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One-Night Only. Join us for a world-premiere event – International Tribute Artist – Bobby Bruce as “Nearly Neil” will be performing Neil Diamond’s most treasured music supported by grand piano, and a beautiful string quartet of violins, viola and cello, you will be able to hear every nuance on stage at the intimate Blue Frog Studios.
Dubbed "Nearly Neil" by the Australian press on his first national tour in 1996, the name and the career portraying the legendary Solitary Man, stuck. Port Coquitlam native Bobby Bruce; then a stage and TV actor, combined his singing and acting talents into an onstage persona that continues to grow in popularity.
International theatre tours and global casino outlets have kept Bobby busy for two decades. His Nearly Neil tribute was highlighted in MOCKSTARS, a million-dollar feature length documentary about Canadian tribute artists in 2002. Repeated nation-wide tours of the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Belgium as well as exclusive appearances in the Cayman Islands, Hawaii, Borneo and Singapore merited by his incredible singing and dynamic performances have earned Bobby the respect as one of the best in the business. On the heels of thriving annual tours, Bobby was recognized with back-to-back ACE (Australian Club Entertainment) Award Nominations in the “International Touring Artist” category in 2012 & 13.
Back on his home turf, Bobby is excited to be introducing an intimate exclusive opportunity to share the music that has taken him around the world. On the crystal clear sound stage of Blue Frog Studios, Bobby’s incredible vocals will be supported and highlighted by a local string quartet lead by Renee Cook and joining him from Australia will be Dale Genner, his musical director and pianist. Even a special surprise guest might drop by.
Join us and share in the music that has made Neil Diamond a living legend, recreated lovingly and masterfully. This is a world-premiere experience, one night not to miss.
The NUMBER ONE request we get at Blue Frog is “WHEN IS KAL DAVID COMING BACK?” On September 9th and 10th, Kal David and Miss Lauri Bono will be back to blow the doors off of Blue Frog with their fiery style of Blues and R&B.
Kal has played guitar with many of the greats including John Mayall, The Fabulous Rhinestones, Johnny Rivers and Peter Cetera (Chicago). He replaced Mick Taylor on lead guitar and featured vocalist in the John Mayall Bluesbreakers before embarking his successful solo career.
After a stint with Bette Midler as a Harlette, Miss Lauri Bono joined Blues great Etta James. It was there that she met Kal, who was also touring extensively with Etta James. In the studio or on tour, it was evident in their work with Etta James, or Louisiana’s own, Johnny Rivers, Kal on guitar and Miss Lauri and Kal on vocals.
To fully experience Kal David’s tremendous talent, you must see him live. Kal’s soul-baring voice and blazing guitar playing along with Miss Lauri’s sassy, soulful vocals will provide you with an unparalleled electrifying performance!
“My favorite guitar player all wrapped up in one. Kal’s vocal style and sound matched his guitar playing – it was also the “real deal” Kal David has become a combo of all the best Blues guitar and vocal styles of the last 35 years....” – Johnny Rivers
“As grand master of the Bluesbreakers, many of you know me for my long tradition of hiring the best blues guitarists in the business and I am happy to count Kal David as one of the best.... What a talent!” – John Mayall
Trumpeter/composer Vince Mai has appeared on hundreds of recordings for TV, feature films, commercials, and albums. Artists he's shared the stage or recording studio with include – Sarah McLaughlin, Michael Buble, The Powder Blues, Tom Jones, David Clayton Thomas, Natalie Cole, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Miles, Robben Ford, Long John Baldry, Danilo Perez,and Sheldon Reynolds of Earth Wind & Fire.
Vince marks the CD and online release of his sixth album with music he composed for the 2015 Canadian fIlm "REHEARSAL" with a special live performance. The film is making appearances around the world at select film festivals. The score is strongly rooted in the bop and post bop eras of Miles Davis, Nat Adderley, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, and Freddie Hubbard.
Joining Vince will be most of the hard swinging musicians featured on the recording - Miles Black piano, Dave Robbins drums, Miles Hill bass, and Daryl Jahnke guitar.
