Summertime Blues 2016 : Sunday August 28

Tonight’s Headliner:
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Rick Estrin started playing harmonica as a teenager. At some point he left the Bay Area and moved to Chicago to be closer to the beating heart of the Blues. He jammed with numerous bands and if not for a missed phone call, would have joined Muddy Waters band. That right there is the Blues!

Rick teamed up with Little Charlie Baty and they played together for 34 years as Little Charlie and the Nightcats. Charlie’s playing is so diverse and adventurous you never know what he will play next. Anything from Jazz, Rockabilly and Blues was liable to come out of Charlie’s amp and at any time. Somehow he always made it work.

Charlie retired from touring in 2008 and Rick knew just the guy to replace him, Chris “Kid” Anderson. Kid’s style can only be described as eclectic. He covers a lot of the same ground as Charlie but with his own unique twist. When Rick needs a break from singing, Kid is just as likely to play a killer Surf tune as anything. Trust me, if he plays a Surf tune in Nanaimo the crowd will go nuts. J. Hansen is on drums and he joined the band in 2002. Lorenzo Farrell plays upright bass and keys. He joined the band in 2003.

Rick is one of the most entertaining front men in the business and his songs tell some unusual stories! This is one show you do not want to miss.

Sunday 11am – 8pm | Gates open 10am


Big Pacific

Big Pacific is a four-piece band from the Nanaimo area.  Their music is a mix of originals and classic Blues/Rock.  The line up is Gavin Dixon on bass, Brendan Hedley on piano, Nick Dokter on drums and Roly Sandoval on guitar.  They share vocal duties.  These guys have been around in one band or another forever but this will be their first appearance at The Summertime Blues as this line up.  These guys really bring it with a high-energy assault and will kick off Sunday with a bang.  The energy they bring to the stage will be like knocking back a couple of Red Bull’s first thing in the morning to get heart pumping.  Except without the crappy taste and the shakes!  These guys are going to be a lot of fun.

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Blue Moon Marquee

Blue Moon Marquee is a Gypsy Blues duo from the foothills of Alberta. They write and perform anything that swings, jumps or grooves.  Their influences run from Louis Armstrong to Memphis Minnie to Django Reinhardt.

Blue Moon Marquee has the sound of a full band.  Jasmine Colette does triple duty playing stand-up bass and drums with her feet while singing harmonies.  A.W. Cardinal, a Metis of Cree heritage, howls with a distinctive thick and smoky vocal that barrels out like a raging bull, while playing Jazz-tinged Blues guitar.  They have that infectious, old-timey sound that takes you back but is relevant in current times.  They are a completely different act from all the others at the Fest.  Miss them at your own peril.

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1:15 pm

Steve Kozak

Steve Kozak has been a mainstay of the Western Canada Blues scene since the mid-eighties.  Back by some of Vancouver’s top musicians, Steve has built a reputation as one of Canada’s premier Blues acts.  Steve’s styles include West Coast Blues (naturally), Swing Blues and Jump Blues.  With all that upbeat, jumping music you can’t help smiling when you are at one of his performances.

Steve has been a tireless promoter of Blues music and has played with or backed up an encyclopaedia of Blues stars over the years.  Among a million other gigs Steve has previously performed numerous times at the Summertime Blues Festival.

Steve and his top-shelf West Coast Blues All-Stars will be performing on Sunday at the 2016 Summertime Blues.

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2:30 pm

The Kirby Sewell Band

Kirby Sewell was born to sing.  The Big Blues singer, who stands 6’6”, belts out his tunes like a great Gospel/Soul singer of the past.

Being that size, Kirby commands the stage just by his presence.  Once he starts singing with that voice that matches his size, he takes over the venue.  The band plays a blend of Blues/Rock with serious Soul over tones.  If you don’t have a great voice Soul music can be a poor choice.  Fortunately for us, Kirby has a great range and knows how to use it.

The Kirby Sewell band will be performing on Sunday at the 2016 Summertime Blues.  Kirby has a crack 4-piece band that really brings the heat and in combination with Kirby’s vocals, the energy is off the charts. Be prepared to be blown away!

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3:45 pm

David Gogo

Local guitar legend David Gogo has been thrilling audiences for thirty years.  His groove-filled blend of Blues and Rock gets under your skin and doesn’t let go.

He’s been nominated and won numerous Canadian music awards including five Juno nominations and multiple Maple Blues Awards. David is a great singer/songwriter and also an uncanny interpreter of other people’s songs.  His latest release Vicksburg Call is David’s fourteenth release and is receiving rave reviews.

He has toured and shared the stage with the giants of the Blues including Johnny Winter, B.B. King, Otis Rush and Albert Collins.  Along with opening for Z.Z. Top, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, Robert Cray and Jimmie Vaughan!

David will be performing on Sunday at the 2016 Summertime Blues.  David has disproven the old adage, “It’s hard to be a hero in your own hometown”.

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5:00 pm

Brandon Isaak

Brandon Isaak is originally from the Yukon and went by the moniker of Yukon Slim for years.  He performs solo as a one-man band and also in a band format with the Saints of Swing.

Brandon has been nominated and won numerous Canadian music awards.  Last year he was nominated for numerous Maple Blues Awards including Acoustic Act of the Year (won), Song Writer of the Year and Album of the Year.  This year he has been nominated for Guitarist of the Year.  He was also one of 13 Canadian artists selected to write a road song about their province/territory for CBC’s Great Canadian Song Quest.

His styles range from Ragtime, Delta Blues, Piedmont Blues, Gospel and Swing.  He’s fluent in all those styles and is likely to break one out at any time.  He also an accomplished vocalist.

Brandon Isaak and the Saints of Swing will be the penultimate act on Sunday night at the 2016 Summertime Blues.  He really connects with an audience so be prepared for some great singing, great musicianship and good vibes filling Maffeo Sutton Park during his set.

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6:15 pm


Rick Estrin & The Nightcats