Thursday’s Gone…Another Night of HJ&B

The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is Now in Full-Swing


Thursday was another exciting night of music, people, tastes and all-round good fun at the 2017 Harvest Jazz and Blues. There was a little something for everyone as King Street was closed down to traffic and vendors filled now the street. Corners were filled with unassumingly-talented buskers and the air was filled with the awesome collage of smells of food filled the air from the army of food trucks that stormed into Fredericton, seemingly out of nowhere. Music hung in the air. Harvest Jazz and Blues was in full swing for another year.

The very climate weather seemed to draw in a very large crowd to the festival. But we all know that the tents were the big draw for most. Thursday night, the tents and pubs were packed, as people came in to enjoy the best in music entertainment. The festival really delivered this year.

Thursday’s lineup included such well known acts as: Sloan, The Chali 2na and the Funk Hunters, The Marcus King Band, The City Natives, The Revivalists, and Lettuce. Other acts included: Joyful Noise, The Frequency, Amasa Hines, Christine Campbell, The Terry Whalen Band, Mad Mary, Stephen Lewis and the Big Band of Fun, and many more. Fred-E-Scene was on hand to document it for you.


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The Chali 2na and the Funk Hunters

The Terry Whalen Band

Stephen Lewis and the Big Band of Fun

The Revivalists

The Revivalists – 2

Who to Still Watch Out For


Trey​ ​Anastasio​ ​Band
Blues, Rock
Princeton, NJ
To rock music lovers, say the first name Trey and they’ll know exactly who you mean. Yes, that would be
Trey Anastasio, the legendary mind-bending guitarist and front man for Phish; one the biggest rock bands
of the last 30 years, and the guy who the members of the Grateful Dead asked to sit in for the late Jerry
Garcia for their farewell concerts in July 2015. Over the past three decades, composer/guitarist/vocalist
Anastasio has forged a multi-faceted career, winning acclaim in rock, classical and theatrical circles. He
has received Grammy nominations for both his recordings with Phish and his solo works. He has
collaborated with such artists as Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, The Roots
and – as part of the trio Oysterhead – Les Claypool (Primus) and Stewart Copeland (The Police). When
he’s not sending legions of Phish-heads into musical delirium, Trey can be found on the road with the
incredibly tight and hard-hitting septet, Trey Anastasio Band. On Harvest Friday, Trey will bring this
incredibly talented and accomplished group to Fredericton for the most anticipated show in our history
and their only festival date in Canada this summer.

Colin​ ​James
Blues, Rock
Regina, SK
Colin James is back at Harvest! Having worn many hats during his long and storied career, this
phenomenal Canadian artist has come full circle. When the six-time Juno Award winner first hit the scene
more than a quarter century ago, he became an instant rock guitar hero, mentored by the legendary
Stevie Ray Vaughan. Since then, this icon has played alongside Bonnie Raitt, Lenny Kravitz and Mavis
Staples, sold multi-platinum albums many times over and won a staggering seventeen Maple Blues
Awards. Even after eighteen acclaimed albums, Colin remains at the top of his game. Featuring masterful
interpretations of songs by Freddie King, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed and more, James’ latest record Blue
Highways takes him back to his blues roots. Two years ago, Colin took a sold out Harvest crowd on a
rip-roaring trip through his musical catalogue, and we’re thrilled to have him as he tours this new album in

Bruce​ ​Cockburn
Folk, Rock
Ottawa, Ontario
One of Canada’s finest artists makes his long awaited Harvest debut! Bruce Cockburn has enjoyed an
illustrious career shaped by politics, spirituality and musical diversity. His remarkable journey has seen
him embrace folk, jazz, rock and worldbeat styles, while earning high praise as an exceptional songwriter
and a revered guitarist. Cockburn’s songs of romance, protest and spiritual discovery are among the best
to have emerged from Canada, while his guitar playing, both acoustic and electric, has placed him in the
company of the world’s top instrumentalists. Throughout his career, Cockburn has deftly captured the joy,
pain, fear and faith of human experience in song, expressing a tough, yet hopeful stance: to kick at the
darkness till it bleeds daylight. For his many achievements, the Ottawa-born artist has been honoured
with twelve Junos and a Governor General’s Award, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame,
and made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Catch this national icon on Harvest Friday night!

Steve​ ​Earle​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Dukes
Country, Roots Rock, Folk
San Antonio, TX
The much beloved troubadour makes his Harvest debut. A protege of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark,
Steve Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, penning songs that would be recorded
by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw
the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and
founded the term “New Country.” What’s followed has been an extremely exciting and varied array of
releases from the multiple Grammy Award winner, and 2016 saw him tour a thirty year anniversary of that
ground breaking first album. He has collaborated and performed with The Pogues, Lucinda Williams,
Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Patti Smith, among so many other icons, and after hosting his son
Justin Townes Earle at our last edition, Harvest is pleased to present Steve Earle and the Dukes in 2017.

