President’s Message – January 2017

gerold250Wow! Am I ever glad that 2016 is over and done with. The incredible losses of so many outstanding musicians boggles the mind. But then again perhaps we are all gradually fading away as we get a bit closer to the end of our rides. Regardless, HAPPY NEW YEAR and may 2017 be a stellar year.

Plans are afoot for “Summertime Blues” 2017 and our artistic director Grant Payne is narrowing down the applicants (over 400 in total) who applied to appear for this year’s event. My last conversation with Grant indicated that 7 acts were confirmed and the last of the hard work in decision making is almost over. Stay tuned for announcements coming up shortly.

Our board is working hard to make sure that “Summertime Blues” continues to grow and yet continue to be the most “Intimate” Festival anywhere. Our venue lends itself to an awesome experience and if you were fortunate enough to attend last year’s festival you know exactly what I mean. Up close and personal. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

I have another question to ask of you. What types of festival gear are you wishing for when you go to our Festival? Is it caps? Mens & Ladies Tees, Keychains and/or Bandanas? Help us out. When it comes to caps and tees what style is important to you. Does quality expectations match your budget. Pricing? What is considered fair? Any profit on merchandise goes towards the costs of putting on the event. Drop me a line by clicking on the link: President

Til next time.


Gerold Haukenfrers

2017 Summertime Blues!

August 24 – 27th
Maffeo Sutton Park

We will be announcing our line up
and ticket pricing early February!





Summertime Blues 2016 Line-Up. Wow!

Summertime Blues 2016 Line Up.
One word: WOW!

This year’s international, national and local blues artists represent the best line-up of artists we had ever had!

From the British Blues/Rock legends Savoy Brown to American southern blues masters Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, along with local favourites Lazy Mike & The Rockin’ Recliners and Blue Moon Marquee. Three amazing days of blues are on their way!



Our thanks to our Summertime Blues sponsors!


The Nanaimo Blues Society gratefully acknowledges the support of:

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