Roots Series: Absofunkinlutely

Friday, October 31, 2014, 9:00 pm

Absofunkinglutely                                                                                                                   Spend your Halloween listening to great grooves, spinning Leslie speakers, funky bass lines, wahwah guitar, and the soulful voice of AFL frontman Randy Woods. The only thing scary about this night will be trying to find a spot on the dance floor.

$17/22     Get Tickets!                                                                               Sponsored by CFCR

Jazz Travelers Series: Allison Au Quartet (Toronto)

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8:00 pm

Nov 1 Allison auThe JUNO-nominated Allison Au Quartet is a modern jazz ensemble that maintains a steady performance schedule in Toronto’s major jazz clubs. Saxophonist/composer Allison Au strives to emanate a sense of exploration and discovery in her work. Her quartet features Todd Pentney (piano), Jon Maharaj (bass), and Fabio Ragnelli (drums).
$20/25     Get Tickets!                                         Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Fiddle Series: Karrnnel and Friends (Toronto)

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 8:00 pm

Karrnel                                                                                                  Recording artist, teacher, producer, performer, and composer Karrnnel Sawitsky is changing the face of fiddle music. Born and raised in Saskatoon (just north of the Weir on Spadina Crescent), Karrnnel has been playing fiddle for close to 30 years and has toured North America as part of the legendary Sawitsky Family Fiddlers.

$17/22     Get Tickets!                                                              Sponsored by Business Furnishings

Roots Series: John Bryant (Halifax) ft. Theresa Sokyrka

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:00 pm

Nov 6 Jon BryantTwo-time iTunes Spotlight Artist Jon Bryant’s songs are stark in their simplicity and bold in their proclamations. Having honed his craft with tours of Canada, the U.S., and Europe, Bryant draws you into his songs with his simple, authentic sound.  Canadian Idol runner-up Theresa Sokyrka is sounding better than ever and will play the opening set.

$15/20     Get Tickets!                                         Sponsored by CFCR

 

 

Big Band Series: U of S Jazz Ensemble

Friday, November 7, 2014, 9:00 pm

The U of S Jazz Ensemble plays jazz standards and original compositions. Under the direction of Dean McNeill, the ensemble is made up of music and non-music majors currently attending the U of S.

$10/15                Get Tickets!                     Sponsored by Prairie Meats

Roots Series: Prosad (Toronto)

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8:00 pm

Prosad

After 15 years of sitar study and festival performances in Australia and Europe, Prosad’s one-man show features guitar, didgeridoo, saxophone, Indian flute, African M’bira, percussion, and vocals.   He plays simultaneous didgeridoo and sitar looping everything live while mixing looped percussion with funky original beats.

$17/22     Get Tickets!                                                                  Sponsored by CFCR

Roots Series: Paper Lions (Charlottetown, PEI) ft. Crestwood

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 8:00 pm

Paper LionsCanadian indie-rockers Paper Lions formed in high school in 2004. Featuring the great brotherly vocal blend of John MacPhee and Rob MacPhee, Paper Lions has released 7 albums and was a finalist in the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Competition.  Saskatoon duo Crestwood opens the night.

$20/25     Get Tickets!                                        Sponsored by CFCR

 

Blues Series: Jim Byrnes/Big Dave McLean/Steve Dawson (Vancouver/Winnipeg/Nashville)

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 8:00 pm

 

Nov 13 XXXJim Byrnes (2)The Black Hen Traveling Roadshow Review features three of Canada’s leading roots musicians, brought together for an amazing night of soulful blues belting, first rate guitar picking, and tales tall and true. The Roadshow stars Canada’s 2013 Blues Vocalist of the Year Jim Byrnes, Winnipeg’s consummate blues road warrior Big Dave McLean, and Black Hen Records label head and virtuoso string player Steve Dawson.

$30/40      Get Tickets!                                                          Sponsored by Braid Flooring

Roots Series: Zachary Lucky with Mandy Ringdal

Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:00 pm

Zachary LuckyHaving played over 600 gigs in the last five year across North America and Europe, Zachary Lucky has to be the hardest working man on the Saskatchewan music scene.   He returns to perform folk and country originals culled from his six allbums.   Hawarden, SK singer songwriter Mandy Ringdal plays the opening set.

$17/22     Get Tickets!                                                Sponsored by CFCR

Jazz Travelers Series: Myriad3 (Toronto)

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:00 pm

MyriadUnlike typical piano trios, Myriad3 is true collective with each member acting as both leader and sideman. Playing mostly original music, the group features three of the most important players on the contemporary Canadian jazz scene: Chris Donnelly (piano), Dan Fortin (bass), and Ernesto Cervini (drums).