Steven​ ​Page
Scarborough, ON
Steven Page’s distinctive voice is among the most instantly recognizable in Canadian music. Across his
two decades at the helm of seminal band Barenaked Ladies, the singer songwriter was blessed with a
myriad of international awards, while selling over twelve million albums worldwide. With the release of
Heal Thyself Pt. 1: Instinct, the long-awaited follow-up to 2010 debut solo album Page One, Steven has
firmly established his own identity as a songwriting craftsman in the truest sense. In particular, his
undying love of pop-rock is prominent as ever, as Heal Thyself Pt. 1: Instinct continues his long tradition
of marrying the sweet with the tart in a way that sounds deceptively palatable. Along with touring his band
in support of this new album, Page has also been busy as a member of the The TransCanada
Highwaymen, with Chris Murphy (Sloan), Moe Berg (The Pursuit Of Happiness) and Craig Northey
(Odds). After wowing a reverent Fredericton Playhouse crowd in September of 2011, Page will bring both
projects to Harvest 2017.

TransCanada​ ​Highwaymen
Toronto, ON
The TransCanada Highwaymen are a supergroup featuring four of Canada’s best-ever songwriters, in
Moe Berg (The Pursuit Of Happiness), Chris Murphy (Sloan), Craig Northey (Odds) and Steven Page
(Ex-Barenaked Ladies). It was during the late 80s and early 90s that these talented players began
fronting four of our nation’s most popular and commercially successful bands. Their unique perspectives
on being catapulted from the hard working underground scene during one of Canada’s most exciting,
transformative music eras is a story only they can tell. Filling out a traditional four-piece rock and roll
band, The TransCanada Highwaymen power through their incredible collection of hit songs, like I’m An
Adult Now/Hard to Laugh/She’s So Young (TPOH), Underwhelmed/Coax Me/The Other Man (Sloan), It
Falls Apart /Someone Who’s Cool/Make You Mad (Odds) and The Old Apartment/Brian Wilson/Jane
(Ex-BNL). We’re excited to be presenting their first ever show in the Maritimes for Harvest 2017!

Alex​ ​Cuba
Latin, Pop/Rock, Jazz
Artemise, Cuba/Smithers, BC
Alex Cuba launched his music career as a child, performing in his father’s band Lost Puentes in Havana
and winning a national songwriting competition at age eighteen. Resettling in Northern British Columbia in
1999, Cuba has since toured his tenacious trio around the world, releasing four albums and earning
eighteen awards and nominations, including two Junos and three Latin Grammys. His groove-laden,
multi-culti sound is characterized by smoky vocals, harmonies and adept guitar work with magnetic
hooks; tunes that marry the rolling sway of Afro-Latin rhythms and the bittersweet melodies of his native
home with jazz, for a new Latin soul sound. His latest album, Healer, includes bilingual duets with Ron
Sexsmith, David Myles and Alejandra Ribera, while Cuba has also collaborated with Nelly Furtado, Feist
and Jose Gonzalez. Always finding a silver lining in melancholy of any form, Alex Cuba’s sweet melodies,
irresistible rhythms and electric punctuation are a welcome addition to our twenty seventh edition!

Brandon​ ​“Taz”​ ​Niederauer
Blues, Rock, Funk, Soul
Dix Hills, NY
Brandon Niederauer is a prodigal fourteen year old guitarist and songwriter, who plays as if he was born
with a guitar in hand and proves that soul does not always come with age. Since appearing on the Ellen
DeGeneres Show four years ago, Brandon has played with artists like Gregg Allman, George Clinton, Dr.
John and The Neville Brothers, at storied festivals like The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Jam
Cruise and The Big Blues Bender. He is regularly invited to sit in with top bands at the Brooklyn Bowl, and
has wowed packed crowds at both Madison Square Garden and the Barclay’s Center. Throughout 2016,
Brandon also performed on Broadway, as a lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock The
Musical. After jaw dropping performances at our twenty sixth festival, Brandon Niederauer returns with a
resume and style that could match many blues greats, and a band built to showcase his many talents.
Catch this superstar in the making!

The​ ​National​ ​Reserve
Blues, Blues-Rock
Brooklyn, NY
Harvest has a long, impressive track record of introducing buzz bands to its audiences, and The National
Reserve is yet another. And, while genuine blues rock/Americana bands are few and far between in
NYC’s competitive indie scene, these guys may be the most authentic of them all. The explosive,
Brooklyn-based band has synthesized the blues-folk-rock past into The Now without being detected, and
when you see it happening live, you see that foundation lending its power to the present. Twangy guitars,
blusey overtones and shuffling percussion are arranged around the endearingly scruffy voice of lead
singer/guitarist Sean Walsh, forming compelling and character-filled songs that merge blues-rock, folk
and country. The National Reserve has hit the ground running these last two years, splitting bills with
bands like Vampire Weekend, Dr. Dog and Hymns. They’ll make their first big splash north of the border
this September.

