Happy Spring and have a good Easter and/or Passover.
After a few week hiatus I am back and hopefully will be churning out my “picks” on a regular basis again.
Make the most of the upcoming long weekend. Here are a few suggestions ….
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 2-29
The cherry blossoms may have come and gone but there are still lots of events happening.
Friday April 3
Imperial 319 Main St Doors 7p.m. $24
Vancouver World Music Festival
featuring Locarno, Kutapira, Haram and Tambura Rosa
Latin, Afro-Cuban, Arabic & Serbo-Croatian world fusion music
evening of dance music from around the globe while raising funds for Instruments of Change, an organization that offers community building music programs to residents of the downtown east side through their Women Rock! camps.
Special guest – Marc Fournier of Electropical will be spinning a mix of world beat music between sets
Saturday April 4
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Latin jazz featuring stellar vocalist Deborah Ledon with Graig Robertson: guitar, sax, vocals. Boris Favre: piano, vocals. Brent Gubbles: bass. Nick Apivor: percussion. Chris Haas: drums.
Francesco’s 860 Burrard Street @ Robson 8.30p.m. $10
Bill Coon Trio
Bill Coon-guitar, Paul Rushka-bass and one other!
Merge, NE corner of Clark & Powell, ring the buzzer 10p.m. $10
Bates/Schmidt plus Braveheart
1st set -Meredith Bates – Violin and effects, Cole Schmidt – Guitar and effects
2nd Set, Braveheart, Ted Crosby – Tenor sax and clarinet, James Meger – Acoustic Bass, Omar Amlani – Drums
Sunday April 5
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4-7 p.m. No cover
A longtime resident of Japan, Ken Speller has a particularly pleasing sound on the alto saxophone. He’ll be joined by the always masterful Miles Black on piano.
St.Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars
Backstage Lounge Granville Island 8.00p.m. $12
Swing Aggregation Big Band
Tom Arntzen on piano and also a few Sinatraesqe vocal arrangements. Ron Thompson is on the guitar. Derry Byrne is on trumpet, Rod Murray is on trombone, Dave Say and Bill Runge are on saxes, Buff Allen will be kicking the tubs and Dave Guiney, bandleader, is on bass.
Free swing dance lesson at 7p.m. and DJ Jose will be spinning swing classics inbetween sets.