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The Hamilton Blues Society will be having a SHOWCASE and JAM on March 28th, 6:00pm ,2015 @ The Jet Hall on Barton St just east of Barnsadale. with the Hammer Blues Band for the JAM. See you there. Special Guest ANDRE BISSON!
As Always We will have our Food Drive for St Mathews House
The Hamilton Blues Society has joined the Hamilton Arts Council. The Hamilton Arts Council is an umbrella organization that acts as a communication vehicle for all kinds of arts groups in Hamilton, whether for profit or not-for-profit. The Blues Society is looking forward to participating in the local arts community and to contributing to the Arts Council as an active member.
Let’s make this our best jam ever, in memory of blues legend Johnny Winter. As always, we’re encouraging you to think of those less fortunate by bringing some non-perishable groceries to help support the St. Matthew’s House food bank.
Start time: 2pm
End time: 6pm
Blues Room (upstairs) @ Knights of Columbus, 222 Queenston Road, Hamilton
Admission by donation to the Hamilton Blues Society. Free parking. All ages, licensed event.
Cheap beer, good food, great music!
Membership Drive Is On. Membership Includes Bluesfest Admission.
Have a say in the future of your Hamilton Blues Society. With your $20 membership to the Hamilton Blues Society, you will receive the right to vote at our first annual meeting this fall. As a special thank-you you’ll get a ticket to the Hammer Bluesfest, to be held on November 1. Harpdog Brown is our special headliner for this day-long event, and many other acts to be announced.
Regular Bluesfest ticket price is $30, early bird prices are in effect until August 31.
When you pay your $20 membership dues to become an active, voting member of the Hamilton Blues Society you’ll receive your Bluesfest ticket NO EXTRA CHARGE. This special offer is for the July 27th Jammer In The Hammer.
We have other partner discounts to share with paid memberships, including 15% off at Crash Landing Music and 15% off at The Binary Guys computer services.
It’s time to start the summer with a blues jam! Our monthly event for June is the open jam on Sunday, June 29th in The Blues Room at the Knights of Columbus hall. 2 PM start, goes until 6 PM.
You’re invited, of course.
Cash bar, free parking, food service, great people.
FOOD DRIVE for St. Matthew’s House food bank.
Admission is by cash donation to HBS ($5 suggested). Bring your instrument and amp. Three song limit. Sign up at the stage when you arrive.
Play… and stay.
More Blues News: Big Event TBA
There’s other exciting news coming soon. We’re working on a major fall blues event with some major talent being brought in, and some of our best local acts as well, including the Hammer Blues Band with involvement from many of our local players and participants from Hamilton Blues Society jams (that could be you!)
So stay tuned. A press announcement will be made in July about this premier Blues Society event! By being on this email list, you’ll get the information about how to be a participant with the Hammer Blues Band.
Voting Membership Drive
For more information about becoming a voting member of the Hamilton Blues Society and participating in our first General Meeting (scheduled for this fall), please send me an email. We have prepared a membership package and would like to send it to you via PDF email, or hard copy snail mail.
Glen Brown, secretary
Hamilton Blues Society
Photos from last Sunday’s Showcase on May 25th with Bucket List and Tripleplay. Looking forward to the next Open Jam on June 29th!
The Hamilton Blues Society presented a special showcase concert on Sunday May 25 at their home venue, the Knights of Columbus Hall on Queenston Road at Parkdale. The sizable and enthusiastic audience enjoyed a delicious hot meal before hearing two lively sets of some “made in the Hammer” blues.
Lots of Sizzle and SteakHeadlining was Paul Lawrence and his tight, groovy band Tripleplay, and opening was the recently birthed, baggy shirted, whiskery faced Bucket List Band. The two bands presented a well-balanced contrast of music, leaving the sizable and enthusiastic audience happy and satisfied.
Photo: Ivan Sorensen
Paul Lawrence began playing blues guitar seriously when he was in high school, and was soon gigging regularly. With years of front- and side-man experience Lawrence has developed a confident vocal style that is reminiscent of Eric Clapton. He plays with a smooth, relaxed solo style that allows him to create long, logical, flexible and intense musical phrases.
Photo: Bill Watson
Lawrence was joined by daughter Meaghan aka “Megatron” on the drums, Billy Good on bass, and guest Nick Michas on harmonica. This concert was one of the best performances I’ve heard from Michas, who is no stranger to local blues jams.
