In 2017 the ROOTSandBLUES introduced a “house-band” to the mix, and this year Winnipeg blues guitarist and singer Brent Parkin will lead our 27th Anniversary house band. Vancouver drummer Chris “The Wrist” Nordquist, Calgary keyboard wizard Garth Kennedy, former K.D. Lang and Colin James bassist (and Vernon resident) Dennis Marcenko, and Edmonton Folk Music House Band saxophonist David Babcock round out the quintet. This is truly an all-star outfit that last year had Persuasions founder, Jerry Lawson, smiling from ear to ear when they backed him. This year, along with a show of their own, the ROOTSandBLUES House Band will be backing onetime Muddy Waters guitarist John Primer and hosting blues workshops with artists like Chicago’s Keith Scott.