First 10 years of Beaumont Blues

The Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival has a long history bringing awesome music, increased business and family fun to Beaumont, AB. The festival was an event organized by the Town Council’s volunteer-run Promotions Committee until 2015 when the organizing team of the festival formed a volunteer-run not for profit society with sponsorship support from the Town, as well as our other great sponsors.

Click the links below to visit photographer Brian Zahorodniuk’s photo galleries for amazing photos of our past festivals since he joined our volunteer team in 2009. We will post photos of our inaugural 2008 festival as we find them.

2017 , 2016 & 2015 coming soon!

Sunday 2015  Still working on posts but here’s Hawksley WorkmanMoon vs Sun Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida

Saturday 2015 opened with the Youth at the Blues bands who did not get to perform the evening before due to the storm (read on below) Bandolier, Savage Playground, The Uninspired, plus our scheduled performers Amy Metcalfe, Jay Sparrow, Justine Vandergrift, Dirt Road Angels, Mandy Reider, Ridley Bent, Del Barber, Boom Chucka Boys, and headliner Doc Walker.

2015 brought more changes, this time to benefit the young, under 21 year old, performers that our Friday evening would always focus on. We brought in The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer to get more tickets sold, and therefore more exposure for our Youth at the Blues performers.

Friday 2015 Josh Sahunta, Katie and Janaya, Megan Kierstead, Amanda Gendron, Jake Buckley, Suit Jacket Society, and then the skies opened and dropped wrath upon us!!!! We did not pack it in, folks hung out in the tents and we were able to get the show going again with The Static Shift returning to our stage to open for The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer.

Sunday 2014, we went Rockabilly and filled the afternoon with ska, surf and steampunk. Click on the band name to see the photo album: Our headliners were The Sheepdogs plus we had  Cousin Harley  Raygun Cowboys  Jay Gilday  Pete Turland  Mae Anderson  The Fuzz Kings  Bardic Form  Eve Hell and The Razors  Punch Drunk Cabaret

Saturday 2014, click on the band name to see the photo album: Our headliner was Matt Andersen plus Whitehorse  Lindi Ortega  Alex Vissia  Kalsey Kulyk  Jake Buckley  Wayne Allchin Band  Amber Suchy  The Static Shift  Ken Stead

Friday 2014 Youth at the Blues, Band Catagory winners The Static Shift, and Singer/Songwriter Catagory winner Jake Buckley, got to play the next day! Click on the band name to see the photo album:       The Static Shift  Savage Playground  Suit Jacket Society  Maverick  The Archaics  Jake Buckley  Olivia Wik  Megan Keirstead  Sam the Living

In 2013 we moved from the fairgrounds outside of town to Four Seasons Park in the heart of Beaumont. We also moved the festival from Labour Day weekend to late June for warmer climes.

2013 also brought a name change – we added “& Roots” to the festival name, recognizing the wide variety of genres of music our festival hosts – including folk, roots, alternative, heavy and classic rock, country, bluegrass, surf, ska, rockabilly and so much more.

Sunday 2013 -Headlining was David Wilcox. Click on the band name for the photo albums: Boogie Patrol  Shred Kelly  Jasmine Whenham  Paula Perro and The Project  Andrew Scott  Graham Guest  Kayla Hotte  Hot Cottage  Ken Stead  Kevin Cook Band

Saturday 2013 –  Our headliners were The Powder Blues. For other photos albums from that day, click the band name: Front Porch Roots Review  James Buddy Rogers  Alice Kos  Coldwater Road  Katie Roxx  Cam Neufeld  Colleen Brown  Billie Zizi   Lisi Sommer and Rob Taylor  Great North Blues Band

Youth at the Blues 2013 – Featuring The Archaics, Bill Bonnah and Leduc ONE radio station DJ hosting, Katelyn & Lindsay, James of the Dark Wood, Jake Buckley Band, Flug Muggit, MEohMY, Braden Gates, The Doll Sisters, Rebecca Lappa, Sonic Nation, our judging panel included Grant Stovel and Colleen Brown. Braden was our winner that year!

