FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 12, 2022)
“Blues with a Feeling” is back.
The annual memorial tribute to Richard Newell a.k.a. King Biscuit Boy was put on hold for two pandemic years and last year returned with a scaled down tentative return to live music. This year there is no holding back. For our 19th show, The Friends of Richard Newell in association with 91.7 Giant FM are presenting an electrifying night of rockin’ blues with three sensational acts – The Blackburn Brothers, Smokewagon Blues Band and Joshua Arden Miller.
When: Saturday June 3, 2023 – 8 PM to Midnight
Where: Leander Boat Club (50 Leander Drive, Hamilton)
The Blackburn Brothers, who are making their second “Blues With a Feeling” appearance, come from a legendary Canadian heritage of blues, jazz and soul. Their father, Bobby Dean Blackburn held down long musical residencies at Toronto’s original Club Blue Note and the famed Zanzibar Tavern. Duane, Corey and Brooke grew up surrounded by music and musicians. It should come as no surprise that they carry that tradition and talent into the next generation. They are winners of multiple Maple Blues Awards and countless nominations, Their CD release “Brothers In This World” was nominated as “Blues Album of the Year” at the 2016 Juno Awards. They promise to set the stage on fire with world class funk and blues at this year’s concert.”
The Smokewagon Blues Band are popular Hamilton favourites. They too are multiple Maple Blues Award Winners. Their latest release, “The Ballad of Albert Johnson” took home “Albumof the Year” honours at the 2021 awards. On stage the group effortlessly blends guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, sax and harp into a polished Chicago style electric blues sound. It’s a sound that is always welcome at “Blues With a Feeling”
Joshua Arden Miller is the blues pride of the Six Nations and his high octane electric guitar fueled blues never fail to wow audiences. His latest video and single “Solidarity” has received rave reviews. At “Blues With a Feeling” he will joined by six time CAMA Award winners and Juno Nominees, the Pappy Johns Band.
In addition to those acts the multi talented Mark LaForme will offer a short set of solo blues from the “Ronnie Copple Memorial Chair” in the foyer of the Leander Boat Club. Acting as a musical greeter of sorts he will start the festivities at 7:30.
Proceeds from this year’s concert will be donated to the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild’s Bob Pedler Fund, a benevolent fund which provides financial assistance to musicians who are unable to perform due to health issues.
Tickets for the concert are $25. Availability and ticket outlets to be announced soon.