Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival

Mighty Mo Rodgers
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Country and Region CanadaBritish Columbia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Salmon Arm Folk Music Society

Box 21

Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2

Phone: (250) 833-4096

Fax: (250) 833-4097


Festival Description

The Festival began in 1992 as a small indoor festival, a result of the grassroots Shuswap Coffee House collective of the 1970s and 80s, which by 1991 had coalesced into the not-for-profit Salmon Arm Folk Music Society. The main goals of the Society are to encourage and promote performers from all parts of the world, but with a special emphasis on Canadian talent. The festival serves as a platform to introduce audiences to the world’s incredibly diverse genres of music, musical instruments, and the artists who play them. Supporters of the Roots & Blues Festival are directly helping to foster the growth and development of music in our community, country, and by extension, our planet.

Festival Dates August 16 - 18, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • A Million Dollars in Pennies
  • A Tribe Called Red
  • Ben Waters
  • BerlinskiBeat
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Butterscotch
  • Cam Penner
  • City and Colour
  • Corvus Corax
  • Current Swell
  • Daniel Lanois
  • Devon Coyote
  • Expression World Music Collective
  • Fatoumata Diawara
  • Felix Zenger
  • Five Alarm Funk
  • George Leach
  • Harry Manx
  • Horse Feathers
  • Jacky Essombe
  • Jason Collett
  • Kelley Hunt
  • Ky-Mani Marley
  • Malcolm Holcombe
  • Mighty Mo Rodgers
  • Mississippi Heat
  • No Sinner
  • Oh! Ogopogo!
  • Richard Perso
  • Rita Chiarelli
  • Roots & Rhythms Dance Stage
  • S.A. Music Crawl
  • Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
  • Santa Lucia LFR
  • Selah Sue
  • Shakura S’Aida
  • Sherman Doucette
  • Shred Kelly
  • Skratch Bastid
  • Steve Strongman
  • The Balconies
  • The Belle Game
  • The Bright Light Social Hour
  • The Crooked Brothers
  • The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
  • Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
  • Treble Spot Jams
  • Vazzy
  • Watasun
Featured artist 2013:
  • Mighty Mo Rodgers
    aka Maurice Rodgers was born in Indiana where his father owned a club that featured blues performers. When Rodgers wasn’t studying classical piano he was checking out the blues artists that played there. Growing up, Rodgers was deeply affected by the mid-’60s soul music from the Memphis-based Stax label. Using Stax as an influence, Rodgers started his first band while in high school called the Rocketeers. Upon entering Indiana State College, Rodgers fronted another band, the Maurice Rodgers Combo, playing Wurlitzer piano and incorporating originals with cover versions of popular songs from the era. He finally decided to quit college, move to L.A., and give music his full-time attention. There he played gigs and recorded with many blues and R&B; legends; his organ can be heard on Brenton Wood’s 1967 hit Gimme Little Sign. Throughout the years Rodgers has not limited himself to performing. In 1973 he produced the album Sonny and Terry on A&M; records for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. After growing tired of tedious session work, he continued to write songs and became a house songwriter for Motown and Chappel Publishing. Rodgers also continued to produce sessions for other artists and decided to go back to school where he received a degree in philosophy. In 1999 he released his first solo effort, Blues Is My Wailin’ Wall, on Blue Thumb. The recording contained all original material, mixing his philosophical views with blues/soul musical roots. Performance information: August 17-18, 2013 (Saturday 1:30pm, Sunday 10:30am & 2:45pm)
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