In addition to the 2012-13 season’s ten regular season concerts, Blenders has concocted four additional “special” concerts for the popular Lyric Theatre series.
“Because you've asked for it, we've also improved our early bird pricing and series packaging,” noted Shann Gowan.
The regular series offers a 10-concert season’s pass for $250, equivalent to seeing two concerts for free, with a very limited number of VIP tables for eight available.
The special extra concert series shows are individually priced, and VIP seating is available on a very limited basis.
All concerts will be held at the Lyric Theatre.
Individual concert tickets will go on sale September 1 and are available at Pharmasave or by calling Shann at 306-778-2686 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blenders Regular Series
Mighty Popo Trio - Ontario-based Mighty Popo, a 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards winner and Rwandan-Burundian refugee and survivor, plays music steeped in African tradition with an eloquent connection to rock, blues, jazz and R & B. Saturday, Sept. 22 Doors: 8 p.m. Music: 9 p.m. $35
Genticorum, a Quebec-based traditional-folk-Celtic band, were the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2011 winner for "Traditional album of the year" and "Ensemble of the year." Friday, Nov. 23 Doors: 8 p.m. Music: 9 p.m. $30
Del Barber is an independent folk, folk rock, Americana, and alt-country singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer nominated for a 2011 Juno Roots & Traditional Album Award. He won two Western Canadian Music Awards for Independent Album and Roots Solo Recording. Saturday, Dec. 8 Doors: 8 p.m. Music: 9 p.m. $25
Samantha Savage Smith Band offers a self-described a mix of black metal, indie and melodramatic pop and is one year into the release of their first CD, on which Smith wrote all the songs. Saturday, Jan. 19 Doors: 8 p.m. Music: 9 p.m. $25
Lynn Miles is one of Canada's most accomplished singer/songwriters with seven albums, multiple Canadian Folk Awards, and a Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album. Sunday, Jan. 27 Doors: 7 p.m. Music: 8 p.m. $25
The Mark Berube Band plays indie/chamber-folk music and includes a cello/saw player and a piano/guitar/accordion player. Impressively unique. Friday, Feb. 8 Doors: 8 p.m. Music: 9 p.m. $30
Alex*Cuba creates a cross-cultural sound that mirrors his geographical journey: he hails from Cuba and resides in B.C. Musically, he lives everywhere in between. Wednesday, Mar. 13 Doors: 7 p.m. Music: 8 p.m. $35
The Steel Wheels are truly an Americana band, rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stompin' fiddle tunes. Friday, Apr. 5 Doors: 8 p.m. Music: 9 p.m. $30
Harry Manx creates musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has created a unique blend of Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, with a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves. Thursday, Apr. 25 Doors: 7 p.m. Music: 8 p.m. $35
Cam Penner’s “fiercely personal lyrics” are complemented by an “electrifying and provoking” gentle acoustic guitar style, and the defiant heroes of his songs are weary but they are never defeated. Saturday, May 18 Doors: 8 p.m. Music: 9 p.m. $25
Blenders Special Series
Joel Plaskett, Juno award winner and Polaris prize nominee, is a rock and roller and a risk taker with energetic, funky and engaging lyrics that take rock and roll back to the days when radio was king and music was a little more spontaneous. Friday, Sept. 28 Doors: 8 p.m. Music: 9 p.m. $40
Ashley MacIsaac, triple-platinum artist and ground-breaking BC native, blends rocking Celtic with kilts, army boots and combat pants. Thursday, Oct. 25 Doors: 7 p.m. Music: 8 p.m. $40
Hawksley Workman, six time-nominated and two-time Juno award winner and Ontario native, is a songwriter, producer, singer, multi instrumentalist, actor, and published author who has produced 18 albums, toured 15 countries and performed over a thousand shows - both as the headliner in prestigious venues and opening for heroes such as David Bowie. Thursday, Nov. 1 Doors: 7 p.m. Music: 8 p.m. $40
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings has organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America, having released six CDs and developed a feeling of brotherhood manifested in a sense of groove, timbral blend and melodic and rhythmic play. Monday, Nov. 19 Doors: 7 p.m. Music: 8 p.m. $40