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“BROTHER” RAY LEMELIN BAND
APRIL 27 Elks Lodge
w/guest OVERDUE BLUES BAND
The love of music, dance and singing started early in Ray’s life in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, through his mother’s taste for Rhythm and Blues. Ray was immediately drawn to the Soul sounds of vocal groups, notably ‘The Supremes’. “I love the groove and those big vocal sounds” confirms Lemelin. James Brown, Joe Tex and Wilson Pickett were other major influences. His migration to Calgary in the late seventies really opened up opportunities for Ray to pursue a career. Inspired by a quote from guitar legend Johnny Winter – “it should be the “older” black musicians we listen to”.
Lemelin has worked with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Queen Ida, Johnny Copeland, Larry David, the Legendary Lowell Fulson, and appeared on
stage with numerous performers such as Luther Johnson, Junior Wells, Amos Garrett, the Late Valerie Wellington, Michael Coleman, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Billy Branch, and Albert Collins. The Ray Lemelin Band also completed 3 tours with Grammy Award winner Fenton Robinson. He worked with Johnny V and Rusty Reed’s bands, then fronted his own band “Sho-Nuff”. He has been an integral part of the Canadian blues scene for decades.
“If you put the Blues of B.B. King, the grooves of James Brown, and the Gospel vocal sounds of the Staple Singers”, states Lemelin, “and mix it all up, you have the ingredients for a Funky, ‘Soulful’ good time!”
The Brother Ray Lemelin Band likes to make a gumbo of good time music, so you better bring your dancing shoes!
MAY 16 Elks Club
w/guest Charlie Jacobson
Harrison Kennedy in 1968 joined the Detroit pop group “The Chairmen of the
Board.” and played all the top venues including The Tonight Show, Soul Train ,
American Bandstand and England's "Top-Of-The-Pops', doing their hit, “Gimme
Me Just A Little More Time.” C.O.T.B. had performances with B.B. King, James
Brown, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelics and more. C.O.T.B. also
performed many times at New York's Famous Apollo Theatre.
Harrison was awarded the 2016 “Blues Album of the Year” JUNO for his album “This Is From Here” at the 45th annual JUNO Awards (Canada’s Grammy) in Calgary, Alberta on April 2nd. This was the 6th nomination for the Hamilton
Harrison grew up in a house filled with music and famous visitors such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Lonnie Johnson. In 1969 he took a hiatus from college to become a founding member of the million selling
Detroit Soul Super Group “The Chairmen of the Board” with whom he toured the world, as well as appearing on Soul Train, American Bandstand and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Since signing with Electro-Fi Records in 2007, Harrison Kennedy has released 5 internationally acclaimed albums and developed into one of the 21st century’s most insightful and original Blues singer/songwriters. The JUNO winning album “This Is From Here” was co-produced by keyboard ace JESSE O’BRIEN, with Roots Guitar Master COLIN LINDEN guesting on several tracks. It has also won the prestigious Academie Charles Cros in France for 2016 Blues Album of the Year.
Downchild Blues Band
The Legendary Downchild Blues Band
50th Anniversary Tour
The Memorial Centre Theatre
October 30, 2019
After 18 albums, countless awards and wowing sold‐out audiences around the globe,THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year with a brand‐new show featuring hits like “Flip, Flop & Fly,” as well as fan favourites and hidden gems from throughout their illustrious career.
Downchild came to international prominence as the inspiration for Hollywood starsDan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi’s hit film, The Blues Brothers. In fact, two Downchild songs, “Shotgun Blues” and “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” were even covered on The Blues Brothers’ 1978 multi‐platinum album Briefcase Full of Blues.
The band is lead by founder, Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh on guitar and harmonica, singer Chuck Jackson, who also plays harmonica, tenor sax man Pat Carey, Michael Fonfara (who was a member of the early American rock supergroup Rhinoceros and Lou Reed’s band) plays keyboards, Gary Kendall on bass and drummer Mike Fitzpatrick.
With their signature jump‐blues style and infectious, soulful sound, Juno Award winners Downchild deliver a live performance that is second to none, and this special anniversary show is one ‐ not to be missed!
HBO Canada documentary "Flip, Flop & Fly" is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjBwbdZsCg0
"Come On In" at https://youtu.be/IC_nfeuMIfQ
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUyGjjHvK4ljwxnyhSifkQw/featured