June 27 – BAD LUCK WOMAN & HER MISFORTUNES WITH FRASER MELVIN
Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes are a Toronto based Blues/R&B band, reviving some obscure and forgotten tunes by sassy ladies of the 50’s and 60’s, such as Big Maybelle, Little Sylvia, Dolly Cooper, Carmen Taylor, and Ella Johnson, as well keeping alive classics by icons like Ray Charles, Etta James, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Rogers. Their dynamic stage presence and ruthless energy keeps the audiences dancing all night.
Winners of the 2016 Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship and 1st runners up of the 2017 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, they were recently nominated for a Maple Blues Best New Artist of the Year award.
July 4 – GRACE
Toronto’s own All Female Funk/Soul Band was talked about for years and finally formed in the summer of 2014 by
Mae Cromwell and Rhonda Bruce.
GRACE is a Toronto-based funksoulicious band of 8 women bringing you r&b, funk, soul, disco, and a whole lotta love! Bombastic brass, groovin’ rhythms and killer vocals, GRACE is packing venues (if not selling them OUT!) each time they perform.
Great to have them back at Jazz&Blues at the Station.
July 11 – Sol de Cuba & Pablo Terry
Pablo Terry and Sol de Cuba is a Cuban-Canadian Band based in Toronto, Canada. Led by flautist Pablo Terry, Sol de Cuba performs in cultural, community and street festivals, as well as in all kinds of private events: Birthdays, Weddings, Barbecues, Corporate events and any special occasion where you need good, danceable and exciting live music. We cover a wide range of musical genres: Latin, Cuban Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Guaguanco, Brazilian Samba, Argentinian Tango, Colombian Cumbia, full Christmas repertoire, Italian and Spanish songs. You name it. Request the kind of music you want and we will deliver specially for you and your guests.
July 18 – Lisa Hutchinson Band
Lisa has been exciting Jazz & Blues enthusiasts with her soulful delivery of Blues, Jazz and R&B standards for over a decade. Lisa’s powerful, clean voice interprets music with passion and authenticity. Lisa was drawn to rich vocal lines and lyrics inherent in jazz and blues music and inspired and influenced by Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Eva Cassidy, Big Mama Thornton, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt.
July 25 – Memphis Jones
Memphis Jones & his Trio are a house band at BB King’s Bar on Beale Street in Memphis. From Blues and R&B to Soul and Rock&Roll, he gives music lovers performances that are high on energy & soul and his witty, interactive style engages fans of all ages.
Memphis guarantees his audience a fun experience whenever he takes the stage.
Whether you want to dance, reminisce, or just sit and enjoy, Memphis Jones brings the true sound of Memphis to audiences everywhere.
August 1 – Joel Johnson
Joel Johnson is an award winning and highly acclaimed blues guitarist from the Six Nations.
He has become a household name when it comes to blues in North America.
The Joel Johnson Blues Band competed in the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN advancing to the final round.
If you like your blues hard hitting and soulful, the place to be-is in the audience at a Joel Johnson concert!
August 8 – Johannes Linstead
Johannes Linstead and his group will set the festival stage on fire as they let loose a fiesta of Afro-Cuban percussion and Spanish guitar magic! From being named “Guitarist of the Year”, to winning eight “Best Album” awards, to seven top-ten Billboard charting albums, Johannes Linstead has become recognized internationally as one of the best selling guitarists in the Latin, Instrumental and World Music genres.
His group consists of congas, bongos, accordion, bass and Spanish guitars, with each band member lending his own unique charisma, creating a rare on-stage chemistry that moves audiences to their feet, clapping along with the music and occasionally shouting out “ole!”
August 15 – Turbo Street Funk
Turbo Street Funk is a New Orleans inspired brass-rock quintet from Toronto. Known for their explosive live performances, they fuse electric guitar, percussion and soulful vocals with a one-of-a-kind combo of saxophone, sousaphone, and French horn. With over 200 performances across Ontario, Quebec, the East Coast, New England and New York, Turbo Street Funk has gained a reputation for explosive live shows, opening for artists such as The Lost Fingers, Five Alarm Funk, Terra Lightfoot, Rita Chiarelli, The Soul Motivators and Emmanuel Jal.
August 22 – Chuck Jackson & Friends
Chuck Jackson is Downchild’s singer and harmonica player; the sort of openhearted, friendly guy who builds an instant rapport with audiences. He came to Downchild 27 years ago after a long career with a number of top Canadian bands. An Award Winning singer, who rates Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells as major influences, Jackson’s also is an excellent songwriter, and there are plenty of his songs on many of the groups recordings. He’s also a fine harmonica player, and a special highlight of the band’s performances is a harp duet with Mr. Downchild.