One of the most original and exciting bands on the scene today, The 24th Street Wailers quickly developed their tight grooves, charismatic live show and original repertoire in the three years they have been together.
This young blues quartet rocked the Beach Stage at last year's Harrison Festival of the Arts, and the Harrison Festival Society is bringing The 24th Street Wailers back on April 20 at 8 p.m. in the Harrison Memorial Hall.
With their 2010 debut album Dirty Little Young'uns reaching number three in Canada and number eight in the U.S. on the Roots Music Report and a smashing sophomore CD in 2012 titled Unshakeable, the band is gaining widespread national and international radio play.
Lead by Halifax-born lead singer and drummer Lindsay Beaver who draws her inspiration from the great Levon Helm, the quartet features Mike Archer on bass, Jon Wong on saxophone and electric guitarist Emily Burgess, who writes half the group's songs. It is apparent when either listening to their recordings or attending one of their raucous live shows that The 24th Street Wailers are a band in every sense of the word. Together they eat, sleep and breathe their love of the blues.
The 24th Street Wailers have quickly made a name for themselves in the Canadian music scene and beyond. In August 2011, they were the only non-Quebec band to win both the Releve en Blues and the Bourse Air Transat/Blues Sur Seine competitions at Festiblues International De Montreal, which sent them to France to perform at The Blues Sur Seine Festival. In early 2012 they were nominated for New Artist of the Year at The Maple Blues Awards, and Blues Group/Duo of the Year at the Sirius XM Indie Awards. In February 2012, they were semi-finalists in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee where they performed for industry professionals and blues enthusiasts from around the world, further cementing their place among their musical cohorts.
In true grassroots fashion, The 24th Street Wailers booked their first coast-to-coast tour that saw them perform in 29 cities in Canada and the U.S throughout the summer of 2012. Tour highlights included an opening spot for legendary blues pioneer Jimmie Vaughan, and performances on prestigious festival stages at the Vancouver Island Music Festival, Harrison Festival of the Arts, Folk on the Rocks festival in Yellowknife, Festiblues International de Montreal and Limestone City Blues Festival.
? Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by phone at 604-796-3664, online at www.harrisonfestival.com or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison, or Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart.
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