Summertime Blues August 28-30, 2015

Summertime Blues 2015 : Friday August 28


Tonight’s Headliner:
Marcia Ball

Texas born and Louisiana raised singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to capture an audience with her Texas soul, New Orleans rhythms and swamp blues. Over the past three-decades, Ball has earned a loyal and loving following across the world. Her passionate piano playing and enticing vocals fuse into a powerful performance.

“A sensational, saucy singer and superb pianist… where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet” – USA Today

Throughout her career, Marcia has won multiple awards for her music including the 2011 Living Blues Award winner for Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard), 2012 Living Blues Award Winner – Blues Artist of the Year (Female), Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) and Best Blues Album of 2011, 2012 Blues Music Award Winner – Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year, 2012 GRAMMY Nominee for her latest album Roadside Attractions (Best Blues Album), her fifth GRAMMY nomination overall, 2013 Living Blues Award winner – Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard), 2014 Blues Music Awards Nominee – Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. Marcia’s 16th nomination in this category which she’s won 5 times in the past 9 years. Also a two-time winner in the best Contemporary Blues – Female Artist category. Marcia has also won Blues Music Awards for best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for her CDs So Many Rivers and Presumed Innocent. For a taste of what you will be getting at the festival this year please check out Marcia’s videos here.

To add to this list of accomplishments Marcia was also inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame. Marcia has also been featured in the films Angels Sing (2013) starring Harry Connick Jr. and Willie Nelson, and Piano Blues (2003 – directed by Clint Eastwood). For more information on Marcia please check out her website here.


Friday 4pm – 10pm | Gates open at 3:00pm

4:00 pm


New Mother Earth

New Mother Earth is a band based in Courtenay and Campbell River that plays blues, reggae, funk and rock. The members hail from outlandish places like New Jersey and Cortes Island, but when they are onstage together they all come from the same place, a land called Groove.

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5:00 pm


Petting Zoo

The Petting Zoo is an upbeat Nanaimo based Rockabilly & Blues Band with Andrea Adams, Al Medcalf, Scott MacLeod and Trevor Manuel.

Check out their Facebook page and Andrea’s website and then see them live on Friday!

6:00 pm


Jason Buie

Victoria/Vancouver based guitarist, singer and songwriter Jason Buie has performed throughout Canada, Europe, the U.S.A. and Japan. For the past fifteen years Jason has been electrifying crowds at festivals, clubs and venues. Throughout his musical journey, Buie has performed with Blues legends such as Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Mick Taylor, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Robert Cray, The Powder Blues Band as well as Canadian Rock Legends Trooper, Jerry Doucette and many more.

Since the release of his critically acclaimed CD “Urban Blues” his profile continues to grow. Jason’s second C.D” “Live at The Blue Gator” was released in 2009. Two of Jason’s songs have been featured on Vancouver’s crime drama TV show “Cold Squad”. “Urban Blues” is on regular rotation at Galaxy and affiliated satellite networks. His music remains a well-seasoned gumbo of blues, funk, rock and soul with influences that originate in the Southern States. Jason’s from the heart vocals, fiery guitar work and charismatic stage presence has captured the attention of critics and blues fans around the world. Buie is currently working on his third CD which is being produced by Tom Lavin from The Legendary Powder Blues Band. The CD will be released in the fall of 2015.

On top of his musical accomplishments, Jason Buie is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director for The White Rock Blues Society. “He’s promoted and produced many blues shows on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland. He has also taken the initiative to start “The Blues in The Schools” program in British Columbia.”
Jason Buie’s band members are Jason Buie (Guitar/Vocals), Rod “Hambone Slim” Senft (Drums), Brian Scott (Bass), and David Webb (Piano & Hammond B3)

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7:15 pm


Poppa Dawg

For the past two decades Kelowna BC’s, Rick “Poppa Dawg” Halisheff and his band “Dogskin Suit” have been winning fans, friends, and accolades throughout the world. The band is receiving world-wide airplay and they are a regular feature on “CBC’s Saturday Night Blues” with Holger Petersen.

