Mark your calendars for February 3, 2024, as Mariposa in Concert presents the 12th annual Evening of Blues and Gospel at the Orillia Opera House. An enchanting night awaits, curated by Juno award-winning producer Lance Anderson, promising a blend of blues and gospel performances that uplift the spirit.

Stellar Lineup of Renowned Artists

The event showcases an extraordinary lineup of musicians, headlined by seven-time Maple Blues award winner Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne. Joining him are the multifaceted Jordan John, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Prakash John, guitar virtuoso Ronnie Douglas, and the exceptionally gifted pianist Michael Shand from Toronto. Together, they will create an immersive experience of soulful melodies and powerful performances.

Left Photo Michael Shand / Right Photo Ronnie Douglas

Diverse Musical Influences

Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne, a celebrated international piano blues artist, brings over 50 years of musical prowess to the stage. Born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in musical hotspots like New Orleans and Los Angeles, Wayne’s performance history includes collaborations with blues and rock pioneers, making him a true legend in the genre.

Jordan John: A Musical Prodigy

Jordan John, an international lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, captivates audiences with his diverse talents. From performing with The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, to jamming with Prince at the age of 16, Jordan’s musical journey is nothing short of extraordinary. His refreshing interpretations of soulful classics and original compositions promise to mesmerize music enthusiasts.

Prakash John: A Bassist Extraordinaire

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Prakash John’s career spans five decades, marked by proficiency, energy, and an unwavering commitment to his craft. With an impressive list of touring and recording credits, including collaborations with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, Prakash John continues to be a force in the music industry.

Ronnie Douglas: A Blues Nominee

Ronnie Douglas, a two-time Maple Blues Award nominee, brings his guitar-based rockin’ blues and soulful voice to the stage. A familiar face in the Orillia music scene, Douglas’s performances have garnered recognition and accolades, making him a standout in the Canadian blues landscape.

Michael Shand: Versatile Keyboardist

With over 30 years of global performance experience, Michael Shand has earned his place as one of Canada’s top keyboardists. From achieving a Grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music certification to working with renowned artists like Johnny Reid and contributing to Grammy-nominated projects, Shand’s versatility and musicality are unparalleled.

Lance Anderson: Juno Award Winner

Juno award-winning producer Lance Anderson, the mastermind behind the show’s arrangements, returns to orchestrate yet another Evening of Blues and Gospel. With a musical career spanning 50 years, Anderson’s contributions to the Canadian music scene are noteworthy, and his shows have consistently garnered acclaim.

Secure Your Tickets for a Soulful Journey

Tickets for this soul-stirring event are priced at $35 (all fees and taxes included) and can be purchased online or at the Orillia Opera House Box Office. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Please note that the elevator at the Orillia Opera House will be undergoing maintenance for this show.

A Musical Celebration Supported by Local Sponsors

The Mariposa Folk Foundation’s 2023-24 Concert Series is made possible by the generous support of local sponsors, including Alleycats Music and Art, Amy and Al Wallace, Apple Annie’s Café, Bell Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Centre, and more.

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the magic of Mariposa’s Blues and Gospel Show—an annual tradition that promises an unforgettable night of musical brilliance and soulful performances.

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