Summertime Blues 2016 Line-Up. Wow!

Summertime Blues 2016 Line Up. One word: WOW!


This year’s international, national and local blues artists represent the best line-up of artists we had ever had. From the British Blues/Rock legends Savoy Brown to American southern blues masters Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, along with local favourites Lazy Mike & The Rockin’ Recliners and Blue Moon Marquee. Three amazing days of blues are on their way.

Friday, August 26

  • Summer & The Sinners
  • Lazy Mike & The Rockin Recliners
  • The Harpoonist and The Axemurderer
  • Sue Foley
  • Shakura S’Aida
  • Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Saturday, August 27

  • Preston McCool
  • Renovation Blues Band
  • Gerry Barnum & Bill Johnson
  • The Crissinger Band
  • David Vest
  • Rick Vito & The Lucky Devils
  • Jack Semple
  • Savoy Brown
Sunday, August 28

  • Big Pacific
  • Blue Moon Marquee
  • Steve Kozak
  • The Kirby Sewell Band
  • David Gogo
  • Brandon Isaak
  • Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Tickets with early-bird pricing now available at the Port Theatre, Nanaimo.


Thank You Festival Supporters !

thankyou300Summertime Blues 2015 was a great success. The artists that we presented this year were a mix of old friends, some first time performers at the festival, and international touring artists representing the biggest names that the society has ever been able to present.

Friday kicked off with The New Mother Earth first timers at the festival started us off. The Petting Zoo another Blues Jam favourite gave a high energy performance. Followed by great sets from the Jason Buie Band and Poppa Dawg. Our headliner for Friday did not disappoint, Marcia Ball and her great band gave us a night to remember.

Saturday’s rain and wind didn’t deter our fans. Everyone pulled together and helped each other out. And a good time was had by all.

Saturday kicked off with the Deb Rhymer band. Deb was wonderful helping out by playing a longer set while other bands struggled to get all their musicians here from Victoria due to an accident on the highway. The Sinners did a great job performing without Summer Hay and Buddy Love, that were caught on the other side of the road closure and couldn’t make in on time to perform. Mark Crissinger and the Crissinger Band got thing going with a great set, with Mark in the crowd playing to the people. Perennial favorites Lazy Mike and the Rockin Recliners showed their usual warmth and had everyone up dancing. Murray Porter gave a truly inspired performance and a great change of pace to the day. Harpdog Brown and the Travelin Blues Show kicked it up a notch and had the whole crowd going. Little Victor, all the way from England, showed why he is known as the King of Grit with his old school back to basics style of the blues. Then Elvin Bishop came on and reminded everyone why he is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elvin at 73 did a blazing set with his band. Featuring great dual guitar leads and wonderful story telling. What a way to finish out Saturday.

Sunday was a mix of new comers to the festival and Blues Jam mainstays. The Ole Johnson Band kicked us off and didn’t disappoint. Frank Alexander and Alexander’s Bluestime Band brought in extra horns to give the festival crowd an even better show and Frank was on top of his game giving a great performance. Luv Train showed why they continue to be a Blues Jam favourite with a rockin set. Then Jack Semple stepped up and introduced himself to the crowd that may not of known him very well but they do now. He tore the place up with his blazing guitar work and soulful vocals. The Soul Shakers gave us a cooking set of soul laced blues. Uncle Wiggly and the Hot Shoes Band was back this year and showed why they are a favourite with festival crowds. Our closer for the Night was CJ Chenier and he and his band showed what the power of Zydeco can do. He had the whole place dancing and smiling.

Thanks to everyone for joining us at this year’s event. I have already started working on the lineup for the 2016 Summertime Blues Festival. It will be bigger and better yet again. See you in 2016.

Grant Payne
Vice President
Nanaimo Blues Society

President’s Message
June 2016

Wow! In just a little over 60 days Summertime Blues 2016 will be in full swing. Your board of directors have been working overtime to bring you the best festival ever. Advance ticket sales are up considerably over last year. So you may want to reserve an early bird ticket sooner than later. We all enjoy saving money so please take advantage of the deals to be had.

Pricing schedule is as noted:
Early Bird Special runs from now until July 31st for only $125. Limited tickets are also available for sale at the Queen’s in downtown Nanaimo. A small increase takes effect August 1st – August 21 for 135.50. Gate pricing in effect until August 26th $146.00. So do the math and save some cash. And if you are unable to do the entire weekend take in daily performances for only $52.50.

We are putting out a call for volunteers shortly for our upcoming Summertime Blues.  Please check out Volunteer info page and Facebook page  for further information.

Our lineup for 2016 is stellar, our board is excited and our fans are making plans. It’s all coming together quicker than we know. Thanks for your continued support.

Gerold Haukenfrers



SBF 2015 – Lost & Found

As always, we have an interesting array of items turned in. If you lost something, found anything, or want to connect with your item – please email us with a description of the item and your contact info. We have stuff going back to last year and before so don’t be shy!
Also, one of our Blues fans lost a brown soft vinyl sunglasses case complete with prescription sunglasses. This item is sorely missed and the owner is looking to reconnect – please email if you can assist in the re-connection. Thank you!


The Nanaimo Blues Society gratefully acknowledges the support of:

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Our thanks to our Summertime Blues 2015 sponsors!