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Valentines Day Blues
February 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$25.00
Salmon Arm Folk Music Society presents:
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne and Sherman Doucette
Friday, February 14th, 2020
Doors open at 7 pm, Show starts at 8 pm
Venue: The Nexus at First
450 Okanagan Ave E, Salmon Arm, BC
Inspiration and perspiration. That’s what it takes to be a genius. And a blues boss. Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is living proof. With decades of playing, countless globe-trotting tours and a slate of acclaimed, award-winning albums under the belt of his flamboyant zoot suit, this piano master is one of the hardest working bluesman in show business. “I’m not looking for a different path,” says the Kelowna-based performer. ” I love that jump blues and boogie-woogie. That’s where my heart is at. I’m just trying to keep that style alive. That’s classic stuff. And I’m at that classic age, so it all works out.” It’s an approach he’s honed over the course of six decades in music. Born in Spokane but raised in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Orleans, Wayne was a child prodigy in his minister father’s youth choir. Eventually, he took up the blues, borrowed his nickname from legendary influence Amos Milburn, got a few fashion tips from Jim Carrey in The Mask, and the Blues Boss was born. He’s been large and in charge ever since. In keeping with those energetic titles, Wayne is a man in constant motion. He’s built a stellar reputation within Canada and abroad for his colourfully energetic shows, and regularly performs everywhere from Europe and Israel to Russia and South America, selling out 800 to 1,000-seat venues and headlining international festivals. And the charismatic performer plans to keep boppin’ as long as he can. “I’m gonna go until the chariot comes down and opens the door and I jump on,” he says. “It’s like a friend of mine says: You gotta make the landlord happy.” Spoken like a boss.
This Legendary Blues and Boogie Woogie piano master Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne was inducted on August 9, 2017 into the Boogie Woogie Piano Hall of Fame at the Arches Piano Stage while performing at the Cincy Blues Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is hailed by LIVING BLUES magazine as “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary Blues“. This 2006 Juno Award winner and a multi Maple Blues Award winner is at the forefront of modern day blues piano practitioners.