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Saturday / July 14, 2018
Headliner: Jack de Keyzer
Worldwide performing bluesman and master of smoldering guitar skills, soulful singing and rocking blues, Jack de Keyzer is, according to Blues Revue magazine, “a coveted super-hero in Canada…”
A celebrated musician, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album of the Year) 5 times and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. Jack has won seven Maple Blues Awards (three of which were Guitarist of the Year,) first place in the International Songwriting Competition and won CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners.
Bob Dylan claims, “If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he’d be famous.”
Supporting Act: Monkey Junk
Dubbed “The Sultans of Swamp R&B,” MonkeyJunk is nominated for a 2018 Juno (Canada’s equivalent of a Grammy) for Blues Album of the Year.
Constantly evolving and continually pushing boundaries and blurring genre lines, the Ottawa Ontario-based trio has added an edge to their music by incorporating soul, funk, swampy blues & rock with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, MonkeyJunk has won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and a JUNO Award for Blues Album of the Year in 2012.
Supporting Act: Heather Newman Band
Omaha watched Heather Newman do the blues since 2006, as she performed with the BluesED youth program at the age of ten. After learning guitar and performing solo acoustic folk music shows on her own she began to look for musicians with whom she could share her passion. The search took her to Kansas City where she gained experience in touring, writing and recording with other well known KC musicians before forming her own band in 2017.
Heather’s powerful and striking vocals along with her bass playing have earned her impressive reviews from the blues world. Blues Blast magazine’s review of her first studio album, Burn Me Alive, said, “Heather Newman has written a solid batch of tunes – and when they are fleshed out by her compelling voice, every song becomes noteworthy…her solo career is off to rousing start. Make sure you jump on the bandwagon now.”
BluesEd Opener: The Redwoods
The Redwoods band is made up of powerful musicians from the Omaha area, aged 12-18. The band is part of the Blues Society of Omaha’s youth program, BluesEd. Each musician has an impressive record of accomplishments including being recognized as All-State musicians, participating in MAYJO, being selected for Nebraska Young Lions and receiving awards for outstanding musicians at local competitions.
The band has performed at many venues across the Omaha Metro area. Additionally, they traveled to Memphis in January 2018 to perform at the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase. The Redwoods play diverse Blues-infused classic rock, funk, and traditional Blues.
Members include: Carmel Hemphill (vocals), Hanila VanKirk (Vocals), Hunter Neumayer (Guitar), Tommy Kaplan (Guitar), Henry Tomsu (Bass), Grace Calderon (sax) and Mike McDermott (Drums).