President’s Message – July 2016

gerold250Every time that I have a talk with a supporter of the Blues Society the accolades just keep coming. Comments with regards to our Sunday Blues Jam continue on more that just a positive note. So encouraging to realize just how much fun the audience and the musicians are having. We consistently draw folks from Victoria to Courtney and Port Alberni to Duncan and all points in-between. Musicians are always incredibly complimentary and the host bands continue to share their knowledge and expertise with the jammers. The egos are parked at the door and the only aim is to play music and have a blast. This has translated into the “Best Blues Room” on Vancouver Island and possibly even outshining the infamous Yale Hotel in Vancouver.

We are on the hunt for a Volunteer Coordinator. The NBS has set up a template to follow but needs someone to step up to the plate and help us out. It is a challenging position but with the help of our amazing board members it will be a truly rewarding experience. Please contact myself at for more information.

We are shifting into high gear as we get closer to Summertime Blues 2016. Board members are hard at work ensuring that all bases as covered. We have enlarged our venue as the number of folks attending increases. We have experienced 17% growth each year over the last three years. The Summertime Blues has certainly become a major international event for Vancouver Island and the City of Nanaimo. Early bird tickets are still available from the Port Theatre Ticket office or at The Queens — but only until July 31st. $125 for 21 international acts over 3 full days is an absolute bargain!

See you in August.

Gerold Haukenfrers




NBS Presents
Jimmy D. Lane
at The Queen’s
Saturday, July 30th

JimmyDLaneJimmy D. Lane (Jimmy Rogers son) will perform at The Queen’s on Saturday, July 30th!.  Opening act will be Summer and the Sinners with Frank Alexander.  Tickets will be available at The Queen’s Sunday Jam (just go up to the Hugh Hefner Lounge and we’ll be happy to help) or at The Queen’s during regular business hours.  Tickets will be $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

Jimmy started playing guitar at the age of 8.  John Wayne (yes that John Wayne) gave him his first guitar.  Shakey Jake was The Duke’s driver and a friend of Jimmy’s family.  Jimmy got serious about playing guitar at the age of 18.  Four years later, he was the lead guitarist in his dad’s band.  Keep in mind his father was the late, great Jimmy Rogers and playing lead for his band isn’t exactly like playing for Spinal Tap.  Jimmy’s music is on the rockin’ side but tempered with just the right amount of Blues.  This will be a great show!

Website: Jimmy D. Lane
YouTube: Jimmy D. Lane

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.


The Nanaimo Blues Society gratefully acknowledges the support of:

cityofnanaimo porttheatresocan


Our thanks to our Summertime Blues 2015 sponsors!