From the tradition of the masters — Robert Johnston and Howlin’ Wolfe, to the James Gang, the Rolling Stones and southern rock — Jon Sweet has melded his own unique style and flavour to this art form called the blues. He will play on Nov. 17 at the Snoring Sasquatch.
Sweet, a Vancouver Island musician, has basically been on the road, in one form or the other, for 40 years. He has warmed up audiences for the likes of Valdy on a couple of occasions, as well as played with him at the Salt Spring Island Fall Fair. Born in Ontario, he has virtually been from East Coast to as far as you can get on the West Coast without drowning — and add to that time spent in England and Ireland.
“It’s about the emotion of the song that draws me and that is what I hope comes across when I play it,” he said.
The audience will hear a mixture of jazz and blues, southern rock, folk and originals.
“If I get a tear or good laugh from one of the songs, I will have had a great night,” he said.
Doors to the Nov. 17 concert open at 6 p.m.; the show starts at 7. Tickets are $12 in advance at the Snoring Sasquatch, Kingfisher Used Books and Black Bear Books, and $15 at the door.
(Find an audio clip of Jon Sweet here.)