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Friday Night All-Star Blues Show
Friday, July 26, 2019
Inside the walls of the Fort Langley National Historic Site
Gates open: 6:00pm
You won’t want to miss this show! It will be magical and something very special.
We’ll have the best of the best blues musicians playing inside the walls of the historic Fort, which has a natural amphitheatre and is beautifully lit at night.
Opening the blues show is the Mud Bay Blues Band.
Headlining the blues show is the award-winning Steve Kozak Band.
STEVE KOZAK BAND
+ ABOUT MUD BAY
For 40 years (and counting) MUD BAY has been electrifying audiences with their unique brand of high-intensity original Rock, Roots and Blues music. Weathering more than a few storms along the way, they have been hailed true Soul Survivors — “The Band That Won’t Go Away” — much to the delight of music lovers worldwide.
The 5-piece group features four songwriters (three of whom are lead vocalists. Underlying this diversity, however, is a shared vision honed by decades of playing music together. No matter who wrote it or who sings it, it comes out sounding like MUD BAY.
The music is danceable, featuring original independent roots and blues with vintage rhythm and blues stylings mixed in. Their sound reflects a wide range of influences — classic Chicago blues, country, cajun, rock, soul — all finding common ground inside well-crafted, inventive songs.
+ ABOUT THE STEVE KOZAK BAND
The Steve Kozak Band is Maple Blues Award winner: Steve Kozak, guitar and vocals, Michael Kalanj, piano and organ (Powder Blues Band, Jim Byrnes, Spencer Davis, Chris Isaak ), Roger Brant on bass guitar, (Hound Dog, Amos Garrett), 'Steady Rollin' John Nolan on drums (Sonny Phillips, Jimmy Smith, Mose Allison, Joe Pass, Linton Garner, Wynton Marsalis, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Charlie Byrd).
One of Canada’s finest blues artists, Steve Kozak has been turning heads of blues fans in Canada for over thirty years since he first broke onto the Vancouver scene in the mid-eighties.
When it comes to tasty West coast blues guitar, Kozak’s name is at the top of the list in this nation -- just ask greats like Duke Robillard and James Harman who have shared the stage with this gifted bandleader, instrumentalist, writer and singer.
Gaining national recognition in 2012, Steve Kozak was nominated by industry professionals from across Canada and won a prestigious Maple Blues Award for New Artist or Group of the Year. Steve was also awarded The Ambassador of the Blues Award for 2012 by the Blues Underground Network.
The Steve Kozak Band was nominated for a 2017 Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Artists of the year and for a 2017 Fraser Valley Music Award for Blues Artists of the Year.
For more information, visit: www.stevekozakband.com
Closing the blues show is an All-Star Blues Jam hosted by Vancouver’s Ambassador of the Blues, Jim Byrnes and featuring the who’s who of the Vancouver blues scene: Wailin’ Al Walker, Harpdog Brown, Joani Bye, Dalannah, Murray Porter, Brandon Isaak and special guests, Smilin’ Jack Smith and Joe Mock.
Saturday Night Big Band Swing Dance with a Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Doors open: 7:30pm
Fort Langley Community Hall
Featuring: Swing Aggregation with guest vocalist, Steve Maddock
Frank Sinatra’s impact on jazz is undeniable. The leader of the Rat Pack enjoyed big band jazz from a young age and it helped shape his musical path for his entire career. This evening, Steve Maddock, one of Canada’s finest jazz vocalists will showcase Old Blue Eyes’ jazz influence alongside the 10-piece little big band, Swing Aggregation featuring Dave Guiney (leader/bass), Derry Byrne (trumpet), Rod Murray (trombone), Vince Mai (trumpet), Ron Thompson (guitar), Dave Say (alto & soprano sax), Bill Runge (tenor & baritone sax), Tom Arntzen (piano & vocals), Buff Allen (drums) and Theresa Riley (vocalist).
+ About Swing Aggregation
Swing Aggregation is a little big band based in Vancouver BC that specializes in playing big band swing music for swing dancers and folks who enjoy listening to the big band sound.