Poppa Dawg is a blues man through and through and he brings non-stop energy and enthusiasm to every performance. He has worked with and shared the stage with many Blues greats including Tony Coleman (B.B. King), Sonny Rhodes, Fathead; and (Mr. Downchild) Donnie Walsh, Jeff Healey, Jim Byrnes, Powder Blues Band, Sherman Doucette and many more.

From Chicago blues covers to tasty original tracks, the dance floor gets no rest while Poppa is on stage. With four critically acclaimed CDs to his credit, this Dawg is barkin up a storm and he’s not stopping any time soon. Check out more at his website and then come and experience Poppa Dawg live at SBF15.

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8:30 pm


Marcia Ball

The Texas born, Louisiana raised pianist/vocalist is going to bring the heat to our festival with her exciting mix of equal parts Texas Soul, New Orleans second line rhythms, Boogie-Woogie and Louisiana Swamp Blues. For more information on Marcia Ball please check out her website.

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Summertime Blues 2015 : Saturday August 29


Tonight’s Headliner:
Elvin Bishop

Elvin was born in Glendale, California, and grew up near Elliott, Iowa. At an early age, Elvin started listening to the music of Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters through his family radio. Once that music bug bit, Elvin acquired his first guitar and started crafting his blues, R&B, and Rock skills.

In 1959, Bishop attended the University of Chicago and crossed paths with a fellow student Paul Butterfield. Together, they took in the Blues culture surrounding the university campus where legends such as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Howlin’ Wolf performed on a regular basis.

By 1963, Bishop and Butterfield made their first recording, doing a session with veterans Billy Boy Arnold and James Cotton. Shortly after, the two recruited Howlin’ Wolf’s former rhythm section of Sam Lay on drums and Jerome Arnold on bass, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was born. “In 1965, after adding Mike Bloomfield and Mark Naftalin to the line-up, their revolutionary debut LP was released, opening the door for virtually all the young white Blues bands that followed.”

Bishop stayed for three albums with the Butterfield band, including their innovative East-West release which set the stage for the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead, among many others.  Elvin released several well-received albums in the early ‘70s, before experiencing his biggest Pop success hit Fooled Around and Fell In Love from his 1976 LP Struttin’ My Stuff.

During the 80s, Elvin toured the continent and eventually went back to the genre which started it all…the blues. In 2008 Elvin joined with Delta Groove Productions which resulted in a Grammy-nominated 2008 CD The Blues Rolls On, and a series of awards, including being named 2009 Male Blues Artist of the Year by Blues Blast magazine.

“In Bishop’s latest release, Red Dog Speaks, the musician leaves no doubt where his heart is, cleverly introducing his long-time cohort “Red Dog” with a gritty slow blues calculated to set the pace for what’s to come. Along the way he smoothly steers the way from strutting Blues and R&B, through a good dose of good-time Rock & Roll, and even an occasional detour through Doo-Wop, Zydeco, and Gospel. Elvin has made plenty of talented friends over the years, and many of them jumped at the chance to help out on Red Dog Speaks; Buckwheat Zydeco, Tommy Castro, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and John Németh all make guest appearances. And all of it adds up to an amalgam that can only be called “Elvin Bishop music.” source: elvinbishopmusic.com

If you want to hear more about Elvin Bishop, check out his videos, and then get your tickets to see him live at Summertime Blues Festival 2015. You will not be disappointed!

Saturday Noon – 10:00pm | Gates open at 11:00am



Deb Rhymer Band

The Deb Rhymer Band is a Victoria favorite and long time hosts of the Victoria’s Sunday Afternoon Blues jam.  The band appear often at local night clubs and pubs and have appeared at numerous blues festivals including Victoria Blues Bash, Nanaimo Blues Festival and Mt. Rainier Blues Festival.

Their first self titled album “The Deb Rhymer Band” was released in 2006 and has received a lot of airplay, including on the CBC Saturday Night Blues Show with Holger Petersen. Deb Rhymer struts the Blues with a sultry, uptown West Coast sound. Drawing on the classics, from the heyday of the Chicago shouters to the strong songwriting women of today’s North West blues scene, Deb delivers a funky, soulful and sophisticated blues brew for your listening and dancing delight.

