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Charlie Jacobson

At only 24 years of age, Charlie Jacobson has been building a rock-solid career foundation for a few years now.   The guitarist, tunesmith and singer has already toured and recorded with Donald Ray Johnson, pianist David Vest, as well as ROOTSANDBLUES headliner Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, with whom he’ll be backing on main stage Saturday night. Charlie’s s also …

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The Om Sound

Although based in Montreal these days, The Om Sound has woodshedded and performed in the Okanagan and Shuswap region for years. The trio merges genres of hip hop, electro, and jazz-funk to create a mesmerizing and groove-heavy sound. Their world travels serve as inspiration for their social, environmental, and spiritual conscious message wrapped up with in-the-pocket beats and blow-your-mind bass …

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Blu Hopkins

Blu Hopkins is a familiar favorite on the local folk scene and has been for years. Blu’s capacity for reviving classics from the books of greats like John Prine and Stan Rogers, compliment his well-received selection of originals. His storytelling style reflects his experience working and performing across Canada. This is a man who has lived the songs he sings, …

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Dana Wylie

Dana Wylie is a small-town gal from Saskatchewan who moved to Britain for a few years, to soak up the traditions of song writing before moving back to the prairies and landing in Edmonton. Wylie has been juggling performance and studio work with her pursuit of a Masters degree in Music from the University of Alberta. While stepping away from …

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RB HOUSE BAND

The Salmon Arm Roots & Blues House Band came together four years ago and they immediately made a splash with our audience and the musicians they’ve backed. Rick Vito and Jerry Lawson couldn’t say enough about this crew. Not really a surprise given the collective credentials of this quintet. Both bassist Dennis Marcenko and horn player Dave Babcock have worked …

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BOOGIE PATROL

Travelling across the Rockies from Alberta, the Boogie Patrol will be bringing there fresh, contemporary blues style to the Festival. Guided by vocalist and harmonica player Dan Shinnan, the group inspires audiences with its unique blend of blues, rock, soul, and funk. Buddy Guy’s guitarist, Ric Hall, says, “Boogie Patrol is off the hook…they’re on fire!” Making this Canadian group …

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MICHAEL JEROME BROWN

Browne arrived in Canada with his parents in the 1980s; as a young boy growing up in Quebec he was influenced by the province’s rich culture and arts scene. This musician sings ‘the blues’ but has also perfected his style of old time, Cajun, country, and swing music. Downbeat Magazine tells readers that Browne “magnifies the magnificence of 1920s and …

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DAVID ESSIG

Listen to David Essig be interviewed by ROOTS&BLUES Artistic Director Peter North This blues veteran came to Canada as a young man and honed his blues style in the early 1970s. Essig, has delivered brilliant interpretations of blues classics and original blues numbers over the course of his half century as a touring musician. Essig has also worked extensively as …

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ALEX CUBA

Grammy and Juno-award winner Alex Cuba and his dynamic band will be heating up the festival site and playing our main stage and workshops for the final two days of the four-day event that goes from August 17 thru 20. Cuba has lived in B.C. since emigrating from Cuba in 1999, and this long-time resident of Smithers has earned a …

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ALTAMEDA

On the alt. country front, Roots and Blues is pleased that Altameda, a young band from Edmonton that heads to the UK next month to play major festivals, will be playing Roots and Blues.  This quartet, formed out of a recording session for singer-songwriter Troy Snaterse, quickly became a group on a mission to create something new. Despite the quartet finding …

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ANDY HILLHOUSE

The Roots & Blues Festival’s Celtic component continues to grow with the addition of one of Canada’s finest Celtic guitarists, Andy Hillhouse.  Having spent much of his adult life as a musician in the fields of folk and traditional music, Hillhouse now divides his time between performance and scholarly pursuits in traditional world music. Andy’s entrance into professional folk music …

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ASANI

Asani is an Aboriginal women’s trio with members based in Alberta and B.C.. They are Debbie Houle, Sarah Pocklington and Sherryl Sewepagaham. This circle of First Nations and Metis women have performed across the continent at Carnegie Hall is NYC, The Kennedy Centre in Washington and the Saddledome in Calgary, and the group has also performed for the Dalai Lama, …

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TALKING DREADS

Hardcore Reggae fans will witness the Canadian performance debut of Talking Dreads at Roots & Blues ’17. Talking Dreads is the brainchild of Head Dread, Mystic Bowie, a Jamaican artist whose long and close relationship with Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth, founding members of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, began when he joined the latter group as a singer …

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RICKY SKAGGS

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues is pleased to announce that country and bluegrass music legend Ricky Skaggs and his extraordinary band Kentucky Thunder will be headlining our main stage on Friday August 18 at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds. A winner of 14 Grammy Awards, Skaggs has had such an impact on Americana music that it is hard to know …

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MARTIN HARLEY

ROOTSANDBLUES is also pleased to announce that Welsh guitarist and tunesmith Martin Harley will be returning to Salmon Arm after appearing at the 2016 festival. Harley will be appearing at The Handmade Shoppe on Sunday May 7 for a matinee concert co-produced with Acoustic Avenue. Tickets are available at the ROOTSANDBLUES office and Acorn Music. Doors open at 1 p.m. …

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KEITH SCOTT

For blues fans, the region’s favorite roots festival has added another veteran of the Chicago blues scene with guitar playing and singing Keith Scott. Scott received his musical education over 30 years ago jamming with greats like Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and James Cotton, and then became a member of the legendary Chicago-based Jimmy Dawkins Band. Scott will be a …

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IRISH MYTHEN

Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada. “This Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here.” And she did just that. Her latest release, the self titled Irish Mythen, gained her recognition around the globe with nominations and wins …

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DJ SHUB

A member of the Turtle Clan; and, a Mohawk from Six Nations, DJ Shub last played Roots and Blues as a member of the A Tribe Called Red with whom he won a JUNO Award for Nation II Nation. He was also on board for their most popular single, “Electric Pow Wow Drum”. DJ Shub’s solo debut ep includes six …

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THE EISENHAUERS

For fans of acoustic music with an old time sensibility, the sounds of husband and wife duo of Jeremy Eisenhauer and Sheree Plett Eisenhauer, aka The Eisenhauers, should resonate strongly at ROOTS&BLUES. Based in Kaslo, the couple’s latest release “The Road We Once Knew”, is, at heart, a meditation on change that explores the dynamics of escaping from the city and moving …