Harvest Festival adds BUDDY GUY & LEVON HELM

Updated: August 16, 2011

Headliner heaven!!!  From lemons - my goodness did they make some lemonade...here's the latest scoop from festival organizers...

Levon Helm at the RymanThe Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival announced today that it has signed Grammy-winner and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Levon Helm and his 13-piece band to headline a show on Thursday, September 15, replacing Gregg Allman, who was forced to cancel his two performances for health reasons.

It is the second blockbuster announcement made by Harvest in 24 hours. Yesterday, the Festival announced that blues master Buddy Guy will replace Allman on Wednesday, September 14th.  Both shows will be in the Budweiser Blues Tent.

Helm, one of the most well-respected and influential drummers in rock history, first rose to prominence in a band that that became so quintessential, it need only be called The Band. They were inducted by Eric Clapton into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Helm was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 100 vocalists of all time, as the voice behind such iconic rock songs as The Weight, Up on Cripple Creek, The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down, Ophelia and a dozen other Band classics. As a throat cancer survivor, Levon now shares vocal duties with his daughter Amy and other members of his stellar 13-piece band.

Levon Helm & Buddy Guy“We’ve come back from the blow of losing Gregg Allman with two legendary acts, two giant shows,” said Brad Wasson, Chair of the Festival. “It’s fair to say that a lot of the disappointment around here over the Allman cancellation has been erased and replaced with a serious adrenaline rush after signing both Buddy Guy and Levon Helm.”

“Our music director Brent Staeben has pulled off something quite incredible here. In one week, he’s pulled in not one, but two Hall-of-Famers, and reignited excitement for the Festival,” added Wasson.

Tickets for the Buddy Guy and Levon Helm shows go on sale at the Festival store, 81 Regent Street, or through Ticketpro – online or by phone – at 10am on Wednesday morning.

Patrons with Gregg Allman tickets may use their ticket to get into that night’s show, no exchange necessary, or exchange for the alternate night’s performance, or returned for a full refund.  Tickets for either night’s show also allow patrons to stay for the Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Afterburner for free.

Anticipating high demand for both Levon Helm and Buddy Guy, Harvest has also created a new Wednesday/Thursday pass for the first time ever. The new Wednesday/Thursday pass will cost $79.50 and allows access to our four main tents and brand new TD Jazz Central on Thursday night, as well as the Buddy Guy show on Wednesday. The pass, and individual tickets to the Wednesday and Thursday Blues Tent shows will go on sale Wednesday, August 17 at 10am.

“Levon is bringing one of rock’s greatest musical catalogues to draw from, and a 13-piece band of exceptional musicians to perform them. It’s going to be a huge show to see,” says Staeben.

the-bandAlthough The Band broke up in 1976 (their last concert having been filmed by Martin Scorsese to create The Last Waltz, largely considered one of the greatest rockumentaries of all time), Levon has continued a successful solo career since, particularly in the last decade with two Grammy wins and intimate weekly shows dubbed the Midnight Ramble Sessions at his home in Woodstock, New York drawing all-star guests on a weekly basis, including Dr John, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones and Taj Mahal to name a few. 

His most recent solo projects, 2007’s Dirt Farmer and 2009’s Electric Dirt, both won Grammy awards (including the first-ever awarded Best Americana Album for Electric Dirt). In May of this year, he released Ramble at the Ryman, a live recording that captures the magic of Levon’s live show. 


Updated: August 15, 2011 

THIS JUST IN from the festival organizers....

Harvest Signs Legend Buddy Guy for Cancelled Allman Sept 14th show

Harvest Signs Legend Buddy Guy for Cancelled Allman Sept 14th showIn an astounding comeback move that is sure to electrify fans, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival announced today that living legend Buddy Guy, one of the world's most in-demand blues masters, has been signed to headline the Festival on Wednesday, September 14.

The Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer will return to Harvest to take one of two performance slots vacated by Gregg Allman, who was forced to cancel two Harvest shows on doctor's orders due to a respiratory illness.

Guy, a six-time Grammy winner, is widely considered a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound, and a major influence for such guitar greats as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. 

Tickets for the show will go on sale at the Festival store, 81 Regent Street, or online at ticketpro.ca at 10am on Wednesday morning. Ultimate Pass holders will have the opportunity to add a Buddy Guy ticket for a discounted $25. Regular tickets are $55. Ticket holders also get into the Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Afterburner for free.

