One of the year’s top events is coming to Nanaimo from August 20 to 23, 2009, as the Summertime Blues Festival presents stars like The Paramounts, Steve Kozak, Gerry Barnum, Slim and the Deuces, Marc Atkinson, David Gogo, Tat and the Sly Dawg, Dan Livingstone, Lazy Mike, Jared Sowan, Joe Dollar, Bill Johnson, Melissa Devost, Chris Whiteley, Diana Braithwaite, Keith Bennett, Summer and the Sinners, and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne. All concerts are free, starting at 5 pm on Thursday, 3 pm on Friday, 1 pm on Saturday, and 12:30 pm on Sunday. Bring along a folding chair and enjoy. Just make your way to the square next to the Downtown Nanaimo Library and enjoy.
During the festival, SkyHigh Productions is offering the following workshops at the Blues Underground, 10 Lois Lane under the China Steps, Nanaimo:
- Drums with Paul Nixon on Friday, August 21, 2009, from 1 to 3 pm
- Guitar with David Gogo on Saturday, August 22, 2009, from noon to 2 pm
- Harp with Gerry Barnum on Saturday, August 22, 2009, from 2 to 4 pm
- Vocals with Summer Hay on Sunday, August 23, 2009, from 2 to 4 pm
The cost of the workshops is $30 each. It’s a wonderful opportunity to receive personal instruction from renowned musical personalities. Registration can be done by phone at 250-740-2583 and you should reserve now as space is limited. (No tickets or reservations are required for the festival itself.)