Halloween Party & Volunteer Appreciation 2012 – Flug Muggit performed

2012 was our last year in September, and our last year at the Beaumont & District Agricultural Society Fairgrounds. We greatly appreciate and enjoyed the BADAS grounds hosting our Festival for so many years.

Sunday 2012 Part Two – Mason Rack Band, and our 2012 Sunday headliner Kim Mitchell

Sunday 2012 Part One – Includes Flug Muggit rehearsing backstage, Brent Hannah & Josee Miller backstage, caricature artist Susanne Ritchie – with drawings of Brian and Carol Zahorodniuk and Mason Rack Band, Back Porch Swing rehearsing and performing, Forrest Bard, Dale Ladouceur, Locomotive Ghost, Brian McLeod backstage, folks dancing to Locomotive Ghost, Brian McLeod performing, Fist Full of Blues, Penny of Back Porch Swing with Serena Bushnell, the Organizing Committee, and Dan Sinasac.

2012 Fist Full of Blues

Saturday 2012 Part Two – Includes Mayor Camille Berube, Darryl Matthews, Justin Song, Collective West, Michael Rault Band, Rachelle van Zanten, Keith Picot, Lynne Chwyl, Brandon Isaak, face painting, Brandon Kelly, Reece Runco, Brandon Isaak and Keith Picot’s performance, Bardic Form’s performance, Rachelle Van Zanten Band’s performance, Organizing Committee with Saturday headliners Spirit of the West. Due to extreme weather conditions with winds that were at risk of blowing the stage down, the safety of our headliners took priority and the decision was made to not have Spirit of the West take the stage.

Saturday 2012 Brandon Isaak and Keith Picot

Saturday 2012 Part One – Includes Lynne Chwyl, Jeremy Kornel, Collective West, Katie Anderson, Magnolia Buckskin, Terry Thrasher, Kim Maskell, Punch Drunk Cabaret as well a cool pics of vendors, dancing, lovely friends, face painting and bouncy castle!

Friday 2012 – Youth at the Blues, hosted by Bill Bonnah. Includes The Archaics, Rebecca Lappa, Jordan KaminskiJames of Dark Wood, Last Chance Hollywood, Good Morning Groove, Zak Smith, Yikes, Take to the Skies. The evening finished out with Giselle Boehm Band and headliners 100 Mile House.

Sunday 2011 – Includes Rita McDade, Kessler Douglas Band, Agnostic-Phibes Rhythm & Blood Conspiracy, Trevor McNeely, Marshall Lawrence, Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, NEK Trio, Ridley Bent, Breezy Brian Gregg, Kirby Sewell Band, and headliners Monkey Junk.

Saturday 2011 – Joe Nolan, Lyra Brown & Brian McLeodRuth Purves-Smith & the 581, Braden Gates. Insomnia, Ky Babyn, Ray Gun Cowboys, Shred Kelly, Jordan Kaminski, Bill Durst Band, and the Colin Linden Band. 

Friday 2011 – Youth at the Blues includes James of Dark Wood, Mirror Image, Terminal Outcome, Consillience, Flug Muggit, Scaring Steven, Gisselle Boehm, Scenic Route to Alaska, Rebecca Lappa, DRT, Suzie McLean, and Campus Thieves.

Sunday, 2010 – Greg Zawaski, NoFoolin!, Erin Faught, The Smokin 45’s, Adam Holm, Blue Gator (Wayne Alchin), Harpdog Brown with Graham Guest, Darrell Barr, Cousin Harley, Amos Garrett Band

Sunday 2009 – Marshall Lawrence, Kalsey Kulyk, Raygun Cowboys, Boogie Patrol, and Jodie.

Saturday 2009 – Bobby Cameron with Graham Guest.