beale Street. Complete Semi Finals here
Congrats to Dylan Farrell Band who played 2 really strong, tight and well delivered sets this week. You did did proud!
Congratulations to other fellow Canadians advancing to the Semi Finals on Beale Street on Fri Jan 23 are: Solo/Duos - John Campbelljohn, Vaudevillian, Tim Williams, Dalannah & Owen (and Two Blue) Bands - Bill Stevenson Nine Steps, Michael Schatte, Rae Gordon 8 Canadian acts in total, 5 Solo/Duos and 3 Bands. All the best to them!
Congratulations to ALL the acts from around the globe who are advancing! Complete list, by venue, here Venues and playing times will be able at Noon on Fri. Congratulations to Edmonton's Peter North on receiving 2015 Maple Blues Award for Blues Booster for the Year! Well deserved! Citadel Theatre's Edmonton Youth Blues Challenge open to blues musicians 25 yrs old and younger living in Red Deer of north of Red Deer. Submission deadline: extended to January 23, 2015.Info here
All the best to our Northern Alberta representatives: Two Blue - Solo/Duo category Dylan Farrell Band - Band category while they compete next week January 21-24 at 31st International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Do us proud!
Rita McDade has been a local icon female vocalist since 1975 and a vocal instructor for 38 years. This Grant MacEwan graduate has appeared on local TV and radio specials with several others such as Tommy Banks. Her past bands have included Sundog, The Committee, Hidden Faces and 12:09.
Rita has great depth of vocal styles ranging from worship choir to blues and has performed in major local venues and productions including the Winspear Centre, Festival Place, house concerts, the Singing Christmas Tree and everything in between.
Her influences include many vocal greats like Bonnie Rait, Bonnie Bramlett, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Janiva Magness.
Kevin McDade has been slinging a guitar since age 12. He started playing professional at age 15 when his first band "Jonah" toured Saskatchewan and Alberta for 11 years. He passion for the blues kick-started in 2006 with his wife, Rita. A lifelong musician, educator and music specialist, Kevin is a 46-year music veteran. He doesn't like to play....he LIVES to play!
Rollie LaMarche is the newest addition to the Fusion Blues Band. He brings many years experience and an eclectic style of bass from pop to jazz, funk to blues. His love for playing bass can be heard as he holds down the groove and infuses the bottom end making you want to dance!
Murray Schneider has been playing professionally since the early 1970's. He joined Rita in 2006 forming Hip Pocket. Keys of all shapes and sizes have graced his multi-talented hands! ....and he blows a mean harmonica too!
Scott Alexander was a regular entertainer at Edmonton's finest piano lounges. Following a 30-year hiatus performing live, he joined Rita with The Grey Cats Blues Band in 2011 and hasn't looked back!
Greg Russell has a music career in Alberta spanning decades. Based out of Calgary, he freelanced full-time playing for Bobby Stewart and the Sky Blues Band, hard rock group Steeler and Darcy West Band to name a few. Greg has been with The Fusion Blues Band since 2012.
January 17 - Rita McDade & the Fusion Blues Band February 14 - Great North Blues Band March 14 - from Ottawa, Wicked Grin April 11 - Charlie Jacobson Electric Band May 23 - from Kamloops, Sabrina Weeks June 13 - Overdue Blues Band
Doors at 7:00pm. Music at 8:00pm Arrive early for best seats. Old Timer's Cabin is an ALL ages venue. Reduced cover charge for under 18 yrs old. EBS Regular monthly events welcomes All ages!
Venue - Old Timer's Cabin 9430 Scona Road (99 Street) Doors: 7:00pm Music: 8:00pm EBS "In the News"
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