Iron Mountain Music Festival




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Hot new music festival featuring plenty of blues headliners in their lineup coming to Mission, BC July 15 + 15, 2018!

It’s a beautiful road trip from anywhere in the Pacific Northwest and there’s plenty of room for camping! Immersed in wilderness yet minutes from the city.

IRON MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL FEATURING Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dana Fuchs, Popa Chubby, Nikki Hill, Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band, Emily Chambers, Coco Jafro, Rae Gordon Band, Robbie Laws & the Travelin’ Blues Show, Sundae & Mr Goessl, Rick “Poppa Dawg” Halishefff, The Hell’s Gate Blues Band

Eighteen Pastures Golf Course in Mission is set to host the Iron Mountain Music Festival on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday July 15, 2018. Given that it’s a first year festival, it has made a significant impression on the regional blues community. The inaugural lineup includes an incredible mix of top-shelf blues headliners, as well as local and international artists encompassing a great mix of Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk and even a little Jazz.

Each day features 3 evening artists that could each be festival headliners in their own right. On Saturday it’s Vancouver’s contemporary blues artists Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer followed by sultry blues rocker Dana Fuchs and the night wraps up with the legendary Elvin Bishop (Fooled Around and Fell In Love). On Sunday, the three main acts are the vivacious Nikki Hill, followed by serious blues rock guitarist Popa Chubby and wrapping up the evening and the festival is none other than the Fabulous Thunderbirds (Wrap It Up, Tuff Enuff).
Four daytime artists each day include some very talented artists that have also achieved significant notoriety both locally and internationally. Blues enthusiasts can check out Vancouver favourite Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band; Portland’s Robbie Laws as well as the Rae Gordon Band; Kelowna’s Rick “Poppa Dawg” Halisheff and Fraser Valley’s Hell’s Gate Blues Band. Soul, Funk and R&B fans will love both Coco Jafro and Emily Chambers. Rounding out the mix is a band organizers think will appeal to fans of all genres and that is Sundae & Mr Goessl with their vintage jazz.

There is camping at this festival too, as the beautiful Eighteen Pastures Golf Course transforms into a unique and captivating event space. Located in the hills above Mission BC, festival goers will find a wilderness paradise just minutes from the city as fairways become campgrounds for tenters and RVs too. The roadway entrance becomes a natural midway for the numerous food and beverage vendors who will cater to most every taste.

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About the Artists:

Elvin Bishop
A veteran guitarist who fused the blues with gospel, R&B, and country traditions. He immersed himself in the Chicago Blues scene in the early 60s and eventually joined Paul Butterfield’s blues band and helped shape the sound of many of Butterfield’s albums. In the late 60s he launched his own solo career where his frequent appearances with Eric Clapton, BB King, Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers gave rise to his popularity. 1974’s Traveling Shoes hit the charts and then in 1976, Fooled Around and Fell in Love peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts.Still incredibly popular today, he tours the world regularly.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Texas blues was a big thing in the 80s and it’s because of hits like Tuff Enuff and Wrap it Up by the Fabulous Thunderbirds. In fact it was really the T-birds that kick-started a blues revival in the early ‘80s when they were the most popular act on the blues circuit. It was 1986 when those 2 songs broke them into the pop scene, opening for artists such as Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones. Co-founder and Vocalist Kim Wilson has kept the distinctive and powerful sound that marks them as the quintessential American band. “We started as a straight blues band. We’re an American music band and we’re much higher energy than we were before” says Wilson.

Dana Fuchs
She’s known for her mix of Southern Rock, Soul and Blues and she’s often compared to rock singer Janis Joplin. In fact she portrayed the singer in Love, Janis an Off-Broadway musical, back in 2001 - 2003. She also gained notoriety with the 2007 movie Across the
Universe which was nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globe Awards. She’s had two albums land in the Top 10 Blues Album Charts of Billboard Magazine - 2013s Bliss Avenue and 2014s Songs from the Road. Now, she blazes her own trail with Love Lives On: the hotly anticipated and just-released fourth album on which she bursts defiant from her darkest days with a sound inspired by the siren-call of American soul.

Nikki Hill
North Carolina-bred and New Orleans-based Nikki Hill recently released her latest album ‘Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists’ via Deep Fryed Records. Buoyed by her band’s roaring boogie that’s equal parts Staple Singers and AC/DC, the new album sees Nikki exude a self-assured swagger as her fiery rasp preaches the rock & roll gospel: late nights, hot licks, and intoxicating love. Raised in the church choir and steeped in R&B and garage rock rumble, Nikki Hill is a spitfire with the soul-drenched voice of Etta James and the tattooed, beehived-hair aura of Cramps’ guitarist Poison Ivy.

