Booker T JONES at the Kay Meek Centre

At a young 73 years of age, Jones is still proving to be a musical innovator, something he has done from a very young age. Recognized as a musical child prodigy, Jones playing the oboe, saxophone, trombone, bass, and piano at school and organ at church.  By the time, he was in high school Jones was already a semi-professional musician, and proved to be the backbone of many events at his school.

Outside of school a paper route which happened to include the Satellite record store proved to be jumping board for his professional career.  It was a career that would start before he was even out of school.  Along with a clerk at the store, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr. and Lewie Steinberg, Jones formed one of the pre-eminent soul bands of the 1960’s The MG’s. While still in high school Jones wrote one of the bands most successful tunes “Green Onions”.

 

 

Whilst Jones we proficient in many instruments it was the Hammond Organ that was to become his signature sound, and it is for this that he is still sought after as a musician to this day.

Over a career that has included performance as well as producing Jones has amassed a number of honours from his peers, critics and fans.  A Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, he is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame.

On 1 September 2017, age 72, Booker T performed live at the Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra in a tribute concert to 50 years of Stax Records alongside Steve Cropper, Sam Moore, William Bell and British artists Beverley Knight, Ruby Turner, James Morrison and Tom Jones.

Booker T Jones is performing at the Grosvenor Theatre at the Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver on 2nd of February


I was extremely fortunate to live around the corner from a recording studio and to be chosen to have a paper route to make enough money to pay for the music lessons. I was one of the chosen few to have a job and to walk through the curtain at Stax Records was just an amazing thing for me to do at age 14.

Do you like great live music? Do you like FREE music? Then you are in luck.  Starting on July 7th the CBC kicks off the 8th Annual Musical Nooners Series at the Outdoor Stage at 700 Hamilton Street Vancouver.

Opening this year’s free shows is a double header, with Fake Shark kicking things off at 12pm, and then Said the Whale performing at 12:45pm

Other performers coming up through the summer include

  • BC reggae artist Buckman Coe (July 11th ), who recently supported Ziggy Marley as part of the Vancouver Jazz Festival
  • Wesli (July 13) and Melisande (July 14) wo will be part of the Vancouver Folk Festival
  • 2016 CBC Searchlight Winner – Desiree Dawson
  • 2017 CBC Searchlight Winner – rockers – The Long War

 

There will be rock, folk, soul, pop, and even something for the kids…

The series raps up with the funky Coco Jafro on August 25th

Roll on Summer

For latest dates and time always check back at While we do control the line-up, we can’t control the weather. Be sure to follow @CBCVancouver and #musicalnooners for updates and schedule changes due to inclement weather.

 

The 2017 Vancouver International Jazz Festival gets underway later this week, bring more than 1800 artists to the city for this annual music extravaganza.  As in past years, in addition to the headlining shows there will be around 150 free concerts in locations across the city, which means great music is within reach of everyone.

The festival runs from June 22 until July 2, and will be bringing a huge breadth of talent and musical styles to Vancouver.

Ziggy Marley will be at the Vogue Theatre – June 26th

Headliners this year include Seu Jorge, Thievery Corporation, Donny McCaslin Group and Ziggy Marley.

One of the highlights of the festival will be the Downtown Jazz Weekend, June24/25.  This event is located in the newly renovated locations in the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery and Robson Square. The redesign of the north Georgia Plaza will provide improved sightlines, and deliver a more comfortable listening experience for everyone.  In addition to the music here, the “music and arts village” will also be available, as well as a licensed bar.  There will be three stages at this location to enjoy the music, – Georgia Stage, Robson Stage and the Sounds of Youth Stage.  All the activities at these locations are free, come on down.

Five Alarm Funk will be one of the acts at the Georgia Stage on June 25th

For the latest details of all the events check out the Coastal Jazz website.

 

Atlanta Georgia based Heavy Metal icons, Mastodon, are teaming up with crowd favourites Eagles of Death Metal to pound some eardrums at the Orpheum later this year.  The two will be Closing out the North American leg of their tour on October 25th, before heading over for dates in the UK.  Given this, you know it is going to be a party.

Mastodon have just released their latest album Emperor of Sand. EODM’s last album was Zipper Down, but the band are adding a score for the movie Super Troopers 2.

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Canadian Folk Rock favourites Whitehorse, aka Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland will be headed out on a Canadian tour kicking off in Winnipeg on Canada Day, July 1st.

The duo, who have previously released three albums will be touring supporting the release of their latest LP, Panther in the Dollhouse, which will be available on July 7th.

The band will have a couple of stops in BC.  For those out in the valley, you can catch then at Clarke Theatre Foundation in Mission on October 18th.  They will be in Vancouver at the Vogue Theatre on October 19th.

