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John Reischman and the Jaybirds are a top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power. They win rave reviews for a trademark, old-time-infused bluegrass sound that respects tradition while advancing the music.
Years of European and North American tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations...little wonder, the buzz around John Reischman and The Jaybirds continues to grow. Like the mandolinist at its helm, the group fashions a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned, yet unselfconsciously new. To see their live show is to believe it. A genial blend of story-telling and side-show humor provides the backdrop to their studied performance of original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material.
"On the evidence of Stellar Jays, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are in their prime as contemporary bluegrass musicians capable of maintaining and extending the music's legacy," says Billboard.com.
Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine describes tone-master and composer John as "one of the world's undisputed masters" of the mandolin, a frequent accolade since his days with the Tony Rice Unit and California's Good Ol' Persons.
The Jaybirds line-up includes: John on mandolin, Grammy Award winner Patrick Sauberon on guitar, Trisha Gagnon on bass, Nick Hornbuckle on banjo, and Greg Spatz on fiddle.
Together, their seamless ensemble work makes for one of the freshest, most tasteful band-sounds on the folk and bluegrass circuit today.
Blue Frog is serving up a Las Vegas style evening featuring four of the US’s most sought-after singers paying tribute to Broadway’s smash hit JERSEY BOYS and the timeless music of FRANKIE VALLI and THE FOUR SEASONS.
Experience a live multi-media extravaganza featuring the hits like “SHERRY”, “BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY”, “DAWN”, “OH WHAT A NIGHT”, “WALK LIKE A MAN”, “WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU”, “RAG DOLL” and “CAN”T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU”.
This spectacular show takes you behind the music with an electrifying performance, complete with original video footage, spectacular choreography, great tracks, and four of the best performers around.
Nick Stice, a Kentucky native, has spent the past few years perfecting the role of Frankie Valli. He comes from a great musical pedigree. Nick is the son of Grammy Nominee, GMA Gospel Hall of Famer and former keyboard player for the Oakridge Boys, Jeff Stice. Nicks credits include Frankie Valli, Abba Tribute "Thank You for The Music" as Bjorn, Soloist (Live Rock & Roll) and Soloist (America’s Hit Parade).
David Spiecker, is a native to Cincinnati, Ohio but has been performing in Tennessee for over 10 years. Some of his credits include: Buddy Baxter in “Buddy Baxter’s Bandstand USA at Dollywood”, Singer at “The American Jukebox Theater”, Potiphar in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Singer at “Crystal Cruises.”
Noah Fisher is a native to North Dakota. He made his theatrical debut in “Working My Way Back to You: A Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.” Additional credits include: Benny in “Thank You For the Music: A Tribute to Abba”.
Corey Clark hails from Georgia and has an impressive list of credits including playing Teen Angel in Grease, Friedrich in Sound of Music, Dan in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.
BIG CITY SOUL.... This Dynamic nine-piece Classic and Contemporary R&B/Soul Band brings their BIG CITY PARTY wherever they go. This experienced and entertaining ensemble comes with the musicianship and song list to keep the dance floor full all night.
Legendary Vocalists Terry Raible and Connie Ballendine offer Dynamic and Soulful performances of R&B and Soul Classics mixed with Rock & Roll, disco and funk. Those Power Vocals are complimented by the smooth and tasteful guitar work of Michael Toth, The Melodic keyboards of Dan Bechard, backed by the funky beats of Drummer Steve Webb and one of Vancouver's Top Bass players Johan Worst. Then there are the Big City Horns composed of well known Trumpet player and recording artist Kevin Lee, The Incredible Terry Linburg on Tenor Sax and Ken Abel providing the Big sound of the Baritone Sax. Together this horn section provides the tight punctuation and exciting solos that make BIG CITY SOUL one of the Best Big Bands in the city; The BIG CITY!
This licensed event is primarily a STANDING ROOM & DANCING event with hi-top tables. There will be very limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Internationally-acclaimed trumpet player, Jens Lindemann, presents “Brassfire” - an epic, energized concert experience highlighting the history of trumpet music. Jens performs timeless classics from Bach and Vivaldi to Louis Armstrong and Dizzie Gillespie. With his exceptional musicianship and sensitivity, Jens explores the full emotional range of the trumpet, from lyrical haunting melodies to the blistering bravado of Maynard Ferguson, all delivered with the showmanship of his childhood hero Doc Severinsen.
Jens Lindemann is a German born Canadian trumpet soloist now based in Los Angeles, where he is a professor of trumpet at UCLA. He is the first classical brass soloist to be awarded the Order of Canada. He played in the Canadian Brass from 1996 to 2001 and continues to play at major concert venues all over the world as an orchestral soloist, with chamber groups, jazz bands, and as a master clinician.
