2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival Conundrums: Shakey Graves or Wide Mouth Mason

With the 2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival tomorrow, they have left me with one more conundrum to ponder tonight … Shakey Graves or Wide Mouth Mason?!?  You see Shakey Graves takes to the Garden Stage in Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park on Saturday August 9th from 4:45 to 5:30 pm, the exact same time as Wide Mouth Mason jams on the Westwood Stage.  Really Burnaby Blues, you’re going to make me have to choose between these two great acts!?! ^%*%*R^&$!!!

Help me out here!  Shakey Graves or Wide Mouth Mason?!?

Shakey Graves

Can’t help but smile at a man who simply describes himself as ‘gentleman from Texas.’

Don’t be fooled though, he is not actually the strong silent type …

… and oddly doesn’t sound Texan!

Wide Mouth Mason

Really what more can I say then … SMILE!!!

Shaun Verreault is back at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival!  This year as a part of Wide Mouth Mason!

So which stage would you pick???

2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival Conundrums: Blind Boy Paxton or Chic Gamine

Next up on the conundrums and decision making that the 2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival has presented me with is Blind Boy Paxton (on the Garden Stage) or Chic Gamine (on the Westwood Stage) Saturday August 9th from 3:15 to 4:00 pm at Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park?!?

Oh why oh why must they torture me so!!!  Do they not understand I want it all!  It is blues and roots after all!

So whom would you choose?

Blind Boy Paxton

California’s Blind Boy Paxton promises to whip us back in time to the days of ‘ragtime, ’20s jazz and Dust Bowl–era blues, delivering them through a dizzying display of virtuosity on guitar, piano, banjo, and lately, fiddle.’

His fiddle playing is certainly something to behold!  Just get a load of this …

And there’s his humour and mannerism from that same bygone era …

He certainly has me smiling!

Chic Gamine

Well as any Canadian knows, those long cold winter nights in Manitoba creates some F&*^^%$# FANTASTIC music!  And it would seem that St. Boniface’s Chic Gamine certainly fit that stereotype!

Described as ‘three angel-voiced girls plus one drummer boy’, I am admittedly questioning the ‘angelic’ with these smokey blues vocals …

Well … I do hear angelic in this tune …

… although I suspect most warm blooded Canadian males, at the hint of the French Canadian gal blues, are hoping these angelic voices come with devil’s horns!

So which stage would you pick???

2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival Conundrums: Miss Quincy or Rich Hope & His Evil Doers

I am happy for the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival that they have been growing, adding on an extra stage and more acts.  But your success, now causes me conundrums!  Specifically choosing between the Garden Stage or the Westwood Stage.  This presents a challenge in my day, as I want to take all the blues in, gosh darn it!!! (she says, fists clenched and stomping her feet – yes, you should fear me)

So in lieu of the ability to clone myself and simultaneously take in both experiences, I need your help in deciding how to plan my day.  My first conundrum at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby from 1:45 – 2:30 pm is Miss Quincy (on the Garden Stage) or Rich Hope & His Evil Doers (on the Westwood Stage)?!?!?

Your thoughts?  Here they both are:

Miss Quincy

Miss Quincy is one of our own, a good old (or young, in her case) Canadian gal with moxy, who ‘began her music career in the wild mountains of Northern BC with a knife strapped to her leg and guitar slung over her back.’  How can one not love the sound of that!

I mean  … just get a load of her … I can’t even decide between her videos, so I am sharing a few!

Love the storytelling here!

Seriously!  How can you not fall in love with this gal!  Just watch this and try not to smile …

Rich Hope and His Evil Doers

Rich Hope is not new to the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival or to Vancouver, first setting foot on the Garden Stage in 2009, as a winner of a competition on Shore FM.  And now he is back again!  Hitting the Westwood Stage this time!

A man was once heard to say the evil comes and evil goes, but he was wrong. Evil never goes—it lingers, often for years, sometimes decades, on the rarest and best occasions growing in power. Such is the case with Rich Hope and His Evil Doers, the two-man quartet that ate Vancouver in the most evil way possible, starting way back in 2005.

“I see trouble …”

So which stage would you pick???

Celebrating my Birthday in Bliss with the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival and Matt Andersen

I’ll admit it, I feel somewhat spoiled.  Why?  Because for the last half a decade, my birthday festivities have been the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival!  I mean really, what more could a gal ask for?  Honestly?!? Both the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival and Matt Andersen!!!   And ‘as it’s my birthday and I can cry if I want to’, that I shall!  Cry a thank you to Denis, that is!  As not only am I getting the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival for my birthday this year, but I am getting the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival and Matt Andersen this Saturday, August 9th!!!

You see my buddy Denis is a very wise man, as well as a great connoisseur of the arts and more specifically of the blues.  So when he first invited  Matt Andersen to the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival, a number of years ago, as a smaller act at the time, he knew he had a great bluesman!  So now he has invited Matt back as one of the main acts of the day, putting me in a blissful state.  This would only be topped by Matt playing with Ross Neilsen at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival!  Then I’d be purring!

In the meantime, I have a bit of a thing for East Coast mining songs … maybe I secretly fantasize after the Men of the Deeps … so thinking this will help to send me to bed smiling …

So as the story goes, myself and my buddy Rob Jones (of Delete Bin fame) were introduced to Matt Anderson and his music at one of our first years at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festivals, and were instantly smitten!  Fast forward about a year and a half and I stumble upon some scruffy musicians making fun of my blatant eavesdropping over lunch (at 4 pm) in a small Northern Ontario Village, which instantly endears Ross Neilsen to me.  Seeing him play live for the first time, made me a life long fan of his, and from our encounters on the road together, I hope a live long friend; which all made it extra cool, when I discovered he and Matt can often be found playing together when they are both in New Brunswick at the same time. So you see why that would be the ultimate in Birthday Party bliss for me. Oh well … I suppose I should leave something for Denis to strive towards on a future birthday … but still gosh darn it, I’ll cry if I want to!!! (she says digging in her heels and pouting)

Take it away Matt and Ross!

Dancing in the Rain at the 2014 CBC Music Festival in this Edition of Monday Moving & Grooving

Well, seeing as I spent the better part of a week sharing festival teases from the CBC Music Festival at Burnaby‘s Deer Lake Park, I thought it would be a little remiss of me not to share an actual taunt from day (shot on an iPhone by a couple of the kids accompanying us) from Spoon and Tegan & Sara!

While it may have been a little damper of a day than we would have liked, raining out many of the earlier performances and  having to make many schedule their day to be able to hang in with the weather, it was an utter blast of a day, soaking in some great Canadian music!  I even managed to sneak backstage to shake hands with Jian Ghomeshi!  The man has lovely soft hands!

So for this Monday Moving and Grooving, I do hope you enjoy a bit of dancing in the rain!

Catch more from #CBCMusicFest here on the CBC Music Blog!

Kisses,

Emme   xoxo