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 Jason Buie is the co-founder and artistic director for the White Rock Blues Society. In 2007 Jason, Rod Dranfield and Harpdog Brown started the society to promote blues in the lower-mainland of British Columbia. A relatively new society, receiving our charter as a non-profit society in June of 2007. We have been putting on shows every month or two since. The venue we have used is a club the size of the Vancouver Yale Hotel called the Rhumba Room. It is attached to the Pacific Inn Resort at 1160 King George Blvd. about a mile from the USA/Canada boarder. We also have put on shows at the Crescent Beach Legion at 2643 128th St. Surrey.

What we have done so far and our 2011 current plans: All events held at the Rhumba Room unless otherwise noted.
1. Introduction: Wednesday May 16th 2007 Back Porch Blues Band event, Camp Kwomais.
2. 1st event with Society Status July 13th 2007 at the Rhumba Room Jesse BurchGood Dog Bad Dawg Rich Koops and the Koop De Villes.
3. The Bill Johnson Blues Band, Sept 8th 2007 Crescent Legion, “A Blues Night Out”.
4. The Twisters, November 3rd, Rhumba Room Blues Bash II.
5. 1st Yuletide Blues Benefit Concert, Dec 9th 07 Rhumba Room 10 local blues bands played for the Peace Arch Community Services Food Bank.
6. Year-End Blues Bash, Dec 29th. 
7. Phat Betty, aka Cat Wells, Feb 07. 
8. Rob Lutes & Rob MacDonald February 29th 08.
9. Blue VoodooEllie Johnson, April 19th.
10. Johnny Ferreira & The Swing Machine, Sept 6th 08
11. Jerry Doucette, Nov 8th 08. 
12. 2nd Annual Yuletide Blues Benefit, Dec 7th 08, Rhumba Room, a long list of blues entertainers donated their time and talent for Food Bank.
13. Russell Jackson, Mud Bay Blues Band, Dec 27th.
14.Kathi MacDonaldJoani Bye, Leanne Coleman Valentines’ Blues Divas Feb 14th. 
15. Wild T and the Spirit Feb 11/09.
16. Harpdog BrownHank ShreveBrian McFadyen and Steve Kozak’s Westcoast Blues Revue1st International Harmonica Showcase April 11/09.
17. MonkeyJunk award winning three-piece blues band Friday May 22/09.
18. Lloyd Jones Struggle Blind Pig Recording Artists, Saturday June 20/09
19. Julian Fauth, August 2009 Juno Award Winner Best Blues Album, “Ramblin’ Son”.
20. John Lee Sanders and Muddy Fraser, Saturday September 5/09.
21. Doc McLean & Big Dave McLean, “The Century Blues Tour”, Crescent Beach Legion, Wednesday November 4/09
22. Harpdog Brown & Yukon Slim Crescent Beach Legion, Thursday December 10/09
23. 3rd Annual Yuletide Blues Benefit Concert Sunday December 13/09.
24. The Twisters, The Yale Hotel Fundraiser for IBC sponsorship January 11th 2010
25. Rita Chiarelli Crescent Beach Legion Wednesday Night January 20/2010
26. Cat Wells  Valentine Blues Night Out Saturday night February 13/2010
27. Keith Hallett Blues Comes To White Rock, Elk’s Hall Saturday March 13/2010
28. Tim Williams Crescent Beach Legion Thurs. April 1/2010
29. Fathead Sat. May 1st Pacific Inn Hotel – Rhumba Room
30. James Harman Friday June 4th Pacific Inn Hotel – Rhumba Room
31. Harpdog BrownGraham GuestJason BuieDavid “Boxcar” Gates – Rhumba Room Tuesday June 15th
32. The Twisters, Rhumba Room, Saturday September 11th
33. Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies Sunday October 17th
34. Doc Maclean Friday November 19th Darker Ways Blues Tour
35. 4th Annual Yuletide Blues Benefit Concert  proceeds for the White Rock South Surrey Food Bank Sunday 12th 2010
36. The Twisters Friday December 31st New Years Eve with The Twisters Dinner & Dance Party
37. Mud Dog Fundraiser Wednesday Jan. 26 Yale Hotel Vancouver
38. Glen Pearson All Star Jam Saturday February 19th Crescent Beach Legion
39. Carlos Del Junco Thursday, March 10th Crescent Beach Legion.
40. Dalannah Gail Bowen Saturday March 19th Rhumba Room
41. Tim Williams Wednesday April 6th Sandpiper Pub
42. Harpdog Brown and the Bloodhounds  Saturday April 9th Rhumba Room
43. David Gogo Trio Saturday May 28th Rhumba Room
44. Right A Wrong With Song, Musicians Rally For Q Sound, Saturday July 2nd Rhumba Room
45. Blues By The Sea, Semiahmoo First Nation Spirit Stage on Marine Drive White Rock, Saturday August 13th 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM
46. Fathead Friday September 16th Rhumba Room
47. Doc McLean & Big Dave Maclean :National Steel "Bad Boy Blues" Tour Saturday September 24th Rhumba Room
48. Nathan James Trio  Saturday October 22nd  Rhumba Room
49. Four Solo/Duo Acts performing before judges using IBC criteria to select next year entrants, Sunday October 23rd, 7:30 PM West Beach Bar & Grill
50. MonkeyJunk, Thursday November 10th at the Rhumba Room
51. Fifth Annual Yuletide Blues Benefit, Sunday December 11th 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Pacific Inn Hotel Rhumba Room
52.The Twisters Saturday December 31st New Years Eve Dinner & Dance at the Rhumba Room


In the summer of 2008 the White Rock Blues Society conducted a Talent Search 
consisting of three shows at a the Sandpiper Pub mid-week and the first and 
second place bands opened for us during two of our fall shows. The first 
place band received one day of recording time at a local studio. We repeated 
this again last year on the last three Wednesday’s of July at the West Beach 
Bar & Grill. 

In September of 2010 we conducted a Solo/Duo blues challenge to 
identify an act that we would sponsor to attend the International Blues 
Challenge in Memphis Tennessee in February 2011. Mud Dog will be going to 
Memphis as will Sam & Luke who are being sponsored by the White Rock Blues 
Society to participate in the Youth Showcase in Memphis. Both these talented 
acts will be representing BC at this prestigious world event.

Since we have been active, many others in the community have 
been motivated to put on live blues events and a number of blues jam 
sessions have been established at local pubs throughout the week. White Rock 
and area is becoming a focal point for blues/roots music in the lower 
mainland.

The Society constitution consists of the following six objectives:
The White Rock Blues Society is a non-profit incorporated organization that has been formed with the following objectives:

1.     To perpetuate, promote, share and advance ‘Blues’ and related music in our community and surrounding area.

2.     To establish and promote the White Rock area as a regional epicenter for quality music and music venues.

3.     To present performances from a wide variety of local, regional, national, and international artists.

4.     To nurture creative artistic activity by supporting emerging artists from our community and surrounding areas by providing outlets and opportunities for performance.

5.     To foster as many live music venues as possible in such locations as restaurants, clubs, parks, community centers and concert halls

6.     To entertain, educate and inform members of our community of all ages young and old about “blues” and related music