Edmonton’s Harpdog Brown brings his harmonica and band to the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday.

Edmonton’s Harpdog Brown brings his harmonica and band to the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday.

Blues master Harpdog Brown to wail Saturday

The Vernon Jazz Club will be getting down and bluesy as the Harpdog Brown Band takes the stage Saturday night.

The Vernon Jazz Club will be getting down and bluesy as the Harpdog Brown Band takes the stage Saturday night.

The band will be covering all the classic blues men from the mid-‘50s such as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Reed and Howlin’ Wolf, as well as performing some originals.

Harpdog will be joined by Art Edmonds on guitar, Scott Grant on drums, and world class bassist Dennis Marcenko.

Hailing from Edmonton, Brown has been a part of the Canadian blues scene since 1982. With six albums under his belt, he has toured throughout Canada, northwestern U.S. and Germany.

His album, Home is Where the Harp Is, won the coveted Muddy award for the best NW blues release of the year and was also nominated for a Juno for best blues release in Canada.

Another CD, Naturally, was voted #1 Canadian blues album of 2011 by The Blind Lemon Survey.

Brown has recently released his latest creation, What It Is, which Holger Peterson, host of CBC Radio’s Saturday Night Blues, coins as “Harpdog’s best work yet,” adding, “Harpdog is a great blues man. He is in total command on stage.”

And it’s not only Peterson who has taken notice of Harpdog’s band. West Coast Entertainment Magazine writes: “They play the blues naturally and without gimmicks or pretension, and when you combine that with their talent, it places them at the top of their trade… You won’t find a better blues band in Canada.”

When asked what drew him into the world of blues, Brown replies, “I guess I stumbled into the blues by way of The (Rolling) Stones. Like most kids my age it was The Stones or The Beatles; me it was The Stones.”

“The further I looked into the music and the source of what The Stones were and came from, the closer I came to the blues. I still love The Stones, but man, the blues is where my heart is, and always will be.”

Since those early days, the blues has become the driving force in Brown’s  life.

“Well, I believe in the power of blues. Love and humour combined, that is a powerful force. I guess you can say, in some ways, I don’t think of myself as merely a musician, but more of a businessman, and people are my business, music is my vehicle, and blues is to me the truth of life to those who will lend an ear,” said Brown.

Joining Harpdog Brown is Edmonds, a young guitarist with a rare touch and grip on the old approach to the blues. Since beginning working together in 2013, he has played alongside Brown in an electric duo as well as all of Brown’s other ensembles.

Grant is the owner and operator of the Modern Drum Room in Kelowna. He has played with Grammy nominated artist John Lee Sanders, Maple Blues award winner David Vest, Grammy award winner Donald Ray Johnson, and Juno and American Music Award winner Alfie Zappacosta.

Marcenko is a world-class bassist who has been in the music business for  more than 40 years. He has toured and recorded with both Colin James and k.d. lang.

You can check out the band at harpdogbrown.com.

The Harpdog Brown Band takes the stage at the Vernon Jazz Club (3000-31st St.) Saturday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the Bean Scene, Bean to Cup, and at www.vernonjazz.ca.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A proposed development would see two four-storey affordable housing complexes erected on Adair Street in Armstrong, next to the Nor-Val Arena. (Google Maps)
Local tenants to be prioritized for Armstrong affordable housing project

Staff have drafted an expression of interest to find a developer to move forward with on the project

Cops for Kids riders will be spinning 30 feet in the air on scissor lifts at SaveOn Foods locations in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna Saturday, May 8, 2021. (File photo)
Cops reach new heights for Okanagan kids

Nor-Val Rentals is doing the heavy lifting Saturday in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country

A medical worker prepares vials of the COVID-19 vaccines, Chinese Sinopharm, left, Sputnik V, center, and Pfizer at a vaccine centre, in the Usce shopping mall in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Serbian authorities are looking for incentives for people to boost vaccination that has slowed down in recent weeks amid widespread anti-vaccination and conspiracy theories in the Balkan nation. The government has also promised a payment of around 25 euros to everyone who gets vaccinated by the end of May. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
38 new COVID-19 cases, more than 335k vaccines administered in Interior Health

Interior Health also to start targeted vaccinations in high transmission neighbourhoods

FILE PHOTO
Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available, as AstraZeneca supply runs low: Interior Health

Province expecting large volumes of Pfizer BioNTech as age-based cohort immunization program ramps up

Kiley and her sisters-in-law Jacqueline Olson and Heidi Routley will be participating in the Sleep Out: Home Edition event May 28, 2021. (Contributed)
North Okanagan trio to sleep rough to raise funds for homeless youth

Back to Earth team of Lavington aim to raise $5K in support of the cause

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Gord Judson steers his log truck down a forest service road, using two-way radio and call signals to mark his position for oncoming traffic. (B.C. Forest Safety Council)
Planning some B.C. wilderness fishing? Don’t catch a log truck

Remote recreation areas bracing for heavy pandemic pressure

Former University of British Columbia student Stephanie Hale, 22. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Bassett
Human Rights Tribunal to hear complaint against UBC Okanagan for ‘mishandling’ sexual assault report

Stephanie Hale did not return to campus after the student she alleges attacked her was cleared of wrongdoing

Jennifer Coffman, owner of Truffle Pigs in Field, B.C., poses beside her business sign on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in this handout photo. Her restaurant and lodge have been hit hard by a closure of a section of the Trans-Canada Highway and by the British Columbia government discouraging Alberta residents from visiting during the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jennifer Coffman, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘Why we survive’: B.C. boundary towns struggle without Albertans during pandemic

Jennifer Coffman’s restaurant is located in the tiny community of Field, which relies on tourism

Memorials have been set up to honour those who died during the Second World War. (Pixabay.com)
COLUMN: It’s time to stop making comparisons to Hitler

The deadliest, most destructive war in human history should not become a metaphor

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to start releasing neighbourhood-specific COVID numbers after data leak

Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods

Kelowna seen from the top of Knox Mountain. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
Accessibility concerns raised as Kelowna ponders banning vehicles from Knox Mountain

Knox Mountain Drive, which leads to two lookouts, has been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic began

(Pixabay photo)
Cow-based wildfire mitigation pilot contended by Southeast Kelowna group

‘Targeted grazing’ program would see 50 cows deployed to 60-hectare parcel above Field Road

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count creeps up, seven more deaths

445 people in hospital, 157 in intensive care

Most Read