The Legendary Downchild Blues Band

“One of the greatest blues bands in the world. Period.” Toronto Star

7:30 Thursday, Nov. 19
Golden Civic Centre


Unequaled in Canada and virtually without a peer around the world, the Downchild Blues Band is a musical juggernaut that has nurtured the legacy of classic blues for nearly a half-century. Downchild founder Donnie Walsh was still a teen in the 1960s when he fell in love with the powerful magic of artists such as Luther Allison, B.B. King, and Junior Wells.

Downchild early days

The early days … Downchild Blues Band got its start playing 6 nights a week at Grossman’s Tavern in the late 60s when draft cost 25 cents!

“Good times guaranteed!”

After launching his own band he gradually became recognized as a stellar harmonica player and a uniquely expressive guitar stylist. And the band itself became a touring legend, giving literally thousands of take-no-prisoners performances in roadhouses, concert halls, saloons, and fairgrounds all around North America. Long hailed as an institution – aside from being the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s legendary The Blues Brothers, Downchild has recorded two dozen albums, won two dozen Maple Blues Awards, and been nominated for numerous JUNOs (winning three!) – Downchild has lost none of its hard-playing panache.


Downchild playing to a very happy full house at the “old” Golden Civic Centre during their 40th Anniversary Tour – October 2009.

“Downchild has always been bigger than the sum of its parts,” declares Walsh. “It’s knowing your audience, and knowing when to give them what they want.” And if what you want is blues music that is brilliantly played, sharply arranged, and slickly paced, then get ready to party with one of the best “roadhouse blues bands” that ever laid down a mean boogie beat.


tickets-plainDownchild is a Live Kicks EXTRA show added into our regular season because we would be crazy to pass on the chance. We do this every now and then but we have to charge extra to cover the extra cost. Our Members have told us in the past that for special EXTRA shows they don’t mind not having a discounted ticket as long as Membership gives them “front of the line” opportunity to get tickets.

All Tickets are $40 available in person at the Art Gallery of Golden.
Members can purchase tickets in advance starting at 10:30am Monday, Sept. 21.
Non-members can begin purchasing tickets at 10:30am on Monday, Sept. 28.