Every Friday night, from mid-July to mid-August, people can enjoy live music for free in the great setting that is Deep Cove’s Panorama Park. This concert series is simply called “Annual Concerts in the Cove” (click here for details on this and more), and it features a different style of music every week. I went to see a very entertaining performance by Jake & Elwood’s Blues Brothers Revue a couple of weeks ago:
Jake & Elwood on fire on stage
“Do the chicken!” — look at the smiles on those kids’ faces! :) Great fun for all
These guys did an excellent job covering the Blues Brothers :)
There are three more concerts to come:
– VOC Soul Gospel Choir (Gospel, August 1st)
– Mariachi del Sol (Mexican, August 8th)
– Gary Comeau & the Voodoo All-Stars (Cajun, August 15th)
If these musical styles fit your interests, go check them out — it’s free! :)
The Deep Cove Marina
Left to right: unknown guest; Rolando Preza; Raphael Geronimo
The party was already on as I joined a crowd of ecstatic concert-goers, halfway through Rumba Calzada’s set. The Latino beats and grooves had many people dancing and cheering at the Maple Tree Square in Gastown. I was amazed to see how band leader Raphael Geronimo was able to send the groove into hyperspace with his small percussion set. The solid rythm section was quite enjoyable to watch and hear too.
It’s too bad I didn’t have time to write this article earlier for you guys, as the band was set to play another free show at the CBC Studio One Jazz stage on Tuesday (yesterday). I’m sure many people took note of it when the band announced this other gig of theirs. :) Let’s hope they come to your neighbourhood soon! ;)
Raphael Geronimo (multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Apivor in the background)
Miguel Valdez and Rod Murray
Rumba Calzada’s Official Website
Free Jazz in Gastown! :)
I had an excellent first show as I went to Gastown Saturday to enjoy some of the free concerts happening there this weekend. At 90 years young, Dal Richards is one cool cat on stage and his orchestra is very talented indeed. There was not one weak number in their set, consisting mostly (if not all) of jazz standards, usually leaning on the uptempo swing style.
If you live in Vancouver or are passing by this Summer, why not check the orchestra out at the Fair at the PNE this year? Mr. Richards was telling us that they will be playing for us every day at noon and 2PM there, throughout the fair. Don’t miss out on this entertaining performance!
Dal Richards and his Orchestra
Dal had to wave a white towel at him so he wouldn’t overheat from his smokin’ rendition
(I forgot the name of the song — “it’s not on the CD”, Dal said :) )
Saxin’ it up
Battle Of The Drums raging on — lol!