With a career span of over 27 years and nine albums, Canadian Female Vocalist of the Year 2014, 2014, 2015, Angel Forrest sure knows how to rock the house with her latest release, "Angel’s 11”.
Well known in the Canadian blues scene, Angel has been performed at major festivals in Canada and Europe (International Jazz Festival of Montreal, Tremblant Blues Festival, Blues sur Seine, Blues Festival of Edmunston, Victoriaville, of Trois-Rivières and Kuujjuaq). She also had the chance to share the stage with many artists including Jarvis Church Burton Cummings, Shawn Phillips, Thornetta Davis, Larry McCray, Eric Burdon and more. It was her tribute show to the legendary Janis Joplin that brought Angel Forrest to the public attention.
There is no question that Angel Forrest is one of the most powerful singers in the contemporary blues scene today. The strength of her performances, her distinctive voice and fiery personality has allowed her to conquer the hearts of thousands of fans around the world.
Angel will be performing with her amazing partner Denis Coulombe and the Immensely talented Ricky Paquette.
This show is proudly co-presented with the White Rock Blues Society.
Cousin Harley is the rocking hillbilly persona of Paul Pigat. This band has a hard-earned reputation for delivering everything from hot-rod rockabilly to foot stomping vintage country and western swing. Paul is joined by Keith Picot on upright bass and Jesse Cahill on drums to create an unstoppable rock 'n roll wrecking crew.
You'd never think it to look at Paul Pigat, but behind that unassuming grin and underneath those Doc Watson glasses lurks one of the most restless, combustible musical imaginations ever crammed like so much canned heat into a single body. Blessed with a jazz man's sheen, a rockabilly heart and a hobo's soul, there aren't many genres of music that don't pull at Pigat's wayfaring imagination like a magnet. In many ways, it's a mystery why Paul Pigat isn't a household name yet. Maybe he'd be a lot easier to pin down if he wasn't so darn good at so many different things. Still, you'd have to have been hiding under a pretty big rock to have never heard the immediately recognizable sound of his distinctive guitar playing as over the last several years this unassuming Vancouver native has quietly compiled a list of credits that would be the envy of anyone in the music business.
Whether he's playing a searing solo to elevate the soaring vocals of a traditional gospel rave up from The Sojourners or flying in to support Jakob Dylan at a showcase in New York, Paul Pigat's singular dedication and peerless work ethic have earned him a growing respect within music's inner circles. However impressive the list of credits he's compiled over the last few years has been — earned by supporting artists such as Neko Case, Jim Byrnes and Carolyn Mark — it's when you get to hear Paul on his own that his star really shines.
“There's always a few guitar players in any scene who are looked up at by the rest. Guitarist Paul Pigat is one such figure.”
– The Province
The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland 's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.
The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. Over the years the Tannies have been international trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. Inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2011, they are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.
"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." – New York Times
"...as close to perfect as it gets in an imperfect world." – Sing Out!
In 1978 Darby Mills embarked on a 38-year journey of epic proportions becoming one of Canada’s iconic female rock vocalists and the voice of the “Headpins”. They released their debut album Turn It Loud in 1982, which quickly went double platinum and topped the charts for six weeks, with the hit singles "Don't It Make Ya Feel [ Dancin], “People” and “Turn It Loud". Their second release, Line of Fire, was another multi-platinum success, and included the hits "Just One More Time", and "Feel It (Feel My Body)", and in 1984 they released their 3rd and final recording Head Over Heels including the singles ”Staying all Night” and “Be With You”. The band toured with the likes of ZZ TOP, Whitesnake, Richy Blackmore, Pat Travers, Eddie Money, Kiss, Vince Neill, Loverboy, Brian Adams, Quiet Riot, and so many others.
In 1991 Mills inked a solo deal with Warner Music and released Never Look Back which Included the singles “Cry to me” and “Hot Water” For her efforts she was honored with a Juno nomination and then embarked on her own Canadian tour and follow up tour with fellow Canadian, Metal Queen “Lee Aaron.”
TODAY, like a glass of finely matured red wine, a group of dedicated die-hard 80’s Rock’n’Roll band mates, Darby has ventured back to her passion. Bringing back to life “Flying Solo”, the title of her re-released collection of solo material.
