Vancouver Island MusicFest will offer a series of concerts in partnership with the Cumberland Hotel that are partial fundraisers for VIMF.
The next show is on Sept. 15 with the Bad Boy Blues of two Canadian Prairie blues staples, Big Dave McLean and Doc MacLean.
Big Dave is a Stony Plain recording artist who has been at the centre of Canadian blues for most of his 40-year career.
A favourite of fans and critics alike, his extensive list of Juno, Maple and WCMA awards and nominations is probably longer than his Johnson. He’s definitely Muddy’s Boy, his own man and “the Prince of the Prairies.”
Doc MacLean. He’s a blues vagabond, writing from the dark side of the blues highway. He’s spent the last 40 years exploring the road atlas from A to Z — surfacing sometimes on big stages in fancy halls, sometimes streetside trolling for change and a meal.
No managers, agents, record companies. No fancy new guitars. He’s a traveller, a collector and teller of songs and stories — a songster in the blues tradition.
Blues Revue magazine has called him “the Prince of Darkness.”
Advance tickets for $20 are a must for this show, and you can get them now at the Cumberland Hotel.
For more information, call 250-336-8844.
— Vancouver Island MusicFest