The 23rd edition of the Tremblant International Blues Festival kicks off in less than 24 hours. As usual, over one hundred free shows are offered over ten days, on the 5 outdoor stages, as well as inside at the 9 participating restaurants and bars, not to mention at the Tremblant Casino. There will be blues of every variety for every taste: you're sure to discover some traditional blues, soul, R & B, country, folk, or rock strains of the blues to suit your palate.
Tremblant will be grooving to the sounds and sights of the blues. Enough with all the numbers though. Here are our picks for the first weekend of the festival:
Friday: Start off with something completey different. Check out Heymoonshaker from the UK. Andy Balcon on guitar and Dave Crowe on beatbox pair up to present a style they coined...'beatbox blues'. It's intense, raw and it works.
Saturday: Based out of Memphis, Tennessee, singer and harp player John Nemeth has established himself among the top blues soul singers today. On the main stage at 9 pm, accompanied by Diunna Greenleaf, Nemeth will take you on a vocal journey back to the heyday of soul singers. Get funky!
Sunday: this one is a tie! Start the evening at the B.B. King stage to catch more Diunna Greenleaf, backed up by Barath and his Rhythm Four, and then high tail it up the hill to Place St- Bernard to catch Jonathan Tyler's show.
Check back to the website often. We'll give you recommendations for the weekday shows, not to mention tons of pictures from the shows.