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Arsen Shomakhov - Blues from Russia

Arsen Shomakhov - Blues from Russia

A Maple Blues Awards nominee, guitarist, songwriter and singer Arsen Shomakhov is an electric blues performer truly dedicated to the style’s roots yet never hesitating to borrow means of expression from other genres.

He established himself as a blues-devoted virtuoso musician in his native Russia making it to the International Blues Contest (IBC) in Memphis in 2005 and winning the new talent contest at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR in 2007.

After moving to Vancouver, B.C. in 2008, Arsen formed the Arsen Shomakhov Trio that currently features Bruce O’Neill on bass and Chip Hart on drums. Working hard to make a name for himself and the trio, he has performed at a variety of festivals across the US and Canada including: The King Biscuit Blues Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival, Montreal International Blues Festivals, and the Calgary International Blues Festival, to name a few.

Arsen’s album “On the Move”, released in the US in 2010 reached number 2 in the US and number 1 in Canada on the Roots Music Report airplay charts and hit Top 25 Blues Albums of the Year worldwide. In the same year Toronto Blues Society nominated Arsen for the Maple Blues Awards.
In 2014 and 2016 Arsen Shomakhov Band went to Memphis to represent the White Rock Blues Society at the IBC and advanced to the semi-finals. The third Arsen’s North American album entitled “Dynamic” was released in August 2014. As a truly international blues artist Arsen currently continues to perform at blues festivals throughout Europe, USA and Canada.

Blues Review: "Shomakhov's singing is strong and his excellent guitar work pays rare attention to tonal variety and to creating strong rhythms as well as fleet-fingered, inventive solos."

Past Shows

  • Thu, Sep 28th 2017 9:00 pm
  • Thu, Aug 24th 2017 9:00 pm
  • Thu, Jul 6th 2017 9:00 pm
  • Thu, Jun 1st 2017 9:00 pm
  • Thu, Oct 14th 2010 9:00 pm
  • Wed, Sep 15th 2010 9:00 pm