Anticipating high demand for Buddy Guy and the Thursday Blues Tent headliner, Harvest also announced today it will for the first time ever create a new Wednesday/Thursday pass. For the price of the nightly passes ($79.50), the Wednesday/Thursday pass allows access to our four main tents and the new TD Jazz Central on Thursday night, as well as the Buddy Guy show on Wednesday. The pass, and individual tickets to the Wednesday and Thursday Budweiser Blues Tent shows will go on sale Wednesday, August 17 at 10am.

Buddy GuyFlamboyant showmanship, high-energy guitar histrionics and boundless on-stage energy have always been Guy trademarks, along with a tortured vocal style that's nearly as distinctive as his incendiary rapid-fire fretwork.

"There are only a handful of musicians on the planet that have had the lasting impact of Buddy Guy.  His 2008 appearance at Harvest was wildly popular, beyond what we as organizers could have predicted. So, not only is this a stellar replacement for Gregg, it's a rare second chance for fans who couldn't get tickets the first time. Now, they'll also get to experience Guy's transcendent live show first-hand," says Festival Music Director Brent Staeben.

"It's a sign of the Festival's growing international stature, and the positive experience Buddy had three years ago, that he was willing to sign on at such a  late date to return to Harvest," says Staeben. "To say we're grateful, well, that would be an understatement."

Although Guy has been playing the blues professionally since the 1950's, it wasn't until 1991 that he received his break, with the release of Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, a landmark album that won him his first Grammy and five W.C. Handy awards. To date, Guy has won five other Grammy Awards, including the 2010 best contemporary blues album, and 23 W.C. Handy Awards - the most ever won by a single person. He has also received the National Medal of Honour - presented by the President of the United States - was inducted by Eric Clapton and BB King into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was named the 30th best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone.

harvest jazz and blues logo profile"This is yet another example of the Festival's uncanny ability to take a huge blow, get up, dust itself off, and come back swinging better and stronger than ever," says Festival Chair Brad Wasson. "Our number one priority is to put exceptional performers and awesome performances on stage for our patrons. Despite last week's setback, I think everyone will agree we've managed just that by signing Buddy Guy - and we’re not done yet."

"I wouldn't wait too long to snap up tickets for this one," adds Wasson.

The replacement for Allman's Thursday, September 15th slot is expected to be announced in the next 24 hours, at which time anyone who wishes to exchange or refund their Gregg Allman tickets can do so.


For more information visit www.harvestjazzandblues.com


Updated: August 6, 2011

This just in from the organizers...we'll keep you posted...

Harvest to find replacement act for Gregg Allman

"The mettle of the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is being tested once again as organizers are forced to master the impossible by finding an eleventh-hour replacement for Festival headliner Gregg Allman.

Allman’s people announced today that, after developing an upper-respiratory infection, all upcoming tour dates have been cancelled, including his two shows at Harvest on September 14 and 15."


Posted: May 16, 2011

The heart of downtown Fredericton, NB will be jumping – when this year’s Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival - Tuesday, September 13 to Sunday, September 18, 2011.

Dubbed “the Best International Festival Experience on Canada’s East Coast

Taj Mahal & Greg Allman25 different venues will come alive with world class performers like Multiple Grammy Winner Taj Mahal & the Trio and from the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame the legendary Greg Allman (check out great interview above). From smooth jazz to southern rock to electric blues – this festival has something for everyone who straight up loves great music.

NB favourites Top to Bottom - David Myles, Thom Swift & the El Caminos and Matt AndersenOver 40 incredible artists will take part in the six day event – including New Brunswick favourites David Myles, Matt Andersen and Thom Swift & The El Caminos. Click here for the full roster of festival artists.

Tickets are on sale now while they last through www.ticketpro.ca or by calling Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090. The Harvest Store opens in July. Any non-sold out show or pass will be available for purchase at the store at that time.

For more information visit www.harvestjazzandblues.com


SABS Note of Noteworthiness 

Harvest Jazz & Blues Volunteers 2010Why not volunteer this year???

Volunteer registration for the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival will begin in late-July. They’ll be looking for over 1000 people to work the events and what a great way to experience the whole thing.  As a volunteer, you will receive your own custom-designed Harvest Jazz and Blues Volunteer shirt, New England pizza during your volunteer shift, and your pass will be validated upon completion of your shift, which will allow you free access to one of our late night shows—either an Afterburner in the Budweiser Blues Tent, or one of the Electric Boogies in the Cox & Palmer Hoodoo House. If you’re interested check their website in July for the scoop.


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