Come enjoy her story, and journey through the years along with the some classics that will take you back in time, originals bringing you to the present and memories to hold for the future!
Darby Mills – “Flying Solo”– Don't stop keeping on!
Opening this show will be very special guest Kirsten Nash (R&B Allstars, Long John Baldry, etc).
Tri-Continental is a collaborative evolution that fuses the talents of three wonderful guitar-players, singers and songwriters. There are no musical boundaries present in this one-of-a-kind blues/folk/world music mélange.
Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim present a truly unique and critically acclaimed sound that is a great success in terms of soulfulness and presence, intensity and atmosphere.
Bourne, Quitzau and Slim are in their own rights well-recognized and respected artists with successful solo careers. They are indeed major players in the Canadian roots music scene who have individually and collectively received 4 Juno awards and 10 nominations. Together as Tri-Continental, something very special and magical happens with the grand improviser, the kidnapper of the blues, and the inventor and promoter of the new universal sound.
Tri-Continental is an engagement between artists and friends built on artistic respect and a deep passion for, and knowledge of the blues. This is clearly evident in the music they create, where the sharing and curiosity has led them on a fascinating musical exploration resulting in a beautiful, infectious sound where blues, world, Celtic, folk, flamenco and African rhythms fuse into one. Accentuated by their sweet vocal harmonies and imaginative guitar playing, Tri-Continental's global blues and roots music is a testament to faith, dreams, talent and, most of all, friendship.
Honing his craft with more than ten years as a professional performer, Ryan Langevin brings new life to such ELTON JOHN classics as “Saturday Night”, “Pinball Wizard”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Daniel”, “Rocket Man”, “Crocodile Rock”, “Bennie And The Jets”, “I’m Still Standing” and “Candle in the Wind”.
He also brings down the house with BILLY JOEL’s “My Life”, “You May be Right”, “Tell Her About It”, “Don’t Ask Me Why”, “She’s Always a Woman”, “Uptown Girl”, “Only The Good Die Young”, “It’s Still Rock n Roll”, “We Didn’t Start The Fire” and the immortal “Piano Man”.
From his youth Ryan Langevin has had a passion for the music of ELTON JOHN & BILLY JOEL, inspiring the phenomenon he is today. With a music degree and more than a decade spent teaching piano and voice coupled with his experience in groups spanning the spectrum of genres, Ryan Langevin has developed the vocals and skills to impress audiences. THE PIANO MAN – a Tribute to ELTON JOHN & BILLY JOEL, featuring Ryan Langevin is a must-see show. Where else can you see the two gods of rock piano on the same stage?
In 1977, Jerry Doucette's first album, 'MAMA LET HIM PLAY', quickly went PLATINUM in Canada; he hit the road in the US, opening for the likes of Bob Welch, Bob Weir (of the Grateful Dead), Eddie Money, and Meat Loaf. In 1979 'THE DOUCE IS LOOSE', spawned the Canadian hit "NOBODY" and helped the album to ship gold and saw him cross the continent twice touring with the Doobie Brothers, Beach Boys and the Atlanta Rhythm Section.
Jerry is still teaching us about the PASSION of music and you can catch him with his all-star crew…
…proving it again each time he hits the stage that he hasn't lost his edge, delivering clean melodies and slick pop each time out.
Come hear Jerry’s stories of the road and wail on his tunes including, “All I Wanna Do”, “Down the Road”, “Coming Up Roses”, “Run Buddy Run”, and of course “Mama Let Him Play”.
We first met Jim Nunally when he blew us away performing with the astounding JAYBIRDS band. Then we found out that this 2-time Grammy Award winner was also touring with Nell Robinson, who has been described as a “modern day Patsy Cline” and “one of the freshest voices in roots music.” Robinson’s 2014 release “The Rose of No-Man’s Land became a PBS Special with it’s own episode in the Music Gone Public series. The abum, produced by Joe Henry, featured Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Kris Kristofferson, John Doe and Maxine Hong Kingston.
