It was full-on CCR at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada this weekend. The band, Bad Moon Riders paid homage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. Operating under strict Covid protocols, the 4 sold out shows were a real treat for CCR fans, and fans of live performances. Under the regulations, the studio was only allowed 30 patrons, not the usual 100 capacity. The setting was welcomed by the fans, and provided an intimate setting for the musicians. Mike Kelly nailed the lead vocals, you could have sworn Fogerty was there in person, and the band carried off the Swamp Rock sound of Creedence. A great weekend for live Rock and Roll in White Rock. Saturday the early show was live streaming around the world, and was seen in Texas, Alaska, Yukon, Southern California, and across Canada.
Last Friday and Saturday nights the spotlight was turned on to the music of The Cars. Thanks to the talents of the Victoria based group, Moving in Stereo. There were 4 sold out shows at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. Blue Frog, working under the rules set out by Dr. Bonnie Henry, allowed music fans to once again enjoy a live music performance. Tables and chairs set 6 feet apart and separated by sheets of plexiglass, provided the necessary safety, and also provided an intimate atmosphere for the patrons. Moving in Stereo ran through the entire Cars catalog, in a wonderful tribute to the Hall of Fame band. All the big hits rocked on through the night.
Everyone, including the band members agreed, it’s great to have a live music venue like Blue Frog Studios!
The Kingpins took to the stage last night at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. and treated the in-studio audience and the live-streaming audience to a wonderful musical night of the Blues!! Talk about an all star lineup! Big Hank Lionhart, Jack Lavin, Steve Cross, Steve Ranta, Ross Hall and Jerry Cook brought a wealth of talent and original high energy R&B to the Blue Frog stage. Again, working with the pandemic protocol, Blue Frog could only accommodate 30 guests in the studio, but those who couldn’t get tickets, were able to enjoy the show through Live Streaming. One more Live Streaming show is coming up next Saturday, as “Ladies Sing the Blues” hits the stage. Go to bluefrogstudios.ca for more information.
Jim Byrnes and his band proved last night that Live Music Wasn’t Dead! Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. was rocking in a “Socially Distancing” way as Jim played to an intimate crowd of 30 people practicing all the protocols put in place due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. Chairs and tables were spaced 2 metres/6 feet apart and the guests were required to hand sanitize before entering the building. Due to the distancing rules, instead of a studio of 100 people, there was only room for a third of that. And what a treat it was for those fans. Truly, up close and personal! The first show was streamed live around the world. The Virtually Live concert was Jim’s idea, as he said he and the band just wanted to get back to playing music in front of an audience! Something that hasn’t been happening since the pandemic hit. It was the 3 concert in a series of 5 for Blue Frog. Still to come, The Kingpins on July 11th, and Ladies Sing the Blues on July 18th. Check out BlueFrogStudios.ca for all the information.
Colin Wiebe and the Legends All Star Band hit Blue Frog’s stage again this year, and again this year, rocked the house with a tribute to the music of Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, the Guess Who and BTO. Colin toured the world with Randy Bachman for 20 years singing and playing the Guess Who’s biggest hits. He’s also received high praise for his renditions from Burton Cummings. It’s great to have him back on stage at Blue Frog, playing to 4 sold out “American Woman”shows. With 2 shows behind him, it’s on to the second night, and 2 more sold out shows. Didn’t get to see him and the band this time? Stay tuned, hopefully they’ll make a return appearance next year!
It was Crystal Shawanda night tonight at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. The multi award winning singer/songwriter put on a great show to not only the Blue Frog audience, but streaming live around the world on the world wide web. Backed by a full band that included her amazing guitar playing husband, Dwayne, Crystal rocked the room with her amazing brand of Blues. With her start in the world of Country music, Crystal has made the transition to the world of Blues, and had the crowd in the palm of her hand all night long. A great show. Touring since June, she said it would be great to get back home. Home now is Nashville, after growing up in Ontario.
Don’t miss the chance to see Crystal if she comes to a venue near you.
I had the pleasure of Mc’ing another great concert last night, part of the TD Concerts For the Pier in White Rock B.C. 3,000 people attended on a perfect Summer night to enjoy the music of Babe Gurr who opened the concert, followed by Jim Byrnes. The show was sponsored by the White Rock BIA, the City of White Rock, and TD Canada Trust, as well as 107.7 Pulse FM, Edward Jones, Foster Martin Landmark Properties, Oceana PARC, and ReMax Colonial Pacific. It’s a free series of concerts, designed to promote business in White Rock and bring attention to the reconstruction of the White Rock Pier.
It was a grand night for City of White Rock Mayor, Darryl Walker, as he looked over the thousands in attendance for another amazing night of TD Concerts for the Pier. The annual event features bands playing at 3 locations in White Rock B.C. aiming to promote business in White Rock, and to raise awareness of the Pier reconstruction. On this particular night the group Fab Fourever paid tribute to the music of the Beatles, and then Eagle Eyes took over and finished off the concert with their tribute to the Eagles. And, admission was free! Special thanks to the City, the BIA, and all the generous sponsors who make this event happen. More info at www.concertsatthepier.com
The first in a series of Concerts for the Pier happened Thursday night at Memorial Park in White Rock. 2 great Canadian bands entertained a couple of thousand music lovers in an event organized by the White Rock BIA, in partnership with the City of White Rock. First up, it was Stonebolt Revisited, with 2 of the original Stonebolt members, Ray Roper and David Wills. They were joined by the amazing D.L. Car, who gave a taste of her tribute to Linda Ronstadt. After a brief intermission, it was time for Prism. Lead singer Al Harlow was suffering from a case of laryngitis, so he invited Shawn Klatt to come along and help out with the vocals. The crowd loved it, as the group put on a 90 minute show featuring the big hits of Prism. Spaceship Superstar, Armageddon, and Take me to the Kaptin. The Concert For the Pier series continues at 8 p.m. on July 14, with a street dance at Five Corners, featuring the band, Kalimba, with a salute to Each, Wind and Fire. Shows are free, but donations are being accepted to help with the restoration of the White Rock Pier.
Now that was a Saturday night to remember. The Blue Frog Studios in White Rock British Columbia Canada played host to Zimmerman. Zimmerman is a band that pays tribute to the music of Robert Zimmerman, more commonly known as Bob Dylan. But as leader, Dr. Lindsay Mitchell (Seeds of Time, PRISM), said, “It isn’t a tribute band in the conventional sense. None of us are dressing up and pretending to be Bob. We’re just 6 seasoned professionals playing Dylan songs, with honesty, enthusiasm and respect.” The other band members are, Jim Foster (Fosterchild), Willie MacCalder (Powder Blues), Pete Sweetzir (Fosterchild, Long John Baldry), Leroy Stephens (Cement City Cowboys, Blue Northern), and Leonard Saidman (Sons of Adam). Put that much talent on the Blue Frog stage, and combine it with the music of Bob Dylan, and it’s a guaranteed winner! 2 shows tonight, and both packed houses went home happy. It was quite a night. Zimmerman is one group to put on your list of must sees for this new year. Thanks gentlemen, for a power packed evening of live music! And once again, thank you Kelly and Juanita at the Blue Frog for providing the perfect venue.