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STAR STUDDED LINEUP

Spyro Gyra, Tommy Emmanuel, Spin Doctors, Lance Anderson, Zydeco Hellraisers, Deanna Bogart, Los Lobos and a panoply of world-class players are coming to energize, entertain and enlighten you. 

WORLD MUSIC & JAZZ

SPYRO GYRA

Founded in Buffalo, New York in 1974 by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra have consistently been one of the commercially successfully pop-jazz groups of the past 30 years. The band became a full-time venture in 1976 and has been touring ever since. Critics love to attack this band’s music, which combines R&B, pop and Caribbean music with jazz, which shows through in the melodic, danceable tunes on their albums while its live performances are electrifying.

TOMMY EMMANUEL

Tommy Emmanuel has achieved enough musical milestones to satisfy several lifetimes. At age six, he was touring Australia with his family band. By 30, he was a rock n’ roll lead guitarist burning up stadiums in Europe. At 44, he became one of five people ever named a Certified Guitar Player by his idol,  Chet Atkins. Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London.

STRUNZ & FARRAH

Performing together since 1979, Grammy nominees Strunz & Farah are the innovators of an entirely new expression for the acoustic guitar. Originally from Costa Rica and Iran respectively, Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah have brought the musical influences of their native lands into their highly virtuosic, rhythmic, and improvisation-rich original instrumental compositions, inspiring fans and many guitarists worldwide. 

SCOTT AMBUSH AND TIMES ALIGNED

Scott Ambush is an American musician, best known as the bass player of jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra. Picking up the bass at the age of 12, Scott worked his way through the rock pantheon – Hendrix, Cream, Zeppelin – before finding his passion in the music of Stanley Clarke. While in college, he was introduced to the music scene in Washington, DC and his imprint on jazz has since become indelible.

MARSHALL KEYS AND SOULFUL PATH

Versatility and a strong sense of melody have helped make Marshall Keys an icon in his native Washington, DC. Keys studied music at Howard University, He performed with the Blackbyrds, and eventually joined the band of legendary blues organist Jimmy McGriff. Keys’ performing credits include gigs with luminaries Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Steve Allen, Jimmy Witherspoon, Big Joe Turner and Branford Marsalis.

SILVAN ZINGG

“The Boogie Woogie ambassador from Switzerland.” On the occasion of a joint concert at the Congress house in Zurich, the Rock ‘n Roll legend Chuck Berry said  “Silvan is playing as if he came from St. Louis – he could be my Blues brother!” Zingg’s style is characterized by a great portion of swing, heavy groove and an impressive virtuosity while playing lively boogie-woogie, sensitive blues, classic jazz and swing.

MALAMANAYA

Malamanya is a United States based band comprised of musicians who share a mutual respect and enthusiasm for traditional rhythms and melodies from Cuba and Latin America. Their style is vintage and their sound is classic. Their onstage energy and compositions reflect the communal, complex, and celebratory spirit prevalent in these musical genres.

AISA JAZZ QUARTET

Based in Panama City, Aisa Jazz Quartet is comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians in Panama, the group plays a variety of jazz styles from Bebop, Latin Jazz to Modern including well known jazz standards and band originals. The band consists of Jordan Zimmerman on drums, Carlos Quirós on bass, Ricardo Pinzón on guitar, and Samuel Batista on saxophone.

SCOTT AMBUSH AND TIMES ALIGNED

Scott Ambush is an American musician, best known as the bass player of jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra. Picking up the bass at the age of 12, Scott worked his way through the rock pantheon – Hendrix, Cream, Zeppelin – before finding his passion in the music of Stanley Clarke. While in college, he was introduced to the music scene in Washington, DC and his imprint on jazz has since become indelible.

BLUES / ROOTS

THE PHANTOM BLUES BAND

An internationally renowned two-time Grammy Award-winning group, these six men have contributed to musical history as session players and sidemen with artists including Taj Mahal, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Little Feat, Jimi Hendrix, John Fogerty, Elton John, Leon Russell, Gregg Allman, Ziggy Marley, The Rolling Stones. The Phantom Blues Band explores everything from Texas Blues to Memphis Soul with an injection of Reggae .

JP SOARS AND THE RED HOTS

J.P. Soars is soaring high, nominated for “Blues Rock Artist of the Year” in the 40th annual Blues Music Awards in 2019. Soars is nominated alongside blues music heavyweights Billy Gibbons, Eric Gales, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Tinsley Ellis, rounding out the Blues Rock category. Soars has been touring the world and is preparing to release a new studio album produced by Tab Benoit for release on Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou label later this summer.

