Nelson’s Baker Street Blues, which includes (L-R) Ryan Telegdy, Stelio Calagias, Bennett Karcz, and Phil Wilson-Birks, will perform Saturday at the fourth International Blues Music Day Fundraiser. The event raises money for music programs at L.V. Rogers and Trafalgar Middle School. Photo submitted

Blues festival to raise funds for Nelson school music programs

The International Blues Music Day is Saturday night at Finley’s Bar and Grill

Listening to some of Nelson’s best musicians will help guarantee future performers get their shot at the spotlight.

The fourth annual International Blues Music Day fundraiser will be held Saturday starting 7 p.m. at Finley’s Bar and Grill. All money raised by the event is donated to the music programs at L.V. Rogers and Trafalgar Middle School.

Tim Bullen, who retired this year after serving as music teacher at LVR, says programs don’t receive the funding needed to thrive from school districts.

“Just about every school program across Canada, and B.C. in particular, has really suffered from shortfalls through my entire career,” said Bullen.

“Any time there’s a little pod of funding that helps in purchasing instruments, repairing instruments, buying music for kids, helping kids get to festivals, it’s really, really welcomed.”

Saturday’s event is organized by Stelio Calagias and Phil Wilson-Birks, who will also perform as part of Baker Street Blues. Other acts include White Lightening Blues Band, Railtown, Sam Hurrie, Mr. Aardvark, and guest vocalists Sydney Black and Big Momma Blue.

Tickets are $10, and kids are free until 9 p.m.

Just Posted

Nelson Leafs look to new season with training camp

The team is hosting 38 players at the Nelson and District Community Complex

Activist, author Libby Davies coming to Nelson

Davies will talk about the intersection of activism and politics in pursuit of social change

NDP bring Green New Deal to the Kootenays

MPs Wayne Stetski and Peter Julian held climate change talks in Nelson, Cranbrook and Revelstoke

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Most Read