Events

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School of Blues with Kenny Wayne & Sherman Doucette

The 2nd, 3rd & 4th Thursday of each month, 7- 9 PM

Join us! All ages. Open to professors (bring your instrument) and spectators. Attendance by Donation.
Food & drink available at our Licensed Bistro.

 

Kenny Wayne

Kenny Wayne is a throwback to the golden age of classic rhythm and blues. Born in Spokane and raised in New Orleans, his powerful music recalls the era when piano players like Fats Domino and Amos Milburn and Bill Doggett worked the chitlin’ circuit on the “strolls” in dozens of American cities. As a one-man cheering section for the days when blues and small jazz bands met the roots of rock and roll, Wayne is unapologetic about the music he plays.

Kenny has toured the world playing his music. He is a Juno award winning and multi-nominated artist who hits all the right notes on his latest album, Rollin’ with the Blues Boss, as he covers boogie, funk and New Orleans flavored rhythm and blues.

“Wayne is a boogie-woogie master, and his vocals are sly, assured and just plain likeable; there’s an easygoing elegance to his delivery that matches his stylish presentation perfectly.”
John Taylor – blogcritic.doc

kennybluesboss.com

 

Sherman Doucette

Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Sherman’s natural ear for music began developing at an early age. He left home at fifteen with a harmonica and a twenty dollar bill in his pocket, bound for Vancouver. It was there that he discovered the Chicago blues style on an album featuring Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and James Cotton. By seventeen, he had developed a style of playing greatly influenced by the late great Paul Butterfield. Sherman has had the great privilege of sharing the stage with legendary players such as John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Sony Land Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Jim Byrnes and Long John Baldry.

In 1980, three years after surviving a massive lumber mill explosion, he formed his own blues band, “Incognito”. The band was at the forefront of the Vancouver music scene. They released three independent CD recordings toured extensively. Today with his great new blues band, TANKful of Blues, is captured live and on CDs. Doucette continues to perform with all the passion and conviction few can deliver.

shermandoucette.com

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JAZZ JAM

Live After 5: JAZZ JAM is open to both players and listeners of all ages. Showcasing local talent in the South Atrium, your host Craig Thomson or Stephen Buck, coordinates drum, bass and keys.

If you’re an artist, a performer or simply interested in arts and entertainment, come by, have some fun and the a chance to meet people in an approachable and relaxed environment.

Along with the entertainment, browse art in the exhibition spaces and artist studios. The building is very active on Thursdays, with the wildly popular Salsa Thursdays at 8 PM. The RCA Bistro is licensed and open, serving food, gelato & beverages.

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ARTINI with Dawn Pemberton

ARTINI is a full evening & full building event, featuring live music by the vibrant, passionate and soulful Dawn Pemberton.

A big voice and irresistible verve… – Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Dawn Pemberton has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world music. She has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up as a vocalist, teacher, facilitator, choir director and “go to girl” for live performances and studio sessions. A passionate songwriter and performer Dawn crafts her music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package.
Tight, expressive and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up and make you say “Go ‘head!”

This is a 19+ event
Tickets:$30 Adults,$25 Member or Groups of 4 or more
Purchase below, or call the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office at 250-717-5304.