James Blood Ulmer 

Fri March 18 - Sat March 19, 2022
James Blood Ulmer 

Arts Commons Presents
PCL Blues
Engineered Air Theatre 
Friday, March 18, 2022 at 8:00 PM &
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 8:00 PM

James "Blood" Ulmer

Free funk, jazz, and blues artist James "Blood" Ulmer has been called “a guitar god” and “the most original guitarist since Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery.” His guitar playing fuses multiple genres and has a mystifying effect – somehow, both surprising and comforting. His signature back-country drawl mixed with his bluesy solo electric guitar is inescapable – it will draw you into his music like an old friend.  

An avant-garde innovator, James "Blood" Ulmer launched his career with a funk style, moving from his small hometown in South Carolina to New York City in 1971 to start making his mark. Throughout his career he has moved fluidly through the genres of funk, jazz, soul, rock, and blues, embodying the soul of the sound rather than the genre. Through it all there has been one constant – his stunning guitar chops.   

The legendary bluesman returns to Calgary for the first time since his sold-out Calgary Folk Music Festival concert in 2016 for a special two-night engagement in the intimate venue of the Engineered Air Theatre. Join Arts Commons and the PCL Blues series for a night with a music legend – James "Blood" Ulmer. 


 “Guitar gods don’t come much more sage-like, subversive, and utterly distinctive than James Blood Ulmer… expect the unexpected from this idiosyncratic living legend.” – Chicago Reader  

“the most original guitarist since Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery.” – Newsweek  

“Listening to James "Blood" Ulmer is like listening to the history of American music distilled through one man’s vision and experience. His guitar playing fuses all his musical experiences, from church music to free jazz and funk-rock fusion to his ragged and personal blues.” – Lancaster Online


Part of the PCL Blues series presented by Arts Commons Presents.

Ideal for: Performances, presentations, lectures, weddings
Capacity: 185 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Cocktail reception  80 - dinner
Stage: Stage measures 11’ deep x 34’ wide 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: customizable theatre lighting, standard room set-up, private lobby, event planning support 

Completed in 1994 the Engineered Air Theatre carries on the tradition of having a theatre located in its exact location for over 100 years, even incorporating rescued decorative elements from the old Empress Theatre into both its theatre and lobby design. In the summer of 2016, the Engineered Air had a face lift with the comfier chairs and updated décor.

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