When Lady Lee puts on a show, not only is she good at promoting it to draw a crowd, but people trust it’s going to be good and they turn out.
This month I enjoyed another Women in Blues show hosted by Lady Lee. I saw my first Women in Blues, which has been a Winnipeg staple for about 10 years, back in January and it was so much fun! This weekend, the summer edition at Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park was a special treat.
I’ve passed by while music played at Lyric Theatre before, but I hadn’t ever stayed for a whole show. I’m very impressed with the stage and the sound. Every city has outdoor grandstands in parks, and after an overwhelming amount of outdoor shows in Manitoba where people travel to camp and enjoy a full weekend of music, I was grateful to be able to go to a park right in the city and sit on a blanket to enjoy a fabulous outdoor performance. No camping required. We had perfect weather, too.
Organized and hosted annually by Lady Lee (Blue Noise), the headlining women were Romi Mayes (Western Canadian Music Awards, Juno nominee), Debra Lyn Neufeld, newcomer Ms. Gwendolyn (Gwendolyn Smith, Full Circle), Tannis B (Tannis Bumbry, harmonica), Jules Gravett (drums) and Sharon Clarkson.
“Women are not given enough attention and support in the music business. I want to show my support. These shows are successful. People love women singing and playing the Blues.”Lady Lee
Lady Lee says “Women are not given enough attention and support in the music business. I want to show my support. These shows are successful. People love women singing and playing the Blues.”
Besides the talented women on stage, there are some significantly talented male musicians on the stage as well: Veteran saxophone player Deano Dean, Chris Carmichael, Jesse Millar, Jason Nowicki, T.E. Fodey, Steve Silver, Mike Vockeroth, Chris Carmichael, and Greggy Polo.
Winnipeg is full of talent and Women in Blues is an excellent showcase for it.
An additional event was taking place at this Women In Blues. Ken Loxton was filming Lady Lee for his documentary film Canadian Homegrown, set to be released in September, 2019.
The next Women in Blues will once again happen this winter at The Park Theatre, Winnipeg. Lady Lee says there will be a new line up this year as well as some of the favourites. Winter is coming!