It's a "little" big band because it has only five horns (two trumpets, trombone, two saxes) instead of the usual 13 or so that are in a full big band. Through the use of high quality arrangements and some of Vancouver's top musicians, Swing Aggregation often manages to sound at least twice as "big" as it is. With a driving 4-piece rhythm section (bass, piano, guitar & drums) the band has a solid beat that can excite lindyhoppers and listeners alike.
+About Steve Maddock
Steve Maddock is one of Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. Involved in jazz music, his first love, for over two decades, Steve has been a soloist for an array of groups from the Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Pacific Baroque Orchestra, The Dal Richards Jazz Orchestra, to credits in theatre and film. Whether sharing a concert stage with a 65-piece symphony orchestra, performing with a 10-piece show band on a cruise ship, or fronting a jazz trio in a local club, you’ll hear a song like never before…and this guy swings! Steve is currently on the Jazz Faculty of Capilano where he teaches private voice, vocal jazz masterclass, studio performance, vocal improvisation and ear training.
Video: “It Had To Be You” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VXIljeiGTI
For more information, visit http://stevemaddock.com/
Sunday Night Gospel/Soul Concert, July 28, 2019
7:00 - 10:00pm
Chief Sepass Theatre
Featuring: The Sojourners with the Marcus Mosely Chorale
+ About The Sojourners
The Sojourners are a multi-award winning, Juno-nominated vocal gospel trio, based in Vancouver, BC. Since their formation in 2006, Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders, and Khari McClelland have become active export artists with extensive international touring credentials. They perform as either a 4-piece (3 voices + guitar or piano), or with a full band. The celebrated Canadian gospel trio perform music that reflects the world we all live in, bearing relevance to current social justice themes. The Sojourners sound just as at home in a road house bar as they do in a revival tent. This is roots gospel music that can take a punch and remain standing.
The formative years that Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland spent singing in the churches of their hometowns – Ralls, Texas; Alexandria, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan respectively – give The Sojourners’ sound an authentic edge that only comes with experience. This is real gospel — blessed with a soul that can’t be faked.
This is not music that strives to be polite. In The Sojourners’ universe, echoes of doo wop, R&B, country and blues weave together to create a unique sound that has all but vanished from today’s world. This is gospel music that can take a punch and remain standing. Singing praise music with their own special ‘stank’, the Vancouver based Sojourners sound just as at home in a road house bar as they do in a revival tent.
The summer of 2018 had The Sojourners back in the studio recording their fourth full-length album Freedom Never Dies, produced by John Raham (Frazey Ford, The Be Good Tanyas). The first single off of the album, The Ballad of Harry Moore, is a gospel classic, sung a cappella in the Sojourners powerful, yet truly uplifting form. Freedom Never Dies is scheduled for release in the spring of 2019.
People may not remember who you are, but they will remember how you made them feel-that's what the music of the Marcus Mosely Chorale is all about. Many voices...one song, all culminating in joy.
+ About The Marcus Mosley Chorale
We are a Chorale of 50 singers, singing in the Black African Gospel style, fused with soul and jazz, featuring some unique arrangements by our Artistic Director, Marcus Mosely, our Musical Director, Bill Sample and our Choral Director, Darlene Ketchum.
Now in its 8th season, the Chorale has performed with soloists Dee Daniels, Eleanor Collins (recipient of the Order of Canada), the late Leon Bibb, Jane Mortifee, Cayla Brooks, Dawn Pemberton, Leora Cash, Jim Byrnes and the Sojourners (2014 winners of Spiritual Album of the Year.)
In addition to performing their own concerts throughout the Lower Mainland, the Chorale celebrates Black History month in an annual concert at the end of January. The Chorale has performed at the Con Brio Music Festival in Whistler, Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, Out for Lunch concert series at the Vancouver Art Gallery, been on Shaw TV's "On Rush", at the 2015 Senior Games (North Vancouver), as guests of the Arts Club Theatre , Canada Day (Canada Place and Waterfront Park, North Vancouver)Mission Folk Festival and performed for the past four years at the Vancouver Jazz Festival's jazz Vespers series.
In May, 2017, The Chorale was proud to release it's first CD “Labour of Love”.