Sky High Productions and the Blues Underground are bringing Doc MacLean and Big Dave McLean to the Caprice Theatre, 46 Nicol Street, Nanaimo, on Saturday, November 7, 2009. The 180-seat Caprice or “Nanaimo Entertainment Centre” is a great venue with excellent sound. And Doc MacLean and Big Dave McLean are pleased to report that their National Steel Century Blues Tour has grown to a record breaking 100+ back to back shows spanning nine provinces and two territories. Riding high on the roots revival, these veteran bluesmen launched the Century Tour at the Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, on Wednesday, September 9, 2009.
The most comprehensive Canadian blues-roots tour ever mounted, the Century is setting new benchmarks for independent artists. “I think it’s the biggest tour anybody has done in this country,” says Doc MacLean, who claims to run the whole enterprise out of a virtual office consisting of “a laptop, a cell phone, and a guitar case.”
Operating without arts funding, the Century Tour is absorbing the costs of bringing the blues to remote rural locations and the far north. “It’s something Big Dave and I feel very strongly about,” explains Doc, “a national tour should be national— not just a string of big cities on a highway.” Building on the “blues coming to your town!” theme, MacLean and McLean have partnered with music retailer and educator Long and McQuade to offer complimentary blues guitar workshops and masterclasses at locations across Canada, including a workshop in Nanaimo.
To commemorate the Century Tour, MacLean and McLean have released a special, live CD, “Big Road Blues.” This limited pressing, recorded and produced by Catherine McLelland for CBC’s “Canada Live,” will only be available at Century Blues Tour shows.
MacLean and McLean thrilled sold out halls from Halifax to Vancouver Island on their original Big Road Blues Tour. Back by popular demand, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear them interact again, up close and personal in this epic, all acoustic songs and stories presentation. Loaded with new songs and old favourites, the Century Tour is a classic, “must see” event.
Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the Blues Underground, 10 Lois Lane, Tina’s Diner, 187 Commercial St., and Bellezza Bath & Beauty, 45 Commercial St. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. For more information call 250-616-6242 or 250-740-2583.