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Empress series features Carlos del Junco

Carlos del Junco

Carlos del Junco, one of the world's greatest harmonica players, will perform March 17 and March 18 at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.

VICKI ARNDT, GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod welcomes one of the world’s greatest harmonica players, Carlos del Junco, to its stage March 17-18 to what is expected to be a sizzling performance.
The two performances at 8 p.m. are part of the Empress Theatre Society’s Centre Stage Series.
Del Junco is a true master of his craft. He is so talented on his harmonica, it is said, “He blows the blues harp through a prism and suddenly he is holding every colour of the rainbow right there in his hands.”
Del Junco’s just released album “Mongrel Mash” is “a rollicking roller coaster ride through the stratosphere of blues meets jazz meets roots music.”
This guy is cool, severely talented and loaded with award after award for his raw ability to blend blues and jazz together producing a sound like no other.
Del Junco received a Juno nomination in 2010 for the ‘Steady Movin’ CD.
From 1997 to 2010 he was awarded the Canadian Maple Blues Award for Best Harmonica Player seven years out of its 14-year history.
In 2005 del Junco received the Best Blues Award from NOW Magazine.
In 1998 del Junco received a Juno nomination for the “Big Boy” CD and 1996 got del Junco the Blues Musician of the Year Award from Jazz Report Magazine.
Del Junco received two gold medals in 1993 from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany.
To say he is well recognized for his artistry is an understatement.
Del Junco’s band “The Blues Mongrels” — aptly named for their ability to blend blues and jazz — are virtuosos of blues but never shy from other styles like the rooted sounds of New Orleans on the album “Blues.” This rooted sound is full of haunting harmonica playing and swinging, soulful lyrics.
“Blues” was selected by five out of six members of the Toronto Blues Society for their top 10 release picks of 1993.
Del Junco and The Blues Mongrels are also known for venturing into Latin, hip-hop, swing and swampy roots rock — they will keep you swinging and grooving and take you to a musical place you’ve never been before.
Del Junco has released seven albums and recorded with Kim Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn and Holly Cole to name a few. He has toured heavily in Canada, Germany and the United States and has played at all the major jazz, blues and folk festivals across Canada.
For ticket information visit www.empresstheatre.ab.ca or call 1-800-540-9229.

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