Dear Picks People… I am in recovery from 3 days at the fabulous 39th annual Folk Festival. It was a stellar year and it was nice to run into so many of you there.. out supporting live music as you should be!!
I know I’ve made some omissions this week but out of time now … the usual caution, please check with venues for postponements, cancellations, rescheduling etc.
Keep dodging those raindrops and getting out to enjoy the sunshine when it puts in an appearance. Have an excellent week all.
Musical Nooners at CBC are back for the 7th year!
Free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage on Hamilton Street from 12-1p.m.
23rd Annual Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden June 30-Aug 25
One of the city’s most magical places to catch a concert (and the option of a gourmet pre-show picnic). A live stage for fiery trumpets and spacious flutes, mainstream jazz and swing tunes, funky folk-jazz and classical piano tunes.
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival to September 24
27th season outdoors in Vanier Park which includes The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo & Juliet, Othello, Pericles and more.
Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour in July 4-6p.m. No cover
July 20 – Steve Kaldestad Trio
July 27 – Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Ron Johnston (piano)
Drop In Rock Choir $10
Every Tuesday at Britannia Community Centre and
Every Wednesday at St. James Hall
Organized by my downstairs neighbour vocalist, pianist and educator, Matt Smith…no auditions, no need to read music, open to all levels of musical experience! There’s no waitlist, no need to memorize song words and no solo singing -its all about having fun singing classic and contemporary rock, pop and indie songs. The next step for shower/car singers!.
Gallery Cafe at VAG Summer Musica 4-8p.m. No cover
The summer musica series is happening again on the patio outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Sitting in a beautiful secret garden in the middle of the city, sipping on a cold drink while listening to good music is hard to beat. The sunset skies are pretty spectacular too.
They are off schedule due to many rain cancellations so pick a nice night and just enjoy whomever is playing.
Wednesday July 20
Provence Marinaside Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie Street 4:30 – 7:30pm no cover
Hip Pocket Quartet
A mix of swinging’ Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumentals and Blues a beautiful patio overlooking the seawall on False Creek. Tilden Webb-keyboards, Dave Sikula-electric guitar, Brent Gubbels-acoustic bass, Nino de Pasquale-drums.
Trout Lake Community Centre 3360 Victoria Drive 6.30p.m. Free
Trout Lake Summer Concert: SodaCrackers
Bring a picnic and enjoy a lively mix of vintage country, cool jazz, and swampy roots music.
(In the event of rain, the show moves indoors to the Grandview Room. Either way, great music and good fun).
Guilt & Co 1 Alexander St (downstairs) 9.30p.m. No cover
Black Gardenia will be holding the fort this Wednesday with a truly all star lineup, not to mention plenty of swing, beautiful arrangements, and all the good times inherent to Wednesday nights at Guilt and Co. Not to mention killer ukulele chops
Thursday July 21
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Jodi Proznick and the VSO Jazz Camp Faculty Band
The acclaimed faculty of the VSO School Of Music’s jazz program do a special performance to highlight concepts that they’ve discussed during the preceding week’s VSO Jazz Camp. Expect special guests sitting in. With Jodi Proznick – bass, Miles Black – piano, Bill Coon – guitar, and Jesse Cahill – drums
Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford 8p.m. No cover
Willy Ward Trio
Willy-vocals/trumpet, Ron Johnston- keyboard, Cameron Hood-bass
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio
Drummer Jeff Hamilton (Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, Clayton Brothers) is one of the best in the business. Over several appearances at Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club, Weeds and Hamilton developed a close friendship and the long time dream to make an album. This Happy Madness spent over 15 weeks on the Jazz Week Charts making it as high as #1. The Jeff Hamilton Trio featuring Christoph Luty bass and Tamir Hendleman piano will perform music from This Happy Madness as well as debut new material to be recorded after their Frankie’s engagement.
Friday July 22
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15 (and on Saturday)
Trumpet Summit featuring Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott
Continuing the tradition of fabled trumpet duo sessions that have included Fats Navarro & Howard McGhee, and Freddie Hubbard & Woody Shaw, two of the more dynamic and versatile trumpeters anywhere, New Yorker Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott from Seattle, make up the front line of this power-packed quartet and they take a joyous ride through a collection of jazz classics and original compositions. With Chris Gestrin – piano, Paul Rushka – bass, and Craig Scott – drums
Vancity Theatre Seymour St 6.45p.m. $11
*Filmmaker Q&A, mojitos and more Cuban sounds before and after this screening*
The film documents the 70-year artistic career of the “queen of feeling” or Buena Vista Social Club Diva, as the renowned singer Omara Portuondo is known.
The daughter of a black baseball player and a white woman shunned by her family, Portuondo claims to have had a happy childhood next to her parents and siblings in a Havana neighborhood. As a child, she already felt possessed by music and couldn’t help but stop and listen to a rumba when she went out to get groceries.
Little did she know that she was destined to become one of the most popular of Cuban singers and a kind of cultural icon of the nation.
MERGE NE Corner of Clark & Powell (ring the bell) 10p.m. $10 (cash only)
The Deep End Summer Throwdown w. Dawn Pemberton
It’s been YEARS since the Deep End played an intimate gig intended to bring together friends and fans, and lather them up into a sweaty mess of funk/soul dancing madness.Led by the amazing Vancouver vocalist, Dawn Pemberton, the band has been laying it down around town for well over a decade. There will be heavy hits by Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Tower of Power and Sly and the Family Stone. There will be unbridaled grooving and unhinged booty shaking. This will be A GOOD TIME.
Dawn Pemberton – lead vocals, Kristian Naso – trumpet, Dan Pigott – tenor sax, Shannon Thue – keys, Jeff Younger – guitar, David Marion – bass, Mike Zobac – drums.
Saturday July 23
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Continuing on with summer piano trio series ….
Bruno Hubert Trio
Bruno Hubert – piano, James Meger – bass, Joe Poole – drums
Lost & Found 33 E.Hastings St 7p.m. $10-25 sliding scale
In This Together: Gallery Gachet Fundraiser
featuring: The Creaking Planks | K!mmortal | Mourning Coup
Music, silent auction, cash bar.
Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Dave Say Quartet
Dave on sax of course .. the rest of the band will be a surprise as no details on website!
Sunday July 24
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. Donation
André Lachance Trio
Gifted guitarist and composer André Lachance has a harmonic sophistication that has been affiliated with many seminal Vancouver jazz groups. With Brad Turner – drums and Steve Holy –bass
The Bayside Lounge @ The Sands Hotel 1755 Davie Street 7p.m. No cover
Ron Johnston Quartet
This is a new residency on Sundays each week until the end of August.
Featuring the legendary Ron Johnston on piano, Jeff Mahoney on trumpet, Cameron Hood on bass, and Buff Allen on drums.
Roundhouse Recreation Centre July 27-29 $25
pataSola Dance presents UMBRAL there is a way
pataSola Dance continues to investigate the Marvelous Reality, Butoh and contemporary dance in an interdisciplinary performance that intertwines poetry, music, film, photography, lighting and dance. Umbral explores themes that reflect our social, political and spiritual values today. It is a commentary on the reality of war, destruction and violence in the world caused by greed in the pursuit of power.
40th Annual Powell Street Festival July 30 & 31
The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and the longest running community celebration in Vancouver! Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese Canadian performances and demonstrations, including taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, martial arts, bonsai and ikebana, folk and modern dance, alternative pop/rock/urban music, visual arts, film/video, as well as historical walking tours, tea ceremonies, and a fantastic array of Japanese food, crafts, & displays.