Brit's SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival survival guide

Our entertainment reporter makes her picks for your SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival must sees.

Let Britainy Robinson help you tune into the next 5 days of music in Saskatoon

Time to make plans for the next 5 days at the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. (Britainy Robinson)

The first five days of the festival blew your socks off. Now it's time to brace yourself for more!
Our arts reporter Britainy Robinson has made her picks for must-see shows as we head into the homestretch of the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.

Lorraine Klaasen

Lorraine Klaasen will bring a taste South Africa to The Bassment Wednesday night. (

She comes from a long line of performers and Lorraine Klaasen sticks to her South African Jazz roots.

The daughter of Thandie Klaasen, Lorraine was born and raised in Soweto and she specializes in 'Township Music'.

It's a sound that pays tribute to her home and last year won Lorraine a Juno for World Music Album of the Year.

Klaasen will bring the rhythm and magic of South Africa to The Bassment Wednesday night.

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Delhi 2 Dublin

Delhi 2 Dublin will have you jumping and dancing right along Thursday and Friday night. (Josli Rockafella)

A more powerful party band, you will never find! Delhi 2 Dublin is a slurry of electronic beats, Bhangra and Celtic hip-hop.

Whether an opening act or the mainstage show, D2D gets people up and dancing.

They hail from Vancouver and have clearly stated their mission to drown out the noise of the world and turn the music up a little louder.

D2D have delighted Saskatoon crowds before and they're bound to do it again.

You have two chances to catch them. They play Thursday night at Amigos Cantina and then on Friday night the group plays the Free stage at PotashCorp Club Jazz.

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Brandi Disterheft

Jazz fans will rejoice in the more traditional vibe of Brandi Disterheft Friday night.

Jazz enthusiasts will love this one. This is old school cool jazz and she's Canadian. 

Brandi Disterheft was born and raised in Vancouver but has moved on to the bright lights of New York to pursue her dreams.

Disterheft has it all and had even caught the attention of jazz great Oscar Peterson. 

Disterheft is a composer and supreme bassist that's known for her fierce instrumentals and also her soft spoken vocals.

She has played at jazz festivals from Vienna to Chicago, and now Saskatoon.

You can see the Brandi Disterheft Quartet Friday night at The Bassment.

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Common is bringing hip-hop with uplifting lyrics and purpose to the Bessborough Gardens Saturday night. (Steven Taylor)

You may recognize him not for his music, but for his work on television and the big screen.

Common, a.k.a. Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. is an actor you may have seen in films like American Gangster, New Year's Eve or Date Night.

But before he dipped his toe in the acting world, Common had his feet firmly planted in the world of hip-hop.

He's known in music circles for his uplifting and poetic lyrics. Common has shared the stage with artists like Kanye West, Erykah Badu and John Legend.

The opening act is Juno Award winning rapper Shad.

Common will hit the stage at the Bessborough Gardens Saturday night.

Five Alarm Funk

Five Alarm Funk is a musical smack in the face that will have you dancing all night.

This concert is another boost of adrenaline that's sure to have you up and dancing.

The band's ten members mix aggressive percussion, rocking vocals and a full on horn section, all elements that have made these guys a mainstay on the festival schedule.

They have a brand new album out called Abandonearth and they are out on the road showing it off.

There's a couple chances to bounce along to this infectious party vibe. 

The first is Thursday night at Amigos Cantina. Five Alarm Funk will then head over to the Free stage to round out the festival on Sunday night.

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Downchild Blues Band

Downchild will close out the 10-day festival on Sunday night. (

They are known as Canada's premiere blues band and they've been at it for four decades.

The Downchild Blues Band, or Downchild, as they are known, are really credited with carving out a niche in Canada for blues music.

Many of their hit songs are standards.

Downchild is closely linked to the Blues Brothers franchise by performing with Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi and having some of its songs on the film's soundtrack.

This group is for those looking for a honking blues show with a big brass section.

There will be plenty of swing dancing and plenty of fun in the Bessborough Gardens to close out the festival Sunday night.

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