We did some more digging to find out that their band was a Who’s Who of the americana folk, roots and bluegrass scene:
• Jim Kerwin - considered simply one of the best string bass players in the country. He has played with David Grisman for over 30 years.
• Pete Grant – one of the most sought after steel players in the US, playing with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Pat Simmons and the Grateful Dead.
• Jon Arkin - a versatile, gifted drummer/percussionist who is known for his performances & recorded work in a wide variety of musical contexts. Could his bluegrass groove have come from his father? Steve Arkin played banjo with Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys!
The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band brings five genre-busting artists together to bring joyful music infused with folk, bluegrass, americana, roots, swing, jazz, and the blues. Alt-Roots, Folkbilly – whatever you call it – it’s original, well done, and a pleasure to hear.
“We are excited about releasing a series of eclectic new works with a super talented band,” said Jim Nunally. “We pay homage to great artists like George Jones, Buck Owens, Tammy Wynette, while our original songs like ‘Mirror’ take folk music in an entirely new direction. We aren’t just following a path; we are paving a new one.”
They’ll keep you spellbound as they sing, dance, and joke their way into your hearts. They’re “On A Mission From God” to entertain you with high energy, choreographed, song & dance routines. They got the moves, the sound, and the look (from the black Fedoras and Skinny Ties, to the authentic Ray Ban® sunglasses).
Joining them is one of Canada’s Hottest 9 piece Rock & Roll bands “DOUBLE OVERTIME”, boasting a full 4-horn section just like in the movie. The Soulmen are a Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Rock & Roll, and Blues Brothers tribute act who perform live Super High Energy Song and Dance Routines consisting in part, of all the Signature Songs based on the original movie “THE BLUES BROTHERS” starring Dan Aykroyd & John Belushi.
Hear the horns wail to the likes of Minni the Moocher, She Caught The Katy, and other Show Tunes. Watch Jake “as he grabs the whip” during the showstopper “Rawhide”. Bring your dancing shoes, as the band swings to the most popular Rock & Roll songs from the past. And oh yes, you’ll even hear a little Country (yep just like Bob’s Country Bunker – from the original movie).
If you saw the movie, you’ll love this fun-packed tribute to Jake and Elwood Blues. “No M’am, they’re not Police Officers, they’re Musicians”
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!
When you sit back and reminisce about 70's & 80's music, one of the top bands to grace the charts was Fleetwood Mac.
DREAMS - the Ultimate tribute to Fleetwood Mac, is an authentic sounding, seven piece tribute to Fleetwood Mac. They perform in full costumes, similar to the actual styles worn by the original Fleetwood Mac. You will be taken back with all their favorite songs including Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way, Landslide, Say You Love Me, The Chain and of course Dreams. The band of professional musicians from Vancouver BC, Canada, has played many shows over the last few years in casinos, theatres and corporate events, all around the world. Some of those places include Las Vegas, the Dominican Republic, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Regina, to name a few.
You will be amazed at how close Dreams - Canada's tribute to Fleetwood Mac, looks and sounds like the original Fleetwood Mac. They take you back in time, so you can experience this amazing music all over again.
There are likely few Canadians who don’t know the voice of Shari Ulrich. A long time friend of Blue Frog Studios, she is a two-time Juno award winner and BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Inductee, and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. Shari has been an unflagging fixture in Canadian music since the early 70’s.
Originally a California girl, Shari's 40 year career from Pied Pumkin, through The Hometown Band, and on as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist has lead to 23 albums – including her collaboration with UHF Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes in (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and The High Bar Gang, a 7 piece bluegrass band with Barney Bentall & Colin Nairne.
Shari’s soaring vocals are heard on hit songs such as “(Fear of) Flying”, “I’m Ready” and “She Remembers”. Shari will be joined for this special show at Blue Frog by her daughter Julia Graff, an accomplished musician, recording engineer and producer, on violin, mandolin, guitar, accordion and vocals; Kirby Barber on bass, and Dave Barber on banjo & guitar – both members of the High Bar Gang; and drummer Geoff Hicks.
Join us in welcoming Shari and her band for another "Live from Blue Frog" series recorded concert.