$20/25             Get Tickets!                                 Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Roots Series: Red Moon Road (Winnipeg)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 8:00 pm

SONY DSCFrom living rooms to folk fest stages, the members of Red Moon Road – Sheena Rattai, Daniel Jordan, and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner – have charmed audiences with their lush and lively take on modern roots, peppered by bright stage banter, exquisite harmonies, and masterfully told stories.

$17/22     Get Tickets!                               Sponsored by CFCR

Big Band Series: Jazz Education Workshop featuring Kristin Korb and Brad Turner

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 8:00 pm

Jazz Ed WorkshopThe 2nd annual SJS Jazz Education Workshop features 12 bands ranging in experience from high school to university to adult community groups. Participating ensembles work under the guidance of our world-class musician/educators: Kristin Korb (bass/vocals) and Brad Turner (trumpet/piano/drums). Watch for the pros to “sit in” as workshop bands take the stage at the Bassment each night. Saturday night’s final set will feature Korb and Turner, backed by Graham Pritchard (guitar) and Arlan Kopp (drums).

The SJS Jazz Education Workshop is generously supported by our title sponsor St. John’s Music.   Other sponsors are The University of Saskatchewan – Department of Music, Yamaha Canada, Saskatchewan Band Association, Sask Lotteries, Sask Culture, and Musicraft.

$10/15     Get Tickets

Roots Series: The Midnight Roses (Swift Current)

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 8:00 pm

Nov 23 midnightrosesFrom the heart of Canada’s farm country and deeply influenced by folk and bluegrass, The Midnight Roses present a captivating mix of old fashioned raw grit, fresh instrumentation and roots country twang wrapped in powerful vocals and stunning harmonies.                $17/22   Get Tickets!                                         Sponsored by CFCR

Jazz Jam with The Brett Balon Trio

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

brett balonLooking for a way to improve your jazz chops? Musician/educator Brett Balon and his trio provide the encouragement and guidance needed to make your jazz experience both fun and educational.

No Cover     Sponsored by St. John’s Music

Roots Series: Lisa LeBlanc (Montreal) ft. Vaero

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:00 pm

LisaBorn in Rosaireville, New Brunswick, Acadian singer songwriter Lisa LeBlanc comes from a family of music lovers and wrote her first songs at the age of 14. At the tender age of 20 she won the prestigious Festival international de la chanson de Granby (Granby Song Festival) and her 2012 album Lisa LeBlanc has been certified platinum.   Singer songwriter Vaero, from the Young Benjamins, plays the opening set.

$17/22     Get Tickets!                  Sponsored by CFCR

Roots Series: Foggy Hogtown Boys (Toronto)

Friday, November 28, 2014, 9:00 pm

FoggyHogTownSince 2001, The Foggy Hogtown Boys have been delivering the goods to bluegrass fans across North America and around the world. Blessed with an ability to slide between bluegrass and old-time with remarkable ease and authority, The FHB is a band with no stars – each member is a featured singer and instrumentalist.
Proceeds from this show will help fund the Jack Millikin Centre, a proposed four-season centre for arts, culture and ecological education on the Ness Creek site.

$20/25   Get Tickets!            Sponsored by CFCR                                                                                   Presented by the Jack Millikin Centre and The Bassment

Jazz Singer Series: Fernanda Cunha (Brazil) ft. Reg Schwager (Toronto)

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8:00 pm

Nov 29 #4 FernandaCunha_Baixa-5Making her Saskatchewan debut, Brazilian singer Fernanda Cunha performs contemporary and traditional Latin compositions.   Rising out of the rich Brazilian jazz scene, Fernanda has toured North America and Europe winning fans for her post-bossa nova groove.

$25/35    Get Tickets!                                          Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Rosie and the Riveters

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8:00 pm

Dec 4_5 rosieandtherivetersFeaturing four great singers – Farideh Caeser, Alexis Normand, Melissa Nygren, and Allyson Reigh – Rosie and the Riveters return to The Bassment for two nights of bluegrass, spirituals, folk, and originals.   Revisiting the spirit of gospel and the charm of the 1940’s, The Riveters will have you dancing in the aisles and laughing in your seats.

