|This Years Line-up!|
Once again, co-producers Carrol Deen and Cam Hayden have worked hard to bring the best that the blues world has to offer to the Edmonton Blues Festival. With Grammy winners, Blues Music Award winners, W.C. Handy winners, Maple Blues Award winners, legends, up and comers, and music that reflects the regional diversity of the music we all love, this years festival promises to be the "best ever"...We're here to help "fill the hole in your soul" for another year...
Friday August 16 – 5:30 PM
Arsen Shomakhov is a fiery Russian- born guitarist who immigrated to Canada five years ago, and now lives in Vancouver. He first appeared at our festival in 2009 and sold out his entire stock of CD’s before he finished his 3rd tune...
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Friday August 16 - 7 PM
Grammy winner Terrance Simien will bring his own brand of zydeco joy to the stage, and more importantly, the dance floor. He first appeared at our festival in 2006 and we look forward to having his winning smile, infectious energy and good vibe get our 15th birthday party off to a rollicking start!
James Cotton with Roomful of Blues
A double dose of blues legends! James Cotton, Mr. “Superharp” a member of the Muddy Waters band and incredible bandleader in his own right, will team up with Roomful of Blues, who have been bringing their brand of tight, joyful blues to the world for over 35 years. Having seen this incredible pairing at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena Arkansas, producers Cam Hayden and Carrol Deen just had to bring this show to Edmonton audiences.
John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band
Saturday August 17 - 2:30 PM
He’s had Grammy and Blues Music Award nominations and is in fact up for 2 Blues Music Awards in 2013. He made his way to Chicago, from his native Mississippi, in the early 60’s and never looked back, working with Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and Magic Slim. He is the “Real Deal” and makes his first appearance on our stage this summer.
Big Pete van der Pluijm with special guest Matt Schofield
Saturday August 17 - 4 PM
Big Pete (Holland) an incredible harmonica player who first hit our stage a couple of years ago as part of a “Harmonica Blast” and Matt Schofield (U.K.), an award winning guitarist, team up with an award winning rhythm section from California to bring some “Euro-Blues” our way. A show you won’t see anywhere else...
Homemade Jamz Blues Band
Saturday August 17 - 5:50 PM
Two brothers and a sister from Tupelo Mississippi who started turning heads at a youth showcase at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis five years ago. With a combined age of less than 50, Taya(drums), Kyle(bass) and Ryan(guitar) have it all. As none other than B.B. King said of them, “These young kids have got energy, talent and do the blues proud with their own flavor. I believe they’ve got a great future ahead.” It’s their first time on our stage and we look forward to having them.
Saturday August 17 - 7 PM
Another group making its’ first appearance on our stage, and in Edmonton…After having seen them on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise we knew they had to perform here. They bring it, in a big way…As Music Connection Magazine writer Bernard Baur so correctly put it, “They totally transfix the audience. From the very start of the set you knew you were in for a very special evening…As for the vocal power of (lead singer) Roach…it’s a blend of Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith and Etta James with imposing strength.” ‘Nuff said, be there...
Mannish Boys Featuring Kirk Fletcher, Paris Slim and Sugaray Rayford
Saturday August 17 - 8:30 PM
No strangers to our stage, the Mannish boys mark their third trip to the Edmonton Blues Festival with some new, incredible faces in this award winning revue. They are up for no less than 5 Blues Music Awards this year, including “Band of the Year”, “Album of the Year” and “Traditional Blues Album of the Year”. Look for new member Sugarray Rayford and returning guitar greats Kirk Fletcher and Frank Goldwasser to tear it up to close Saturday night.
Sunday August 18 - 2:30 PM
What can we say about Miss Eden Brent? Since her debut at our fest in 2006, shortly after she won the International Blues Challenge, she has gone on to win 3 Blues Music Awards, including the 2010 trophy as the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the year. It’s high time we had her back and we look forward to having her open our Sunday with a solo set.
Sunday August 18, 4 PM
Canada’s own 2012 Juno winning trio of Steve Marriner, Tony D and Matt Sobb return to the festival after tearing it up and making a legion of fans at their first festival performance in 2010. We had to have them back…Monkeyjunkies rejoice!
Sunday August 18 - 5:30 PM
It’s the first trip to Edmonton for the Yugoslavian born guitar phenom, recording artist and bandleader. Nominated for 3 Blues Music Awards in 2012, we look forward to introducing this incredible talent to Edmonton audiences.
Golden State-Lone Star Revue featuring Anson Funderburgh, Little Charlie Baty and Mark Hummel
Mark Hummel is no stranger to our stage having hosted his Harmonica Meltdown a couple of times and his own show once. This time around the guitar players come out front with Texas native Anson Funderburgh (who played our festival in year 2 with Sam Myers) and little Charlie Baty (year 1 with Little Charlie and the Nightcats) returning to our stage. Look for a mix of Texas and West Coast blues guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul.
North Mississippi All Stars
Sunday August 18 - 8:30 PM
Luther and Cody Dickinson make their first appearance on the stage of The Edmonton Blues Festival and bring their band with them to show us what they learned from soaking up the North Mississippi Hill country sound from the likes of R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and others, and show us where they are taking that sound today. Do not miss this show
Ticket sales through our website are now closed. Single day tickets for this years' festival will be available at the gate each day. There will be a very limited amount for Saturday. Prices at the gate are $55 for Friday and $60 for Saturday or Sunday, GST and Service Charges included. The "Tickets/Will Call" tent will be open at 3PM Friday and Noon on Saturday and Sunday
Note: tickets purchased via PayPal will be available for pick up at "Will Call" during the festival, please remember to bring your receipt and photo ID.
Tickets also on sale at the following locations:
All Ticketmaster Outlets:
1-855-985-5000 (toll free)
Permanent Records - 8126 Gateway Blvd.:
Chateau Louis Hotel (host hotel):
11727 Kingsway Avenue Edmonton Alberta