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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.
Kick off the exciting Tour De White Rock weekend with the hottest dance party in the city. BC’s most well known and loved 6-piece dance band, DR. STRANGELOVE will have Blue Frog hopping.
This band is the best of Vancouver's live music scene, bouncing effortlessly between styles as distinctly different as The Beatles to Lady Gaga. DR.STRANGELOVE'S shows are highly audience interactive, always humorous, and sometimes a bit naughty! The band's vast and varied repertoire, as well as their two female and three male lead vocalists, gives them the confidence and ability to welcome audience requests for a great evening of entertainment and dancing.
You never know what surprise will happen at their shows. Last time Dr.Strangelove performed at Blue Frog, none other than Mike Reno, lead singer of Loverboy, treated the audience to a surprise performance. Video here:
DANCING with very limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
Kick off the White Rock Sea Festival weekend with the Beach Boys music just like you remember it. Mike Amaral's California Beach Boys will get the party going with such great hits like Fun, Fun, Fun, Good Vibrations, I Get Around, Kokomo, Little Duece Coup, Surfin’ USA, California Girls and many more.
The California Beach Boys are world renown for their precise harmonies that are trademarked by the songs of The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine). They appeal to people of all ages because of their clean appearance and congenial attitudes. Their performance and entertainment truly pay tribute to The Beach Boys and their contribution to music history. Their influences come from growing up in the 60's to actually playing on stage with the Surf Legends such as: The Ventures, Surfaris, The Sunrays, and The Rivieras to mention a few.
The TIMEWALKERS have been hard at work locked away in the studio recording a fabulous new CD featuring timeless hits along with their own rockin’ and sometimes-poignant original tunes.
Four lead singers known for their amazing harmonies, the TIMEWALKERS perform hits by The Eagles, Roy Orbison, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Beatles, Sting and more… along with their own spellbinding original songs recorded by Michael Bublé, Anne Murray, Jennifer Rush and more…
The members of The TIMEWALKERS have an amazing breadth of musical achievements that span a lifetime. These are four wonderfully gifted singer songwriters who began playing together for the sheer love of the music they create. The band is exciting and fun to experience with their amazing acoustic and electric guitar work and the constant game of ‘who’s on Bass’ along with their impromptu on stage banter! Check out this performance from their last Blue Frog Concert…
The TIMEWALKERS continue to sell out shows and delight audiences where ever they perform. Buy your tickets early they ALWAYS sell out at Blue Frog!
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For a decade ABRA CADABRA has been bringing the timeless and uplifting music of ABBA to audiences across the world. From “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen”, “Fernando” and “Waterloo” to “Does Your Mother Know”, “S.O.S.”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “Voulez Vous” and “Knowing Me Knowing You”, this high-energy and captivating stage show keeps the music of this Swedish Super Group alive in a fresh, respectful and classy way.
Rather than impersonate the original members of the band, ABRA CADABRA prefers to recreate and celebrate the amazing music and legacy of ABBA with powerful vocals, outstanding musicians, dancers, costumes and stories about the one and only ABBA.
From Kuala Lumpur to Orlando, Florida and Vancouver to Monterrey, Mexico, abra cadabra takes you on a magical journey through all of your favourite ABBA songs & memories. It is a fantastic show that you will not want to miss!
Jack Semple is one of those rare guitar players who leaves a crowd speechless, one of those players who leaves a crowd in total astonishment, in absolute awe of what they have just experienced. This former member the Lincolns is a guitar players’ - guitar player. An absolute virtuoso of his art form Jack plays with unparalleled feeling and total technical control.
Semple has played from Vancouver to Montreux, has worked for CBC radio and TV, won a Juno award, and shared the stage with a wide range of top artists, from Martha Reeves, k.d. lang, Ronnie Hawkins, Colin James and many more. He was the 1992 national winner of the Much Music "Guitar Wars", Western Canadian Music Award for best Blues CD In the Blue Light (2013) and Juno Award "Best roots recording"
It has been over 35 years since THE BANDS’ legendary Last Waltz concert and the albums that gave us such amazing tunes as The Weight, Stage Fright, The Shape I’m In, Ophelia, and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. The music of THE BAND still stands as some of the greatest works in the history of American music.
Blue Frog Studios is proud to welcome back, UP ON CRIPPLE CREEK for their return concert to perform The Songbook of THE BAND.
This group boasts an incredible collective resume with some of the top performers and musicians in Western Canada; four strong singers, one of Calgary’s best vocalists in JR Shore, plus Doug Andrew from Vancouver’s Circus In Flames. They join “Crawdad” Cantera and bassist Ron Rault on the vocal end of this project.
Rounding out the troupe is longtime Ian Tyson drummer Thom Moon and the great Gord Matthews on guitar. Gord has proven that with his years recording and touring with k.d lang as one of the Reclines. Gord has been part of Ian Tyson’s band for over a decade.
UP ON CRIPPLE CREEK; the timeless sounds of Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, & Robbie Robertson.