Perhaps not the first name that comes to mind when you think of the Blues but Deep Purple’s roots are embedded in that genre as well as other musical forms. Tours in North America are few and far between compared to the number of shows these five gentlemen perform on the other side of the pond. That being said the band has three Canadian concerts penciled in at the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa today, July 18th, at Le Festival d’Eté de Québec on July 19th, and at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto on July 20th. As good as these guys are in the studio, they are that much better live. Do your musical souls a favour and seize the opportunity to catch one of these rare Canadian dates.
Quebec to Memphis
The International Blues Challenge is held every January in Memphis. Blues acts from around the world compete in different categories. Every act has to be sponsored by a blues society. The Montreal Blues Society will be holding a Quebec to Memphis contest this fall to determine which act will represent Quebec in the Band category in Memphis. The 32nd International Blues Challenge will be held January 26-30, 2016, in the Beale Street Historic District.
Twenty-one years ago, 5000 music fans descended on Majors Hill Park to witness the inaugural launch of the Ottawa Blues Festival. Like a well-fed baby, the event has grown, with an estimated 300,000 visitors in 2014, and an astonishing 200 acts. The festival has mushroomed from a one-stage, three-day event to a multi-staged, two-week music showcase. In its’ adolescence it had to move over to LeBreton Flats to accommodate all the friends it had amassed in its’ formative years. The festival mandate states that it aims “to support and sustain the growth of emerging and diverse musical genres”. It does. In spades.
Alain Simard et André Ménard accueillent le public et préviennent que la soirée sera longue car la programme est chargé. Ils invitent sur scène James Cotton et lui remettent le Prix BB King pour l'ensemble de sa carrière. Fait à signaler, le premier engagement de James Cotton après avoir passé 12 ans dans le band de Muddy Waters fut signé par Alain Simard au New Penelope, rue Sherbrooke. Très ému, James Cotton essaie de nous communiquer sa joie, mais