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Powerhouse singer/percussionist Shannon Gaye joins forces with Britt & Carly McKillip, uber-talented siblings with an undeniable vocal blend & style. Together, they present - a concert celebrating women of Soul, Rhythm & Blues. Paying homage to trailblazing female artists, the show features tunes by classic icons like Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and Etta James as well as contemporary artists such as Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and Adele.
The stellar six-piece band is comprised of some of Vancouver’s finest musicians, led by gifted pianist/producer Kristian Alexandrov. Since moving to Canada from Bulgaria in 1995, Kristian has firmly entrenched himself in the Canadian and international music scene. Onstage Kristian has worked alongside: kd Lang, Jens Lindemann, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Alain Caron, Bob Mintzer, The Canadian Tenors and Jackie Richardson.
Kristian has co-written and produced three albums with Soul/R&B recording artist Shannon Gaye, described as “the slender singer with the big soulful voice”. Their most recent collaboration is Shannon’s latest CD Little Wonder, an acoustic gem with a modern spin - urban music with matter for the mind.
Britt and Carly McKillip were born and raised on the West coast - you may know them as the award-winning recording duo, One More Girl. Growing up in a musical family, Britt and Carly cut their teeth on all things entertainment: they’ve worked as actors since they were little, appearing in many prestigious film and television projects, and have shared the stage with artists such as Toby Keith, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban.
Some old punks run for office. Some win. Some play country covers in homage to authenticity they don’t fully understand. Many former young punks claim they were punk when they in fact weren’t. They spoke out against nothing except their imagined repression. Then there are John Lydon and Patti Smith—eloquent survivors, more than agitators.
Art’s voice has been missing from our national consciousness for far too long, but it is back with a vengeance on The Apostate, his first full-length album in 18 years, and for that reason alone should be considered a triumph in the face of his once-debilitating health issues, and a music industry that seemingly no longer held a place for him. But putting that aside, The Apostate is a triumph simply because it is the best work he has ever done during his four decades as a recording artist.
In the 1970s, the first British punk records hit Vancouver, Art ditches his bar band The Shmorgs and forms The K-Tels, and change their name to the Young Canadians. They record two EPs (one with up-and-coming producer Bob Rock), and support The Boomtown Rats on a national tour. After the Young Canadians split up in 1980, Art joins short-lived Vancouver punk “supergroup” Los Popularos, before forming Poisoned as a vehicle for his own songwriting. Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale is hired to produce Crawl With Me in Vancouver, wins a JUNO Award for Best Alternative Rock Album.
Building on three generations of Leahy musical excellence, THE NEXT GENERATION LEAHY are astounding audiences all over North America. Seasoned LEAHY veteran Doug Leahy, together with his wife Jennifer and their six children ages 13 down to 5, are keeping the family traditions alive through music, song, and dance. Even the smallest children feel the music pulsing through their veins. They are drawn to it and passionate about it, understanding the joy and exhilaration that only music can provide.
The drive to create music has led Doug and Jennifer’s children to tremendous achievements, even at their young ages. Still in elementary school, all the children are accomplished multi-instrumentalists. This talent, rare in children so young, is an inspiration to young and old alike. The joy of music is meant for all and THE NEXT GENERATION LEAHY are set on sharing that joy with each and every audience.
Led by Doug, live performances are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music people associate with the LEAHY heritage. Fiddle, cello, French accordion and piano blend their voice with song and French-Canadian step-dancing to fill the stage. As for the result, Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains says, “Absolute joy . . . performing so beautifully and playing so well together. I’ve never experienced anything like this before . . . simply brought the house down”!
Juno Award winner singer / songwriter / humourist Norman Foote is a musical rant and rave. Norman’s musicality is like no other. He writes and sings about things other songwriters may overlook and plays with pop culture in hilarious renditions and adaptations.
"Norman is a category all his own” LA Times
Linda Kidder is a highly original songwriter and exquisite vocalist. Her songwriting is honestly and musically brilliant. Full of passion...Vancouver's favorite. Listening to Linda is pure joy...
Sophisticated, dazzling, humorous, and packed with fun, the pairing of Linda Kidder and Norman Foote will be the hit of the season.
