Boogie Patrol has been pumping out their unique blend of Blues, Funk, Soul and R&B across Western Canada since 2007, captivating crowds wherever they go. “I’m HUNGRY” were the two little words that started it all one auspicious afternoon at the seminal Blues on Whyte in Edmonton, Alberta. Hungry to play music, hungry to play the BLUES, Boogie Patrol’s harmonica hound “Rott’n” Dan and experienced guitarist Yuji Ihara quickly joined creative forces and began collaborating. They soon enlisted the help of proficient bassist Nigel Gale to hold down the low end. With the addition of Sean Grieve’s tantalizing touch on the keyboards, and JJ’s orchestration of Blues, Jazz and Funk into Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and African drumming styles, Boogie Patrol’s distinctive style slowly evolved and now entices even the most hesitant dancer onto the floor. These five virtuosos of their craft unite to create a sound, an emotion, a chemistry that is incomparable, and with their mind-bending solos and tight grooves, Boogie Patrol prides itself on the ability to connect with audiences from all walks of life.
Boogie Patrol have played hundreds of shows since their inception, having headlined at North Country Fair, Pembina River Nights, Beaumont Blues Festival (Alberta, Canada; 2009 & 2010), Sasquatch Gathering (Alberta, Canada; 2010) and Wild Oats & Notes (Alberta, Canada; 2010, 2012). In 2011, Boogie Patrol had the honour of opening for both The Fabulous Thunderbirds as well as Blues legend Buddy Guy, both in Calgary and Edmonton (Alberta). 2012 is proving to be an exciting year for the band thus far: after playing the Saskatoon Blues Fest in February, their second album “I Try & I Try But I Don’t Know What to Do, the Plan Was Set Some Time Ago & We Must Follow Through” (Independent Release, August 2011) took home “Blues Album of the Year” from the Edmonton Music Awards 2012, in April. August marked a milestone for Boogie Patrol, having been invited to play the 20th Annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, the largest and most diverse festival in the Interior of British Columbia (Canada), receiving standing ovations at both their performances on the CBC Blues Stage. Early October, Boogie Patrol won the Memphis Bound Blues Competition, sponsored by the Edmonton Blues Society, which will send the band to Memphis in January of 2013 to represent Edmonton and Western Canada at the 29th Annual International Blues Challenge. Most recently, the band has been nominated for a Maple Blues Award, Canada’s national blues awards program for 16 years running, in the category of “New Artist or Group of the Year.
Although rooted in blues, the sound of the band crosses various genres but Boogie Patrol stay true to their name and take letting loose to a whole new level. In the words of Ric Hall, guitarist for Buddy Guy: “Boogie Patrol is off the hook! They’re on fire!”