This high energy show is an energetic mix of original soul in the classic style, fronted by international award winning singer-songwriter Ann Vriend, and New Orleans piano-based blues, led by virtuosic piano man “Rooster Davis”. The award-winning Rooster Davis Group (RDG) has been Vriend’s backing band for the past 3 years – while in turn Vriend is a member of the RDG, sharing lead vocal duties with Rooster Davis, and playing a mean tambourine. Since Vriend and Rooster Davis have been regularly featuring each other in their respective shows the natural progression is now they are officially presenting an incredibly dynamic combination performance of their best respective material, with acclaimed drummer Peter Hendrickson and Edmonton’s top trombonist Audrey Ochoa as the other 2 members of this talented supergroup. In Australia they were selected as one of the top 15 live acts out of 150 to see at Big Sound (Australia’s largest music industry festival), while last October the group’s performance at the regional Memphis Blues Challenge won them first prize, as well as the award for “Best Independent Blues Album of the Year.” In Memphis itself they came within less than a percentage point of making it to the finals at the International Memphis Blues Challenge, with all but one judge on multiple performance nights giving them 9/10 and 10/10. They will showcase in Toronto in January 2017 at the Toronto Blues Summit, and will headline the Australian Blues Festival in February. With 2 awards already under their belt it’s safe to say 2017 will only be bigger and better for the Rooster Davis Group: they’re just getting started, and are the perfect band to bring the sound of NOLA and original soul to live music lovers.
** Ann Vriend will be performing her own repertoire for the first set **