With nominations for three JUNOs, the Polaris Prize, The CBC "Heart Of Gold" and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. A musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease. An adventurous & fearless artist. A master at striking the right balance between unpredictability and meeting expectations, leaving you wanting more as soon as it’s over.
Danny Michel, environmentalist, pacifist, romanticist, archivist and space enthusiast, returns with Matadora, his newest and most deeply humanist album to date.
Before his passing, David Bowie sent Danny a note complimenting his cover of Young Americans. Last year he bought a 1978 boogie van with a Star Trek paint job, and this year he'll be going to the Arctic with Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield.
Barracuda hail from Vancouver, BC, Canada, the original city where Ann Wilson along with Roger Fisher and Michael Fisher (manager & Sound) co-founded the amazing legacy of the band "Heart". Nancy Wilson with in a year joined her sister to form Rock n Rolls first powerhouse sister combo.
Barracuda perform the music of Heart with style, presence and a true passion for the songs that have become beloved classics to fans worldwide. It is no wonder Heart founding member and guitar player “Roger Fisher” has endorsed them. Roger Fisher has also joined Barracuda on stage for numerous performances, including live at Blue Frog, creating a truly authentic experience for Heart fans!
With Heart's 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a reinsurance of the groups undeniable list of hits has been spreading and demand for the seeing the group perform has never been higher. Barracuda is the most accurate representation of Heart to date... delighting audiences from coast to coast with what is the essential tribute to one of the best rock bands of our time.
Blue Frog Studios is proud to host the GRAND FINALS Concert for the ROADHOUSE LIVE YOUTH TALENT SEARCH.
Every Wednesday through April and May, the Roadhouse Grille in South Surrey hosts a weekly Talent Search with one finalist being selected each week. On Sunday, June 12th, these 8 weekly winners will compete on stage for the Grand Prize Package, as well as additional prizes to all the finalists.
Come hear the best of our local young talent. A limited number of tickets are available.
It is impossible to leave a Gabriel Palatchi performance unsatisfied. Energy and passion, combined with skill, and a true love for music, has resulted in a dynamic musical juggernaut. His music is an original blend of different genres such as Latin Jazz, Tango, Funk, Klezmer, Gypsy, Reggae, Samba and Electronic, a representation of the many cultures that have influenced his music.
Gabriel hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina and has studied piano under many great teachers of Blues, Tango, Jazz and Latin Jazz, including in Cuba where he met and studied with the world-renowned pianist “Chucho” Valdez. Gabriel continues to travel extensively, performing and composing throughout the world.
His music is being played on radio stations all over the world and has been reviewed and featured on the Latin Jazz Network, Ejazznews, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Toronto Star, and many others. The band has performed at international music festivals such as the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Victoria Jazz Festival, Quebec City Jazz Festival, Waterloo Jazz Festival, Kaslo Jazz Festival, Puerto Morelos Music Festival and many others.
Gabriel’s new album TRIVOLUTION has been chosen as one of the TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2015 and received a GOLD MEDAL AWARD in the Composer/Album categories from the GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS. He has been featured as an EMERGING ARTIST on the April 30th issue of BILLBOARD MAGAZINE.
Joining Gabriel will be Kerry Galloway (Canada) on bass and Chema Gonzalez (Mexico) on drums.
“One of the new young lions of Latin jazz” - Edward Blanco – Ejazznews.com
"Gabriel Palatchi once again confirms his status as one of the best musicians of the moment with his third album “Trivolution”!
Check out GABRIELPALATCHI.COM to see the latest trios EPK videos.
Ladies Sing the Blues has become a huge success in Western Canada paying homage to the blues greats including Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Etta James, Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, James Brown, Van Morrison, Jr. Walker, and many more.
Featuring some of the very best female singers anywhere: Joani Bye, Alita Dupray, Nadine States, Leslie Harris and Amanda Dean, backed by Rob Montgomery and his All-Star Band.
This stellar show features a Celebration of these Amazing Lady Singers, with an All-Star Band embracing Soul Classics, Blues, Funky R&B, and beyond. The magical energy of this show, is why it has become so hugely popular with Music Lovers, and always performs for sold-out Audiences.
