School of Blues with Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne & Sherman Doucette @ the Mary Irwin Theatre
Join us on May 19 in the Mary Irwin Theatre for a special evening of School of Blues. Kenny Wayne, who has been performing at the RCA School of Blues regularly since 2017, will be leaving Kelowna for new adventures on the east coast this summer. As one of his last performances in Kelowna, this event provides an opportunity for the community of music-lovers to celebrate Kenny and all that he has offered to music and culture in Kelowna.
Kenny Wayne is a throwback to the golden age of classic rhythm and blues. Born in Spokane and raised in New Orleans, his powerful music recalls the era when piano players like Fats Domino and Amos Milburn and Bill Doggett worked the chitlin’ circuit on the “strolls” in dozens of American cities. As a one-man cheering section for the days when blues and small jazz bands met the roots of rock and roll, Wayne is unapologetic about the music he plays.
Sherman Doucette was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Sherman’s natural ear for music began developing at an early age. He left home at fifteen with a harmonica and a twenty dollar bill in his pocket, bound for Vancouver. It was there that he discovered the Chicago blues style on an album featuring Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and James Cotton. By seventeen, he had developed a style of playing greatly influenced by the late great Paul Butterfield. Sherman has had the great privilege of sharing the stage with legendary players such as John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Sony Land Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Jim Byrnes and Long John Baldry.
It is strongly recommended that registered patrons come at least 5 minutes before the show starts. Otherwise, slots would be opened to walk-in guests.
This special edition of School of Blues will begin at 7:15 PM in the Mary Irwin Theatre.