Get ready to groove to some great blues in downtown Nanaimo this summer.
That old song had it all wrong when it said, "There ain't no cure for the summertime blues." They hadn't heard of the Summertime Blues Festival held annually in Nanaimo. All you need to enjoy a fantastic lineup of bands is to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, perhaps a picnic basket of goodies, and kick back and listen to more than 20 acts on the open-air stage in Maffeo Sutton Park. On Sunday get ready for an all-women tribute to blues that you won't want to miss!
The weekend kicks off on Friday night with Curl, Renovation Blues Band, The Narrows and other artists. By the time things wrap up on Sunday afternoon, you’ll have heard an incredible bunch of blues artists in a perfect summer setting.
Be sure to bring a swimsuit so you can check out the local lakes and rivers. But don’t forget what you came for - some fine musical cures for whatever ails you - mixed in with a sprinkling of ocean-front activities.
CURL, from Victoria, B.C., is Helen Davies (vocals, guitar), Susan Johnson (bass), Dee Cooper (keyboards), as well as featured guitarist Jazz Fouladianpour and drummer Andy Okell. Get ready for jazz grooves that mash up with the sweet sounds of blues.
David Gogo's groove-fueled blend of blues and rock is the basis for a singular and storied music career. His songs have been featured in film and television and are regularly played on blues radio programs the world over. He has earned numerous Canadian blues accolades, including five JUNO nominations, a Western Canadian Music Award, a CBC Saturday Night Blues Award, and multiple Maple Blues Awards.
Thursday August 11
- Renovation Blues Band
- Aresen Shomakhov
- The Narrows
Friday August 12
- Summertime New Blues Showcase (feat James Vickers)
- Deb Rhymer Band
- Mark Crissinger
- Jeff Plankenhorn
- Jimmy D. Lane
- Steve Kozak
- Crystal Shawanda
Sunday August 14
- Sunday Soul and Gospel Hour
- Incognito Band w/ Nadine States
- Big Pacific
- Angel Forrest & Denis Columbus
- The Kingpins
- David Vest
- Jim Brynes
Three Day Tickets: $140
Single Day Tickets: $565
If You Go
Heading to Nanaimo to catch some soulful blues? Check out these places to stay while visiting.
Make sure to trek along the BC Ale Trail in Nanaimo featuring a wide array of delicious craft breweries.
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