Popa Chubby
Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character, who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.

Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer are relentless touring artists known for their high-energy, sweaty, dance-floor-boogying performances. They have recently toured the UK with St. Paul & The Broken Bones, the EU with Dr. Dog and XIXA and the US with Tinariwen. They have also shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Booker T Jones, Mother Mother, The Sheepdogs, and Serena Ryder and have played their fair share of festivals. The band will be bringing their bed of chaos to Iron Mountain Music Festival and you might even hear their new single Hard On Things.

Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band
Harpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late 40's and early 50’s. These days he’s been touring more and more as Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band - a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring slide trombone, keyboards, bass and drums and often a sax and clarinet. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! This music will move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show!

Emily Chambers
In the last two years, Emily has quit her day job to pursue music full time. She recorded and released her first solo EP, moved into her 1983 Dodge camper van to Nashville, and completed two US tours. She trained with Canadian Jazz singer Joani Taylor from the age of 8 to 18. After attending Berklee College of Music on a vocal scholarship, Emily busked across the South of France and Italy. Returning home to Vancouver, she formed a 5 piece soul-pop-funk band called Champagne Republic and has since relocated to Nashville, TN and is working on material for her next album.

Robbie Laws
Portland’s Robbie Laws is a legendary multi-award winning guitarist who has played with the likes of Albert Collins and Ronnie Earl. Robbie is an internationally recognized Blues Guitar Master who has thrilled festival and concert audiences for over 20 years with his sheer technical prowess, his soulful voice, impressive stage presence and likeable personality. Robbie is one of the most decorated and in demand blues guitarists in the Pacific Northwest. He has been honoured with many awards including 21 Cascade Blues Association Awards

Rae Gordon Band
In May 2016, Rae Gordon assembled a new band featuring some of Portland’s most notable players. The fresh lineup quickly picked up steam, and by the 4th of July, Rae’s new outfit had won the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey to Memphis competition at the Waterfront Blues Festival. This local win sent them to Memphis in January 2017 for the renowned International Blues Challenge, where they ultimately took third place overall after competing against standout acts from all around the world. The band was recently named Best Portland Blues Act in a Willamette Week reader poll.

COCO JAFRO bring together the schools of Funk, Soul, Jazz and Afro-beat providing a unique sound that flows from a foundation of deep set grooves & North Africa rhythms. Moroccan born, lead guitarist Amine Said’s musical roots provide an exclusive sound with the proven power to instantly synchronize your soul force you to bend and sway. With a 2013 Van Isle Music Award nomination for 'Best Live Act' and 2 EPs under their belt, COCO JAFRO shows no signs of slowing down. The band will soon release their much-anticipated 3rd album and embark on a world tour.

Sundae & Mr Goessl
Sundae + Mr. Goessl are Seattle's premier Vintage Jazz Duo featuring Earshot Magazine's Vocalist of the Year, Kate Voss, and Seattle's busiest freelance guitarist, Jason Goessl. Together, this dreamy duo delivers a show packed with wit, charm, nostalgia and serious chops! The celebrated newly-wed couple has been providing entertainment to music-lovers since 2014. With 4 albums, 6 national tours, 2
sponsorships and over 500 shows, this industrious duo has left quite an impression on casual listeners and critics alike.

Rick ‘Poppa Dawg’ Halisheff
Hailing from the 'Left Coast' of Canada, Poppa Dawg has toured extensively throughout Western and Northern Canada. He was a semi-finalist at the 29th International Blues Challenge in Memphis. His career has included stints as a side man for Sonny Rhodes, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne and Harpdog Brown and as an opener for many years for John Mayall, Colin James, Jeff Healey, Powder Blues and so many others. He presents the blues with a unique, tongue-in-cheek view and a deep and respectful appreciation of the music.

The Hell’s Gate Blues Band
Since 2012, the Hell’s Gate Blues Band has been developing their sound and playing original material in the Blues genre, as well as covering great artists such as Etta James, Susan Tedeschi, Jonny Lang, Robben Ford, The Doors and B.B. King. The music is high energy and the dance floor is usually full and jumping. The Vancouver Sun says “Vocalist Lisa Dunn is the kind of singer any blues group would love to have as she can go from vulnerable (This Attraction) to growling (Love or the Booze) and shines on all the tracks she takes lead on.

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