Grammy and Juno Winners Headline Fifth Annual Marsh Jazz/Blues/World Music Fest - July 7-13 in Sackville [New Brunswick]
The Marsh Jazz/Blues/World Music Fest (MJBW Fest) has become a summer “must see” event in Southeast New Brunswick, drawing people from all over the Maritimes to their exceptionally high quality and reasonably priced concerts in Sackville New Brunswick. The MJBW Fest is part of the Festival by the Marsh (July 7-19), one of the province’s largest summer festivals.
This year, the MJBW Fest will hold three concerts – on July 7, 10 and 13.
Janet Crawford and Friends will open the Festival on Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. with a “pay what you can ” outdoor concert at the newly renovated Campbell Carriage Factory Compound in Middle Sackville (on the other side of the highway from downtown Sackville, just near Silver Lake).
Janet is well known around the area and is gaining a wider following with her mixture of soulful blues songs, standards, and original material, some based on the writings of Sackville Poet Laureate Douglas Lochhead. For this concert, she will be playing some of her well loved repertoire along with many traditional and period songs – a perfect selection for the beautiful 19th century museum grounds.
The concert is presented by the Tantramar Heritage Trust (it’s also the first event in their “Tuesday Nights Under the Starts at the Carriage Factory Compound – July” event series) and is sponsored by Sackville Save Easy. People attending the concert are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets (and bug spray!).
Multiple Grammy & WC Handy Award winner, The Joe Louis Walker Band (San Francisco), will be the second performer of the MJBW Music Fest. Their concert will be held at George’s Roadhouse (one of Canada’s top 10 Live Clubs!) on Friday, July 10, at 9 p.m.
Joe Louis Walker is one of the most heralded blues artists of our time. JLW is a true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer & prolific songwriter who has toured the world religiously throughout his career and earned himself a legion of dedicated fans around the globe. He has recorded with the likes of BB King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Huey Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Steve Cropper, Shemekia Copeland & Ike Turner, with a discography that counts 19 solo albums, 2 live DVD’s, and countless compilations and guest appearances.
Still recording & touring with a vengeance, JLW is already being referred to within the blues world as a “living legend.” However, as Walker himself would say, “The best is yet to come!”
This concert is presented by the Tantramarsh Blues Society, and sponsored by Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, Aliant Mobility Sounds Fantastic, George’s Roadhouse, Sackville SaveEasy, The Sackville Tribune Post, Marshlands Inn, Joey’s The Argosy and CHMA.
Tickets for The Joe Louis Walker Band are $15, and can be purchased at Tidewater Books and Ducky’s Pub (506-536-1344) in Sackville or at the door.
The final concert in the MJBW Music Fest will involve Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, on Monday, July 13, at 8 p.m. in the Brunton Auditorium on Main St. Sackville. In addition to embracing, contributing to, and extending the world-wide influence of Afro-Cuban jazz since 1991, the Canadian soprano saxophone/flute player and multiple Juno and National Jazz Award recipient Jane Bunnett has recorded with some of Cuba’s finest musicians over the years. Her current Embracing Voices project honours the human spirit and celebrates the voice, combining modern jazz harmonies and intricate arrangements with Afro-Cuban and Haitian rhythms and melodies. The recent recording of Embracing Voices earned the 2009 Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. Eighteen people will share the Brunton Auditorium stage in this Catbird Jazz Society and Festival by the Marsh presentation.
Jane and the Spirits of Havana, including pianist Dave Restivo, will be joined by Ottawa-based singer songwriter Kelly Lee Evans, Cuban dub poet and rapper Telmary Diaz, and the ethereal Cuban/Haitian Grupo Vocal Desandann. This will be a significant and rare opportunity for jazz and world music fans alike to hear and see what critics have suggested effectively sets the standard for voice and instruments making music in harmony. This concert is resented by the Catbird Jazz Society and Festival by the Marsh, with financial assistance from the Marjorie Young Bell Fine Arts and Music Fund.
Tickets for Jane Bunnett and Embracing Voices are $20 at the door, $17.50 in advance, and $10 for students. Tickets are available at Tidewater books in Sackville and at the door.
