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Blues Benefit Bash
Nanaimo Blues Society Fundraiser

August 3rd, 2014
Nanaimo Event Centre
Doors 7:30pm - Show 8:00pm




Mark your calendars for the Blues Benefit Bash for the Nanaimo Blues Society hosted by Tina Coldwell. It's going to be an amazing event on August 3. Ash Grunwald, The HI-FI, Bill Johnson, Jason Buie, and Jane Champaign will be performing...plus there's going to be a silent auction, tasty chili and snacks for a small extra fee.

Your ticket also covers the blues jam at The Queens earlier that day which means you will experience amazing live entertainment from 4:00pm to 11:30pm all for only $29.50 per ticket!

Tickets available at Port Theatre, Fascinating Rhythm, Cranky Dog Music, Rockabily's Clothing, and Arbutus Music

Purchase tickets online here.

Check out the event on Facebook!

We'll see you there!


January 2014

The Nanaimo Blues Society (NBS) is truly excited for 2014. There are some exciting things are in the works to enhance the role of NBS in Nanaimo. We are currently involved with putting on Jam Sessions on Sundays between 4:00-8:00 pm at The Queens. You can come as a lover of music or as a musician.

Showcasing musicians and giving them an opportunity to play in a terrific venue has become possible. Beginning on January 26th, the NBS is promoting the "Blues Jam". All musicians welcome and the format is simple. Host band opens the set, then it's an open jam until the host band closes with a final set. Best of all the incredible entertainment is only $5.00 at the door. Musicians and jammers are free. 50/50 draw is happening with proceeds benefiting the non-profit NBS. All admission tickets enter you into a draw for amazing gift baskets.

In other news, we have a dynamic board of directors focusing on bringing "Summertime Blues" 2014 once again to Maffeo Sutton Park August 22, 23 & 24.

Ongoing projects will be burger and beer nights for fund raising. We are also in negotiations with the Port Theatre in bringing a special guest artist hopefully in the late fall. Stay tuned!!

Thank you so much for your continued support.


Gerold Haukenfrers, NBS President



If you’re a Vancouver Island blues musician or band please let us know of your upcoming performance and we will be happy to promote your event in our Newsletter and on our Facebook and Twitter sites. Contact us at info@nanaimoblues.ca or send us a message via Facebook or Twitter.




Thank you to our patrons, sponsors and volunteers for helping us create an outstanding 2013 Summertime Blues!

Check us out - watch our interview
during the festival with CTV Vancouver Island:
Click to watch!


“Summertime Blues” 2013 was a major success!  From Ian Perry (our opener) to Rita Chiarelli (our closing act) and all the other phenomenal musicians “Summertime Blues” rocked.  A big round of applause goes to our supporters who bought weekend passes to enjoy the 3 day event.  I admit the bit of rain on Friday & Saturday slowed us down just a tad but it certainly didn’t dampen our spirits.  Sunday was a sensational day of sunshine and great music.

A huge thank you to the many volunteers who unselfishly spent their time and energies in ensuring that our summer festival runs smoothly and efficiently.  I would also like to personally thank our board of directors who have been in the planning stages since last September.

So many people danced their buns off and burned up more than a few calories.  Fortunately these were readily replaced with the refreshments from our beer gardens.

A couple of terrific artisans were on hand to lend a unique experience.  Thank you Jan Donaldson Designs and Rhythms Artglass for your involvement.  Hope to have you back next year.

The entire board of directors is already planning for next year.  Any suggestions and ideas from your experience this year would be graciously considered so your input is invaluable.

Most importantly, who should we bring to Nanaimo for your listening and dancing pleasure?  One little caveat…  we have to be able to afford them.  So put on your thinking caps and let me know your thoughts. Please email us with your ideas and suggestions! email: info@nanaimobluesfestival.com

Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

See you next year!

Gerold Haukenfrers
President



Prior events

  • We have some photos up of our Guitar Workshop with David Gogo held on Saturday, November 24, 2012. Check them out here!




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