Named "Personality of the Year 2006" by the British magazine The Brass Herald, Lindemann also hosted the 33rd International Trumpet Guild conference at the Banff Centre in June 2008. Lindemann studied at the Juilliard School of Music, McGill University, and has received an honorary doctorate from McMaster University. Among numerous distinctions, he has been a nominee for a Grammy award and a Juno Award and received the Echo Klassik in Germany. As part of Alberta's centenary celebrations in 2005, he gave a solo Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II.
Described as “the slender singer with the big soulful voice, the kind that knocks you for a loop,” you might recognize Shannon from the show R.E.S.P.E.C.T. which was presented at the Blue Frog Studios in May 2016. Shannon has performed her compelling brand of Jazz & Acoustic Soul at festivals across Canada, in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. A prolific writer, a number of Shannon’s songs have been featured in TV series and films in Canada, the US and the UK.
Winner of the 2008 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Best Pianist, this accomplished Bulgarian artist is definitely hitting his stride. Kristian’s natural ability, extensive training and passion for performance enabled him to tour across much of Europe by the age of nineteen. Since moving to Canada in 1995, Kristian has firmly entrenched himself in the Canadian music scene - as an active composer, performer, producer & musical director. Onstage Kristian has worked alongside some tremendous Canadian and International artists, including: Randy Brecker, kd Lang, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G, Allen Vizzutti, Bob Mintzer, Wycliffe Gordon, The Canadian Tenors, All Star Brass, Order of Canada Big Band, Jens Lindemann & Shannon Gaye.
CANADA’S BEST-KEPT SECRET - Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson shines his light with an incredible voice, therapeutic lyrics and magical melodies. A regular on CBC’s Vinyl Cafe and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (folk), Reid has recorded with Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer and members of Be Good Tanyas and Blue Rodeo. Performing alongside his saucy wife and long-time songwriting partner Carolyn Victoria Mill they present an entertaining acoustic duo where stories and harmonies abound.
Known for his unique interpretations, Reid has released two compelling collections in the last year. The Presley Sessions Revisited – A musical love letter to the greats of the 50s era, including songs made popular by Elvis, Roy Orbison, The Platters and The Flamingos, Reid’s most recent and rather timely offering is Dear Leonard: The Cohen Collection. A luminous tribute to Canada’s greatest wordsmith Leonard Cohen, Reid turns the master into the muse with seven compelling covers plus the haunting title track, an original open letter to the man himself. Featuring Anne Lindsay (Jim Cuddy, James Taylor) on burning violin. (Blue Frog concert will feature Vancouver’s Meghan Engel on fiery fiddle!).
HEY, THAT'S NO WAY TO SAY GOODBYE. from DEAR LEONARD: The Cohen Collection (a tribute to Leonard Cohen) - performed by Reid Jamieson. Written by Leonard Cohen.
"Gorgeous, sun-struck acoustic soul" - Globe & Mail
"Prepare to be surprised" - Vancouver Province
“Arresting... dazzling voice” - Toronto Sun
"After Reid appeared on the Vinyl Cafe we received tremendous feedback from our audience. He stole the show...He blew me away." Stuart McLean - CBC Vinyl Cafe
“It” is Led Zepagain. From the high-energy electric classics to the beautiful acoustic works, Led Zepagain captures the heart and soul of “the world’s greatest band”. You will be mesmerized as LED ZEPAGAIN brings to life the ultimate Led Zeppelin experience. Thrill to the authentic re-creation of Page’s soaring guitar leads, Jones’ brilliant keyboard passages, Bonham’s trademark pounding rhythms and of course, Robert Plant’s stratospheric vocals. ZEPAGAIN’s performance of immortal classics “Stairway to Heaven”, “Immigrant Song”, “Whole Lotta Love” “Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Black Dog”, will make you believe Jimmy Page is right; Led Zepagain is definitely “as close as you’ll ever get to the real deal!”
Lead singer David “Swan” Montgomery delivers an uncanny portrayal of Robert Plant. Recently, Swan was pulled on stage by WHO lead singer Roger Daltry for a duet rendition of "Help From My Friends".,
Taking on the role of Jimmy Page is Jimmy Sakurai. His obsessive drive to perfectly recreate Page’s live performances delivers the real deal. This self-described “musical stalker” adheres to the philosophy, “Anybody can follow musical patterns, and everybody ends there, but for me, that is a starting point.” Diligent study of film and photo results in attention to the smallest of details. The result is utterly amazing!
Derek Smith has been playing the drums since he was 12 years old. Despite his lifelong devotion to super-groups of the glory days of rock, no band had the impact of Led Zeppelin. John Bonham’s dichotomy and ferocity coupled to the depth of his finesse, sensitivity, and discretion resonated deep within Derek, connecting with him in a way no other drummer has. Derek’s resume includes performing with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, The Doobie Brothers, Billy Idol’s Steve Stevens, among others.
