Joe Curtis

Joe Curtis

Jeff Healey was a one of a kind. A kind man with a hearty laugh, and infectious sense of humor. He could get the whole place laughing, and at the same time poke fun at himself and the blindness which claimed his sight from retinoblastoma when he was only one year old. And he was one helluva guitarist, jazz trumpet player and keyboardist -- not to mention exceptional vocalist! He passed away suddenly this past Sunday evening March 2nd, 2008 of cancer at St. Joseph’s Hospital i …

It was an outstanding night of blues, R&B and soul at the Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub in Toronto, Ontario, on Thursday night, September 23, 2010. Soul man #1, George Olliver, sang up a storm with blues harp player/vocalist Jerome Godboo and his band onstage -- rippin' it up for the huge crowd that attended! It was a great night of high-energy entertainment!

Glen James Singleton-Wood was very impressive as usual on ten

The 2nd Annual Waterfront Blues Fest took place at Woodbine Park, in Toronto’s trendy Beach area of east Toronto, for three glorious days of blues, Friday June 4th to Sunday June 6th, 2010.

Many times throughout this very bluesy weekend, rain clouds did their thing, raining on the sometimes sparse and other times quite well-attended crowds who came out to this show.

Despite the bad weather which prevailed throughout most of this weekend, there w

I recently attended an extremely interesting and unusual venue for the Tom Robertson Blues Band. This was an outdoor afternoon annual Family Day 2009 at Canada Post’s huge South Central Letter Processing Plant in Toronto. (It’s the largest mail sorting plant in Canada).

This was an ideal sunny day, perfect for listening to ‘da bluz’ outdoors . . . in a beautifully tranquil setting of grass and trees and a nature trail to the south . . . with the beach at Lake Ontario just

It was a ‘magical’ night of blues at Toronto’s venerable Massey Hall, when blues guitarist Buddy Guy and his fabulous blues band appeared on stage.

Prior to their always enjoyable show, blues diva Shemekia Copeland and her band played a 45-minute set that got the blues fans in attendance warmed up just right for Buddy.

Buddy’s show opened with the high-energy "Best Damn Fool" and went right into "Only Nin

29.01.2011

The Dylan Tree

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The Dylan Tree is a band of seasoned pros who only play songs written by folk/blues/roots icon Bob Dylan, and do them to perfection. The band includes guitarists Richard Kahl (Champagne Boys) and Paul Martin (Blushing Brides), bassist Matt Greenberg (The Jitters), drummer Doug Inglis (ex-Ronnie Hawkins; Goddo), and keyboard player Martin Alex Aucoin (The Lin

29.01.2011

Pinetop Perkins

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It was great night of blues when legendary blues piano man Pinetop Perkins graced the stage of Sound Academy 2 in Toronto, Thurs. June 26, 2008. This was Pinetop’s 95th Birthday Bash concert a musical feat that’s sure hard to beat. It was a Jeff Healey's Roadhouse Presentation promoted by Berel's Blues, so you know it was going to be good!

Backing Pinetop this night was Juno-winning blues guitarist Jack de Keyze

Famed blues guitarist Buddy Guy made his annual concert appearance at Massey Hall in Toronto, Saturday night, April 5, 2008. Buddy’s rhythm section has been part of his band for several years now. All are seasoned pros from the Chicago blues scene.

On 2nd lead and rhythm guitar is RicJaz GuitarHall, with Orlando Wright on electric bass, Tim Austin

There was an all-star musical tribute to the one and only John Lennon Beatle/painter/music icon, at Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse in Toronto on Sunday, December 9, 2007. This is the second great Lennon Tribute show this writer has attended, hosted by all-time Beatle fan and rock/blues artist extraordinaire Greg Godovitz (Goddo/ex-Ronnie Hawkins). This show also featured Godovitz's Rock Talk

It’s always a pleasure to see the Big Bill Morganfield Blues Band whenever they perform here in Toronto, Ontario. Whether it’s the Silver Dollar as it was this night and others, or at a one-off blues fest at the Toronto waterfront, outdoors a few years ago, Big Bill is always here to please.

Bill’s main asset onstage is that he’s a people person one who likes the audience, and they like him back! Bill really puts his ‘all’ into his guitar playing, and is backed admirably and first clas

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