The​ ​Ghost​ ​of​ ​Paul​ ​Revere
Portland, ME
Born on the banks of the Saco River, brothers in all but name, The Ghost of Paul Revere are a powerful,
energetic and non-traditional American folk band that are renowned for harmony fueled, heart pounding
performances. Formed around lifelong friendships, the band have earned critical praise and climbed the
Billboard charts with their first full length album, Believe, while sharing the stage with Avett Brothers,
Greensky Bluegrass and Old Crow Medicine Show. Since first playing to a tiny bar in Portland, Maine in
2011, The Ghost of Paul Revere has since sold out Port City Music Hall, showcased at Folk Alliance and
made their Newport Folk Festival debut. In the words of The Boston Globe: “Mumford & Sons meet the
Avett Brothers with a twist of bluegrass. The Band for millennials… The Maine-grown, foot-stompin’
holler-folk quartet create the type of music for which festivals are made.”

Downtown​ ​Blues​ ​Band
Blues, R&B
Fredericton, NB
Formed in 1987, at a time when canned tunes had depressed the local live music scene, and when
“downtown had the blues,” the Downtown Blues Band has evolved from a casual group of like-minded
blues enthusiasts to Fredericton’s favourite party band. Described by The Telegraph Journal as “a bunch
of regular Frederictonians who can cook with the best of them, sending crowds home with big smiles on
their faces and sore feet from too much dancing,” it’s no wonder that they are the only band to play every
single Harvest in its twenty seven years (not to mention founding DTBB member Rick Hutchins also
founded the Festival in 1991). They’ve shared the stage with Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd, and helped
raise funds to dig wells, buy food for the hungry and instruments for students. As a group of seasoned
professional performers, the Downtown Blues Band will bring their infectiously fun show back to Harvest,
as is tradition!

Matt​ ​Minglewood​ ​Band
Blues, Blues Rock
Cape Breton, NS
With one foot steeped in the musical roots of blues and country, and the other knee-deep in rock, Matt
Minglewood Band’s constant touring and high octane live shows have earned them the well-deserved
reputation of ‘down-to-earth bearers of good will and good times.’ Masters of improvisation and genre
bending, their diversity and broad audience appeal have made them a true favorite on the Canadian
touring circuit. In a climate ripe with ever-changing musical styles, Matt’s artistic character has been
defined by remaining true to himself. He’s done just that on over a dozen recordings ripe with engaging,
original material and appearances by Jeff Healy, Colin James, Charlie Musselwhite and many more.
Throughout his five decades, Minglewood has been honored with numerous accolades and awards
including three Gold albums and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maple Blues Society. The last
two decades in particular have seen Minglewood embraced as one of Harvest’s all time favorites.

Brookside​ ​Mall
Pop/Rock, Indie
Fredericton, NB
Steeped in clouded nostalgia, open wounds and a weighty, permanent what-if, Brookside Mall’s six song
sophomore effort, Preservation, was released April 14 via Front Porch Records. Gently defiant and
grievously plainspoken, Preservation’s nervous pangs and vulnerable inflections are an elegy for the
in-between: Though its serpentine delivery is still marred by loss and naiveté, this album clutches at
acceptance rather than longing for absolution. Detachedly surveying its surroundings, for instance, the
title track divines “now I’m just one of the guys to you / wear this kind of disguise for you.” Teeming with
raw melodies that have ossified with time and distance, Preservation is anthemic (Garden), maudlin
(Technicolour) and disaffected (Spring). The album also includes a shiny, searing rendition of Casiotone
For The Painfully Alone’s “Natural Light.” Predicated upon poignant, precise lyricality, thundering rhythm
and vaporous synth textures, Brookside Mall melds soul and airy dream pop behind a wall of shoegaze

Earle​ ​and​ ​Coffin
St. John’s, NL
Nick Earle and Joe Coffin are two terrific emerging blues artists from St. John’s, Newfoundland. As a duo,
Earle and Coffin released debut album Live at The Citadel House in 2016. That record earned them a
place in the national spotlight, as well as a Canadian Folk Music Award and nominations at the MusicNL
and East Coast Music Awards. Adopting a distinctive style that is well beyond their years, Earle and
Coffin draw inspiration from blues greats like Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters. Rich
soulful vocals and exceptional guitar playing are just two of the descriptors that come to mind when
watching these two, who have already shared the stage with many of the region’s top roots and blues
musicians. Releasing their sophomore effort Wood Wire Blood and Bone this February, Earle and Coffin
have shared a wealth of blues/rock inspired originals that will surely satisfy your taste!

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