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1:15 pm


Summer & The Sinners

From Texas to New Orleans, to Chicago, with a stop in Memphis, Summer and the Sinners take you on a musical tour of Blues, R&B, and Funk, that slides easily between“Stax” and “Straight Texas Boogie!”
“Summer sings like she means it and will make these tunes as important to you as they are to her.
– Donnie (Mr. Downchild) Walsh

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2:30 pm



The CRISSINGER-BAND is a contemporary blues band featuring an all-star cast of musicians from the Nanaimo area. Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Mark Crissinger leads the band and is joined by Bill Hicks on drums, Marty Howe on harmonica, Dan Dube on keyboards and Brian Whitty on bass. Together they perform original music from Crissinger’s fifth solo album “Blues Expression”. The CD is currently getting airplay across Canada and the United States. The first single “Shake A Leg” can be heard on Stingray Music’s “The Blues”. The cd is available online and at all of Mark’s shows. “Great singing and playing. Fab tone, nice tunes. A terrific blues album” -Jack De Keyzer

Crissinger himself is not new to the Canadian music scene. Between 1987-2007 he played an estimated 1500 shows in Ontario and Quebec including eighteen tours of the Maritime provinces. He has opened for great artists like James Cotton, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Richie Havens, Jeff Healey, Blue Rodeo, Tragically Hip, 54-40, The Ramones and many more. Together with his bands he has appeared in two dozen Canadian festivals and even performed at the legendary SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.  Since moving to British Columbia in 2007 Mark has released five solo albums and played over 600 shows including eleven eastern Canadian tours, two appearances at the Pender Harbour Blues Festival and at last year’s NBS festival.

The CRISSINGER-BAND are regular hosts of the NBS Sunday jam at the Queens and are very grateful to be part of the Vancouver Island blues scene. Their performance at last year’s festival was considered to be one of the highlights of Summertime Blues and they promise not to disappoint in 2015. Please check out Mark’s website to learn more then come see what all the fuss is about on August 29th.

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3:45 pm


Lazy Mike & the Rockin’ Recliners

Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners have been delivering their harp rockin blues on Vancouver Island since 2007 with appearances at many Blues Festivals such as the “Summertime Blues”, “Vancouver Island Blues Bash”, in Victoria, “SkyHigh Blues” in Rock Creek BC, the “Powell River Blues Festival”, “Haines Junction JAM”, Haines Junction YT, plus many other festivals, fairs, pubs, and clubs all over BC.

Their music is non-stop excitement from start to finish and you just can’t help dancing to their addicting brand of high energy blues. The band is now back in the studio to record their fourth CD which will be ready for release this summer … just in time for Summertime Blues 2015! Band members are “Lazy” Mike Mallon – Vocals/Harp, Carson “Blind Boy” Mallon – Lead guitar/vocals, Brian Whitty – Bass/vocals, and Evan Matthiesen – Drums/vocals. Check out more on their website and then come see them live Saturday at SBF15!

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5:00 pm


Murray Porter

“Murray Porter’s music has an instantly recognizable sound. The Mohawk piano player from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory brings his culture and history to the masses through his music. With a mix of blues, country, and humor, Porter’s gravelly, soulful voice sings not only of the history and contemporary stories of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, but also universal themes of love, lost and found. He has spent over 30 years playing his self-taught unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping blues piano around the world.”

When not touring, Porter performs at venues all over BC. Whether he is playing an intimate venue for local blues fans, or on a festival stage to thousands of music fans such as the Summertime Blues Festival in Nanaimo, Porter’s love of performing comes across clear and strong in his music.

His JUNO Award-winning release, “SONGS LIVED & LIFE PLAYED” can be heard on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio across North America, on Stingray Blues on Canadian cable TV, and on Indigenous radio programs and networks across North America. For full bio details and more information on Murray Porter please check out his website link and then come see him perform live at SBF15!

