Shrewsbury Ribs n’ Blues 2018 Lineup

Vanessa Collier

8:45pm – 10:00pm

Vanessa Collier – Philadelphia

At 27 years of age, master musician and multi-talented blues performer, Vanessa Collier has become an in-demand artist. Her soulful voice, searing saxophone solos and passionate, fiery performances are a highlight on any stage. Over the past year, Vanessa’s talent has taken her to 11 countries. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she has been nominated for 3 BMA’s (Blues Music Awards), twice for “Horn Player of the Year” (2017, 2018) and “Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year” (2018). With her alluring vocals and stinging saxophone, Vanessa is taking the blues world by storm, playing major festivals around the world! Enjoy, as Vanessa takes you through a captivating adventure of blues, funk, rock and soul, channeled through a riveting high energy performance!

Raoul and the Big Time

7:00pm – 8:15pm

Led by Raoul Bhaneja, this Maple Blues Award winning (and six-time nominee) band has entertained audiences across Canada, performing at major festivals (from Vancouver Folk to the Montreal International Jazz Festival).  The band has released 5 recordings including their most recent” Hollywood Blvd.”(featuring guest appearances by The Mavis Staples Band, Curtis Salgado, Johnny Sansone, Junior Watson, Rusty Zinn, Fred Kaplan and many, many more).  Raoul formed the Big Time 20 years ago, along with guitarist Darren Gallen. They soon enlisted the accomplished Tom Bona on drums (now a seven-time Maple Blues Award winner as Drummer of the Year).  Rounding out the band are Justine Fischer on bass along with a horn section that is a virtual who’s who of top Toronto players (Downchild Blues Band veteran Pat Carey, rising star Alison Young and composer, trumpet player Jake Wilkinson).  Big time Swing, Big time Blues, Big time FUN!  Raoul and the Big Time guarantee to take it to another level.  They know how to get the party started!!

Raoul and the Big Time – Toronto

Moondog Howlers


Moondog Howlers - Chatham-Kent

Moondog Howlers are a dynamic blues band that know how to rock! Comprised of four seasoned musicians and a captivating frontman, this band exudes energy.  It has become a fan favourite at Shrewsbury Ribs & Blues.  Earlier this year the band represented the Canada South Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, TN, where they competed against bands for all over the world.  In 2017, the band released it’s debut CD featuring special guest Kelly “Mr Chill” Hoppe (from the band Big Sugar) and has recently recorded their second album which they hope to release later this year.  Hailing from Chatham/Kent, the band consists of Mike Copley (vocals), Dwayne Purdy (bass), Rick Chrysler (drums), Mark Tremblay (keys) and Alex “Aug” Polowick (guitar)

Spencer MacKenzie

4:00pm – 5:00pm

18 year old Maple Blues Award winner (New Artist of the Year) Spencer MacKenzie has an insightful musical expression emerging from his body, and the only explanation is an old soul residing within!  He has a deep, soulful, true to the blues sound, with an electrifying twist that captivates his audience. Musicianship should be judged on ability rather than age; and that truly is the case with Spencer MacKenzie.  His guitar playing is crisp and clean, even as it delivers some down-to-the-bone licks.  “He’s got the blues power in his soul” – Blues Blast Magazine (USA). His debut album “Infected with the Blues” (released May 2016) earned rave reviews and international airplay.  In the two years since the release, the album is still consistently hitting the Top 50 Roots Music Report Blues/Rock Charts. ” As MacKenzie puts it, “I got the blues running through my veins!”

Spencer MacKenzie – St. Catherines

Chuckee Zehr featuring the Tim Woodcock Band

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Chuckee Zehr featuring the Tim Woodcock Band - London

Chuckee Zehr is a multi-talented, multi-genre, dynamic and charismatic performer.  She is a classically trained pianist with a voice reminiscent of Janis, Etta and Aretha.  When Chuckee sings, one can’t help but feel the passion and emotion in her voice. She considers it a privilege to be able to connect and entertain with her audience.  Chuckee will be sharing the stage with London Ontario’s most accomplished blues player Tim Woodcock.  Tim is known in music circles as a “triple threat” because of his extraordinary blues guitar playing, classic Chicago style blues harmonica playing and powerful vocal stylings.  Together it’s a show not to miss!

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