 

DWAYNE DOPSIE AND THE ZYEDCO HELLRAISERS

“America’s Hottest Accordion” winner, Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin, plays a unique, high energy style of zydeco. Dwayne hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world. Although inspired by tradition, he developed his own style that blazes a distinct path for 21st century zydeco. This singer/songwriter and accordionist has performed all over the world since debuting his band, the Zydeco Hellraisers, at age 19.

DEANNA BOGART

Longtime multi-instrumentalist and bandleader-singer-songwriter-producer Deanna Bogart has collected four international Blues Music Awards for horn and a nomination for her piano playing as well. Her band includes guitarist Dan Leonard, bassist Eric Scott, drummer Mike Aubin. Bogart describes her style as Adventurous Blusion: “It all starts with the blues, just doesn’t always end there.”

QUISHA WINT BAND

Quisha Wint is an accomplished singer, performer, arranger and songwriter who grew up in a Jamaican home listening to reggae, Motown, gospel and R&B. Her interests expanded to jazz when she entered the well-known jazz program at Humber College. Since then, her career has taken her to perform in many parts of Asia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean, and her debut CD, My Journey, confirms her as a talent to be reckoned with.

CHUCK JACKSON & THE ALL STARS

A singer, songwriter and harmonica player, Chuck Jackson has spent decades performing with top Canadian blues bands including Downchild, the country’s premier blues ensemble. Chuck is also the founder and artistic director of the annual Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival, a major event on the North American festival circuit now in its 21st year. Chuck has received numerous awards, including the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.

MATT WEIDINGER TRIO

Matt Weidinger has a voice like no other. The 26-year-old Kitchener, Ontario native is a passionate young songwriter known for his mature rock/soul vocals and impressive multi-instrumental talents. Although some consider him a throwback to the 1960s, he has the capacity to grab the attention of the old, the young and everyone in between. He’s an old soul who commands the attention of any crowd and his passion for music and performing is contagious.

2BLive

2BLive is a posse of professional Panamanian musicians whose collective experience spans the globe and the genres of modern music. Freddy “Coolhat” sobers has kept time for Cutito Larrinaga, the Skeptics Band, KC Sunshine band and many other headline acts. Marco Linares is the former guitarist for Gloria Estefan, and has been nominated for 21 Grammy Awards, winning 5. Bassist Hector Bolaños Taily is one of the most influential bass players in Panama, performing with Ray Connie, Raul DiBlasio, the 4 Reggae Powers and Richard Claiderman. Hector Bolaños Jr, is a pianist, producer and arranger from Panama City.

BLACKBURN BROTHERS

Making music is a family affair for these brothers from Toronto. The sons of Canadian R&B artist Bobby Dean Blackburn, they’ve received a Maple Blues Award and a JUNO nomination for Best Blues Album of the Year for Brothers In This World. With tracks like “Railroad Line,” “Taking Care of Business,” and “Holla Back,” they deftly weave together blues progressions with a sweet strain of soul and a fillip of funk that seems to have been inherited rather than learned. 

CHARLIE MARRÉ

There may be no better example of a true musician than  Charlie Marré. An attorney by day, he pursues his real passion after office hours. He’s seen backing up the best groups in Panama and playing the hottest clubs in Panama City with his own group, Son Pa Tí. A magician on the congas, his pulsing, polyrhythmic beats seem to be conjured by sleight of hand. 

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GENIUS + SOUL

An all-star Canadian cast of award-winning blues and roots musicians will perform a special concert set at the Pacific Riviera Music and Arts Festival honouring the father of Soul – Ray Charles. Under the direction of Juno award winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, the concert will feature the extraordinary piano and vocal talents of Matt Weidinger and the phenomenal soul and gospel singer Quisha Wint.minguez.

SHORTY & SLIM

Shorty & Slim incorporates the best culture, traditions and zest for life of Panama and the flavor of the Caribbean Gold Coast. Alex “Slim” Reyes is the driving force on lead guitar and vocals. He started the band with David “Shorty” Seitz in 1990. The band has released five album that have earned  them a following that includes fans of all ages and cultures in Panama and in the U.S. The quintet is rounded out by Rowland Folse, Ruben Martinez and Omar Dominguez.

ROCK

SPIN DOCTORS

The history of Spin Doctors can be traced back to the late 1980s in New York City. Thirty years. It’s an eternity in rock ‘n’ roll, and a marathon for the bands who fly its tattered flag. The Spin Doctors are the last men standing, still making music like their lives depend on it, still riding the bus, still shaking the room. Even now, plans are afoot for a seventh studio album and another swashbuckling world tour, adding to their tally of almost two thousand shows.

