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The International Blues Challenge in Memphis 2016
International Blues Challenge

 

The International Blues Challenge is going on right now as i'm writing this. You can read all about it online in the IBC 2016 program at

http://www.blues.org/programs/2016IBC-v.WEB.pdf.

If you check the schedule, you will find that Charlie A'Court is playing at Orpheum Juke on Wednesday January 27 at 8:00pm and Thursday January 28 at 7:00pm, and Mark Green Band plays at Wet Willie's on Wednesday January 27 at 9:40pm and Thursday January 28 at 6:10pm.

We wish them the best of luck!

 

Mike Campbell Needs Our Help At The Carleton Bar & Grill | FYIMusicNewsMike Campbell Needs Our Help At The Carleton Bar & Grill | FYIMusicNews

The Carleton Needs Our Help

Extraordinary circumstances have led Halifax showcase club The Carleton Music Bar & Grill to turn to crowd-funding in the hopes that supporters of live music help out the venue before it runs out of cash.

With at least a 30 percent dip in business thanks to low foot traffic and months of Nova Centre construction with a year left to go, co-owner Mike Campbell launched the campaign Wednesday in the hopes of raising funds and reminding Haligonians how much talent is drawn through The Carleton's doors.

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East Coast Blues Society Annual General Meeting 2016

Welcome to all members, new and old, and potentially new board members, to the

East Coast Blues Society Annual General Meeting.

When: Saturday, January 16 at 6 PM

Where: Mic Mac AAC, 192 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth, NS

Join the Facebook event!

Right after the event our Beat The Winter Blues starts featuring The Mellotones, Joe Murphy, Charlie A'Court, and The Mark Green Band.

Meeting begins at 6 PM followed by music at 9PM!

 

Beat The Winter Blues
Beat The Winter Blues Poster 

The Dream Continues 2016
The Dream Continues 

Beat The Winter Blues
Beat The Winter Blues Poster 

Blue Christmas - Holiday with the Blues and ECBS
Blue Christmas poster 

Charlie A’Court To Tour With UB40 In Australia

Charlie A’Court To Tour With UB40 In Australia

Charlie A'Court

Atlantic Canada’s own Charlie A’Court will be opening for UB40 on their upcoming nation-wide tour in Australia. A’Court will hit the road “down under” with the legendary UK-based UB40 for ten shows running November 14th through to November 28th.

The Truro born, Halifax based A’Court has toured regularly in Australia over the past several years and has been there since mid-October on a tour designed to coincide with the Australia release of his 2015 ECMA Blues Recording of the Year, Come On Over. The current tour has already seen him perform at The Wigham Akoostic Festival, Sydney Blues & Roots Festival and opening an impressive string of Australia dates for American boogie-blues legends, Canned Heat. A’Court’s upcoming dates include solo performances at a variety of prime venues, along with several high profile showcases during the inaugural 2015 Australia Music Week and touring the nation with UB40!

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Biggest Little Blues Tour to Halifax Region, November 13 - 14

Biggest Little Blues Tour to Halifax Region, November 13 - 14

Doc MacLean brings his 10th Annual National Steel Blues Tour to Halifax

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Doc MacLean 

Joe Murphy, Watermelon Slim, and Big Dave McLean on tour
Joe Murphy, Big Dave McLean, and Watermelon Slim tour dates 

Monkey Junk set to release new album with a performance at the Carleton in Halifax on November 19th

MonkeyJunk set to release new album with a performance at The Carleton in Halifax on November 19th

New Stony Plain Records CD, Moon Turn Red, features a guest appearance from legendary Canadian guitarist David Wilcox

October 29, 2015

Multi-award winning Ottawa-based trio MonkeyJunk will be celebrating the release of their new album, Moon Turn Red with a performance at The Carleton on November 19th. Rooted in the sounds of swampy soul, dirty blues and rock’n’roll, MonkeyJunk is comprised of Steve Marriner (vocals, harmonica, keyboards, baritone guitar), Tony D (lead guitar, background vocals) and Matt Sobb (drums, percussion, background vocals).

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Friends Helping Friends

Friends Helping Friends

Recently Bill ” Nu Nu” Grant and his Family have had some set backs. We the music community would like to invite you to help us share this day of kindness…

Carson Downey Band
OMG
Joe Murphy & The Water Street Blues Band
Asia & Nu Groove / Owen Lee
The Harbour Kings / Larry Walker / Phil Potvin
Mark Welner
Natural Talent
Kevin Fletcher Band
Funk Family
Mandy & Martin Smith
Reeny Smith
Lucky Dog Quartet
Cindy Cain
Latoya

Where: Monte’s Showbar & Grill, Dartmouth, NS
When: Sunday October 4 at 3pm

Come on out and have a good time for a good cause.

 

Maritimes to Memphis - Be part of the journey

Charlie A'Court and Shrimp Daddy & The Sharpshooters

Congratulations to the selected artists in the solo/duo and band categories for the 2015 edition of the ECBS Maritimes to Memphis International Blues Challenge Charlie A'Court and Shrimp Daddy & The Sharpshooters.

We got to enjoy many awesome performances and great entertainment during the whole event. A big crowd of people came out to make this night even more memorable and to support live music.

Thanks to everyone who had a hand in putting on another successful event.

 

Maritimes to Memphis - Be part of the journey

International Blues Challenge

It is time to choose artists to represent Atlantic Canada and ECBS in Memphis, TN. Come and give them your support!

Download the poster here

Note: We are starting 1 hour earlier than planned due to the large number of submissions.

 

Winning Ticket # 4181291

Winning ticket from Dutch Mason Blues Fest 50/50 draw

# 4181291

And the winner is Cameron Roberts - $123. Congrats!