The LADIES look forward to seeing you at this Musical Celebration!
The BIG O was unmistakable with his trademark sunglasses, his distinctive, powerful voice, his complex compositions and the dark emotional ballads we all love. From 1960 to ’64 Roy Orbison landed 22 songs on the Billboard Top 40, including “Only The Lonely”, “Crying”, and “Oh, Pretty Woman”. His impassioned voice, bridging the gap between baritone and tenor, coupled with his signature arrangements ensured the charting of the hits “Dream Baby”, “Ooby Dooby”, “Blue Angel”, “Blue Bayou”, “You Got It” and “In Dreams”.
Tragically, his life was cut short, leaving us only the music.
And, long may the music live! THE LONELY delivers a sensitive and dynamic tribute to the one and only Roy Orbison. Veteran Mike Demers leads this group of musical journeymen in their mutual and deep appreciation of the timeless music of the Caruso of Rock. THE LONELY - A TRIBUTE TO ROY ORBISON approaches the music with a humble spirit and sincere desire to recreate the sounds and feel of the original recordings. The band has been selling out shows right from their debut.
Tina Coldwell of TLC Entertainment says, “One of the best tributes I’ve seen and I’ve been in the biz for 22 years.”
Be there or be square!
They’re back and ready to get Blue Frog hoppin’ again after last year’s three SOLDOUT shows. The Legendary R&B Allstars was formed in the late 1970’s as a testament to their love of Classic R&B. Since their first show opening for Long John Baldry, the group has shared the stage with James Brown, War, Chuck Berry, Paul Butterfield, and the Allman Brothers.
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The Allstars line-up features some of the best in Vancouver talent:
Tom Harrison, Vancouver Province:
“R&B is alive and well and living in Vancouver!”
One of Vancouver's Finest and Funkiest…Classic R&B at it’s best!
The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, all of which makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.
As the only female guitar-player Ana was added to the 2014 -'16 all star Experience Hendrix lineup; a nationwide tour celebrating the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix w/ Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many more world renown artists.
She’s nominated for five Blues Music Awards, appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player magazine. Her albums 'Can You Stand The Heat' and ‘Unconditional' where Pick-Of-The-Week by USA Today and featured on NPR Music reaching 26 million listners. Nearly all of Ana's albums made it the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio.
Ana and her powerful band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals. She is endorsed by Fender, Ovation and DR strings. Ana has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., Jonny Lang and many others. When not on tour, she resides in Memphis, TN.
“Ana Popovic is one helluva a guitar-player” - Bruce Springsteen
“Ana Popovic rocks the blues in fine, fine fashion” – Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Ana Popovic in Concert
Though they have had many offers and requests for reunion tours over 40 years, Valdy, Claire Lawrence and Shari Ulrich have finally agreed to doing a handful of performances in the summer of 2016. Blue Frog Studios is honored to be hosting one of the few concerts for this amazing reunion show.
The Hometown Band began as the group of session musicians backing legendary folk icon Valdy on a 1976 cross-Canada tour in support of his “Valdy and the Hometown Band” album on A&M records. The band included the album’s producer, Claire Lawrence on sax and flute; “Pied Pumkin”’s Shari Ulrich on violin, sax, flute, dulcimer and vocals; Geoff Eyre on Drums and vocals; Doug Edwards on bass; and the late and incomparably great Robbie King on piano and B3. The band recorded two albums on A&M and made an indelible mark with it’s extraordinary arrangements, compositions and musicianship in its few short years, touring extensively across the US and Canada both with Valdy and on their own. That second album won the band a Juno in 1977 for “most promising new group”.
Valdy has continued to record and tour tirelessly both solo and with Gary Fjellgaard. He’s won two Juno Awards, received seven nominations and released fourteen albums, four of which are certified gold, had a song inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in June 2011.
Shari went on to be an award winning songwriter, releasing 23 albums both solo and with various folk ‘supergroups’ (UHF with Bill Henderson & Roy Forbes; BTU with Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor) and reunited with her first love – The Pied Pumkin for several tours.
