Big Dave McLean Plays the WAG’s Jazz on the Rooftop

Juno Award. Prairie Music Award. Whisky Award. Toronto Blues Lifetime Achievement Award. Big Dave McLean is bringing his own special blues sound to the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s July 14 Jazz on the Rooftop concert. Doors open at 6pm, with the concert starting at 7:30. Tickets are $21 for WAG members and $25 for non-members, and allow free Gallery admission the day of the concert. There is also a cash bar and an optional barbeque by Storm Restaurant for $20. Tickets are available in person at the WAG or through their website at

"Big Dave's been the quintessential behind-the-scene bluesman. He's done more to shape the Western Canadian Blues scene than perhaps any other artist'." Billboard

A masterful guitarist and top notch harpist, McLean’s raw and gravelly vocals bespeak of a life lived to the fullest, and a career spent performing in and around those countless small towns that dot the Canadian prairies. When it comes to the blues, however, McLean’s heart firmly beats to the ghosts of the delta greats--especially the incomparable Muddy Waters, with whom he toured over two decades ago. McLean’s stage performances also identify him as one of the top bluesmen in Canada and what he knows about the business came to him from blues legends John Hammond Jr. and Muddy Waters. He started out on harmonica in the early '60s and had his first guitar lesson from John Hammond at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1969. Hammond and Muddy Waters became Dave's lifelong musical heroes and friends

Mark your calendars now for our other Jazz on the Rooftop concerts:
July 28 • Bjorn Thoroddsen with Richard Gillis, Gilles Fournier, and Will Bonness
August 4 • Papa Mambo
August 18 • U of M Jazz Camp Faculty
August 25 • Red Moon Road



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