2023 Saskatoon Blues Festival Lineup

Thursday, March 2nd

Blues Showcase

Buds on Broadway
817 Broadway Ave
Thursday, March 2nd
Doors 8:00pm Show 9:00pm

 

Buds on Broadway



Friday, March 3rd

The Bassment

202 4th Ave N
Friday, March 3th
Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm
Earlybird Tickets - $47.70 (Includes 6% PST)
After Feb 10th, $58.30 (Includes 6% PST)

"Blind Boy" Paxton

Jerron Paxton



Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has been legally blind since his teens, his ability to tap into traditional American music reveals a perceptiveness and focus that few others are able to achieve. A gifted multi-instrumentalist who specializes in traditional, pre-World War II music, Paxton plays the fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica, and piano, and his performances are filled with ballads (both sung and played), blues tunes, banjo tunes, fiddle tunes, rags, and more. TheCountryBlues.com declares that, “A fabulous new country blues talent as impressive as Jerron Paxton is not just rare, his extraordinary talent is almost surreal.” Ask this self-proclaimed “thorough musician” what he does, though, and he’ll tell you that “All I do is play music; I’m too lazy to work.” Jerron has been in Saskatoon before, another fan favourite at this years festival.



Website: Jerron Paxton



GA-20

GA-20


GA-20 clearly is on to something big. It’s a movement, a new traditional blues revival. The dynamic, throwback blues trio are disciples of the place where traditional blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll intersect. “We make records that we would want to listen to,” says guitarist Matt Stubbs. “It’s our take on the song-based traditional electric blues we love.” Stubbs, guitarist/vocalist Pat Faherty, and drummer Tim Carman have been at the forefront of this traditional blues revival since they first formed in 2018. It’s no wonder they skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Blues Chart.

According to Stubbs, “Since we started the band we’ve focused on the story, the melody, and on creating a mood. Playing live as much as we do, we’re finding more and more that people are discovering how cool it all is. Traditional country, soul and funk music have all had these massive recent revivals, but traditional blues so far has not.” With their new Colemine album, Crackdown, and an intensive tour schedule, that’s all about to change.

In 2022 they were nominated for their first Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist.



Web site: GA-20


Saturday, March 4th

Blues workshop

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton

Amigos Cantina

806 Dufferin Ave
1:00pm -2:00pm
No Charge


Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton


Join Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton at Amigos for a workshop on the blues.

Saturday, March 4th

The Bassment

202 4th Ave N
Saturday, March 4th
Doors 6:30pm Show 7:30pm
Tickets - $47.70 (Includes 6% PST)
After Feb 10th, $58.30 (Includes 6% PST)



Marcus Trummer

Marcus Trummer



Marcus Trummer weaves southern soul, blues, and roots rock into a modern sound steeped in tradition that Trummer calls “rock and soul”. Dubbed “a precocious guitarist whose vocals possess a wise-beyond-his-years weariness” by the Calgary Herald, the 21-year-old from Calgary, Alberta has built a reputation as a compelling live performer on the back of playing numerous local shows. Trummer’s songwriting ability has also earned him recognition with his latest release, Running on My Own, receiving Blues Recording of the Year at the 2022 YYC Music Awards. With a full-length album on the way for 2023, Trummer continues to establish his place as a notable emerging Canadian artist. He impressed as at the Blues Summit 10 in Toronto last June.



Website: Marcus Trummer



Billy Joe Green

Billy Joe Green


Billy Joe Green is from the Moose Clan of the Kejick Ojibway Nation located on the most north-westerly section of the beautiful Lake of the Woods, straddling what is now the Ontario/Manitoba border. Numerous uncles, cousins and nephews have taken the challenge of learning how to play the guitar, all by ear and sheer determination. Billy Joe sees this factor as a blessing as he considers that the learning of a certain technique, riff or scale by ear always keeps the music new, fresh and certainly challenging. Still in his teens, Billy Joe was asked by guitarist, Martin Tuesday, to join The FEATHERMEN, a fiery young group of primarily Ojibway musicians. He jumped at the chance. At entry level, he became the second guitarist, but soon learned all the songs and was exchanging lead guitar lines with Martin Tuesday, a very progressive musician for his time. Soon the elder members of the band came of age and joined the then flourishing ranks of bar room musicians. Billy Joe, still tender in years, was asked to join another bar band. Armed with only a 1964 Les Paul Jr., sunglasses and no I.D., he moved ahead quickly in the ranks, learning how to play, drink, live and survive the life of a bluesman. For over three decades, Billy Joe has worked as a sideman and bandleader in Winnipeg, Vancouver, San Francisco and Edmonton. He has rocked, reeled, boogied, tumbled and stumbled - only to get up again and carry the blues banner one humble step further. He's up and at 'em once again.



Web site: Billy Joe Green



Rita Chiarelli

Rita Chiarelli


Rita's soaring 3 octave voice that sets her apart from her peers, inspires awe and often tears in her audiences, and causes critics to gush. " a voice so blue it could make the angels weep"... "a voice that can growl at her demons or soar with the angels, a gift for lyric, an ear for melody and the heart to combine them".

Over the past decade Rita Chiarelli has won every major Canadian blues award, including multiple Maple Blues awards, CBCs Great Canadian Blues Award, Toronto Independent Music Awards, Hamilton Music Awards, Manitoba Blues Society and the Hamilton Blues Society's Lifetime Achievement Awards. Most recently Rita was awarded the prestigious Maple Blues 'Blues With A Feeling Award' for Lifetime Achievement.

Web site: Rita Chiarelli



 

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