Claire’s history with the Collectors, on to Chilliwack continues to this day with his touring as a duo with Bill Henderson. In 2000, Claire took over the production of Jazz Beat for CBC Radio, continuing to record concerts at the Montréal Jazz Festival as well as recording studio sessions across the country. He remains an unstoppable award winning producer, and composer for film and television.
Joining the original members, Claire Lawrence, Shari Ulrich, Geoff Eyre and Doug Edwards, are Michael Creber on keyboards, and Connie LeBeau on Bass. Both exceptional musicians and having toured with both Valdy and Shari over the years. A perfect fit.
Blue Frog’s famous Blues BBQ Bash Weekend is back! Once a year we turn the Frog upside down with a Southern Fried Chicken BBQ in our back yard. You can join in the fun in our back yard BBQ, and later move inside to kick up your heels with some of the hottest blues music around.
With more than 50 years in music he went from working the dusty honky tonks of Georgia to performing in five star venues, festival and concert stages around the world including places like Iceland, Russia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and many others. Wes Mackey learned to play the guitar from the seasoned old blues players of the South where he was born and raised. At the urging of his father he eventually left “Big Estate” in rural South Carolina and moved to Augusta Georgia where his career really began. His first gig paid 50 cents and a chicken sandwich but soon he found himself working in bands that would back up touring artists including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Stevie Wonder and many others.
Kick off the summer fun with one of the best dancing & groovin’ bands around. The COOLER KINGS are a dynamic sounding 8-piece R&B show band. It's the great vocal abilities of Willy Ward (formerly of the R&B All-Stars and The Powder Blues) and Renee Dora Cook, and the funky grooves of the horn section with Willy and Elliott Clarkson combined with the violin stylings of Renee. Add the double keyboard section featuring Bill Brooks and Jim Widdifield with the driving beat of the rhythm section with Paul Sorbara on drums and Paulo Silva on bass. The final touch is the silky sounds of Leonard Bodin's guitar. Put all these together and you get a sound that only be classified as "Dynamic".
Included with admission is a lip-smacking Southern Fried chicken BBQ dinner, salads and all the fix-ins. Limited admission. 19 and over. Our Blues BBQ Bash weekend sells out every year; so don’t wait on this one.
It’s not often – in fact, some might say very rare – for an artist to have an enduring musical career. In a day and age when most artists barely flicker for a moment before fading out of the spotlight, Lisa Brokop is set to celebrate 20 remarkable years of singing, songwriting and performing
Blue Frog is proud to welcome home from Nashville, one of our local success stories for a very special evening. Lisa will be giving a preview of her latest project- "Lisa Brokop: The Patsy Cline Project", in which she will be paying homage to one of country music's greatest ladies with some of Cline's classic hits like "Sweet Dreams" and "Walkin After Midnight" as well as some of her own material specifically written for the project.
"I'm coming full circle with this project", Brokop says. "When I first started singing, I would sing some of Patsy's song because I didn't have my own. They are still among some of my favorites today and I am so excited to have the opportunity to honor this amazing lady and the incredible music she gave us!"
Lisa’s love affair with performing began in suburban Vancouver, British Columbia. At the age of 19, Lisa landed the lead female role in the feature film Harmony Cats. The movie, in which Lisa plays a country singer who leaves home in search of a big break in Nashville, proved to be prophetic. Shortly after filming wrapped, and on the strength of her very first Nashville showcase, Lisa was signed to Capitol Records. Over the next three years, she released two critically acclaimed albums, the Canadian-certified Gold record Every Little Girls Dream and the self-titled Lisa Brokop, which garnered hits such as "Give Me a Ring Sometime," "Take That,” "Before He Kissed Me," and "She Can't Save Him.” In 1995, the prestigious Academy of Country Music recognized Lisa with an award nomination for Top New Female Vocalist.
Now comfortably established in her adopted home of Nashville, Tennessee, Lisa has been recognized with a series of Canadian Country Music Awards, including two nods for Independent Song of the Year for the hits "Something Undeniable" and "I'd Like to See You Try," and three consecutive trophy wins for Independent Female Artist of the Year. Lisa’s songs have been covered by the who’s who of Nashville, including Reba McEntire, Terri Clark and Pam Tillis.