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6:15 pm


Harpdog Brown and the Travelin’ Blues Show

Edmonton born and Vancouver based, Harpdog Brown is an amazing singer and explosive harmonica master who has been sharing his talent since 1982. Harpdog has definitely put in the time on the road, and his music is a strong reflection of everything he has learned over the years of travelling the blues highway. Harpdog has played in clubs and festivals across the world including Canada, US, and Germany.

Over the years Harpdog has released six CDs to critical acclaim. In 1995 his CD “Home is Where The Harp Is” won the coveted Muddy Award for the best NW Blues Release of the year. The CD was also nominated for a Juno for the best Blues Release in Canada in the same year. Teamed up with Graham Guest on piano, his CD Naturally was voted #1 Canadian Blues Album of 2011 by The Blind Lemon Survey.

Harpdog resides in Vancouver, BC where he leads his own trio and quartet of hot local players churning out blues on the jazzy mellower side.  He also leads The Harpdog Brown Band which is a gutsy traditional Chicago blues band with John R Hunter (drums), Jordan Edmonds (guitar) and George Fenn (bass). In 2014 they released “What It Is” consisting mainly new originals and a few classic covers you don’t get from your average blues band. As Holger Peterson says on the jacket, Harpdog’s best work yet. Check it out.”

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7:15 pm


Little Victor with the Harpdog Brown band

Little Victor has been called the King of Grit and the antithesis of meaningless virtuosity. His rich, quirky and inspired downhome blues became well-known to blues audiences through his work with the legendary Louisiana Red on the highly celebrated Back To The Black Bayou. This album introduced the world to the powerful musical chemistry between Louisiana Red and Little Victor as his producer/protégé/bandleader. Read more of his bio here.

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Elvin Bishop

Elvin was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame this year as an original member of the Butterfield Blues Band. His music is a mash-up of Chicago Blues, rowdy R&B and good-time Rock ‘n’ Roll. He is best known for his huge hit, “Fooled Around and Fell In Love”.

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Summertime Blues 2015 : Sunday August 30


Tonight’s Headliner: C.J. Chenier

Clayton Joseph Chenier was born September 28, 1957 in Port Arthur, Texas. C.J.’s earliest musical influences were an eclectic mix of funk, soul, jazz and Motown, so naturally his first musical instruments were piano, tenor saxophone and flute. It wasn’t until C.J’s 21st birthday, that he first performed with his famous father Clifton Chenier (the King of Zydeco) and the legendary Red Hot Louisiana band.

While touring, his father showed him what it takes to front a world class touring band, teaching C.J. how to run the family business and how to develop his lifelong passion for music into a career. When Clifton died in 1987, C.J. became the front man of the Red Hot Louisiana Band and recorded his debut album for Arhoolie Records.

“As he told a journalist at the time, he does not try to imitate his father’s playing: “I play it the way I play it. All my father really told me was to do the best I could do with my own style.  In the following years C.J. would record albums Slash Records and the legendary Chicago label Alligator Records.”


Sunday Noon – 10pm | Gates open 11:00am



Ole Johnson Band

A tight professional trio that shows deep respect for traditional blues, the Ole Johnson Band brings it right up to date with contemporary covers and original tunes served up with a little rock and funk on the side that is sure to get you out on the dance floor.  Johnson’s signature sound of sincere, straight up vocals paired with sophisticated guitar and original songwriting, affirm that this man has a genuine passion for the blues.

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1:00 pm


Alexander’s Bluestime Band

Alexander’s Bluestime Band was founded in early 2014 by Vancouver Island beloved blues singer and songwriter, Frank Alexander. Frank is joined by the always entertaining guitarist/vocalist Whitey Somers as the bluestime band’s lead guitarist.

“Alexander’s bluestime recipe is simple – Frank brings together respected and skilled blues musicians who love playing the blues and create great blues music and times. Alexander’s Bluestime Band showcases a rotation of Vancouver Island’s finest blues artists and each performance brings an exciting bluestime show and experience.”

Band members are Frank Alexander – vocals, Whitey Somers – guitar, Scott Macleod – bass, Trevor Manuel – drums, Scott Ramsay – sax, Marisha Devoin – upright bass/vocals, and Vince Pollitt – trumpet.  For more information on Alexander’s Bluestime Band check out their website and then come see them perform at SBF15!