 

The International Blues Challenge

Submissions Are Open For the ECBS 2015 Edition of the Local International Blues Challenge

This is the third time ECBS arranges the Maritimes to Memphis - Be Part of the Journey local blues challenge. It will be split into two categories: the Solo/Duo Challenge and the Band Challenge.

The event will take place Sunday September 27th, 2015 at Monte's Showbar and Grill starting at 4PM. The winners in each category will travel to Memphis TN to represent the Maritimes in the International Blues Challenge to be held Tuesday January 26th to Saturday January 30th, 2016.

Send in your application today!

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Benefit for Eileen Joyce

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Benefit Concert for Eileen Joyce

Montes, Dartmouth, Sunday June 14, 2015, 3:00 - 10:00pm

Poster for ECBS' Benefit Concert for Eileen Joyce 

Sneak Peak at Dan Doiron's new music video

Music Video: Killing Each Other Trying To Get Into Heaven

The East Coast Blues Society is proud to present a sneak peek of Dan Doiron's new music video Killing Each Other Trying To Get Into Heaven. >>>

 

Submissions are now open for Maritimes to Memphis - International Blues Challenge


Submissions are now open for the East Coast Blues Society third annual Maritimes to Memphis - Be Part of the Journey local blues competition, which will be split into two categories: the Solo/Duo Competition and the Band Competition.

The competition will take place Sunday September 27th, 2015 at Monte's Showbar and Grill starting at 4PM. The winners in each category will travel to Memphis TN to compete as ECBS representatives in the International Blues Challenge to be held Tuesday January 26th to Saturday January 30th, 2015.

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Manage Information Session for Maritimes to Memphis - International Blues Challenge

Have a Blues act? Want to go to to Memphis in January to represent the East Coast Blues Society? Come to our Information Session!

East Coast Blues Society is hosting an information session about the International Blues Challenge on

May 12th, 7pm, at The Rocking Rodeo Lounge, 552 Windmill Road, Dartmouth, NS.

What is the IBC? Read more >>>

 

East Coast Blues Society at Music for Mary & Phish

East Coast Blues Society will be at the fund raiser event "Music for Mary & Phish" this weekend. Come and enjoy 3 days full of great music, while helping a good cause.


Poster for the Music for Mary & Phish event 

John Campbelljohn & Bill Stevenson's Nine Steps Band win the 2014 ECBS IBC ChallengeJohn Campbelljohn & Bill Stevenson's Nine Steps Band win the 2014 ECBS IBC Challenge

 

September 21st, 2014

John Campbelljohn & Bill Stevenson's Nine Steps Band win the 2014 East Coast Blues Society "Maritimes to Memphis" International Blues Challenge!

On Sunday, September 21st, the East Coast Blues Society held their 2nd Annual “Maritimes To Memphis” International Blues Challenge competition at Monte's Showbar & Grill which was split into the Solo/Duo and Band categories. John Campbelljohn will represent the ECBS in the Solo/Duo category and Bill Stevenson's Nine Steps Band in the Band category at the 31st International Blues Challenge, to be held in January 2015 on the fabled Beale Street  in Memphis, TN, where Blues artists from around the world will compete for cash, prizes, and industry recognition.

 

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Shrimp Daddy and The Sharp Shooters make a big noise!

 

The East Coast Blues Society and Split Crow Pub, Bedford, proudly hosted the first Bedford Boogie Woogie Blues Revue, a recurring matinee, this past Saturday, March 15.

Mike ‘Shrimp Daddy’ Reid  (vocals and blues harp), and The Sharp Shooters, alumni of the Dutch Mason Blues Band, Carter Chaplin ( guitar), Ainsley Jardine (drums), and Barry Cooke (keys and vocals), had the house packed and the dance floor hopping.

 

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East Coast Blues Society Announces New Weekly Saturday Afternoon Blues Matinee

 

In partnership with the Bedford location of the storied Split Crow Pub, the ECBS is excited to announce HRM's newest Saturday afternoon Blues matinee.

Starting Saturday March 15, just in time for the always popular St Paddy's Day celebrations, the Split Crow will be boppin' to the sounds of Shrimp Daddy and the Sharpshooters. Every Saturday from 3-7PM these guys will be laying down some of the best Maritime Blues around with their "Bedford Boogie Woogie Blues Review".

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ECBS Announces 2013 Maritimes to Memphis IBC Band and Solo/Duo Winners

 

October 3rd, 2013

The inaugural edition of the East Coast Blues Society 'Maritimes to Memphis' International Blues Challenge was held last night at Monte's Showbar and Grill.

 

In the Band category, we are excited to announce that Dan Doiron will represent the ECBS in Memphis in January 2014. In the Solo/Duo category  Leeboy emerged as the winner on the previous night of the challenge.

It turned out to be a very close race in the Band and Solo/Duo categories, again showing just how much high quality Blues talent we have in The Maritimes. Each and every artist provided some great entertainment and the ECBS is grateful to everyone who helped make their inaugural event a lot of fun, including judges, performers, volunteers and attendees.

 

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East Coast Blues Society Jam on Hiatus

 

The East Coast Blues Society Sunday jam is going to be taking a little break. The Board is currently on the hunt for a suitable venue to move the jam to.

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East Coast Blues Society Presents Matt Minglewood With an Honorary Lifetime ECBS MembershipEast Coast Blues Society Presents Matt Minglewood With an Honorary Lifetime ECBS Membership

 

In recognition of his immeasurable impact on the Blues and music scene in the Maritimes and across Canada, the East Coast Blues Society presented Matt Minglewood with an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the East Coast Blues Society. The presentation was made Friday evening at the 9th annual edition of the Dutch Mason Blues Festival held in Truro, Nova Scotia from August 9th-11th, after a particularly spirited and emotional set by Minglewood.

 

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