Tue, Apr 9, 2013.
The heat is being turned up for this year's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Canned Heat, that is. A blues institution, and one of the long-running groups working today, Canned Heat made its mark playing Woodstock and starring in the subsequent movie. The tune Going Up The Country was pretty much the theme song of the festival. Since then, there's been an incarnation of the group playing and recording steadily, with drummer Adolfo de la Parra ("Fito") the mainstay. Of late the group has had 60's bassist Larry Taylor along, as well as guitarist Harvey Mandel, who almost replaced Mick Taylor in the Rolling Stones, and is heard on the group's Black And Blue album. The group's website lists them as playing Friday night at the Harvest festival.
Word on Heat's addition to this year's line-up came today, along with two other acts. Marcia Ball is one of the beloved Louisiana-bases musicians, known for her New Orleans-style piano and swamp blues. Ball has been decorated with nearly every kind of award and nomination since arriving on the scene in the 19970's, and her most recent album, 2011's Roadside Attractions was nominated for a Grammy award. And one of the highlights of the 2012 festival was the break-out band The Record Company from Los Angeles. They impressed people so much, the offer to appear has been extended for a second year, a rare occurrence for Harvest. Traditional blues gives way to harder-edged rock with this group, and they've been impressing festival-goers all over the past year.
With it's weekly announcements, the Harvest Festival already has an impressive line-up, and it's only partially filled. Already named for this year are Gov't Mule, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Big Sugar, World Party, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists, The Pimps of Joytime, UK Battle of the Blues winner David Migden and The Dirty Words, and Harper & Midwest Kind. The festival runs Sept. 10 - 15, and tickets go on sale May 11.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).