As always, the 18th annual Tremblant International Blues Festival was a thing of beauty. As musicians and fans will tell you, it is totally unique. Ten days in a fairy tale village totally dedicated to blues music! From the seminars in l’Aire de Blues to the various smaller stages throughout (this year including the Casino and the church) to the acts on the main stages and the impromptu jams found every evening and well into the next day in the bars, it is an event not to be missed.
This year got off to a rather soggy start with poor Tinsley Ellis being blown off the stage by a thunder and lightning display. Still, better than what befell the poor audience at the Cheap Trick gig in Ottawa. I had just interviewed Tinsley, who had driven several hours to be there and who was totally pumped to perform for the assembled masses. Unfortunately, Tinsley had to get out of Dodge and could not be re-scheduled.
Amazing young funkstress Nina Atal
Dana Fuchs, what power.
Blues Royalty the Baker Brooks family
Jack DeKeyzer showing David Gogo, Steve Strongman and Paul Deslauriers that he can still blow, during the Robert Johnson tribute.
Paul Deslauriers playing everywhere, all the time, solo, duo, band, guest, the man is a dynamo.
Ten Years After, young Joe Gooch showing no fear filling extremely big shoes. Leo Lyons, truly a dynamo on stage, outstanding.
Todd Wolfe, sweet unforgiving tone. Oli Brown an amazing young performer.
And countless others all presided over with class and charisma by Zachary Richard, once again the festival spokesman.
Personal thanks to Brian Slack, Guy Primeau, Gary Quadros and Catherine Lacasse. Thanks guys, see you next year!!!