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Dwane Dixon - Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist


“If Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Gibbons and Jeff Healey all lived in the same house, their next-door neighbor would be Dwane Dixon” -Dan Brisebois Canadianbands.com

Blues music editor and writer Peter Lauro described Dwane Dixon’s song, Long Way (From Loving You), as “six and a half minutes of blues bliss…“and, “…song of the year material.”

In 2013 with the release of his debut blues album Black Satin Blues, Dwane Dixon seemed to appear out of nowhere.  The word on the street was that he performed over 150 shows a year right out the starting gate.  But the reality is that Dwane Dixon was no new comer to the music scene and he certainly is no stranger to the blues. At 6 years old he became the proverbial motherless child and by the age 18, after the death of his father, Dwane embarked on an odyssey that would define his musical destiny.

After cutting his teeth on house parties and in the bars around his home town of Montreal he decided to seek out his fame and fortune in New York City.  After a couple visits, he decided that he would make the move big move, but he quickly found out that living in NYC was going to be a lot tougher than vacationing there. After a short run Dwane found himself back in Montreal broke and without a place to live. He borrowed a friend’s old acoustic guitar. He hitch-hiked and walked sometimes for hours, to the streets of downtown Montreal where he would play for change. At times he went for days without eating or having a proper place to sleep but Dwane was a man on a mission. He quickly built incredible musical stamina by playing for many hours at a time.  He also built an enormous repertoire of songs.  “Living in the streets and playing music to survive was cathartic.”, he continues, “I realized what a powerful healer music is. When I play music, nothing can bring me down. Blues music especially, is the affirmation of life through the expression of pain. It is through the experience suffering or enduring trauma that we learn our greatest life lessons.”

Dwane plays between 180-200 shows per year. His reputation has been built on an impeccable work ethic and a “can do”, attitude! He is equally comfortable in solo or band situations, on big stages or small!

Dwane studied classical music theory and composition with Bavarian-born composer Wolfgang Bottenberg.  He also worked as a freelance sound technician for Sony Music and Paramount Pictures with Grammy Award winning producer Joel Moss. 

Selected Past Shows:

  • Finalist Quebec to Memphis International Blues Competition 2017
  • Blues Master Class at Ste Thecle School of Music 2017
    • Montreal International Jazz Festival 2014
    • Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival 2014, 2017
    • Trois Rivieres Blues International Festival 2017
    • Toronto Blues Summit (showcase) 2017
    • Plateau Boreal Blues Festival de 2017
    • Argenteuil en Blues 2017
    • Joliette Blues Festival 2017
    • Jazz, Folk & Blues Festival Ste Thecle 2017
    • Sons of Anarchy: Cast Parties 2013-2015

Albums:

  • Black Satin Blues (2013) Dixon Line Music
  • Working Man Blues (2016) Dixon Line Music

Awards:

  • Two Nominations for the Gala Lys Blues Awards 2014:

          Blues-Rock album of the year (Black Satin Blues)

          Concert of the year

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ENDORSEMENTS:

Music Movie Placements:

  • Shark Night (2011) song: Love You Like an Animal (Socan)

Past Projects:

  • Top Johnny! (original new rock) (www.topjohnny.com)
  • 2 albums; Kick It!  (2005) and Top Johnny! (2008)

 

Max Pollack - Bass/Vocals

Max Pollack calls Montreal, Canada home.  Some of his earliest childhood memories are of him telling his parents about the "symphonies" he hears in his head. Fast forward several years and Max, now a composer and multi-instrumentalist has settled on the bass as his musical messenger of choice.

Max has been exposed to a wide variety of musical genres, some likely before he even took his first breath...from the womb, feeling the ever present vibrations of the music of Bach and Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, along with countless others. His first musical awakening came early in life. "I can remember around the age of 5 when I first heard The Phantom Of The Opera...its musical power and chromatic melodies moved me in a profound way." He states, "My toy keyboard soon became my new best friend. It was my only gateway to this new, awe-inspiring discovery called music."


Years of classical piano lessons led him to taking up clarinet and tenor saxophone in high school which provided a solid musical base on which to build. He soon joined the high school big band and started to learn the basics of jazz, blues and improvisation where he later switched to double-bass. His musical experiences in high school provided a direct path for him to further his classical music studies at Vanier College, followed by a 3rd year technical diploma in jazz performance and composition. 

During his teens, Max found a new sound in music that really spoke to him. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and later Metallica and Nirvana provided the musical yang to his scholastic background. He relates,"All those funky & heavy bass lines really turned my world upside-down."

After his studies, Max began playing in various bands and ensembles, from the epic, experimental sounds of Montreal original band 'Confusion in Stereo' to various chamber music ensembles, small orchestras, reggae, blues and jazz outfits. He also has worked on his own original experimental hard rock project called Mia Vidi.

Max is always willing to 'plunge head first' into any song or style of music. It is
Max's tireless passion for music, his broad range of studies, along with his experience with a wide range of different styles of music that makes him the perfect match for the Dwane Dixon Band. With a wry grin he states, "Stay tuned, big sounds are coming to a speaker near you!"

Tiburce Perlau - Drums

Born in 1982.

Started playing drums, percussions, bass and singing around 1999.

Started by playing for Pop and Post-Rock garage bands.

Studied drums with Hocine Meneri at Dante Agostini drum school in Lyon (France).

Studied at the Jazz Conservatory of Lyon.

Session drummer for various artists, home session drummer for Local 9 recording studio.

Played in numerous bands from electronic world music to Rock, New-Orleans Funk and Hip-Hop...

Living in Montréal (Canada) since 2013.

Former drummer of Alt-Rock band Vinyl Hero & session drummer.

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Up coming Shows

  • Apr 20
    Windsor Tavern,  Vankleek Hill
     
  • Apr 22
    McKibbins Vaudreuil,  Vaudreuil-Dorion
     
  • Apr 23
    Bistro a Jojo,  Montreal
     

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