Tripleplay’s Meaghan Lawrence
Photo: John Crawford
Being a pretty humble guy, he blamed the excellent sound on his vintage amplifier, but I’m not letting him off the hook: he carved out some really sweet and soulful moments on his harp, which provided an appropriate balance and variety to Lawrence’s guitar.
Photo: Ivan Sorensen
Meaghan Lawrence provided solid and steady drumming, capturing a confident shuffle groove and nailing down a solid meter every time. Bassist — also was relaxed and confident, laying down excellent bass lines to create a solid and balanced foundation.
At the end, several Blues Society Members and other audience members were called up to join a jam on Sweet Home Chicago. Cook Debbie Watson even got in on the act, playing the cowbell with her rolling pin, perfectly in time.
The Bucket List Opening Set
Bucket List’s Ralph Lefevre
Photo: Ivan SorensenBucket List is hard to define. The guys in the band are as diverse in personality types as you could imagine. They do, however, share a common thread of being in the “over fifty” age bracket, which makes it fairly remarkable that A) they can still do this, and B) they are dedicated to trying out some new stuff, and C) they completely energized the room during their eight-song set. One can almost see each Bucket-Lister breaking out of his aging shell the minute the music starts. This love for great music is the one thing they share, and they all want to make sure each musical arrangement is slanted in a direction they approve.
John Staley of Bucket List
Photo: John Crawford
Front-man John Staley covers the vocals and bass, accompanied by Dave Dalgleish on keyboards, Ralph Lefevre on guitar, and Glen Brown on drums. Dalgleish alone with his swiveling hips and infectious boogie dance behind the keys is worth the price of the show. The horn section consisting of Ron Baker on trumpet, John Godek on tenor sax, Carl Korody on trombone, and Jack McLaren on baritone sax left no doubts that they can pack a punch, while being only slightly less animated in their actions.
Bucket List broke the New York City-based ban on Mustang Sally and opened their set with the well-worn R&B classic, but this was the least-boring version of the tune to be heard anywhere. Conferring with band members after the show, I learned that Staley has a knack for instantly re-arranging songs (ie. forgetting a verse or jumping in too soon when a horn player should be soloing), so it is miraculous that what the audience saw as entertainment was really a train wreck rescue operation in the undertaking.
Bucket List at Porcelain Records
Photo: Bill WatsonWithout skipping a beat or faltering they motored through a veritable smorgasbord of popular blues-based material: Crossroads, One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer, My Own Way To Rock, Sweet Home Chicago, Steamroller Blues, What’d I Say, and Red Rooster. They even pulled out an arrangement of Spooky, made popular by the Atlanta Rhythm Section in the seventies.
May 25 – Dinner and Showcase Concert featuring Tripleplay, Bucket List
May 25, 2014 – Our monthly Open Jam will be starting at 4:00 pm. Break for hot buffet Dinner at 6:00 pm, and the Showcase Concert featuring Paul Lawrence and his band Tripleplay starting at 7:00 pm. Opening act is Hamilton’s Bucket List Band.
- Jam begins at 4 pm. Admission to the Jam is by donation to the Hamilton Blues Society.
- Dinner begins at 6pm with Showcase starting at 7pm. $15 per person includes hot dinner, three 50/50 tickets and event admission. $10 special price for students with student ID.
- All ages, licensed event. Casual dress. Cash bar.
- Come and join us for all or part of the event. Knights of Columbus Hall, 222 Queenston Road. Lots of free parking.
- To reserve a table or seats, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Crawford, aka Big Johnny Blue, has been working since 2010 to pull together a local blues society. There were several starts undertaken and an equal number of experiments (and experiences) with different venues and players.
Things began looking up when an agreement was reached back in 2013 with the Knights of Columbus Hall on Queenston Road at Parkdale. With a reliable and reputable venue backing his efforts, Crawford pulled together a management board. The board now consists of Crawford, Bill Watson, Glen Brown, and Ivan Sorensen.
The newly-reorganized Hamilton Blues Society started holding regular jam sessions at the hall. With fifty or more people participating things looked encouraging. The addition of blues showcase concerts gave local blues groups and artists an opportunity to perform and build their audience bases. The Society recently was registered as a not-for-profit society, and is now in the process of gathering members.
Tonight the Hamilton Blues Society’s executive board was pleased to approve the Hamilton Blues Society Constitution and Bylaws. The approval of the foundational documents launches the Society’s Membership Drive and will culminate in the Society’s first General Meeting this September.
~Submitted by Glen Brown, secretary of the Hamilton Blues Society.