The only people feeling the Blues more than the thousands in attendance of the 11th Annual Calgary Blues Festival last July 25 through August 2nd were those people who didn’t make it to the show. For nearly a week Shaw Millennium Park located on the west side of downtown, played host to some of the best Blues legends of Canada and beyond and the multitude of gifted performers didn’t disappoint their Blues hungry crowd.
The Park was truly rocking as the July 2015 show lived up to its reputation of providing visitors with the very best the Blues world has to offer in a family friendly environment.
Show-goers were entertained and blown away by the eclectic core of Blues players, singers, artists and performers as each artist brought their own unique brand of talent and style to the show. The list of continual performers was impressive to say the least.
Many performers were household names in Canada and well beyond and if by some remote chance you hadn’t heard of the artist, more than likely you’d heard their music on the tracks of legendary artists you were familiar with.
Let’s do a quick recap and give a short-list of but a few of the many musical masters that graced the Calgary stage during that exciting event.
Alexis P. Suter’s musical career began long before she ever signed on the proverbial dotted line as the first African American woman on Epic Sony Japan’s Dance Label.
After years of singing in choirs and small clubs Alexis and her band began to make strides…big strides. She was the opening act for the late great Leon Helm at the Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, New York. Alexis opened nearly 100 shows for Leon during that stretch of her career.
She and her band brought the house down while performing some of her best-known works to an enthusiastic and grateful crowd.
Next up is Blues legend Curtis Salgado , winner of three music awards in 2013 including Blues Blast Music Award , the B. B. King Entertainer of the Year Award and for Soul Blues Album of the Year .
Curtis Salgado is one of the premier pioneers of the Blues and has been playing them for a long time. His unchainable talent is evidenced by his decades of touring and creating music with some of the best musicians and bands around the world.
Here are but a few of the many artists and musicians that Curtis and his band have worked with. They toured with The Steve Miller Band; Curtis also toured and sang with Santana while his own band, The Night Hawks, was the inspiration for John Belushi to form the Blues Brothers.
The list of great musicians and artists Curtis has played with is virtually endless after so many years creating great music. Fans were treated to an amazing performance by Curtis…as always.
Time doesn’t allow for all the performers to be listed and that’s a shame considering the time, talent and effort that went into every performance by every artist and group. Suffice it to say, “a good time was had by all”.
Below is a list of some of the other performers that gave their all at the 2015 Calgary Blues Festival.
There were a lot of great bands there but as far as band names go, you would be hard pressed to find a better name than what singer/harmonica player Shawn Hall and guitarist Matthew Rogers have come up with for their group which is, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer . Love it!
These fantastic artists and the laundry list of other musicians, performers and singers, all contributed to make the 2015 Calgary Blues Festival an incredibly memorable success.
Artists for the 2016 show are already being booked.
Hope to see you there!Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 5:59am 4 years ago
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