Blues News

Next EBS event  
April 11 - 'Spring Fling 2015' a double-bill featuring Charlie Jacobson Band with opening youth act Bucket

Dress casual or dress in your finest. Come out and dance!

Charlie Jacobson Band video here

Bucket video here

March 31 - Submissions for 2015 Edmonton Music Awards close. 
More details here

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

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 


2014 IBC in Memphis  update

Congratulations to all the 30th International Blues Challenge Winners !! 

Pictures and videos on Edmonton Blues Society Facebook page.
CKUA Radio Blog about 30th IBC

Edmonton Blues Society sends a huge "Thank-you" to
ALL Memphis Bound entrants, judges, volunteers, venues and sponsors! 



Our Next Upcoming Event :

April 11,  2015

Edmonton Blues Society

'Spring Fling 2015'
a double-bill featuring
Charlie Jacobson Band
and opening youth act Bucket

Arrive EARLY for best seats!  


Old Timer's Cabin
9430 Scona Road

6:30 pm

$10 members
$15 guests


Reduced cover charge for
under 18 yrs


Charlie Jacobson Band video here

April 11, 2015

Charlie Jacobson Band

Charlie Jacobson
guitar, vocals

Jason Koop
drums, vocals

Craig Gomez
guitar, keys, vocals

Corey Gomez
bass, vocals


Joseph Bodie
guitar, vocals

Jake Greenough

George Balsillie
bass, vocals

Bucket video here

Based out of Sherwood Park, Bucket is collection of high school students determined to perpetuate live blues and rock music.

Bucket band members:
Joseph Bodie - lead guitar, vocals
Jake Greenough - drums
George Balsillie - bass 

Bucket is a trio of young musicians and is led by Singer/Lead Guitarist, Joseph Bodie. Joe, now 16, has been studying guitar for over 7 years and has performed on numerous occasions as a solo act and as part of several bands. He plans on attending the Grant MacEwan Music Program upon graduation from high school and then trying to make his way as a professional musician. Joe’s primary musical influences are: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Jack White.

Jake Greenough (Drums) has been playing for 6 years. Currently 17, Jake is a self-taught drummer whose main influence is Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, etc.) which explains Jake’s very energetic style of play. Jake is also enrolled in the Bev Facey Creative Music Program.

George Balsillie (Bass) has been playing for 3 years. Another 16 year old, George is a self-taught bassist inspired by Steve Harris, John Entwistle and James Jamerson. George is also enrolled in the Bev Facey Creative Music Program, where he's been cutting teeth since January, 2014.

Bucket looks forward to opening for Charlie Jacobson Band at Edmonton Blues Society's Spring Fling 2015!

A taste of Bucket here 

Charlie Jacobson Band

Charlie Jacobson is a passionate 22 year old blues/rock artist with no fixed address. Over the last few years Charlie has played hundreds of shows across the Canadian prairies and back and forth over the Rockies. With his guitar and suitcase drums always packed in the car, his nomadic lifestyle takes him to shows ranging from music festivals, house concerts, large blues clubs to community halls and theatres. Charlie recreates a full-band sound on his own, playing his suitcase drums with his heels, ripping on the guitar, singing and dancing. April 11 you will see him fronting the four-piece Charlie Jacobson Band.
Charlie released his solo debut EP “Live from the Chop Bin” in 2013. In December of 2014, Charlie Jacobson released his latest album, recorded in Sherwood Park, Alberta with Grammy Award winning drummer, Donald Ray Johnson, the former bass player for B.B. King, Russell Jackson and David Vest on Piano. This recording was tracked at DanLyn studios with Juno award winning engineer, Jerry Woolsey. 
As well as his personal projects, Charlie has been cutting his teeth as the guitarist for some of Canada’s most well respected blues acts including Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Russell Jackson and Donald Ray Johnson. In addition to being an accomplished guitarist and songwriter, Charlie is a true showman.  ​If there is a table to dance on, a banister to slide off or a chandelier to swing from, you’ll find him working it into his passionate, high energy act. 

Charlie was raised in central Alberta with strong ties to the aspen parkland and his grandparent’s farm. The geography of mountains to the west, badlands in the east, prairie to the south and lakeland in the north provides a rich palette of imagery to draw on in his songwriting. The result is driving blues-rock with a sensitive heart.

Charlie Jacobson Band is:
Craig Gomez – guitar, keys
Corey Gomez – bass
Jason Koop – drums 

Craig Gomez - a Red Deer musician who plays guitar, drums and piano. Though trained in classical and jazz guitar, he takes interest in blues, funk and rock music. Both he and his brother, Corey, write music together and are the core members of their rock band, Underside Pattern. Together they form the dynamic duo know as the Gomez Brothers or "Go Bros". Besides Underside Pattern, Craig plays in various musical Central Alberta groups including the rhythm section for Charlie Jacobson Band.

Jason H. Koop - was born and raised in Flin Flon, MB.  Jason’s parents bought him a drum set for his 9th birthday. At age 12, he started playing in bands and grew more serious about playing drums throughout high school.

He auditioned for Grant MacEwan University’s Music program in Edmonton, AB and was accepted after his second audition. He then went on receive a double diploma in performance and recording, finishing his degree in music performance.

At the end of his 4th year in university, life took a sudden turn when he received a call from former BB King bass player, Russell Jackson. Jason would then go on to do quite a few dates with Jackson.  On these gigs he met local young blues guitar player Charlie Jacobson.  
Jason did numerous successful dates with Charlie and then decided to make music his full time profession. Jason is now playing music full time in the Edmonton area with local artist like Boogie Patrol, Jenie Thai, AM Radio and Charlie Jacobson Band.

A taste of Charlie Jacobson Band here 

Save these 2015 EBS event dates                
April 11  - Charlie Jacobson Electric Band; opener: Bucket. Doors at 6:30pm, music at 7:00pm for this event ONLY

May 23 - from Kamloops, Sabrina Weeks 
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.

EBS Regular monthly events welcomes All ages!

Venue - Old Timer's Cabin 9430 Scona Road (99 Street)

EBS "In the News"

January 2014 - CKUA Radio Blog about 30th IBC

December 10, 2013 Edmonton Journal article about
Jenie Thai and Memphis Bound Blues Challenge

February 14, 2013 Edmonton Journal article about
Great North Blues Band, EBS and IBC in Memphis

Dec 20, 2012 Edmonton Journal article about
EBS, Boogie Patrol, Graham Guest.

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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