It was a summer to remember! Seemingly endless days of sunshine, record breaking high temperatures, and some days of smoky air to remind us of the wildfires burning in the B.C. Interior and from our neighbours to the south. We dodged the fire bullet at Green Lake, but some of our neighbours at Pressy Lake weren’t so lucky, losing everything to the forest fire. Now, due to a full Fall calendar, we’re forced to shut down the cabin early this year. The dock comes out this weekend. We enjoyed some terrific shows at Blue Frog Studios over the Summer, but proposed zoning changes, and developer’s plans might shorten the life of Blue Frog. We’ll have to wait and see. It’s never over till it’s over! Bring on Fall.
It’s the concert Blue Frog fans have been waiting for all year! Kal David and Lauri Bono returned to Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. for 4 sold out shows. Kal and Lauri have just been inducted into the U.S. National Blues Hall of Fame, and the Connecticut Blues Hall of Fame, and thrilled the patrons at Blue Frog. Backed by Jeff Lantz on keyboards, J.T. Platt on sax, and John McCreath behind the drum kit, it was a night to remember! Kal played lead guitar for John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for a number of years, and Mayall said of Kal, “I’m happy to count Kal David as one of the best…what a talent” High praise!
I was Mc’ing at the Blue Frog last night, introducing Angel Forrest. What a talent! An amazing display of raw, powerful blues that you probably haven’t heard since the days of Janis Joplin. Angel is a 4 time winner of Female Vocalist of the Year, at the Maple Blues Awards, and was last year’s winner of Producer and Songwriter of the year. Her latest album has an interesting theme. The album is called Angel’s 11, and Angel composed 11 original songs, and each song featured one of her 11 favourite guitar players! Google her for more info on that! It was a great night for sure, and she says she’s going to come back! Once again the Blue Frog proved to be an excellent venue and gave the crowd a very intimate setting for an outstanding concert.
The Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. kicked off the 5th Annual Fall Festival of the Arts in great style tonight. White Rock’s Mayor, Wayne Baldwin, officially got things going proclaiming the 2 month long festival underway! Then time for music from the Gabriel Palatchi Trio. Once again, Kelly, Juanita and the Blue Frog hit it out of the park. The capacity crowd was entertained by this Ultra-Talented Threesome! It was a combination of Funk, Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Samba. Outstanding musicianship had the crowd spellbound! They have one more date on their tour and then it’s over until next Summer. It’s another “Gotta-See” group.
Well, I get to check off one more item on my bucket list. Back in the mid sixties, an amazing little motorcycle hit the market, and hit my High School parking lot. Some kids from affluent families showed up on what was a Honda 50cc scooter. It was the subject of the positioning statement for Honda, “You Meet The Nicest People On A Honda” that propelled the little bike into the most popular motorcycle on the planet. The Beach Boys wrote a song about it, and the Hondells had a hit record with the song “Little Honda”. I never could afford one back then, and always had it on my list of things I’d love to have. Then along came this little beauty! Newer and bigger than the original, but the exact same styling. My Honda C70 Passport, or Cub as some people call them, great fun, and a bike that seems to attract people who want to talk about it, and smile when they see it go by.
I was fortunate to mc the Jane Bunnett and Maqueque show tonight at the Blue Frog. They brought the high energy of Cuban music to the stage. An all star band backed Jane in one of the final performances of their current tour. It was outstanding! A standing ovation brought on an encore and left the audience wanting more! You can see why this group is a multi Juno award winner and a Grammy nominee. The Boston Globe said, ““Jane Bunnett and Maqueque… utterly shatters the glass ceiling of Afro Cuban Jazz” We were so fortunate to have them In White Rock at the Blue Frog Studios.
Byrd Dawg took over the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. once again, with their tribute to the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Joel Dietrich and Wayne Rempel, backed by the Vintage Electric band took to the Blue Frog stage for 2 shows tonight. After a Summer time off, I was back mc’ing the show, and what a great show it was! The boys thrilled the audience with their harmonies, and emphasized that they were paying tribute to the music, not trying to imitate the 2 duos. All the great hits were there, and both crowds had a great time singing along to all the classic hits.
It was another fabulous night at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. tonight. Dutch performer, Mr. Boogie Woogie hit it out of the park with his high energy show. Backed by Rob Montgomery’s band, Mr. Boogie Woogie aka Erik Jan Overbeek, put on an amazing display of how you play Boogie Woogie!! It was a sold out show, and everyone left with a smile! What a night!
The Brews and Blues weekend continued at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. last night as Rick Poppa Dawg took to the stage. Once again the White Rock Beach Beer was flowing, as the trio was live streaming over the Blue Frog Facebook page.
Poppa Dawg has been a mainstay on the Canadian blues scene for almost 30 years now. Dawg has acted as a side man for blues men including Sonny Rhodes, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Harpdog Brown and Sherman Doucette. He’s opened for such greats as John Mayall, Jimmy Vaughan, Colin James, Jeff Healey, Downchild Blues Band and many more. It was another great night to celebrate the Blues at the Blue Frog.