LOS LOBOS

Los Lobos embodies the potent cultural stew that is American music. From their beginnings in East Los Angeles, the group came to synthesize themes from rock, blues, Tex-Mex, R&B and the Mexican folk music they grew up with. They burst onto the national scene in 1987 with a cover of Richie Valens’ La Bamba, but quickly moved to a sound that reflects their mixed Latino and American heritage.

LANCE ANDERSON

Lance Anderson won the Maple Blues Award for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year 2014, in Toronto. The Maple Blues Award promote blues music across Canada, and recognizes outstanding achievement. Lance is a successful producer, with recording credits such as Leahy (double Juno, Platinum Virgin Music recording artists) and a number of recent recordings under his own label, Make It Real Records.

JEREMIAH JOHNSON

Born and raised in St. Louis, Jeremiah Johnson is the voice of Mississippi River blues. He began learning guitar at age 6, drawing inspiration from legends like Alvin Lee, Eric Clapton and Hank Williams Sr. and Jr. After relocating to Houston, TX, Johnson finished in first place at the Houston Regional Blues challenge three years in a row, later also winning the St. Louis Blues Society IBC Challenge. 

LOS RABANES

Winners of  Latin Grammy Award, Los Rabanes is one of the most emblematic rock fusion bands in Latin America. Combining elements of punk, grunge and metal with Caribbean dance rhythms including mambo and calypso, Los Rabanes tours internationally and is renowned for its work with legendary producers Emilia Estefan and Ruben Blades. Launched in Chitré in 1992, Los Rabanes is still representing Panama on the world stage.

THE JOHN CARNEY BAND

John Carney began his musical career in his native Panama before moving to the U.S. where he played country, rock, R&B, blues, Latin jazz and classical. He toured the U.S., Mexico and Europe and has opened for Bo Diddley, Little Richard and Styx and backed Joe Cocker, Percy Sledge and other legends. Back in Panama, John is a now regular in Panama City and has performed at the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival for each of the past five years.

LOS 33

Inspired by the 1988 revolution that deposed Manuel Noriega, the members of Los 33 were also inspired by bands like Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and Def Leopard. They mixed the best of American rock with the music of South American bands like Soda Stereo, Fito Paez, Enanitos Verdos and Sumo. They’ve continued rocking for more than 25 years, and their release of albums through Sony Music solidified their position at the top of Panama’s rock scene. 

POLYPHASE

With five albums under their belts, Polyphase has surged to the top of the alternative rock scene in Panama and are making noise on the international stage as well with performances at SXSW Music Festival, NXNE Festival and venues in Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica. Because of their American/British rock roots, Polyphase sings primarily in English, but that hasn’t stopped them from topping the MTV Latino video charts.

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MAKING MOVIES

Making Movies “synthesizes what’s happening in Latin music better than anyone else today” (MTV) and is  “breaking down walls in the U.S” (Rolling Stone). Making Movies melds cumbia, mambo, son, salsa, blues and rock’n’roll with  Mexican and Panamanian folclór. Making Movies collaborated with Rubén Blades on the Latin Grammy nominated song “No Te Calles”, as well as with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and the late Lou Reed.

 

THE JIM VOTAW BAND

The Jim Votaw Band has been rocking the beaches and Panama City for the last five years.   Playing an eclectic mix of classic rock, blues, jazz, Latin and pop, their shows consistently draw large enthusiastic crowds. The band is fronted by Jim Votaw on guitar and vocals and features amazing soloists, Scott Harper on harmonica, Servio “Pitongo” Tulio on guitar and Joe Patterson on violin and keyboards. 

POLYPHASE

With five albums under their belts, Polyphase has surged to the top of the alternative rock scene in Panama and are making noise on the international stage as well with performances at SXSW Music Festival, NXNE Festival and venues in Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica. Because of their American/British rock roots, Polyphase sings primarily in English, but that hasn’t stopped them from topping the MTV Latino video charts.

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THE JIM VOTAW BAND

The Jim Votaw Band has been rocking the beaches and Panama City for the last five years.   Playing an eclectic mix of classic rock, blues, jazz, Latin and pop, their shows consistently draw large enthusiastic crowds. The band is fronted by Jim Votaw on guitar and vocals and features amazing soloists, Scott Harper on harmonica, Servio “Pitongo” Tulio on guitar and Joe Patterson on violin and keyboards. 

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