Multi-instrumentalist Jim Wootten, nephew of the legendary guitarist Les Paul fills the demanding role of John Paul Jones, masterfully covering Bass, Keyboards, Mandolin, Acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars, and backing vocals. Having grown up in a family that was so musically inclined instilled in Wootten a love for music and inspired him to pursue his own dream of becoming a professional musician.
With roots in iconic rock, funk, soul, and artfully penned new music and many other diverse styles...the Rockingbyrds breath new fire into the classic songs of our generation. Performed in a unique organic acoustic guitar and vocal trio, The Rockingbyrds will take you on a musical journey from A (America) to Z (Zeppelin) and everything in between.
A very special feature of this show will be the interactive portion in which audience members can participate with requests.
Rachael Chatoor Rachael Chatoor is a native of Vancouver and has been part of the local music scene since the early 90′s. Rachael brings a professional grace and charm to all of her shows and the warm, welcoming atmosphere that she creates only compliments her distinct voice and diverse musical talent.
Russell Marsland Music hardwired to his soul... Considered one of Vancouver’s finest guitarists, Russell has performed with the likes of the Allman Bros, Chuck Berry, War, James Brown and Ray Charles just to name a few. As a writer, producer, guitarist and vocalist, Russell has performed since a very early age and is preparing to launch his second original album.
Jeff Neill Jeff Neill has had a recording career that spans three decades and he has earned over two dozen gold, platinum and multi platinum awards worldwide with R&R Hall Of Fame inductees, Streetheart, Loverboy and Australian icon, Jimmy Barnes. Over the years Jeff has worked in the studio with a wide variety of artists from Joe Cocker to Keith Urban and has shared stages with The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, ZZ Top and Sting to name a few. With The Rockingbyrds, Jeff is able to take his producers perspective, awareness and musical scope and help take the Rockingbyrds experience to its highest level.
Juanita says, “the Rockingbyrds were one of the most fun shows of 2016. The audience participation was unbelievable, and the Rockingbyrds never got stumped from audience requests.”
Toronto-based COUNTERMEASURE is the new sound in vocal music. This genre-defying A Cappella group is led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen and features 14 of Canada’s top young vocal talent. They are immediately recognizable by their upbeat blend, sophisticated harmonies, and infectious energy. Performances of “Takin’ It Home”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “London Bells”, “Lovers in A Dangerous Time”, “Made to Measure”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Jump Back”, “Life is Fine”, “Best of My Love” and “Opera Somnia” demonstrate the group’s broad range of lively pop, jazz, contemporary, and original songs, sung in unique arrangements that are sometimes complex, but generally playful.
With their fresh, innovative approach COUNTERMEASURE challenges expectations while breathing new life into the standard repertoire. Their inventive, contemporary sound has earned the group both critical and public acclaim. The ensemble was awarded one of two spots in the Best Jazz Album category from the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards for their debut CD, “14 Characters”. The album was also nominated for an Independent Music Award. The music video for “Opera Somnia” has been nominated in three categories in the A Cappella Video Awards (2017): Outstanding Video Editing, Best Electronic/Experimental Video, and Best Video by a CAL Group. Additionally, Countermeasure has featured in high-profile jazz festivals, concert series, and galas, as well as on national radio and television. They are a founding artist of SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, Canada’s premier a cappella festival and have shared the stage with a plethora of vocal and musical giants. They recently returned from their second U.S. tour, and in January, 2015 embarked on their first UK tour, finishing in London as the only Canadian group chosen to perform at the prestigious London A Cappella Festival.
Danforth Centre Town News says, “Countermeasure offers a distinctive fresh voice in the Canadian choral scene, showcasing a repertoire of eclectic, eccentric, and challenging pieces.” With brilliant versions of well-known and original pieces, coupled with exhilarating performances, the future is bright for this inventive group. COUNTERMEASURE delivers a memorable musical experience.
For more about COUNTERMEASURE please visit countermeasuremusic.com
The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage. Jim’s uncanny ability to mirror John’s voice combined with his clean-cut look takes you back to the time when “Take me Home Country Roads”, “Rocky Mountain High”, “Sunshine”, “Calypso” and “Annie’s Song” topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other. Jim believes that John Denver’s words still ring true in these difficult times of war and environmental crisis.
Tribute artist Jim Curry, whose voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver’s music in sold out shows throughout the US and Canada as well as out to sea and has emerged as today’s top performer of Denver’s vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. He’s not your usual “Vegas style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. In October 2007, the 10th anniversary of John’s passing, Jim brought a landmark concert to the stage in Aspen, Colorado. It included many of John Denver’s former band members, some of them for the first time in a tribute show.
Curry’s philosophy is summed up in the words, “These songs blend the images of our natural earth with a love for each other as people. The care you give to someone you love is the best care. Making that connection to our earth and to each other is the goal.”
For more about JIM CURRY’S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER visit jimcurrymusic.com.