Etta James Tribute, Blues Summit, Maple Blues Awards, Rose

It's been a while since our last post and lots has been happening behind the scenes. 

At Last 2019: a Tribute to Etta James was a wonderful SOLD OUT hit at Lula Lounge on January 24. Lead by musical director (our very own!) Fraser Melvin, lead performers Dani Nash, Lydia Persaud, Claire Doyle, and Jenie Thai blew the audience away with their soulful renditions of Etta's songs, and super impressive backup vocals. Special appearance by Alana Bridgewater and Nicky Lawrence, and an opening set by Beau Dixon, made it a truly special night. Yours truly (Raha Javanfar, aka Bad Luck Woman) also sang a few songs and played some bass. 

Keep your eyes peeled for some video footage of the night and an announcement on the next date of this event! 

I wasn't able to participate in the entire Etta show this year because I've been performing in a musical at Soulpepper Theatre and we had a show that night! That's also why Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes have been on a little hiatus lately. The musical is called Rose, an inspiring story that appeals to audiences of all ages. Check it out if you can!

 We will, however, crawl out of our winter hiatus for a brief appearance at the Blues Summit this weekend, where we'll be showcasing on Sunday night. 

I'll also be presenting the Cobalt Award for best new song at the Maple Blues Awards on Monday Feb 4. 

After that, keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming shows this spring and summer! 

Happy winter, everyone! 

- Raha, Bad Luck Woman

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East Coast Adventures

Our 10-day tour out east was a blast and a huge success! Our departure was sadly delayed by a day and a half (in typical Bad Luck Woman fashion) because of an intense ice storm that hit Toronto. When our van got stuck a block away from our apartment, we realized it might not be the best day to attempt driving across the country, but once we were on the road a couple days later, the skies cleared up and the weather turned around for the better. 

 
Our spacious band van allows for everybody to sprawl out to their heart's content.

Our spacious band van allows for everybody to sprawl out to their heart's content.

 

We just barely made it to Charlottetown in time to play at Baba's Lounge. It was nice to see our pal Tommy, the bartender, as well as our top island fan, JD, who also came to our gig the next day at Back Alley Records. To our delight, the soup of the day was a tomato spinach soup, which goes perfectly with a side of our CD, featuring the Spinach Song, which is now available for sale off the shelves of that record store!

 
 

From there, we met up with our friends Zak and Franny in Wolfville, and took some time to build a sturdy shelf for the back of our van, before driving it down to Ingramport for a lovely house concert at Steve Gilbert's gorgeous house. Steve (better known as his radio DJ personality, Trip Hazard), invited over 50 of his friends, and him and his wonderful wife Nancy treated us like stars while we stayed on their beautiful property. 

 
 

And then, of course, it was time to head to Halifax for a greasy Friday night at Bearly's. Like last time, we were treated wonderfully there, and made some new fans and had the pleasure of reconnecting with old ones too. 

Saturday found us in Antigonish at the Townhouse, one of Bad Luck Woman's favourite places to eat at, ever! There's a great little apartment to stay in above the bar where the beer is brewed, and the hospitality and kindness of the staff at the Townhouse is above and beyond any and all expectations. 

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Sunday we returned to Wolfville to play with our good buddy Zakary Miller at the Gaspereau Hall. It was a relaxed Sunday afternoon show, with a quiet but receptive audience. That's where we sold out of our 7" records! But first, we took a little day trip to Blue Rocks to get real close to the ocean, enjoy some delicious seafood, and take some silly selfies on the rocks. 

 
 

On Monday, on our way back east, we stopped in Woodstock, NB, to play at Creek Village Gallery & Cafe. Being a Monday, it was a bit quiet, but the handful of people who did come out were super rowdy and up for a good time. Not only did we have a great time at the Gallery, but we were then hosted by the ever so kind Paul and Chrstie who took us back to their inn to karaoke and party all night! 

On Tuesday, we played a delightful house concert in a small town in Quebec. The roads leading there were like driving on a roller coaster. Our host, Roy, was like a friend you just meet who you feel like you've known for a lifetime. He made a delicious pasta dinner for us, put us up in the funky guest house in the back of his property, invited all his friends, and even sent us home with beautiful beaded necklaces that he hand made! 

Our last stop before getting home was to play at the Atria in Oshawa on Wednesday night. We were all so exhausted, and couldn't wait to sleep in our own beds that night, but it was still fun to play one last gig before returning to TO.

 
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All in all, we had a great time. We are so grateful to all the people who hosted us and provided free accommodations, meals, and audiences for us. We came back with far fewer bottles of hot sauce and CDs than we'd left with, and our hearts are full of maritime love. Can't wait to go back!

Making Hot Sauce with Rebecca Hennessy

Had a great time today at Rebecca Hennessy and Michael Herring's lovely apartment, using their kitchen to make a homemade batch of the Bad Luck Woman hot sauce, along with Fraser Melvin. Wanna try the stuff? We'll have some for tasting at our Dakota show on Saturday April 14 at the Dakota Tavern. 

 

Pineapple mango hot sauce live with Raha Javanfar and Fraser Melvin and Michael Herring

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After the cooking show, we recorded a few tunes for Rebecca's YouTube series, "A Drop in the Ocean". Keep an eye peeled for them on her channel

RIP Jason Buie

The blues community across Canada is mourning the passing of our friend Jason Buie who died unexpectedly at the very young age of 47. In January, Jason kicked our butt at the Maple Blues Awards when he deservedly won the award for Best New Artist of the Year. It was an absolute thrill to jam with him afterward...that guy could play a million notes a minute on his guitar, and every second of it was tasteful. He was hilarious....a really fun fellow with a great attitude, and a clearly apparent love for his three children. 

On Friday April 6, the Toronto Blues Society brought together a number of musicians at Hugh's Room Live to pay tribute to our departed friend, and raise funds for his family who are now struggling without him. Please consider contributing to the GoFundMe campaign, open til the end of the month. 

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Hot Sauce

That's right...introducing the first ever Bad Luck Woman Pineapple Mango ORIGINAL Hot Sauce!!

 
 

We've got bottles and bottles of this sweet stuff, and they'll be available at all our upcoming shows. It's a recipe Raha and Fraser started experimenting with over the summer (with hot peppers from their garden!), and that our friend Julian Katz perfected when he made a vat of the stuff at Stasis Preserves. 

Try it! It's sweet with a kick, perfect for topping hors d'oeuvre, (Personal favourite: crackers and cream cheese with a dollop on top) or even having on savoury dishes like fish tacos or jerk chicken. 

 
 

New Website!

We've got our new website up! Just in time to announce exciting spring and summer adventures. On April 14, we'll be releasing a new 7" single, as well as our original hot sauce at the Dakota Tavern! Check out the event page for all the details!

After that, we're hitting the road for a tour of the east coast. You can see these and all our upcoming dates on our calendar. 

Be sure to Like us on Facebook to stay up to date!

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