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Friday, May 27, 2011

Reefer Smokin' Blues - Blackburn

BLACKBURN is a band of three brothers whose music is rich in the tradition of the blues, while inflected with an electric urban vibe. Blackburn brings it all together with conscious lyrics to create hard infectious groove. Blackburn's sound features lead singer, Duane Blackburn, playing a vintage Hammond B3 organ, Brooke Blackburn on guitar, Cory Blackburn on drums and childhood friend Mark Ayee on bass. Well-known in Toronto's African Canadian music scene, Blackburn follow a rich legacy that trails back to the Underground Railroad, passed down from their father Bobby Dean Blackburn, highly regarded keyboard player and seminal figure of Toronto’s Blues and R&B scene in the 60’s. It is with much energy and originality that they take to the stage devoting themselves to each song and every show. With true sorrow and then also great joy to clear the mind Blackburn comes to life on the set engaging it’s audiences with pure feeling. Whether playing classic blues renditions or the original material that built the band, the Blackburn brothers command love and respect all across their home town Toronto, Canada.

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