In addition to outdoor Shakespeare and programming in fine arts, writing and theatre, the Festival by the Marsh will also be hosting a free children’s concert with “Fresia and the Offspring” on Friday, July 10, at 6 p.m. as part of their Family Day celebrations. Information on any of the concerts (or other FBTM events) and reservations for tickets can be made by visiting the Festival by the Marsh website (www.festivalbythemarsh.ca) or by phoning (506) 364-2179 or toll free 1-866-890-6329.
TBS Presents (As Part of the Marsh Blues Jazz World Music Festival)
The Joe Louis Walker Band (San Francisco)
Fri., July 10, 9 PM, George’s Roadhouse (Doors open 7.30 PM)
Tickets: $15 @ Ducky’s (506 536 1344)
Papa Don will be on hand with his special Texas smoker to serve up an array of bbq ribs, pulled pork and fried chicken starting 7.30 PM!
Multiple Grammy & WC Handy Award winner, Joe Louis Walker is one of the most heralded blues artists of our time. JLW is a true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer & prolific songwriter who has toured the world religiously throughout his career and earned himself a legion of dedicated fans around the globe. He has recorded with the likes of BB King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Huey Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Steve Cropper, Shemekia Copeland & Ike Turner, with a discography that counts 19 solo albums, 2 live DVD’s, and countless compilations and guest appearances. Still recording & touring with a vengeance, JLW is already being referred to within the blues world as a “living legend.” However, as Walker himself would say, “the best is yet to come!”
Stony Plain Records has announced the signing of multi-award winning singer/guitarist Joe Louis Walker and the release of his label debut, Witness to the Blues, on September 30. Produced by fellow Stony Plain artist and award-winner Duke Robillard, Witness to the Blues features a scintillating duet by Walker and Shemekia Copeland in a reprise of the Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson R&B classic, “Lover’s Holiday.” Stony Plain Records is distributed in the U.S. by Koch Entertainment; in Canada by Warner Music; and this CD has been licensed for release in Europe by Dixie Frog. With the stellar backing of Robillard on guitar, Bruce Katz ..boards, Jon Ross on bass, Mark Teixeira on drums and a horn section of Doug James on sax and Scott Aruda on trumpet, Joe Louis Walker explores the many colors of the blues palette, including Delta and Chicago styles, Memphis soul, gospel and even rockabilly. More than half of the album’s 11 tracks were written by Walker, and he adds his own distinctive interpretations to several covers, including “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and “Sugar Mama” (which includes a special guest appearance by Britain’s finest, Todd Sharpville on guitar).
Joe Louis Walker is a true blues virtuoso whose skills as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer have earned him a dedicated legion of fans around the world. He’s recorded with B.B. King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Steve Cropper, Ike Turner and Branford Marsalis, among many others in a storied career that covers 19 solo albums, two live DVDs and a number of compilations and guest appearances. He’s played on two Grammy Award-winning albums and won three Blues Music Awards (formerly known as W.C. Handy Awards).
In addition to his hot-ticket shows in the U.S., Walker has become an international ambassador for the blues overseas, having played at countless festivals throughout Europe, South America, Australia, the Middle East and Asia. Born and raised in San Francisco, Joe Louis Walker is now based in Westchester County, New York.
By his early teens, he was a formidable member of the San Francisco Bay Area blues scene and later became a very close friend of legendary guitarist Mike Bloomfield. During these formative years, he shared stages with a wide variety of artists, including John Lee Hooker, Thelonius Monk, The Soul Stirrers, Steve Miller and Jimi Hendrix. Mike Bloomfield’s premature and sad death persuaded Walker to change his lifestyle, however, and he enrolled in college, earning degrees in music and English. During this time he also performed regularly with the Spiritual Corinthians gospel group.
In 1985 he returned to the blues, formed his stellar band The Bosstalkers, and signed to HighTone Records, which released five albums before Walker moved to PolyGram’s Verve/Gitanes label, where he recorded six albums. Joe Louis Walker is managed by David L. Jones of Cathouse Music, LLC (firstname.lastname@example.org) and will tour extensively in both the U.S. and internationally in support of Witness to the Blues.
We would like to thank our sponsors – Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, Ove Samuelsen, Sackville SaveEasy, Joey's, Marshlands Inn, Sackville Tribune, George's Roadhouse, The Argosy and CHMA.
We hope to see you at the show!
For our out of town friends, tickets can be bought with a Visa card at Ducky’s (506 536 1344).
Our website has been overhauled and updated. For links to the band's site, etc., please visit us at http://www.mta.ca/tbs.