25th VI Blues Bash Victoria Headliners Announced

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Blues Bash Victoria

Celebrate the end of the summer by rockin’ and groovin’ to live blues, R&B, and more at the 25th Annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash Victoria at the Outdoor Stage at Ship Point (in Victoria’s Inner Harbour,900 block of Wharf St) and at The Rubber Boot Club (1605 Store St, below Swan’s Brewpub) this Labour Day Weekend!

Celebrate the end of the summer by rockin’ and groovin’ to live blues, R&B, and more at the 25th Annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash at the Outdoor Stage at Ship Point (in Victoria’s Inner Harbour,900 block of Wharf St) and at The Rubber Boot Club (1605 Store St, below Swan’s Brewpub) this Labour Day Weekend!

TINSLEY ELLIS

Saturday, September 1 – 7:30pm ~ $29 (tax incl.)
“Feral blues guitar…non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge… he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Beck and Clapton.” – Rolling Stone
Blues BashSince his Alligator Records debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock wizard and singer-songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and intense solos, Ellis has earned legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable, original songs. His famous friends include Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic that call on him to sit in and jam. Whether it’s deep, slow blues or uptempo rockers, Tinsley Ellis always plays with grit, soul, and unbridled passion.

DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS

Sunday, September 2 – 7:30pm ~ $29 (tax incl.)

“Davina Sowers is a one-of-a-kind performer whose singing… has a sassiness bearing some comparison to that of heart-thumping blues queens Ma Rainey and Ida Cox.” – Downbeat
Since exploding onto the scene in 2005, Davina and the Vagabonds (DATV) have grown from a down-and-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage. This high-energy quintet, influenced by Fats Domino, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, draws from the last century of American music, converting audiences one show at a time. More than just a blues act, DATV’s shows overflow with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, and tender gospel passages. Davina Sowers defies category in a different way, and although often compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, comparisons don’t suffice. Sowers is a true original.

BRICKHOUSE

Friday, August 31 – 9:30pm ~ $15 (tax incl.)
With their brand of original, funky tracks and cleverly covered classic R&B tunes, Vancouver’s hippest Blue Funk band and the Yale’s house band for years, Brickhouse, blends classic and modern with ease, which makes seeing them live an addictive experience.

ADAM ROBERT THOMAS

Saturday, September 1 – 9:30pm ~ $15 (tax incl.)
Blues BashVancouver-based JUNO-nominated performer, Adam Robert Thomas, began primarily as a solo artist, but began developing his own band in 2015, writing in earnest and performing his own compositions in preparation for his debut album. His 2018 self-titled album ‘Adam Robert Thomas’ rose to #11 on the R&B charts in the US, providing listeners with funky, feel-good vibes reminiscent of Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Al Green and Steely Dan.

 

Ticket Outlets:

Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 or 977 Alston St) and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at rmts.bc.ca). No service charges at the VJS office! Free Afternoon Performance Series (Noon to 5PM):

The following bands will perform at Ship Point starting at noon each day during the Vancouver Island Blues Bash:

Saturday, September 1:

Groove Kitchen • Don Peterson Blue Sky • Adam Robert Thomas • Bill Johnson Band

Sunday, September 2:

Deb Rhymer Blues Band • McKinley Wolf • David Vest • Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band

Monday, September 3:

Maureen Washington Blues Band • The Kingmixers • Brett Smith-Daniels • The Midnights