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Friday/Saturday, September 28/29

The Mainliner Pub
505 North Railway St SE
(403) 529-1995

‘Great singing, tones, playing, songs, and refreshing variety’ writes Blues Revue Magazine about Kelowna’s own, Poppa Dawg.

Poppa is a blues man with energy and enthusiasm that runs deep. From low-down Chicago blues to up-town Rock’n’Roll, classic covers to rockin’ originals, the dance floor gets no rest. With three critically acclaimed CDs to his credit, this Dawg is still on the prowl.

For over a decade, Poppa and his band ‘Dogskin Suit’ have been winning awards (including ‘Best Local Band’ and ‘Honour in the Arts’), and world-wide airplay, including the nation-wide CBC radio favourite ‘Saturday Night Blues’ with Holger Peterson.

Having shared the stage with JUNO award winners Jeff Healey, Donnie Walsh and Chuck Jackson (Downchild Blues Band), Jim Byrnes, Powder Blues, Fathead, and other greats such as Sonny Rhodes, Tony Coleman (B.B. King), Donnie McDougall (The Guess Who), Danny McBride (Chris DeBurg), he has the stage experience of a true journeyman.

Straight up hard-core blues fans will love Poppa’s ability to channel Albert King and Howlin’ Wolf while fans of swinging blues will dig the influence of Duke Robillard, JW-Jones and Little Charlie Baty.  With slinky grooves reminiscent of Dr. John and the hard-hitting edge of Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitar fanatics will be at the edge of their seats as Poppa Dawg delivers each song as if he is living and breathing it from the inside out.

The Calgary Sun calls this act “an unbelievably talented group”.

Memphis to Motown. This is Poppa Dawg.

Alexis Normand, bilingual singer-songwriter from Saskatoon who sings jazz-folk music is looking for a gig in town. Why don’t we help her out! From her email:

I am in the process of booking a tour out west and would like to make a stop in Medicine Hat. I am looking for any suggestions for venues that I can contact in order to book a show in October. I stumbled across your website and figured you may have some suggestions.

I’ve tried the Ottoman Lounge and am finding it difficult to get in touch with someone. Are there any other venues of this type in the Hat that you can recommend?

Here is a quick description of my music (to give you an idea):

Warm folk ambiance sooths the palate while the sweet aftertaste of jazz lingers… Valued and acclaimed as one of Saskatchewan’s few, the bilingual singer-songwriter, Alexis Normand, has entered the world of indie-folk music with the release of her debut recording in January 2010. Her versatile and suave voice, soothing piano arrangements and Latin-influenced guitar rhythms are quickly making her one of Western Canada’s most talked about francophone emerging artists.

You can contact Alexis Normand through email or through her MySpace.

New CD, "Convergence"

New CD, "Convergence"

Thursday, June 10, The Ottoman Lounge will be hosting ” Dinner and Jazz” with the music of Brent Mah and Alex Goodman.

Seating will be between 6-6:30pm. We are serving the menu from 502 South as well as The Ottoman’s regular snack menu. The band will begin around 7pm. Seating is Limited so we encourage reservations. Call us at 403-504-5689. In addition to our regular wine menu we welcome you to bring in a special wine of preference at a $20 corking fee.

7pm table seating is reserved for dinner guests; however, if your not interested in dinner, not a problem – The quartet will play through dinner, take a break, and begin again around 9pm. There may be seating left available at 7pm so feel free to check with us. There is a $7 cover fee for this event.

Medicine Hat JazzFest 2009 Logo

Medicine Hat JazzFest 2009 Logo

This year’s Medicine Hat’s own Jazz festival, “Medicine Hat JazzFest” will be taking place from June 19th to the 28th with events happening every day in between. I would first love to congratulate the team that brought together the graphics and design direction for the program booklet, the website, posters, and even the t-shirts – it is really well done and beautifully executed. If anybody knows who did it, I would love to find out.

Anyways, moving right a long, This year’s JazzFest has a crazy amount of events, musicians and gatherings throughout the full 9 days. I was at first going to list them verbatim from the program booklet, but alas, they were really organized and even have an online PDF for your viewing and reading pleasure. I will tell you though that it features more than 30 different events with almost as many different bands or performers.

You can also grab yourself a ticket pass which costs $139, but this allows you to get into every show without a cover charge, so it’s well worth it even if you plan on going to half the events. There’s a couple restrictions though, make sure you read the fine print on the ticket page. If you are really into it, make sure you read through the full program because there is some other events happening not listed in the schedule including events happening at places like Twist, The Ottoman Lounge and Devine to name a very few.

If you are broke, looking for free shows or just don’t like supporting local and national music for some reason (for shame!), there is also plenty of no charge events going on as well. More notably in this category, is the Vespa Youth Stage which will be a free BBQ as well as feature music by plenty of local young talents in the city including Jess Dollimont. This one will take place at Riverside Bandshell First St. S.E. (across from City Hall) starting at noon Thursday, June 25th.

Event Schedule PDF
Full Program PDF
Medicine Hat JazzFest Website

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