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Tribute to the Three Kings: Albert, B.B and Freddie

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tribute to the Three Kings: Albert, B.B and Freddie
Advance $40 / Door $45 *

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Presented by BluesIn’ Toronto
Hosted by Danny Marks

Albert King is truly a “King of the Blues,” although he doesn’t hold that title (B.B. does). Along with B.B. and Freddie King, Albert King is one of the major influences on blues and rock guitar players. Without him, modern guitar music would not sound as it does — his style has influenced both black and white blues players from Otis Rush and Robert Cray to Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. It’s important to note that while almost all modern blues guitarists seldom play for long without falling into a B.B. King guitar cliché, Albert King never does — he’s had his own style and unique tone from the beginning.

Riley B. King known professionally as B.B. King, was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later blues electric guitar players.

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname “The King of the Blues”, and is considered one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with Albert and Freddie King). King performed tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing on average at more than 200 concerts per year into his 70s. In 1956 alone, he appeared at 342 shows.

Freddie King was an American blues guitarist and singer. He recorded several hits for Federal Records in the early 1960s. His soulful and powerful voice and distinctive guitar style inspired many musicians, particularly guitarists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Featuring Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer, Steve Strongman and Dylan Wickens.

Danny Marks

This iconic rocker’s roots go back to the sixties as a founding member of Capitol Records’ group, Edward Bear. After a span as a journey man session musician throughout the seventies, Danny settled in to the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humor.

You can now hear him as the host of BLUZ FM on JAZZ FM 91.1 every Saturday night.

Website: http://www.dannym.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEgnbwQ6V5Q

Jack de Keyzer

For 46 years or roughly a couple million miles , bluesman, guitarist, singer, song writer, Jack de Keyzer has been hitting the road, rail and air to bring his brand of guitar driven blues across Canada and around the globe. With 11 records, 1 DVD , 2 Junos and 7 Maple Blues Awards under his belt, de Keyzer delivers the goods wherever, whenever he performs.

Website: https://www.jackdekeyzer.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-g2TcA_EAk

Dylan Wickens

Roots rock with a noticeable blues guitar influence, Wickens is a past Maple Blues Award Nominee and Winner of The Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. Wickens has appeared on several albums and has opened shows for artists that include Sonny Landreth, Jeff Healey, Keb’ Mo’, Downchild Blues Band and Serena Ryder. He’s a musical force to be reckoned with…

Website: https://dylanwickens.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2dOrMDs2jE

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $40.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $6.37

* Total Ticket Price: $55.37

Steve Strongman

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | 8:30pm

Steve Strongman
$15 Advance / $20 Door *

Opening Act: Spencer MacKenzie

JUNO Award-winning Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman is a versatile talent, and a restless one. By constantly pushing himself in new directions, he has kept himself vital. His talent is huge and impossible to miss, and it’s matched by his staggering musical ambition — as guitar-slinger, songwriter or vocalist. The same structures and progressions that animate blues and roots music can also choke the air out of it, smothering it in caricature and cliché. But Strongman is a subtle shape-shifter who manages to slip that trap without betraying the music he loves. Throughout, he never sounds an inauthentic note or loses touch with the essence of the blues.

The 2019 release of Strongman’s 7th studio recording “Tired of Talkin'” is destined to further establish the guitar slinger’s reputation as one of the most exciting artists on the International Blues scene.  Strongman’s impressive resume includes stints opening for guitar legends such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Johnny Winter. The performer’s breakthrough 2012 release A Natural Fact was hailed as a standout, earning Maple Blues Awards for Recording, Songwriter, and Guitarist Of The Year as well as a 2013 Juno Award for Blues Recording Of The Year. In 2014 he was thrice-nominated at the Maple Blues Awards (Guitar Player, Electric Act, and Entertainer of the Year) and in 2015 received a second Juno nod for Blues Album of the Year (for Let Me Prove It To You).  In 2018, No Time Like Now, was a Juno award nominee for Blues Album of the Year and in 2019, Strongman won Best Guitarist for the Solo Duo Category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.  His 2019 release “Tired of Talkin” is earning rave reviews and showcases why Strongman is one of the most exciting performers on the scene today.

Beyond Strongman’s talent as a songwriter, guitarist and front man is his ability to engage his audience and deliver an outstanding performance at every live show. With his inimitable guitar playing and soulful vocals, Strongman delivers incredible performances with power and passion. Steve Strongman has a way of stirring a crowd that evokes the emotion, maturity and authenticity of classic blues themes. His music speaks for truth and passion, and offers hope for the soul in the face of hard times in a way that leaves audiences craving more.  In a musical world of many pretenders, Steve Strongman is as real and authentic as it gets.

website: https://www.stevestrongman.com
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqmW5xHVhKM

 

Spencer Mackenzie

‘New Artist of the Year’ Maple Blues Award winner, Spencer MacKenzie, has an insightful musical expression emerging from his body and the only explanation is an old soul residing within! He has a deep, soulful, true to the blues sound, with an electrifying twist that captivates his audience. There is no question that musicians should be judged by ability and not by age, and that is certainly the case with blues artist Spencer MacKenzie…”his guitar playing is crisp and clean even as it delivers some down-to-the bone licks…He’s got the blues power in his soul…” – Blues Blast Magazine (USA).

Spencer’s newest album ‘Cold November’ had an incredible team in the creation including the legendary Eddie Krammer who mixed one of the songs on the album. His new original ‘Move on Down the Track’ was a finalist in the Blues Category for the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. It is consistently hitting the top of the Blues Charts and receiving rave reviews around the World. Spencer was honoured and extremely thankful to receive a funding grant from FACTOR Canada which has allowed him to bring his album to incredible heights!

“He mentions many of his influences such as B.B. King, Jonny Lang, Joe Bonamassa, Colin James, Jimi Hendrix …. Spencer, nevertheless, has his own sound which, in my humble opinion, is going to carry him to great heights”  – Blues and Roots Radio Worldwide

 

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees