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TBS Presents the Alexis P Suter Band (Brooklyn, NYC)

TBS Presents

The Alexis P Suter Band (New York)

Saturday, March 3, George’s Roadhouse @ 9 PM



A limited number of tickets available now at Ducky’s $15

Regular ticket prices are $20 in advance and $25 at the door

Alexis P. Suter is the owner of that big, booming voice you can hear roaring out of Brooklyn into the heart of North America and beyond.  Alexis P. and her band are on the rise as accolades pour in and they continue to captivate audiences from town to town.  

Ms Suter and her powerful and unique ensemble artfully blend the lines between Blues, Soul, Roots and Rock music. Alexis' voice ranges from a pained passion to explosive and soul bearing. 

When the great Bluesman B.B. King first heard Alexis sing, he was visibly impressed and said so after her opening set for him at BB Kings in NYC. Alexis burst on to the music scene as a regular performer at Levon Helm’s legendary Midnight Rambles held in Woodstock, NY. Levon was captured by what he called Alexis’ wonderful spirit and had her and the band open for him nearly 100 times."She is one of those wonderful spirits, she's got her arms around you; you can feel that” Levon Helm

At the highly prestigious Blues Music Awards, Alexis was nominated for Best Contemporary Female Artist in 2017,  The Koko Taylor Vocalist in 2015 and for Best Soul/Blues Female Vocalist in 2013. Presented by The Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.

Alexis just released a new album, Hat Trick, and has 8 full length releases to date; "Live at Briggs Farm" 2017 ( Briggs Farm Records), "All For Loving You" 2017 (American Showplace Music), "Love The Way You Roll" 2015 (American Showplace Music), “Two Sides” 2011 (Hipbone Records), “Live at the Turning Point” 2010 (Festivalink), “Just Another Fool” 2009 (Hipbone Records), "Live at the Midnight Ramble" 2008 (Levon Helm Studios) and “Shuga Fix” 2005 (Hipbone Records). Their recordings have received much praise from radio and publications alike including Blues Music Magazine, Blues Revue, Living Blues, Downbeat, Elmore, Blues Blast, Blues Matters, Blues 411 and Big City Rhythm and Blues. For is a taste of what she sounds like, please go here.


America's number one contender for the new queen of the blues Alexis P. Suter!” 

Dan Aykroyd

Alexis P. Suter has a big voice and knows how to use it. Whether singing about spiritual ecstasy or earthly troubles, her booming contralto, seasoned with raw emotion make every song she performs her own. “

Kay Cordtz, Blues Revue Magazine

"What a voice, and she uses it to highly emotive effect! Fierce and ferocious! "

Lee Hildebrand - Living Blues Magazine

“It's all about a voice telling stories through music, and big voiced Alexis P. Suter possess the perfect a power. Her fire and brimstone expression is endowed with a complexity and depth that stands up to any musical style. Her profound lyric expression partners with her band to become another lead instrument, turning emotion into blistering music.” 

Art Tipaldi - Blues Music Magazine

“People, this is blues and raw R&B to shake your tree, make you dance and moan all night long. Really. All night long.”

Suzanne Cadgene, Elmore Magazine

“A cherubic African queen, her molasses contralto can whisper and purr, then swell into a pulsating wave of sound that radiates from the depths of her being.” 

Elmore Magazine

A note about our new ticket prices

The strong US Dollar and the fact that we have even fewer partners in the Maritimes to work with means that our costs and hence tickets prices have risen. We are doing our best to keep the shows accessible, so tickets are still available at the old prices if bought in advance. If you or anyone else you know would be interested in sponsoring us (on very reasonable and flexible terms) to help keep our costs down and the shows going, please do get in touch. 



Tantramarsh Blues Society Winter 2018 Lineup

The Alexis P Suter Band (Brooklyn, NY), 9 PM, George’s Roadhouse, Saturday, March 3

Alexis P. Suter is the owner of that big, booming voice you can hear roaring out of Brooklyn into the heart of North America and beyond. Alexis burst on to the music scene as a regular performer at Levon Helm’s legendary Midnight Rambles held in Woodstock, NY. Levon was captured by what he called Alexis’ wonderful spirit and had her and the band open for him nearly 100 times. Levon says, "She is one of those wonderful spirits, she's got her arms around you; you can feel that.” Alexis has 8 full length releases to date and is currently touring on the back of a just-released retrospective entitled ‘Hat Trick.’ Here she is doing the classic ‘Let it Be’ ; here she is with one of our recent favourites, Victor Wainwright; and here she in a mashup.

The Peter Karp Band (NJ, USA), Saturday, May 5 as part of the 2018 version of the Bordertown Festival (details, TBA)

Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Pianist. Bandleader.  Operating within the fiery brand of roots/blues music that Karp calls "Soul-influenced Americana-Blues-Rock."  The music is crackling with smart and witty lyrics.  His ability to give the audience such a great time while doing it is refreshing. Karp first saw national attention when guitarist Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones recorded and toured with Karp on his third indie release.  Says Mick, “Guys like Peter Karp, James Taylor and Bob Dylan embody Americana Blues, and us English guys are inspired by it.” Here he is with the title track from his brand-new album released last week; and here is on tour with Mick.

We will likely have a show in early to mid-July…please stay tuned for the details. Apologies for the delay in getting the details of the winter lineup; sometimes these things are simply beyond our control. We hope to see you at the shows, and thank you again for your warm support.

Reminder: TBS Presents the Chris O'Leary Band (NY), Saturday, Nov 11, 9 pm, @ George's Roadhouse


Just the usual quick reminder that the Chris O’Leary (6 piece) Band will be playing for us this Saturday, the 11th of Nov, 9 pm,  at George’s. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The special student price (at the door only, ID required) is $15.

For more on the band, please visit here.

For our out of town friends, please note that while access to George’s off Bridge onto Lorne is still not easily possible (if you are coming to town from Bridge Street), you can now access Lorne street via Crescent street.

 If you coming to George’s via Main Street, then access through Queens road is not a problem. We are also happy to say that the parking area in front of George’s is now fully accessible.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Here is a taste of the band live:




TBS Presents the Chris O'Leary Band (NY)

TBS Presents

The Chris O’Leary Band

Saturday, Nov 11, 9 pm @George’s Roadhouse

Tickets are $15 in advance at Ducky’s (536-1344) and $20 at the door

Special student price (at the door only, ID required): $10


First, we want to thank our loyal members for braving the construction to see the last show. We have been assured by the Town that access to George’s will be normalized through Queen’s Road by the date of the show.

Chris's musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm's band The Barnburners. During the 6 years that Chris and Levon played together they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. 

Chris has appeared on stage with: Legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin among others.

The Chris O'Leary Band's debut CD "Mr. Used to Be" won the 2011 Best New Artist Debut CD Blues Blast Award and was nominated for best new artist debut at the 2011 American Blues Music Awards.

Chris is coming with a 6 piece band that includes a horn section for what is his only Maritime performance, so the have to see lots of you there.

For more on the band, please visit here. For video, please go here and here. The TBS website can be found here.

The Buzz

"Chris sings in a strong, clear voice and plays a mean harp ... It is always good to see new acts writing their own material and not resorting to covers of the usual suspects. The Chris O'Leary Band has produced a varied CD which deserves to get them more attention. A band to watch out for, in my view."

John Mitchell - Blues Blast Magazine

"O'Leary, who has the crewcut-and-muscles appeal of the former Marine he is, is a forceful harp player, a powerful singer and a natural frontman."

Kay Roybal - Blues Revue Magazine

“The Chris O'Leary Band offers a virtual encyclopedia of roadhouse blues styles, from Boogie Woogie to Southside Chicago electric rockin' to Louisiana Mardi Gras stompers, on the entertaining Mr. Used to Be.”

Jonathan Takiff - Philadelphia Daily News

“O’Leary, formerly with Levon Helm’s Barnburners, is a more than capable singer and Chicago-style harmonica stylist; the proof comes in the shuffles and jump numbers he handles with suave assurance on his debut recording. It’s really the slow tempo of Blues is a Woman that draws out his best singing, reminiscent of Jimmy Witherspoon. His Hudson Valley-based cohorts stir up the all-original material without faltering. Young guitarist Chris Vitarello merits notice for his technical powers and imagination, his reach extending to rockabilly and swinging jazz.”

Frank-John Hadley - Downbeat Magazine

Reminder: TBS Presents Lindsay Beaver and the 24th Street Wailers Tonight

This is the usual quick reminder that Lindsay Beaver and the 24th Street Wailers will be playing for us tonight (Saturday, September 30th, 9 pm) at George’s Roadhouse. Tickets are $15 in advance (available today), and $20 at the door. The special student price is $10. 

For a video from last night's show in Pictou, please go here. The new lineup sounds fresh, original and a lot of fun. We should be in for a good time tonight folks. (For technical reasons, the link only opens in Facebook. In case you don't have a Facebook account, you can go here for a recent set in Vegas with the new lineup.)

As many of you know, the Lorne street reconstruction especially towards the railway station end makes access to George’s an issue. We have made special arrangements so that you can get to George’s from Queen’s Road. 

Here are the specific directions:

From the intersection of Main and Bridge, continue on Main street (which is also Hwy 940) until you hit the junction with Queens Road.

Take a left on Queens Road towards Lorne street (and in the general direction of George’s).

When you get close to Lorne street (which is blocked), take a right through the last driveway on the right towards Georges.

Access to the parking lot at George’s and on the street there is available as usual.

Please note that:

The owner of the driveway, who was gracious enough to give us permission to drive on her property,  requests that we not block the driveway.

You are also requested not to park on Queens Road (which is a no parking zone).

There is no easy way of accessing George’s from Crescent street either; the best way is through Queens Road.

Thanks, and see you at the show!


TBS Presents Lindsay Beaver and the 24th Street Wailers

 TBS Presents

Lindsay Beaver and the 24th Street Wailers (Halifax & Austin, Texas)

  Saturday, September 30, 9 pm, @ George’s Roadhouse

Tickets $15 in advance at Ducky’s (536 1344) and $20 at the door

Special Student Price (at the door only, ID required) $10


Singer, Drummer, Songwriter, and Bandleader Lindsay Beaver is much  more than a young woman with musical talent, she is a force that knows  no bounds. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Lindsay has  been leading her band The 24th St. Wailers across North America and  Europe for the past several years playing her own blend of Rock n’  Roll, Soul, Punk & Blues. Her limitless voice and ferocious  standing-drumming, once seen - never forgotten, have become known  across festivals, theaters, and clubs from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Her songwriting and albums have given her an  impressive list of accolades and awards that include a 2015 Juno Award  nomination (Canadian Grammy), 15 Maple Blues Award Nominations, a 2015  Blues411 Award, multiple Sirius/XM INDIE award nominations, as well as  several nationally syndicated radio features and numerous 4 & 5 star  reviews in publications from around the world.

Equally impressive to Lindsay are the rest of The 24th St. Wailers  currently consisting of Michael Archer on Upright and Electric Bass,  as well as Marc Doucet and Josh Fulero on Guitars. Their unforgettable live performances are executed with electric energy and amazing  finesse, which draws upon a deep well of influences that range from  Little Richard to The Ramones, and from Howlin’ Wolf to Iggy Pop -  Lindsay’s unique style combined with this killer band, provides her  catalog of songs with the perfect mix of originality, tradition, and  attitude to establish a true identity.

We have been assured that access to George’s from Queen street will be  available in time for the show.

For videos of the band, please go to: http://www.lindsaybeaver.com/video/

For their music, please go to: http://www.lindsaybeaver.com/coming-soon/

TBS Announces its Fall Lineup

We are happy to bring you our 17th Fall Lineup at George’s Roadhouse. All shows start at 9 PM and tickets will be available 2 weeks prior to the show at Ducky’s (536-1344).

On Saturday,  September 30th, we present Lindsay Beaver and The Twentieth Street Wailers (Halifax and now Texas). Lindsay Beaver is a force of nature that knows no bounds. While lead singing for the band and playing the drums, she is forging a sound that incorporates rock, soul punk and blues. The band’s successes in Canada and around the world encouraged them to move to Texas, where they continue to hone their sound in the cradle of roots music. A regular gig at Antone’s helped them connect with the roots royalty, many of whom will be on the forthcoming record (including Jimmy Vaughn). Should be a good one folks, and we will share some of the new music as soon as we have it.

On Saturday, November 11, we present The Chris O”Leary Band (New York). Chris O”Leary has got the chops. Not only has he fronted Levon Helm’s Barnburners, but he has paid his dues by serving in the Marines for 7 years. Now, on the back of several albums of his own, he is coming to town with a 6 piece band (including a horn section!) to show you how it’s done. Sharply insightful writing, the ability to bring it down and ratchet it up, all of which should make for a great evening. We hope to see you there folks.

Backyard Devils, Lennie Gallant Headline Third Edition of the Bordertown Festival

The third edition of the Bordertown Festival will be held May 4 to 7 in Sackville New Brunswick. Bordertown is a sample of Sackville’s many festivals, art galleries, local businesses, and restaurants. The Festival claims to be, “about crossing the lines that categorize our community, working together, and celebrating all that this small town has to offer”.

This year’s edition features events in music, fine arts, theatre and literature and also has many activities for children and families. It includes a mix of some of Sackville’s most popular local performers with performers with a regional and national profile. “We’re very excited about the diversity of this year’s festival”, said director Ron Kelly Spurles. “We’ve got something for just about everyone, and we’re really looking forward to the opportunity to show off our great little Town to visitors.”

This year’s festival features legendary PEI musician Lennie Gallant, as well as Moncton’s The Backyard Devils, the Sackville Citizen’s Band, and Kristy Money performing Sweden’s secret, the Nyckelharpa. The Shakedown Combo, Three Bob Night, and Kennie James and Mark Green will also be performing, and the Festival opens on May 4 with Country Music at the Sackville Legion.

Fine Art events include a Memoir Writing workshop with Ken Bolton, an opening reception at Fog Forest Gallery, Pocket Book activities at Owens Art Gallery, and a Graphic Novel Workshop with Patrick Allaby. 

There are also many events for children and families, including: Acting Up! acting workshop for youths and adults; Drum! hand drumming workshop for youth and adults; Cattail Ridge Market spring event celebrating Canada 150; the Sackville Farmers Market, featuring performances by Frantically Atlantic and the Sackville Citizen’s Band; a graphic novel workshop for children; the debut of the Sackville Art Hive; and as noted above a workshop at Owens Art Gallery.

Special events occurring on the weekend include the Sackville Quilt Guild Biannual Show and Tea, and the Rotary Club of Sackville Spring Bash with Wine, Beer, and Spirits Tasting and Dance. The Festival concludes with a presentation by Live Bait Theatre of a Salon Reading of the play “Alden”, about New Brunswick poet Alden Nowlan, by Rick Merrill.

For more information about Bordertown, and complete schedule of events, visitwww.sackville.com/bordertown or phone 364-4938.

TBS Presents BB King Entertainer of the Year (2016) Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots







Blues, Roots Rock and Soul, featuring the high-octane boogie piano and  soulful vocals of Victor Wainwright and backed by one of the most  gifted bands on the scene: the WildRoots. With the release of BOOM TOWN, their latest record, they’re poised to ignite blues/roots fans with a sound that’s infectious and impossible to ignore. As Victor and producer/writer Stephen Dees celebrate 10 outstanding  years of musical partnership that began with Wainwright's 2005 solo  debut PIANA' FROM SAVANNAH, they’re teaming up once again to deliver a  blues and American roots tour de force. After the 2011 release of the  critically acclaimed record LIT UP!; The WildRoots are back and  they're toting another musical triumph in BOOM TOWN.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, Victor's childhood was filled with music.  Surrounded by a musical family, Victor found himself emulating his  Dad's vocals and Grandfather Jessie's boogie-woogie piano playing.  Over the last decade he has broadened his artistic scope to encompass  nearly every corner of the Blues. Victor’s star is definitely on the  rise, having won the coveted Blues Music Award as “Pinetop Perkins  Piano Player of the Year” in both 2013 and 2014, as well as anchoring  the acclaimed group, Southern Hospitality, whose “Easy Livin’” release  made the Top 10 on the Billboard blues chart.

On the fourth new record BOOM TOWN, in addition to Victor Wainwright  on Lead Vocals, Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, and Hammond Organ; and  Stephen Dees on Bass, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Vocals, they’ve  assembled an outstanding ensemble of musicians: Patricia Ann Dees on  Tenor Saxophone and vocals, Nick Black on Guitar and Vocals, Billy  Dean on Drums, Stephen Kampa on Harmonica, Ray Guiser on Tenor  Saxophone; and Charlie DeChant on Baritone and Tenor Saxophone.

“After putting a tremendous amount of time, effort and passion into  this project, we’re extremely proud of the final recording. I’m  excited that we are teaming up with the renowned Roots and Blues label  Blind Pig Records to deliver what we feel is our best album yet!"  [Victor Wainwright]


"It's hard to follow the speed limit while this one's playing...  Pinetop Perkins would be proud." [Backstage Pass Magazine]

Extremely diverse with great songwriting, exceptional arrangements,  flawless playing and vocals soulful enough to make Otis Redding sit up and take notice” [Bill Wilson - Billtown Blue Notes]

“…a riotous, intoxicating run through all kinds of exciting blues  territory. The gifted Memphis-based boogie-woogie piano player is  backed by the expert WildRoots Band-ablaze with jumping beats, lively  saxophones, and some spine-tingling guitar work. Every track is  brilliant. Producer Stephen Dees gets it right.” [Living Blues  Magazine].

"Wainwright wrote or co-wrote nine of these gems; producer/writer  Stephen Dees gets creative credit on 12. These fellows make a great  team when it comes to being innovative in a genre that too often  sounds repetitive. Lit Up is a knockout album that runs the gamut of  blues styles with no weaknesses."  [Ken Rosenbaum ToledoBLADE.com]

"...wherever you put down the needle, it's just pure, dead,  brilliant." [Zeitgeist - United Kingdom]

TBS Winter Lineup Announced. BB King Entertainer of the Year Winners Curtis Salgado and Victor Wainwright coming to the Maritimes!

It is hard to believe that we are in the midst of our 16th season.  In those years we have tried to bring you the best blues in the world: from regional stalwarts (Matt Anderson, Garrett Mason,  Joe Murphy), to national heroes and heroines (Dutch Mason, Harry Manx, Fathead, Harrison Kennedy, Sue Foley, Shakura Saida); Grammy award winners (Roomful of Blues, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Joe Louis Walker) and Blues Award Winners (Mississippi Heat, Debbie Davies); legends of the Blues (John Primer, Eddie Kirkland, Eddie Shaw, The Nighthawks, Bob Margolin, Nappy Brown) and current superstars (Duke Robillard,  Lurrie Bell, Watermelon Slim), and up-and-comers (Slick Ballinger,  Keith Hallett, 24th Street Wailers); from rockin' blues (Moreland and Arbuckle,  Anthony Gomes, Larry McCray) to fine acoustic (Guy Davis, Eric Bibb, Ray Bonneville);  soul blues (the Holmes Brothers, Jimmy Burns, Toni-Lynn Washington) to straight up soul, Zydeco and beyond (Charles Bradley, Johnny Rawls, Syl Johnson, Ruthie Foster, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Kelly Joe Phelps), and much, much more. (For a full history of our lineup, please go here) We hope that you have enjoyed the music as much as we have, and are grateful for all your support without which we would not be here.

We have every intention of continuing to bring you the best in live blues and roots music,  for as long as we can, and we hope that you will continue to support us. We are extremely pleased with this Winter’s lineup, in which we have two shows from two B. B. King Entertainer of the Year Award Winners.

Awarded by the Blues Foundation, the Blues Awards are the highest accolades awarded to blues musicians, and the B. B. King Entertainer of the Year Award is especially prestigious since it is given to most exciting live performer of the year. In the past, this has included B. B. King,  Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Little Milton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Bobby Blue Bland. So here's what's happening:

The Curtis Salgado Band, (Seattle, Washington) Saturday, March 4, George’s Roadhouse. Tickets available at Ducky's (536-1344, starting Monday, Feb. 6)  are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (with a special student price of $10 at the door only, ID required). 

Curtis Salgado is a blues musical giant. He has not only won the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award (2013), but multiple Blues awards for best soul blues album, artist, etc; he has been playing for 40 years now and stints include co-fronting the Robert Cray Band, touring with Steve Miller and Santana.  He has 9 solo albums to his credit and is one of the finest songwriters on the blues circuit today.  His full-force vocals—intense and uninhibited—bring an urgency and edge to his timeless original songs. AllMusic says his music is filled with “greasy grooves and rollicking burners boasting all the confidence and swagger the lyrics convey. “

Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots (Memphis Tennessee), Saturday , April 8, George's Roadhouse .Tickets available at Ducky's (536-1344, starting Monday, Feb. 6)  are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (with a special student price of $10 at the door only, ID required). 

Victor is the 2016 winner of the B. B.  King Entertainer of the Year Award, and the Wildroots won the Band of the Year award, a rare double.  Victor is a piano-playing Georgia native who has won Blues awards for his piano playing two years in a row. One of the most exciting piano performers on the roots music scene today, Wainwright has been making a very big name for himself. Known for his raucous, high-octane boogie-woogie performances, Victor is a crowd pleaser with Memphis soul to spare. As American Blues News put it, "he is always entertaining and madly talented.  You will never see Victor play a room and not go over with the crowd in a big way."  He's backed by the firepower of WildRoots, one of the tightest smokin' bands around.

New Winter/Spring lineup coming soon...

Just to let you know that we are working hard on what we hope you will think is an excellent lineup for the Winter/spring. Details will be out no later than mid-Jan...but we can tell you that we have confirmed B. B. King Entertainer of the Year (2013) Curtis Salgado for March 4....the other thing we will say is that our other performer also won the BB King Entertainer of the Year award (details once everything is confirmed)!

TBS Presents Ray Bonneville, Saturday Nov. 19th at Ducky's (Sackville)

TBS Presents

RAY BONNEVILLE SOLO (Montreal and Texas)


Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door

Special Student price (at the door only, ID required): $10

Ray was the first artist TBS ever presented over 15 years ago, and we are very pleased to have him back. Every now and then, you run across someone with a library’s worth of stories to tell. But unlike the raconteurs who regale friends with well-embellished versions of their exploits, these storytellers have lived so much, they reveal chapters of their hard-won wisdom slowly, carefully, like layers peeled from an onion.

Ray Bonneville didn’t even open his storybook until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” as he’s been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling.

On his fourth Red House Records album, Easy Gone, Bonneville delivers 10 reasons why patience pays off. In each, his guitarwork shimmers like stars emerging at dusk. His voice carries the rich, natural timbre of time, though underneath that pearl-like smoothness, one hears its gritty core. His harmonica rhythms add even more texture to his sound.

Produced by Bonneville and Justin Douglas, Easy Gone wears the faded denim of a man who knew when he “said I do to a highway,” as he sings in “Who Do Call the Shots,” that it wasn’t going to be an easy marriage. But he also knew divorce was not an option, and affirms his vows in soulful lyrics that balance thoughtful observation, impassioned emotion and the restless soul of a wanderer.

For more on Ray, please visit his website here. Please note that since this is an intimate show at Ducky's, tickets are limited and will be available two weeks prior to the show.


Town of Sackville and TBS Present Mike Zito and the Wheel (Texas)

Town of Sackville and TBS Present

Multiple Blues Award Winning Mike Zito and the Wheel (Texas)

(w/ opening act The Ray Olliver Band)

Saturday, September 17, 9 PM

Free Fall Fair Tent in Downtown Sackville


The natural habitat of the true musician is not the gleaming studio, a glitzy showbiz party or a five-star hotel. It’s the road. And if multiple Blues Music Award winner Mike Zito had a dollar for every mile of tarmac he’s burnt since his breakout in the early-’90s, they’d be piled up to his chin. “There’s just something in me,” considers the solo bandleader and Royal Southern Brotherhood co-founder (with Devon Allman and Cyril Neville), “It’s there in all musicians. You gotta love the road to be a part of this world. You’re right there, looking in people’s eyes, swapping stories, shaking hands…”

            There’s an undeniable romance about a life in motion – and an enduring magic about the moment when the house lights go down, the roar of the crowd goes up and the shadows take the stage. For Mike, who began touring the Midwest circuit at the age of eighteen, and has since crossed twenty-plus countries as guitarist with the Brotherhood, this is when things get serious. “In my band, The Wheel, if you’re not already with us, you’d better get on board,” he grins. “Because otherwise we’re gonna knock you down!”

Listening to Zito is like listening to a jukebox loaded with sweet southern Americana: he plays hard, slide-driven blues, sweet rocking country and soulful r&b. It is no wonder his live shows are enjoyed by such a wide range of audiences across the world. 

Here is proof:


Here is the country-flavoured "Early in the Morning"

even some country style blues!

Zito and Wheel captured live by a fan...playing some rockin' contemporary blues

Bordertown and TBS Present the Johnny Max Band (Toronto)


Bordertown Festival and TBS Present

The Johnny Max Blues Band (Toronto)

Friday, April 29, 9 PM, George’s Roadhouse

Tickets are $15 in advance (at Ducky’s), $20 at the door

Special student price (at the door only, ID required): $10

To listen to Johnny Max tell it, and to watch Johnny Max present it, you understand very quickly that there’s more to creating great music than simply performing a first-rate piece of music well. It’s much more all encompassing than that.

Max’s take includes engaging the audience, making his show accessible. He wants to more than simply feed off the audience, he looks to make them part of the experience. And he does so with his good natured wit.

Using humour to get your point across is always risky because there’s a fine line between entertaining and being the comic. To his credit Johnny Max knows how to tread that line because the music always comes first.

Max’s music doesn’t always follow conventional Blues lines. Rather than be confined to the traditional 12 bar influenced forms, this veteran of the musical wars favours substance rather than convention.

While his first three releases firmly established Max in the Blues idiom, it was on his fourth, the Juno nominated A Lesson I’ve Learned, that Johnny added to his Blues sensibilities, and found his groove. And that groove had more to do with Southern Soul than straight up Blues. Of note, check the title track whose chorus might have been lifted from the Dan Penn songbook.

Max’s new disc, It’s A Long Road, picks up where “Lesson” left off – with a wallop! Partnering with a brand new band, Johnny lays down a dozen tracks with a heavy dosage of Gumbo R&B, nods to Rock’em Sock’em Soul, and hints of all-out Boogie work-outs and Tom Waits styled tonalities. Along the way, Johnny relates his most deeply personal stories to date.

You would think that all of the above would be enough to keep anyone busy but Max also finds time to host a radio show: (“Sunday Morning Soul” on The HAZE FM, www.thehazefm.ca, Canada’s only commercial web radio station Sunday mornings at 11AM and Wednesdays at 10PM.), and co-program the CNE Bandshell BluesFest, (with Rico Ferrara), among other ventures.

It’s all in days work for Max, and we hope that you will come and take in what is our last show of the year. For more on Johnny, please visit: http://www.johnnymaxband.com/ and our website at: www.tbsblues.com

The show is part of the Bordertown Festival now in its second year. For the great lineup of music, food and other fine activities, please visit: http://sackville.com/bordertown/

We are grateful to all our partners and sponsors without whom our shows would not be possible: George’s Roadhouse, Marshlands Inn, The Argosy, CHMA, The Town of Sackville, Rod Allen Used Cars and Rose’s Independent Grocer.