Happy Spring everyone and Happy Easter to those celebrating the holiday. Wishing all a great long weekend. Here is a sampling of what’s on this week around town.
This is not a comprehensive list so apologies to any event/musician not listed.
Shows and venues subject to change or being sold out so please check ahead of time.
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Mar 24-April 17 Several community events including Cherry Jam Concert on March 24 featuring Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra String Quartet, Haiku Mime with Yayoi Hirano and Holly Burke, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, Vancouver Okinawa Taiko, and The Carnival Band!
Methodorphosis March 22-30
Visualspace Gallery is excited to present Textile artist, Katherine Soucie, Dance Artist, Salome Nieto, and Interdisiplinary Artist Diane Farnsworth.
They are embarking on an exploratory collaboration on defining identity through textile, dance, paint and video…accompanied by various talented musicians. The fact that they are three artists from different cultures, backgrounds, and generations, will broaden their collaborative perception and interpretation of identity.
**Evening performances at 8p.m.**
Wednesday March 23
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 7p.m. No cover
Brews & Blues Dance Party
Steve Kozak (post surgery) and his band are back every Wednesday at Pat’s Pub.great special musical guests each week. Dance floor- good food- friendly service- great prices- no cover- plenty of secure validated parking. Cold craft Brews and Hot Blues! This week’s special guest is Dave Vidal on guitar.
The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Reach for the Sky … featuring Debra-Jean Creelman
Two major creative talents unite over a shared love of old gospel, soul, and country. Guitarist Tony Wilson’s enormous creative scope and emotional depth transcend terrestrial notions of genre and bring a magical, otherworldly quality to every project he takes on. A former member of Mother Mother, Debra-Jean Creelman’s versatile voice inhabits songs with remarkable range, from smoky and unhurried to full-throttle belting powerful enough to punch a hole through the far wall.
Debra-Jean Creelman – voice, Tony Wilson – guitar, Scott Smith – pedal steel/guitar, Jeremy Holmes – bass, Liam MacDonald – drums
Cineworks Filmmaker’s Society 300-1131 Howe St (access via alley) 7p.m.
Doc Talk presents “A Drummer’s Dream” A John Walker film (2010)
A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world, all together, in a barn, in Canada. Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting as these diverse drummers and forty students create a profound and unforgettable experience. Featuring Dennis Chambers, Kenwood Dennard, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mike Mangini, Raul Rekow and Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, the multi-award winning film engages us with a diversity of musical styles. These master drummers of rock, jazz, Latin fusion and soul have backed the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana – and now each other. At the end of the film you will be tapping out the rhythms that live within us all, and the positive energy of these masters will pulse through you for days to come.
Thursday March 24
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Thunder Lizard + Len Aruliah
Dynamic organ trio playing original compositions influenced by composers such as John Scofield and Kenny Wheeler. The trio is joined by UK based saxophonist, Len Aruliah.
With Jared Burrows-guitar, Joe Poole-drums, Nick Peck-organ
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Miles Black Trio plays Bill Evans
Legendary American jazz giant worked primarily in a trio setting. His harmonic impressionism, inventive interpretations of standards and trademark “singing” melodic lines continue to influence jazz pianists today. The Miles Black Trio will pay homage to the late great jazz pianist/composer by performing some of his most famous compositions including Nardis, Blue in Green, Waltz For Debby and others. With Miles Black piano, André Lachance bass and Julian MacDonough drums.
Hycroft 1489 McRae Ave 7p.m. Concert only $32 Saul Berson 4tet
The sounds of late American bebop alto saxophonist Phil Woods.
Bar 5p.m. Optional dinner 5.30p.m. Concert 7p.m.
Friday March 25
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Campbell Ryga 4tet
Alto saxophonist Campbell Ryga is excited to present this wonderful group of jazz artists performing both original and melodic repetoire with emphasis on the melodic! With Chris Sigerson piano, Miles Hill bass, and Craig Scott drums.
Saturday March 26
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Rene Worst’s Two Bass Hit
In the mid 1970s bassist Ron Carter recorded the album Piccolo with bassist Buster Williams. It’s a quirky album with Ron slip-sliding around melody and intonation. This was the inspiration when Rod MacDonald asked Rene Worst if he would consider a “double” bass gig at The Pat. He took the bait. Rene Worst’s Two Bass Hit with Laurence Mollerup on second bass, Bill Sample on piano, Joe Poole on drums and Dave Say on saxophone.
Fairview Pub 898 W. Broadway 4.30-8.30p.m. $6
Saturday Afternoon Dance Party
Dutch Robinson Band
Don’t miss this opportunity to catch one of the R&B Hall of Fame’s best vocalists. Dutch was one of the original lead singers with the Ohio Players and has been singing, recording, and writing for more than 4 decades. Don’t miss his smooth as butter 5 octave range and his from the heart soulful renditions. With an outstanding all-star band…
Ron Johnston-piano, Olaf DeShield-guitar, Cameron Hood-bass, Rob Neumann-drums
The ARC #504 1701 Powell St 8p.m. $20/25 (House concert)
Arc Sessions 3 presents Itamar Erez Solo Guitar Concert
With Kevin Finseth opening on solo piano
A unique opportunity to hear International guitar virtuoso Itamar Erez, for an intimate in-house performance in a funky loft in the ARC building. Itamar Erez’ beautiful music blends the rhythmic sophistication of the Middle East, the freedom and subtlety of jazz and the passions of flamenco, to create something uniquely his own.
Tickets at Highlife 604 251 6964
MERGE NE Corner of Clark & Powell (ring buzzer) 9p.m. $10
Gentle Party with Simon Millerd & Eeses Giraldo (both from Montreal)
A night of lush melodious creative music.
Gentle Party is: Meredith Bates – violin & effects, Elisa Thorn – harp & effects, Jessicka – voice & effects, Shanto Acharia – cello & effects
Sunday March 27 Happy Easter
St Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6-9p.m. Donation
*From Toronto* Peripheral Vision
Longtime musical collaborators Don Scott and Michael Herring have assembled a synergistic musical unit designed to push the boundaries of jazz while engaging the listener with a grooving, toe tapping immediacy. Bridging tradition and innovation.
Michael Herring-bass, Don Scott-guitar, Trevor Hogg-sax, Nick Fraser-drums.
Rio Theatre 1660 East Broadway 1.15p.m. $12
The star-studded ensemble piece SPOTLIGHT shone at this year’s Academy Awards, winning both Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Based on the true story of the tenacious group of investigavtive journalists at The Boston Globe whose work blew the lid off of years of widespread sexual abuse cover-ups within the Roman Catholic Church, SPOTLIGHT’s top-notch cast includes Oscar nominees Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, and Billy Crudup.
PLUS at 4p.m. for $10
Jesus Christ Superstar
Director Norman Jewison’s 1973 film JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a biblical rock-opera based on Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved Broadway musical phenomenon of the same name. The story is based on an account of the last week in the life of Jesus Christ.
Bayside Lounge 1755 Davie St 7p.m. Donation.
Black Gardenia Vintage Jazz Band Daphne Roubini Voice and Ukulele
Andrew Smith on Ukulele and Guitar
Chris Davis on trumpet
Paul Pigat on Guitar
Brent Gubbels on Acoustic Bass