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Band News (more headlines) 06-24-2014

Calgary’s Blues Rockman Matt Blais Announces Alberta + BC Summer Tour Dates; Music Video ‘Goodbye Sunshine’

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Website: http://www.mattblaismusic.com/


Calgary, AB’s favourite rock/ blues musician Matt Blais is proud to announce he will performing summer tour dates in Alberta and British Columbia in support of his latest album ‘The Heartbeat‘.

“After a long year on the road in 2013, I wanted to recharge the batteries for myself and the band. But, after a few short months…we’ve started to miss it! Our passion is bubbling over and we’ve just got to get on tour again. We’ve got some new material we want to share with audiences and we’re excited to see our old friends and make some new ones.” comments Blais.

Blais is also currently entered in the ‘My Song For Change’ presented by Make Music Matter and Western Union Canada for his track ‘Fire From The Spark’. For more details and fan voting, please visit the following link: http://mysongforchange.com/entry/6979636

Tour Dates:

June 27 – Calgary, AB – Century Casino, 42 Ave. South East

July 1 – Calgary, AB – Stephen Ave Walk, 300 Block West on 8th Avenue

Show Details: Canada Day, Free show, Outdoor Stage, Set time: 4:15 p.m.

July 23 – Edmonton, AB – Taste of Edmonton – Churchill Square, Remax Stage

Details: Free show, Set time: 7:15 p.m.

July 25- Drayton Valley, AB – Sky Lounge, 4225-50th Street, Drayton Valley, AB

Details: 9 p.m., 18+, Cover TBA

July 26 – Red Deer, AB – Wild Bill’s, 7150 50 Ave

Details: 9 p.m., $10 cover, 18+

August 2 – Camrose, AB – Big Valley Jamboree, Singer Songwriter Tent, 4250 Exhibition Drive

Details: Set time: 1 p.m.

August 14 – Canmore, AB – Canmore Hotel, 738 – 8 Street

Details: 9:30 p.m., Ladies Night, 18+

August 15 – Grindrod, BC, Riverfront Pub, Hwy 97A

Details: 19+, No Cover, 9 p.m.

August 16 – Birch Island, BC – Serenity Performing Arts Centre, 2461 Birch Island Lost Creek Road

Details: All Ages, $15.00

August 17 – Calgary, AB – Taste of Calgary – Eau Claire Festival Plaza, 2nd Ave & 2nd St. S.W., Calgary, AB

Details: All Ages, Set time: 4:30 p.m., Free show

Showcasing this year at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles and touring across Canada for most of 2013 with performances at Canadian Music Week, Indie Week, Alberta Beach Fest, Canal Flats in BC, Calgary’s Blankfest III and the Calgary Stampede Fest, Blais has gained strong comparisons to artists such as Sam Roberts, Matt Mays and Joel Plaskett. Blending elements of fiery rock and roll with smooth vintage soul blues, Blais has formed a sound so uniquely his own that one can’t help but become emotionally charged. The combination of his high energy live show and a passion for song writing is Blais’ formula for success, which thus far has been very well received by critics and the audiences in Canada and beyond that continue to grow in number.

The Heartbeat – Album Stream - http://mattblaismusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-heartbeat

Music Video – Goodbye Sunshine - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGOlj_goWMY

“Frontman Matt Blais knows how to work a crowd and he is far from afraid of showing off his talents.” – The Scene Magazine (Live Review – Indie Week 2013)

“Over the past five years, Matt Blais has been generating a catalogue of material that is both emotive and relatable. His passionate live performances demonstrate eagerness to create heartfelt songs and nowhere is more evident than on his newest album, The Heartbeat, where a poetic personality fuses with growing life experience.” – Beatroute AB

“The name Matt Blais is a familiar one to those in the Calgary, Alberta music scene. Well known as talented and respected musician, Matt likes to break musical moulds, mixing rock, blues and soul for a sound all his own…I sat with what might be described as a “perma-grin” as he effortlessly played to every person in the room that night. A natural born entertainer, Matt is the real deal, and if it’s an entertainer you’re looking for all you have to do is follow The Heartbeat.” - The Portal Magazine

“…he is rock ‘n’ roll. And has been for some time, now, becoming a fave staple on the western Canadian scene, fronting his melodic barroom blues rock band, that calls on the jukebox of classic rock influences – many of who are in said club (the 27 club) – while making it distinctively his own….And crowds have shown him a great deal of love over the past several years, with Blais and band packing rooms across the Prairies and gaining notoriety by performing during Calgary’s Juno Fest shows in 2008 and winning local talent showcases such as the AMP Radio Rockstar competition.” – Calgary Herald

“Blais uses heavily-charged emotional lyrics as well as a gritty band behind him to produce a blues-slash-rock sounds, which has been commended by many local media sources. His sound is highlighted by a sometimes raspy voice, which helps to fill the total appearance of the band.” – Grande Prairie Herald

“Matt’s newest release, “The Heartbeat”, is packed with emotionally driven rock and roll that possesses a nostalgic presence that will fill the listener’s head with a sound that is not usually found in today’s music scene…What makes him and this song (Running) unique is his ability to create a vintage sound that is of his own with lyrics that fully compliment the song as a whole. Matt instantly catches the listener’s ear with an addictive chorus.” – Emurg.com

Track Listing – The Heartbeat

1. Running
2. Guilty Heart
3. Headed Back to You
4. Goodbye Sunshine
5. All I’ve Got to Lose
6. Looking At You Now
7. Always
8. Get Out
9. I Wanna Love You
10. Set the City On Fire

For more info, show dates, music and to order ‘The Heartbeat’ from Matt Blais, please visit these links:

Purchase link - http://mattblaismusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-heartbeat

www.MattBlaisMusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/mattblaismusic

https://www.twitter.com/mattblaismusic

EPK – https://ashermediarelations.com/category/matt-blais/

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