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West Kootenay EcoSociety presents Blues, Brews, and BBQ

By Contributor
February 15th, 2015

The second annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ, hosted by the West Kootenay EcoSociety,  is set to take the stage Saturday February 28th at the Eagles Hall (641 Baker St.) in Nelson.  

The event, a fundraiser for the West Kootenay EcoSociety, hosts three great bands providing the blues component of this fantastic show.

Kicking the night off at 7 pm will be the blues power trio Jonnie B and the Bleedin’ Hearts led by local blues guitar legend Jon Burde. 

The dynamic rhythm section of Steve Wilson on drums and Rob Van der Laan on bass are the Bleedin’ Hearts. 

Jonnie B and The Bleedin’ Hearts pays tribute to the electric blues of post-war America while carefully bringing the genre into the present time, with smokin’ versions of blues/rock classics by Eric Clapton, ZZ Top and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. 

Taking the stage next, direct from Spokane, will be the headliner for the night. Three times Best Blues Band award winner by the Inland Empire Blues Society, Big Mumbo Blues Band. 

Not only has this six piece band won many awards but so has its members with guitarist/vocalist Pat Barclay (voted best blues guitarist and vocalist 2010), saxophonist Chuck Swanson(voted best instrumentalist 2010), and vocalist Jennifer Kemple (voted best female blues vocalist and best female performer 2010). 

Filling out Big Mumbo’s rock solid groovy rhythm section is Danny McCollim on organ and piano, Rick Smith on bass, and Mike Tschirgi on drums and vocals. 

Finishing off the night will be The Clinton Swanson Rhythm and Blues Review featuring two of Nelson’s most soulful singers Aryn Sheriff and Fraser Black. 

In the band will be Mark Spielman on bass, Marvin Walker on drums, Doug Stephenson on guitar, Tom Thomson on keys, Ron Butler on trumpet, and Clinton Swanson on saxophone. 

This year’s cuisine will be served up by cook/caterer extraordinaire Annie Bailey. 

Tickets are $25 and are available at Otter Books or online at You best get them early as this event sold out quickly last year.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins 7 p.m. and goes until midnight.

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