Enjoy an intimate up close and personal evening of BLUES and ROOTS music with 2 x JUNO nominee Carlos' trio on Saturday, April 9, 8pm at the Simcoe Street Theatre.
Carlos is one of those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it's either retire the category or rephrase the question to Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos - Dugg Simpson, past Artistic Director Vancouver Folk festival. This includes two Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada which includes Carlos' eight time Harmonica Player of The Year wins at the Maple Leaf Blues Awards.
To say he plays the harmonica is like saying "Jimi Hendrix plays guitar". He blows the blues harp through a prism - suddenly it seems he's holding every colour in the musical rainbow right there in his hands.
Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band "The Blues Mongrels", they could just as well be called "The Jazz Mongrels"). The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, jazz swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.
The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), and guitarist Eric St. Laurent. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity.
For more information about Carlos del Junco visit his website.