Mon, Aug 25, 2014.
Festival season may be winding down with the summer weather, but not before a couple of big blasts, and a last chance to dance. Jazz and blues is on the agenda, and of course Harvest is still to come in September in Fredericton. This week, the scene is down in the Kennebecasis Valley, as Quispamsis and Rothesay get ready to co-host the annual KV Jazz & Blues Fest. Proudly calling itself the "party to end the summer", this is the ninth year for the event, which stretches from Wednesday night to Saturday. By switching the venues around, the KV Fest takes the shows to the people, rather than having everybody come into one central location. And there are several free shows as well, always appreciated.
This year the Arts & Culture Park in Quispamsis hosts the opening show. It's Wednesday night, at 7 PM, starring two favourite East Coast blues vocalists, Theresa Malenfant and Katey Day. And did I mention the free shows enough? This one's free. Hey, that worked out so well, Rothesay gets a free one as well, on Thursday. It's at the Rothesay Common at 6:45, part of the on-going Town of Rothesday Summer Concert Series as well. Fresh off their smokin' show at the Larlee Creek Hullabaloo earlier this month, it's the Terry Whelan Band, from Miramichi. Things then switch to the KV Vito's in Rothesay for the evening show, featuring Nick Gay and Kenny Greer.
Friday sees a daytime show, 1 PM at the Shannex Parkland in Quispamsis, that's with Pandora, a local vocal trio ranging from rock to country to Celtic to folk. Friday night sees another free show, back at Vito's KV, with Dave Myles and 21 Myles. This D. Myles is more on the modern acoustic rock side than the Fredericton Myles, a folkie guy. The band takes the stage at 8 PM. And on Saturday, it's the big wrap-up show, the annual Blues Blast, held at Vito's KV. Tickets for that are $25, and it features four different bands: Annie & the Blue Skies start at 4 PM, followed by Brian Baker & The Memphis Knights at 5:45, Halifax favourites The Chess Club at 7:30, and What The Funk at 10:30. Tickets for the Blues Blast are available at area Vito's, and everything else this week is free.
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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).