Kelowna blues harpist Sherman Doucette joins Vernon guitarist Cole Leaver for a series of concerts at Lake City Casino in Vernon starting Oct. 18.

Kelowna blues harpist Sherman Doucette joins Vernon guitarist Cole Leaver for a series of concerts at Lake City Casino in Vernon starting Oct. 18.

Blues vet and guitarist team up for casino concerts

Veteran bluesman Sherman Doucette and young Vernon guitarist Cole Leaver perform a series of concerts at Lake City Casino in Vernon.

  • Oct. 9, 2013 6:00 a.m.

Veteran bluesman Sherman Doucette has teamed up with young Vernon guitarist Cole Leaver for a series of concerts at Lake City Casino Friday, Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and Nov. 29 at 9 p.m.

The men have played as both a duo and as a full band, and it’s the duo that has Doucette most enthused.

Hearing the blues with just acoustic guitar and harmonica transports you right down south. If you close your eyes, Cole and I sound like two guys on the back porch at a barbecue in the Mississippi Delta. There’s no excess ornamentation, just the rhythm and the blues, so bring your dancing shoes,” said Doucette.

Hailed as one of the best blues harmonica players in Canada, Doucette’s long career, both in the Okanagan and in Vancouver, has seen him share stages with such icons as John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Pinetop Perkins, Long John Baldry and many others.

He is happy to welcome Leaver to the blues fold in the Valley, and has known the guitarist since he was a teenager.

“He’s a very musical cat and he just keeps getting better and better,” said Doucette.

Lake City Casino is located at 4900 Anderson Way, Vernon. Call 250-545-3505 for information.