Take a break from your Christmas shopping this Sunday, November 18, 2018 and drop in to the The Pyramid Cabaret located at 176 Fort Street, Winnipeg. Have a drink, grab a late lunch, and check out BILLY JOE GREEN, the well respected Canadian Blues musician who’s been playing and touring for over 50 years.
Among Green’s peers, his work is revered and considered “hard to replicate”. My friend Kevin Schofield says Green “bends the strings in a unique way”. Green is the 2018 winner of the Indigenous Music Award for Best Blues Album “Born to Lose”. He’s been nominated for 3 Juno Awards, along with a five win sweep at the 2006 Winnipeg Blues.com Music Awards, two Best Blues CD Awards at the 2006 and 2009 Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards, the Best Male Artist at the 2002 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, a Best Aboriginal Recording Award at the 2001 Western Canadian Music Awards and countless other nominations.
As Jesus said “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” Green is well known in the Blues community across the country, but I’m told he could use a better turn out back home in Winnipeg. You can help with that.
Green is currently in studio recording a new album scheduled to come out 2019. I assume the album will be under his son Jesse Green’s label, Americuse Empire/STRONGFRONT.tv Records.
I’ll be heading to the Pyramid Cabaret this Sunday, November 18, to see Green perform. It will be my first time seeing him live. The new event “Sunday Church for Bad Guys”, that includes a weekly feature opening act followed by a musician’s jam session, is something that I will be sure to get to in the coming weeks. I went two weeks ago, and was impressed with the local talent. The event coordinated by Terry Wachniak is truly a Sunday event. Nothing takes a musician back to his spiritual place more than the camaraderie that comes from jamming with other talented musicians in an accepting and inclusive environment like the one that’s being created at The Pyramid. As an audience member, I truly enjoy watching these talented local artists working together in a cooperative environment. I created Ohjusteatit.ca back in 2011, in order to foster a community of musicians who help to promote each other. Church for Bad Guys does that and it’s a sight to see.
The Pyramid Cabaret is a downtown venue that’s not open to the public unless there is an event booked. It’s a large room with a beautiful interior of brick walls and high ceilings. Sunday Church for Bad Guys is a weekly special event that currently is booked until January 27, 2018. They need an audience, otherwise it’s just musicians playing for musicians. So, get out of the mall in time for the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, and catch a Blues legend.
I’d like to see the Sunday Church for Bad Guys event turn into something special. It’s an excellent concept.
Next gig: Playing at Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street, Winnipeg, MB, on Sunday, November 18, 2018
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/billyjoegreen
Buy Billy Joe Green’s music at: Grant Park’s McNally Robinson Book Store (Winnipeg), as well as Amazon and other online retailers.