 

Canadian Dates Below:

SASKATOON, SK: Broadway Theatre, Oct 12

REGINA, SK: WaWa Shrine Centre, Oct 13

EDMONTON, AB: Winspear Theatre, Oct 14

LETHBRIDGE, AB: TBC, Oct 17

MISSION, BC: Clarke Theatre, Oct 18

VANCOUVER, BC: Vogue Theatre, Oct 19

KITCHENER, ON: Centre In The Square, Nov 18

OTTAWA, ON: NAC Theatre, Nov 21

LONDON, ON: London Music Hall, Nov 25

TORONTO, ON: Massey Hall, Dec 8

 

There latest video from the new release, Die Alone is below

 

Change of venue – now at Georgia Street Stage – Latest info here

Local funksters Five Alarm Funk and bringing a second dose of funk to the people of Vancouver in less than a month Following on the sold out night at the Commodore, they are back for a free show as part of the TD International Jazz Festival.

You can check out Rhombus, RIcki, Tayo and the rest of the motley crew at Georgia Street Stage on June 24th at 730pm

http://www.coastaljazz.ca/five_alarm_funk

 

The Summer Night Concerts at the Fair at the PNE have just been announced for 2017.

As always this year sees a varied line-up of artists this year will means there will be something for everyone’s tastes

As in previous years the concerts are free with admission to the fair, but there are a limited number of reserved seats available for $20 each.

This year there will also be a limited number suites available, so grab 12-14 of you closest friends.  Prices run from $1500 – $2000, and include Gates Passes and Concert passes, food and drink service, and two parking passes per suite.

Tickets go on sale on may 31st

This years line up is as follows:

August 19th – Mother Mother

Vancouver based sensation Mother Mother are currently part way through the “No Culture” Tour of the US The band recently had 5 sell out shows at the Commodore Ballroom, and fans will now be able to enjoy this surprisingly quick return to the lower mainland that catch one of the freshest acts around.  See our review of their recent show here

 

 

 

August 20th – Billy Currington

Georgia native, Billy Currington’s latest album Summer Forever, his sixth studio album, brings both with a collection of songs that will take the listener on a riveting musical journey and leave them breathless at the end of the ride. Since his first album on 2003 he has earned several accolades, including wins at the CMT Music Awards, as well as CMA, ACM and Grammy nominations.

 

August 22nd  – The Pointer Sisters

Dance sensations, The Pointer Sisters, will be sure you have everyone on their feet this year.  With hits such as ““I’m So Excited”, “Jump (for my love)” and “Neutron Dance” the sisters have been topping charts and winning awards worldwide since the early 70’s  they show no sign of slowing down, will be an exciting addition to this year’s lineup.

August 23rd – High Valley

Alberta brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel, will bring their unique country sound to the Fair this year. The brothers are no strangers to success having 5 albums to their name, a string of accolades, including Canadian CMA Group of the year, and have had opening slots with Shania Twain and Martina McBride to add to their resume.

August 24th – ZZ Top

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top have been at this game a long time, and are perhaps one of the most instantly recognisable bands on the planet.  After 45 years of touring the band continues to impress, and has a stunning back catalog that is sure to please fans.  Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard (the only one who doesn’t have a beard), will be sure to draw on the massive collection of hits that have helped propel the band to superstar status, and helped them to stick together as one of the longest running rock acts which still has its original members.

August 25th – Chicago

With Top 40 albums in each of the last six decades Chicago, it is a surprise that it took until 2016 for the band to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Along with an almost endless string of hits, the band has also got an award-winning documentary to its name, as well as numerous awards including Grammys, AMA’s and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Remarkably the band has toured for every year of their existence, with this year being their 50th anniversary.

August 26th – Colin James

Local talent and 6 time Juno winner Colin James will be showing his extensive talent this year.  James who has had hits in several genres, including blues, pop, and even swing continues to sell out shows across the country, and always is a huge hit with crowds in Vancouver.

 

 

 

August 27th – Huey Lewis and the News

With 20 million album sales, and a history of almost 40 years, Huey Lewis and News show no sign of stopping any time soon, and always put on a top performance. Many will remember their hits The Power of Love and Back in Time from the movie Back to the Future, as well as songs such as Hip to be Square and If This Is It.

August 29th – Tom Cochrane and Red Rider

Toronto native and music icon Tom Cochrane took the hard way to rock stardom. Per Cochrane his career which started in the pubs, rough neck bars and coffeehouses of the roads and highways of first Ontario and then the rest Canada, before reaching further afield over a period spanning 4 decades.

