If you’ve heard Dalannah Gail Bowen sing once, you probably remember her voice. The soulful, gritty blues singer has been crooning to audiences throughout the Lower Mainland for more than three decades. During that time, her reputation spread far and wide. In fact, she was elected to the Blues Hall of Fame last year.
But several months ago, Bowen suffered a stroke after performing at a Christmas benefit concert. She remains hospitalized, with an extensive rehabilitation period ahead. Now, music lovers from throughout the province are banding together for an all-star benefit concert for one of the city’s blues legends. For fans of Bowen, and blues aficionados everywhere, it promises to be the blowout of the year.
Juno Award-winner Jim Byrnes will headline the Dalannah Bowen Blues Benefit, Tuesday, April 5, at the Fairview Pub on Broadway. Kicking off at 7 p.m., the 6.5-hour music marathon features nearly three dozen of the hottest blues and jazz acts from across the region. In one show, music fans can catch Juno-winning piano god Murray Porter, ’70s-era guitar great Lindsay Mitchell (of Prism fame), boogie-woogie piano icon Kenny “Blue Boss” Wayne, gospel-inspired vocalist Candus Churchill and dozens of other acts.
Dalannah Bowen earned a loyal following over the years not just for her music but for her charitable efforts. A devoted community activist with a focus on the Downtown East Side, Brown volunteered offered her time and talents to countless local charities, from Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver to the Vancouver Food Bank and Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.
Tickets to the Dalannah Bowen Blues Benefit on Tuesday, April 5, at the Fairview Pub are by donation at the door ($15 minimum). Concert goers can also purchase 50/50 tickets. There’s also an online auction to raise funds. Prizes include cruises, trips to Whistler, Mexico and more, restaurant certificates, and original artwork and jewelry.
The full lineup for the show includes: Jim Byrnes, Lindsay Mitchell, Murray Porter, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Candus Churchill, Catherine Bowers, Cecile Larochelle, Christine Best, Marko Ibarra, Michael Creber, Damian Azriel, Jason Buie, Jayleen Stonehouse, Jessi Nicholson, Jim Foster, Joani Bye, Keith Bennet, Chris Nordquist, Dave Say, Dennis Marcenko, Don Hardy, Howard Greenstein, Billy Mendoza, Brock Miller, Cameron Hood, Leonard Saidman, Olaf de Shield, Owen Owen Owen, Ray Ayotte, Ross Langbell, Shawn Soucy, Steve Daily, Steve Sainas, Taylor James and more.