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article imageBlues Festival Presents Different Generations of the Genre Special

By Paula Kirman     Aug 25, 2015 in Music
Edmonton - The seventeenth annual Edmonton Blues Festival took place from August 21 to 23 and featured performers that crossed generations.
Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Friday night, the first evening of the Edmonton Blues Festival, got off to an energetic start with Shawn Holt and the Teardrops. Holt is the son of Blues royalty, Magic Slim.
Shawn Holt and the Teardrops. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Shawn Holt and the Teardrops. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Holt was followed by The 44's with special guest Kid Ramos. Based in Los Angeles, The 44's recently released their second album.
The 44 s with Kid Ramos. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
The 44's with Kid Ramos. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Closing the evening was Elvin Bishop. Bishop got his start with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early 60s and has recorded with a number of legends. He was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame this year.
Elvin Bishop. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Elvin Bishop. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Saturday afternoon got started with a couple of Canadian blues performers. Diana Braithwaite is descended from survivors of the Underground Railroad, who escaped slavery in the United States. Her beautiful voice is well known in both Canada and the US. Chris Whiteley is a multi-instrumentalist who has recorded on over 200 albums and has received numerous awards, most recently the Maple Blues Award as the top blues horn player in Canada in 2014.
Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Mr. Sipp comes from a small town in Mississippi and won the 2014 International Blues Challenge, 2014 Gibson Best Guitarist Award, as well as several other accolades for his exciting, energetic music.
Mr. Sipp. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Mr. Sipp. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Adrianna Marie captures the spirit of 60s R&B with her sultry vocals and backing band The Groovecutters. She was nominated as Best New Artist by the Blues Music Awards and Blues Blast Magazine last year.
Adrianna Marie. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Adrianna Marie. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Saturday's penultimate act, the West Coast All Stars, featured some of the hottest blues musicians in California, with the addition of special guest Bob Corritore on harmonica.
The West Coast All Stars. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
The West Coast All Stars. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Sugaray Rayford draws upon his hard childhood in Texas to bring passion and a huge stage presence (he is 6'5" after all) to his performance.
Sugaray Rayford. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Sugaray Rayford. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
The final day of the Blues Festival saw local favourites Jimmy and the Sleepers take the stage, along with fellow Edmontonian Rusty Reed and Big Dave McLean from Winnipeg.
Jimmy and the Sleepers with Big Dave McLean. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Jimmy and the Sleepers with Big Dave McLean. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
The Rockin' Highliners reunited to play the Blues Festival, after a hiatus stretching back to the early 2000s.
The Rockin  Highliners. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
The Rockin' Highliners. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Henry Gray celebrated his 90th birthday this year but his energy at his piano was undiminished. Backed up by the West Coast All Stars, his sound is authentic.
Henry Gray. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Henry Gray. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Janiva Magness is one of the most accomplished contemporary blues artists around, female or otherwise. Her sound is multidimensional and her stage presence is dynamic.
Janiva Magness. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Janiva Magness. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Closing Sunday evening and the 2015 edition of the Edmonton Blues Festival was rock/blues band Canned Heat, best known for the song "Going Up the Country" which became the unofficial theme song of the Woodstock film. The band had much of the crowd dancing for most of their 90 minute set which also included their other classics "On the Road Again" and "Let's Work Together."
Canned Heat. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
Canned Heat. Edmonton Blues Festival 2015.
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