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2:15 pm


Luv Train

Founded in 2008, Luv Train is a polished and highly entertaining Island Blues R&B Band. Their ‘can’t stop dancing style” with gutsy vocals, brilliant harmonies , along with notable keyboard and guitar solos have made them a stand out group . They LUV being one of the regular host bands @ the renowned ‘Queen’s NBS Sunday Blues Jam’.

Band members are Virginia Blatchford – vocals, Larry Blatchford – Keyboard, Ryk Ryce – Bass/vocals, Gerry Bird – drums, Ray Horth – guitar/vocals.  Check out more Luv Train at their website and then come see them live at SBF15!

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3:30 pm


Jack Semple

Saskatchewan born, Jack Semple started his musical career playing with various Regina-based bands until he relocated in the late 80s to Toronto where he became the lead guitarist of the popular funk/r&b band The Lincolns.

“Semple left the band after two years and returned to Regina to pursue a solo career so he could spend more time with his family. After his move back to Regina, Semple contributed to television and music scores and appeared in the title role of Guitarman, a 1994 television movie.

Semple also created a successful solo recording career that has resulted in the release of ten albums. In 1992, Semple received national recognition by winning the MuchMusic “Guitar Wars” contest. The artist has also been nominated twice for a Gemini Award for his soundtrack work on the television series Incredible Story Studio.

To add to his accolades, Semple also won a Juno award in 1991 for best roots recording and two Western Canadian music awards for “Qu’Appelle” and “In the Blue Light”.  For more information on Jack Semple check out his website and then see him live at SBF15!

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4:45 pm


The Soul Shakers

The Soul Shakers is one of Victoria’s most popular soul bands, featuring the powerhouse vocals of Joyce “the Voice” Allensen. The band recently played two nights for packed houses at The Yale in Vancouver, Western Canada’s best known club for blues and soul.

An album, Live @ The Yale, is now out and available at Soul Shaker gigs. Soul Shakers have also played The Victoria Jazz Society’s Blues Bash, Jazzfest, Dragonboat Festival, Oak Bay Tea Party, Sopranos, Hecklers, Swans, Bart’s, Cedar Hill Rec Centre and many other venues.

Band members are Joyce Allensen – vocals; Henning Kanstrup – bass, vocals; Matt Vause – drums, vocals; Sean McCool – guitars, vocals; Alexander Ferguson keyboards, vocals. Check out more on their website and then come see them perform at SBF15 on Sunday!

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6:00 pm


Uncle Wiggly

Formed in 1978 in Victoria British Columbia, Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band started out playing the various pubs and dance halls around Victoria and on the Gulf Islands. In 1979 they released their Debut Album of mostly original tunes. The album was produced by Powder Blues’ Tom Lavin in his Blue Wave studios in Vancouver. After some very strong sales the band was signed to RCA Records and in 1982 the band release their second CD “Here Come’s Another”.

The band toured across the country and opened shows for likes of Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield and Koko Taylor to name a few. Although they took a hiatus for a few years, Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band came back and released their first new CD in over 30 years entitled “Still Burnin It Up”

“Still Burnin It Up” is the culmination of a few treasured covers by the likes of Howlin Wolf a major influence when the band was first formed as well as the Bo Diddly Classic “Diddley Daddy” and of course some new and previously unrecorded Originals. The band still thrives on playing live and keeping the dance floor packed and hopping.

The band currently consists of Hank Lionhart-Lead Vocals. Mark Comeford- Guitar, Norm Peircy-Bass, Watermelon Hutchinson – Sax, Dave Rowse-Sax and Tyler Piercy- Drums. For more information see their website and then see them live on August 30.

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7:15 pm


C.J. Chenier

C.J. Chenier’s father, Clifton Chenier, was the undisputed King of Zydeco. C.J. started out in his father’s band at the age of 20 playing sax. When his father passed in 1987, C.J. took over the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Since then he has forged his own path with his unique style of Zydeco.

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Some of our favorite photos from 2015!