$20/25       Get Tickets!                            Sponsored by CFCR

Jazz Singer Series: Elizabeth Shepherd Quintet (Toronto)

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:00 pm

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The only jazz artist to be nominated for the prestigious Polaris Prize, Elizabeth Shepherd is an innovator and one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the contemporary music scene. With three JUNO nominations and praise for being “a jazz virtuoso with a pop sensibility”, Elizabeth has caught the ear of critics and fans across North America and Europe.    The quintet features legendary Canadian trumpet player Kevin Turcotte.

$25/35        Get Tickets!                                                   Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

The Crooked Brothers (Winnipeg)

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 8:00 pm

Dec 7 Crooked Bros #2Combining a timeless classic country sound, back porch blues, and stomping scrap yard funk, the Crooked Brothers make their Bassment debut singing original tunes that move from sorrow to joy and back. The Brothers – Jesse Matas, Darwin Baker, and Matt Foster – play banjo, mandolin, dobro, guitar, and harmonica.

$15/20     Get Tickets!                               Sponsored by CFCR  

Jazz Jam with The Brett Balon Trio

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 pm

brett balonLooking for a way to improve your jazz chops?   Musician/educator Brett Balon and his trio provide the encouragement and guidance needed to make your jazz experience both fun and educational.

No Cover                                                                                  Sponsored by St. John’s Music

Piano Series: Foodbank PianoThon

Friday, December 12, 2014, 4:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Dec 12 Pianothon #3The Foodbank PianoThon is back to offer you an opportunity to donate to a worthy cause and to hear a plethora of Saskatoon’s best piano players: Fred Ballantyne, Brett Balon, Bryn Becker, Jesse Brown, Joe Campbell, Sheldon Corbett, Grant Currie, Neil Currie, Maurice Drouin, Irene Elliot, Don Griffith, Martin Janovsky, Marion Mendelsohn, Luke Newman, Ross Nykiforuk, Ken Pizurny, Kim Salkeld, Ray Stephanson, Cassandra Stinn, and Matt Wolsfeld.

Suggested Donation: $10 or two non-perishable food items

Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Piano Series: Maurice Drouin’s Jazzy Christmas

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 8:00 pm

If you need something to get you into the Christmas spirit, this is the show for you.   With some of the best singers, players, and all your favourite Christmas songs, Maurice Drouin’s Jazzy Christmas has become a Saskatoon Yuletide tradition.

$22/27     Get Tickets!                                                              Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre                                     

Roots Series: Kacy & Clayton featuring Kiera Dall’Osto

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 9:00 pm

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With Kacy’s pure and angelic voice, Clayton’s driving rhythmic guitar, and a collection of traditional and original acoustic blues, this talented duo has been turning heads at festivals and concerts across western Canada.   Kiera Dall’Osto plays the opening set.

$17/22     Get Tickets!                         Sponsored by CFCR

Piano Series: Jason Wilson with Cuyler Biller (Toronto)

Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:00 pm

Dec 19 XXXJason Wilson promo 5Two-time JUNO nominee Jason Wilson played with Messenjah when he was only 14 and has since worked with UB40, Alanis Morissette, Ron Sexsmith, and Percy Sledge. Incorporating jazz and Scottish and English folk influences atop a reggae foundation, Dr. Wilson is an acclaimed historian and multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter best known for his piano skills. Joining him is Saskatoon native and guitarist Cuyler Biller.

$17/22          Get Tickets!                Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Jazz Singer Series: Vesti and The Vexations

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 pm

dec 20 VestiSaskatoon legends Vesti and the Vexations play all your soul and R’ n ‘B favourites. Get ready for night with swirling Leslie speakers, a punchy 3-piece horn section, smoky vocals, and a packed dance floor.

$17/22     Get Tickets!                                                          Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Roots Series: Ryan Boldt – Album Release

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 8:00 pm

Dec 21 Ryan Boldt #4The mastermind behind the Deep Dark Woods, Ryan Boldt is a singer songwriter blessed with an ability to write hauntingly compelling songs and to deliver them in an understated highly personal style. For those of you who need a few last minute Christmas presents – Ryan will be releasing his solo album Broadside Ballads.

$17/22     Get Tickets!                              Sponsored by CFCR

Roots Series: The Barrelmen

Friday, December 26, 2014, 9:00 pm

Dec 26 Barrelmen porchSaskatoon’s original country-folk-rock back porch troubadours take the stage for a night of originals.   The Barrelmen are: Berkeley Buchko, Jodi Giesbrecht, Tyler MacKenzie, and Craig Wilson.

