Our next presentation will be the annual Blues Brews and BBQ on Saturday, March 11th, 2023 at Finley's in Nelson. This year we will feature some East Kootenay talent. Harmonica wizard, Ethan Askey and The Elevators with local favourite, Mr. Aardvark opening the show. This event is a fund raiser for Nelson's own, Kootenay Co-op Radio station. Ethan Askey will also appear at the BBI in Balfour on Friday, March 10th - the night before Blues Brews and BBQ. The proceeds from this event will also go to Kootenay Co-op Radio. Tickets will be available in February.

Ethan is also doing a harmonica workshop in the daytime on Saturday, March 11th. Time and place TBA. Go to the contact page to preregister.

Advance tickets for Blues, Brews and BBQ - at Finley's and the BBI - will be available 2 weeks before the show at the venues and at Eddy Music. If you would like to purchase an advance ticket now go here:https://www.kootenaycoopradio.com/kcr-store/

Ethan Askey & the Elevators is a brand-new band: Keith Larsen ( Maddisun, etc.) – guitars, vocals . Ferdinand Belland (Bif Naked, etc.) – bass, vocals . Ben Dunn (The Honeymans) – drums, vocals . Ethan Askey (Jimmy & the Sleepers, Dave McCann & the Firehearts) – Vocals, harmonica, horn, guitar.

The band’s live presentation features original music that has been knocking the socks off of Canadian and International radio audiences in 2022, gaining these and other credits:  Top Blues Albums Chart for 2022 (Roots Music Report). #4 in Top 50 Canada Albums chart (April 16, RMR). #17 worldwide in Top 50 Contemporary Blues.  8 months charting in Top 50 Canada Albums (RMR) and rotation on CBC Saturday Night Blues with Holger Peterson.

 In May, Jack de Keyzer will roll into town to bring some of his strat magic to Finley's on Thursday, May 11, 2023 and the BBI on Friday, May 12th. Tickets will be $30 per show and will be available locally, closer to the show dates. If you would like to purchase a ticket well in advance, here is a link for Finley's:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/529654610197 


Jack will also be doing a seminar on the evolution of blues guitar. Date, time and location TBA.  Preregistration is required for the seminar, so if you're interested email us and let us know.

 "Acclaimed guitarist, singer, song writer, band leader and producer, Jack de Keyzer rarely sits still. For 48 years or roughly a couple million miles , de Keyzer has been hitting the road , air and studio to bring his brand of guitar driven blues around the globe.  With 12 records, 1 DVD , 2 Junos and 7 Maple Blues Awards, de Keyzer delivers the goods wherever, whenever he performs. Playing  over 100 shows a year, de Keyzer’s music is steeped in Chicago blues, London, England’s (de Keyzer’s birth place) blues rock, Detroit’s Motown, Muscle Shoals deep soul,   Memphis’  rock and roll, and Philadelphia’s funky soul jazz". .Check out Jack's video on this page.

 Please support blues in the Koots so that  we can continue to bring you Canadian and International blues artists of the highest caliber. Check back here and stay tuned to see what we have in store for  2023.

If you wish to join our mailing list and be notified of upcoming events and shows please go here: https://www.kootenaybluessociety.com/contact-us . Subscribe by filling out your email address and hitting the SIGN UP button. Also, membership's are good for one year, so if your membership has lapsed and you wish to renew for another year, please go here:  https://www.kootenaybluessociety.com/membership  and you can find out how to re - up. It's only 10 bucks and well worth the money to support the Kootenay Blues Society.

 Every Friday night at 7 pm (show repeats at noon on Saturday), you can get your blues fix by listening to "Make Room For The Blues", with your host Richard Metzner on Kootenay Co op Radio:  https://www.kootenaycoopradio.com/make-room-for-the-blues/  

Sam Hurrie is at the BBI every Saturday @ 5 pm.

Check out the videos of some of the performers we have presented here in the Kootenays: Michael Charles, Holly Hyatt,  Samantha Martin, Laurie Morvan, David Vest, Mark Hummel's Golden State/ Lone Star Revue, H0ROJO Trio, The Kootenay Women's Blues Revue, "What Women Do"- ( written by Judy Brown) - Video of "What Women Do" by Keith Holuboff at Finley's in Nelson, BC, Andy T. Band with Anson Funderburgh and Alabama Mike, Sue Foley. Scroll down this page for more photos, videos and other info.

 Here is a link from a live stream blues show that took place on May 30/2020 from Greasland Studio's in San Jose, California with Alabama Mike and The Greaseland Allstars. This is a great, uplifting show, very well put together. Not to mention a band of dynamite blues catshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=aPY9Zu_rly0&feature=emb_logo









Kootenay Womens Blues Revue photo's

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