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Event Archive - Gypsy Blues Jam: Anas Rasta, Phil Kikuchi, Bret Michael Stewart

Sat. June 22nd 2013 Jimi Hendrix Shrine (All Ages)
5pm - 11pm
Presented by: Jimi Hendrix Shrine
In the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and Hogan's Alley, we're bringing the soulful sounds of the Mississippi delta back to the neighborhood.

The doors will open at 5:00 pm, musicians will begin performing around 6:00 pm in the Shrine garden. Anas Rasta will open the evening with gypsy-inspired tunes influenced by Manouche Jazz and Flamenco. Phil Kikuchi will then play a trancy acoustic set. The Walls, Moon, Lina Mandolina, and Bret Michael Stewart will bring the house down with southern blues rhythms. The night will finish off with a live blues jam, we encourage the public to join in.

BYOB, admittance by donation.

Dancing is welcome but not mandatory.

Please join us for an unforgettable evening of music. We hope to host more concerts and jams in the near future, if this event is successful there will be many more like it!


Many years ago, the Jimi Hendrix Shrine was the storage area of Vie’s Chicken and Steak House, where locals and visitors alike would stop to get a warm bite of soul food. Because the restaurant was open until 4 am, it was a popular hangout for musicians and people of the night. Jimi's grandmother, Nora Hendrix, worked here as a cook for many years and lived nearby. Immigrating from the United States in 1911, she brought with her the music of the blues and the best fried chicken recipe Vancouver would ever know! Her food was so delicious that famous American musicians such as Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday (just to name a few) would come by Vie's after their concerts. Once Vie's was closed for the evening, Nora would reopen the restaurant specifically for these musicians. It is believed that Jimi and his cousins would stay up late helping their grandmother by busing tables and washing plates.

Jimi spent much of his childhood in Vancouver, as his parents often dumped him under the care of relatives. In addition to numerous summer vacations, Jimi even attended school in Vancouver for a brief time. Nora wanted to keep young Jimi out of trouble, so she made him work at Vie's washing dishes and cleaning tables.

After being discharged from the Army, Jimi returned to Vancouver during the winter of 1962- 1963 to practice his music. Neighbors say that Jimi would practice his guitar in the storage area of Vie's, after the restaurant had closed. He would also busk in front of Vie's and play the blues with the local musicians that gathered there.


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