John Butler Trio+
Mama Kin Spender
402 Collegiate Blvd NW
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
John Butler Trio
Ten years ago John Butler was busking on the streets of Fremantle, West Australia. 3,500 self funded cassette sales served as the foundation for becoming Australia's most successful independent artist ever.
Fast forward to 2009 and his label Jarrah Records has now been responsible for 800,000 CD sales in Australia. The John Butler Trio's studio album Grand National has received international acclaim since its release in 2007. The Washington Post praised its "sauntering boogies with an affinity for hip-hop beats" and Rolling Stone Magazine said "Melody, Subtlety, Authenticity. Sophistication… Butler at his brand new best, blending his influences into a sound that is all his own…a hip shaking rollicking good-time album, proof that John Butler is ready to take things to that next level…"
'Better Than', the first single from the album held the top spot on the USA Triple A radio charts, and the trio won two ARIA Awards for Grand National; Best Independent Release and Best Blues and Roots Release. They received top voting of the evening for their performance of Funky Tonight, with a special guest appearance by Keith Urban.
Butler owns and operates his own record label- Jarrah Records— which has released John Butler Trio's last three studio albums and two live albums and his first self titled album. 2003's Sunrise Over Sea was the first independently released album to reach number one in Australia, and, like Grand National, went on to enjoy multi-platinum success. Home to other artists such as The Waifs, Jarrah Records continues to pave the way for independent artists in Australia. The trio released its latest album, April Uprising, the follow up to the 3x platinum Grand National album in 2010 to acclaimed reviews.
Butler is also receiving recognition for his innovative arts grant fund The JB Seed, which he oversees with his partner Daniella Caruana. Financed by donations from various sources, the JB Seed distributes over $100,000 in grants and funding each year to as many as 30 artists seeking financial assistance to help them realize their artistic aspirations.
Additionally, The JB Seed hosts a management workshop that brings together music industry newcomers and established veterans. Rolling Stone said, "The JB Seed looks to give other people the resources and confidence they need to get out there and do their thing." For more information, visit http://www.thejbseed.com
JBT have taken their music to the world and continue to grow in stature and popularity in USA, Europe and Japan. They have become favorites at iconic festivals such as Fuji Rock Festival, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Big Day Out, and Coachella where Bruce Fessier of USA Today said "John Butler revealed himself to be arguably the finest guitarist at Coachella Festival".