Tom Lavin’s Powder Blues Band returns to Surrey in May. (file photo)

White Rock Blues Society celebrates 10th year with May long-weekend events

Powder Blues Band will headline concert in South Surrey

White Rock Blues Society will celebrate its 10th anniversary from May 19 to 21 during a weekend of events at South Surrey’s Pacific Inn Resort.

A concert by Tom Lavin’s Powder Blues Band on Saturday, May 20 will highlight the weekend events, along with a slide-show video presentation on Friday, May 19 and a day-long “Sunday Showcase,” to include live music and a barbecue, on Sunday, May 21.

The hotel is located at 1130 King George Blvd.

“We have some special plans for the May 20th long weekend to celebrate the White Rock Blues Society’s 10th anniversary,” the blues society’s Rod Dranfield told the Now-Leader.

“It has been 10 years since the White Rock Blues Society was established with the purpose of promoting the blues music genre in our community, by putting on show/dances and co-promoting blues acts with Blue Frog Studios. We also sponsor B.C. blues musicians to compete in the annual International Blues Challenge held by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.”

An open house on Friday, May 19 will include a presentation using film clips and music to discuss the history of the blues and the White Rock Blues Society. This event will be held in the private dinning room next to the Rhumba Room at Pacific Inn Resort. Admission is free, but guests should reserve a seat by emailing dranfield2@mac.com. Start time is 8 p.m.

The Saturday concert by Powder Blues Band will also feature a CD-release set of music by Jason Buie Band, featuring Lauren Webb. Tickets are $45 online, via Brownpapertickets.com/event/2910630, and $50 at the door.

The Sunday showcase event will run from 1 to 8 p.m., with bands playing 25-minute sets. Interested musicians should contact Buie, the society’s artistic director, by emailing jasonbuieband@live.com.

“There will be a cash bar, and great southern-style barbecue will be available for sale, prepared by Chef Darin,” Dranfield noted. “Harpdog Brown and the Travelin’ Blues Show will be dropping by.”

For more details, visit Whiterockblues.com or call 604-542-6515.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com