The following information is for all performances @ Fat Tony's Pizzeria (Capone's Nightclub) om St. Catharines, ON, for the coming week (Feb. 18-23/08):
Open Mic with Andrew Johnson - Every Wednesday - 8:00 pm-12:00 pm
EASTERN BLOC - Every Friday - 10:00 pm-2:00 pm
Here is the list of guest artists who will be appearing in concert with Bluesafire (Canada Dave Torosian, Gary Kendall, Jim Casson, Limpy Curry and Mojo Willie) @ Fat Tony's Blues and Soul Concert Series every Saturday afternoon from 3:00PM - 7:00PM:
Feb. 23rd: Shakura S'Aida in concert with Bluesafire.
Canadians Proud of Shakura S'Aida--2nd Place Winner at the International Blues Competition in Memphis
Facebook link for the concert: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=8829868122&ref=mf
Shakura S'Aida's Bio [By Richard Flohil]
Canadians Proud of Shakura S'Aida--2nd Place Winner in IBC
Shakura S'Aida, fronting one of three Canadian bands entered in the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, earned second place. More than 160 bands, duos and solo artists, from 27 different countries, took part in the competition, held annually by the Blues Foundation; the winners were announced on Sat., Feb. 2).
S'Aida was certainly one of the most "international" entries in the prestigious competition, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year — born in Brooklyn, raised in Switzerland, she has been part of the Toronto music and theatre scene for more than 20 years. Her entry was sponsored by the Toronto Blues Society.
The winning band, Trampled Under Foot, is a trio from Kansas City.The response from audiences and judges alike was enthusiastic. Thomas Ruf, a German record label owner who counts Canadians Sue Foley and Roxanne Potvin [and now the Jeff Healey Blues Band] among his artists, said:
"I was completely blown away by the power and deep honesty of Skakura's performance", adding, "Wow! I haven't experienced such an energy level since (I first heard) Luther Allison."
The Blues Challenge was held in a variety of venues in and around Memphis's Beale Street; S'Aida and her band played at B.B. King's club on the historic thoroughfare where so much blues history has been made.
Shakura S'Aida's debut recording, Blueprint, was released in Canada last year and will be available in the United States, via the major independent company, Burnside Distribution, next month.
Upcoming Guests with Bluesafire:
Feb. 23rd: Shakura S’Aida
Mar. 1st: Rockin' Rich
Mar. 8th: Les Smith
Mar. 15th: Steve Strongman
Mar. 22nd: Fat Tony's Bluesaganzafest with:
Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne http://www.kennybluesboss.com/
Chuck Jackson http://www.chuckjackson.com/
Pat Carey http://www.myspace.com/patcareymusic
in concert with Bluesafire - Tickets $10.00 in advance
Mar. 29th: Douglas Watson
The return of this concert series represents the end of a one-year hiatus for Bluesafire. We are grateful for the patronage of venue owner & staff @ Fat Tony's, as well as to the fans of this series, whose avid support brought it back to life. The modus operandi for the continuation of this series is to create synergy between the blues societies & roots musicians of Southern Ontario and Western New York. You will find the link for a map to the venue below.
131 King Street
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3J2
Phone: (905) 988-3663