During that time, he has had to support himself with several “character building gigs” including cab driving, working at a paint factory, and on the loading dock at Sears and Canada Packers.  This experience is what has helped build out his unique sound.

August 30th – The B-52’s

The Worlds Greatest Party Band have had a career spanning 40 years and more than 20 million albums, and to this day they continue to explode on every stage they take to.  With hits, such as Rock Lobster and Love Shack to build on every night is party night.  Bouffant wigs and boas are certainly a great choice for anyone attending this show.

 

 

August 31st – The Doobie Brothers

Born out of Northern California’s chaotic, late-1960s musical stew, The Doobie Brothers’ rugged, real and authentic approach to rock and roll made them biker bar stalwarts. But their self-titled debut album in ’71 went beyond just leather and motorcycles, revealing even more musical layers; sweet three-part harmonies and rootsy, introspective, acoustic flavors.

Since those early years the band have continued to produce music that truly connects with peoples lives and is relatable to multiple generations of fans. The four time Grammy winners are sure to perform some of their core classics including “Listen the Music” and “Jesus is Just Right”

September 1st –  Rick Springfield

Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, a Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” He’s an accomplished actor who most recently starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash, gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama True Detective and is earning great reviews for his portrayal of Lucifer this season on the CW hit, Supernatural. In 2014, Springfield was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located around the corner from the first apartment he lived in when he first arrived in the U.S. from Australia in 1971.

September 2nd – The Gypsy Kings

Twenty-Five years and nine albums since the Gypsy Kings first burst onto international stage the band makes a welcome visit to Vancouver.

Over the years, the music of the Kings incorporated elements of Latin and Cuban styles, Arabic music, reggae, and jazz guitar reminiscent of the French Gypsy master Django Reinhardt. Yet, as heard on the new album, they have never lost their intense connection to the traditional flamenco of their heritage, keeping a spotlight on Tonino Baliardo’s fluid guitar work and Nicolas Reyes’s powerful vocals. This broad cultural mix has enabled the Gipsy Kings to be embraced wherever they play—from China to Brazil, New Orleans to Russia, Australia to Africa.

 

 

With an successful career spanning more than 30 years, a string of top rated albums and a cabinet full of Grammy Awards, David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley will be one of the highlights of this year’s TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Son of reggae legend Bob Marley, and Rita Marley, Ziggy was surrounded by music from a very early age. Ziggy and siblings formed the successful Ziggy Marley and Melody Makers in 1979, with Ziggy performing on stage at the tender age of 11.

The band has released 13 albums between 1985 and 2000, with a critical and commercial breakthrough with Conscious Party, which delivered the first of 8 Grammy Awards so far.

Since 2003 Ziggy has released 6 solo studio albums and three live albums, which between them have spawned 5 more Grammys, with 2016 self titles being the latest.

As well as being success on stage, Ziggy has always been philanthropic off the stage as well.  This started early in his life with royalties from Children Playing in the Streets pledged to the UN.  Ziggy has continued to give, founding of the URGE Foundation, which supports education, health and the environment, for children in communities in Africa and Jamaica.

 

 

Ziggy will be performing at the Vogue Theatre on June 26th, with tickets available here

Bill Bragg and Joe Henry

The 40th Annual Vancouver Folk Festival will take place at it’s usual location of Jericho Beach this year.  The festival runs from July 13th through to July 16th, and as always, has an exciting and eclectic line-up.

According the festival website

there will be 60 music acts from 20 countries, ten states and nine provinces are coming to play for you – and to help celebrate the VFMF’s big 4-0.

The 2017 lineup includes Billy Bragg and Joe HenryShawn ColvinKathleen EdwardsRhiannon Giddens from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Barenaked Ladies, women’s music icon Ferron and Her All Star Band, Scottish traditionalists, RURAChouk Bwa Libète from Haiti – and so many more!

More details here

Tickets here

 

Martin Harley, slide guitar player extraordinaire will be bringing his sound on a short tour of Canada in May.  The tour, which will help to promote his newly released Static in the Wires will kick off at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver on May 5th, making stops across BC and Alberta for a whistlestop 8 days.

According to Martin’s website, Static in the Wires , recorded in Nashville Tennessee over four days, is Martin’s seventh album and second with Bassist Daniel Kimbro is rooted in Blues and Americana. Their ‘less is more’ approach delivers accomplished slide guitar playing and memorable, timeless songwriting. The album features 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes).

Static in the Wires’ follows the highly acclaimed 2015 ‘Live At Southern Ground’ A

Spellbinding 50 minutes’

The Observer

Slide guitar master. Martin Harley is the business”.

Roots magazine.

Martin’s fan base continues to grow with worldwide touring and festival appearances throughout 2017.