$15/20     Get Tickets!                                        Sponsored by CFCR

Roots Series: In With The Old

Friday, January 2, 2015, 9:00 pm

Jan 2 In with the Old #1                                                                                      Hot banjo licks and beautiful harmonies combine to create In With the Old’s bluegrass-inspired sound. This gifted trio of young musicians plays a fresh new take on old-time, folk, and bluegrass.

$15/20     Get Tickets!                                         Sponsored by CFCR

Blues Series: BC Read Big Band

Friday, January 9, 2015, 9:00 pm

                                                                                           Featuring a great big bag of original blues tunes, a tight rhythm section, and a hot three-piece horn section, BC Read and his Big Band make their Bassment debut.

$17/22     Get Tickets!                                                        Sponsored by Braid Flooring

Piano Series: Martin Janovsky Orchestra

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 8:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 11.35.43 PMSaskatoon piano man Martin Janovsky surrounds himself with the best musicians in the province.   He chooses great music and has an entertaining rapport with his audiences.   And to top it all off – Martin is an amazing piano player and always shows up in a tux!

$17/22     Get Tickets!                                        Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Roots Series: Outside The Wall – Pink Floyd Tribute

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 8:00 pm

One of North America’s best Pink Floyd tribute bands, OTW returns for their annual two-night gig. Expect great vocals, blistering solos, and amazingly accurate renditions of Pink Floyd’s timeless classics.

$20/25     Get Tickets!                                         Sponsored by CFCR

Jazz Singer Series: Jazz Singer Fest – 8 Singers – featuring The Kim Salkeld Quartet

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 8:00 pm

If you are a fan of jazz vocal standards, then our Jazz Singer Fest is for you. This will be a celebration of great songs and great singers: Sarah Anderson, Paulette Andrieu, Neil Currie, BJ Harris, Rebecca Griffith, Donna Hay, Kathryn Schultz, and Gillian Snider.  The Kim Salkeld Quartet provides a solid and swinging back up for our jazz singers.

$17/22     Get Tickets!                                                           Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Jazz Jam with The Brett Balon Trio

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7:30 pm

brett balon                                                                                                Looking ways to improve your jazz chops? Musician/educator Brett Balon and his trio provide the encouragement and guidance needed to make your jazz experience both fun and educational.

No Cover                                                                               Sponsored by St. John’s Music

Blues Series: The Jack Semple Band (Regina)

Friday, January 23, 2015, 9:00 pm

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The #1 guitarist in Saskatchewan, Jack Semple is known for funky grooves, blistering solos, soulful vocals, and for his awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping technique.

$25/35                Get Tickets!                                                                      Sponsored by Braid Flooring

Jazz Travelers Series: David Braid ft. Michael Davidson & Peripheral Vision (Toronto)

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8:00 pm

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JUNO Award-winning pianist/composer David Braid returns to The Bassment to perform his latest original music. Since his last visit to Saskatoon David has played in England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, China, and across Canada. Joining David are vibraphone virtuoso Michael Davidson and the contemporary jazz quartet Peripheral Vision.

$25/35     Get Tickets!                                                                 Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Fiddle Series: Fiddle Feast with Gordon Stobbe, Karrnnel, Daniel Koulack, Troy McGillivray, and JJ Guy

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 8:00 pm

Gordon StobbeFeaturing some of the best fiddle players in the country – JJ Guy, Karrnnel, Daniel Koulack, Troy McGillivray, and Gordon Stobbe – come to town for a night of great tunes and exciting jams.   We guarantee your fiddle appetite will be satiated.

$20/25     Get Tickets!                                         Sponsored by Business Furnishings

Blues Series: Julian Fauth (Toronto)

Friday, January 30, 2015, 9:00 pm

JUNO Award-winning two-fisted piano man Julian Fauth returns for a night of barrelhouse and boogie-woogie piano blues.   With infusions of gospel and jazz, Julian performs traditional material as well his own compelling songs. Combining a old-time blues shouter vocal style with a steady, thumping piano groove, Julian is a true one-of-a-kind artist.

$20/25     Get Tickets!                                                            Sponsored by Braid Flooring

Jazz Travelers Series: The Roy Assaf Trio (New York)

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 8:00 pm

Jan 31 Roy AssafSince graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Israeli jazz pianist Roy Assaf has worked with Roy Hargrove, Randy Brecker, Steve Turre, and David Sanborn.   Joining Roy for his Bassment debut are Raviv Markovitz (bass) and Jake Goldbas (drums).

$20/25                  Get Tickets!                           Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.