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Mar
2
Fri
WiL @ Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Recreation Centre
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm
WiL @ Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Recreation Centre

William Mimnaugh (aka WiL) is a Canadian singer songwriter who performs music within the Americana (roots rock) tradition. He is best known for penning songs like ‘Roam’, flagship anthem to Travel Alberta’s stunning ad campaign called ‘Remember to Breathe’. He is known for his delicate beautiful songs, but live, he destroys the stage with the attitude and vigour”… possessing a very particular performance style; one that comes with experience; on and off the road. WiL delivers his eclectic brand of contemporary roots inspired rock with band mates Keith Gallant (drums) and Lena Birtwistle (keys/vocals).

His music style is unique, blending elements of traditional country, roots-rock, soul and blues like many ‘Americana’ artists yet he defies the expansive genre, ever so slightly, by adding elements of straight up pop music resulting in a distinctive and refreshing sound. He first hit the scene in 2003 with his debut release ‘Both Hands’. Nominated for three Western Canadian Music Awards including Best Live Act, the album launched his career path as a touring singer/songwriter.

​Check out his website: http://www.ibreakstrings.com

Advance tickets $20 at Ivy’s Bookshop, the Oak Bay Recreation Centre and online at www.beaconridgeproductions.com | $25 at the door

Please note The Upstairs Lounge is a licensed restaurant, doors open at 6 pm for dinner service, the concert starts at 7:30 pm

Mar
23
Fri
Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels @ Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Recreation Centre
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm
Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels @ Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Recreation Centre

Born in Havana, Cuba, Del Junco (loosely translated “of the reeds”) immigrated with his family at the age of one. He bent his first note on a harmonica when he was fourteen, making his debut with his high school math teacher at a student talent night. In his early 20’s Del Junco was immersed in a visual arts career; which has definitely had an influence on his outlook on music: “Music is just a different way of creating textures and shapes.”

Playing a ten hole diatonic harmonica, Carlos has developed the unique ability to play chromatically by using a recently developed “overblow” technique taught to him by jazz virtuoso Howard Levy. Overall, this approach to the diatonic harmonica, although much more difficult to achieve, is in many ways more expressive and communicative than the mechanized tone produced by the chromatic harmonica . Carlos is one of the few pioneers of this overblow method, bringing musical credibility to what has still been considered by many in the music industry – a fringe folk instrument. The sophisticated sound produced by Del Junco is at once sensitive, soulful, and sexy while never forgetting the rawness inherent in blues music. Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”). The emphasis is on blues, but Carlos and his band are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.

Carlos has won two gold medals at the Hohner World Harmonica Championships & was judged world’s best in both the diatonic blues & diatonic jazz categories. Carlos is a sought after performer who tours nationally and internationally playing major jazz, blues and folk festivals.

Advance tickets $20 at Ivy’s Bookshop, the Oak Bay Recreation Centre and online at www.beaconridgeproductions.com | $25 at the door

Please note The Upstairs Lounge is a licensed restaurant, doors open at 6 pm for dinner service, the concert starts at 7:30 pm

Apr
6
Fri
Washington & Cook | Funkified Urban Jazz @ Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Recreation Centre
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm
Washington & Cook | Funkified Urban Jazz @ Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Recreation Centre

Maureen Washington and Daniel Cook, a musical collaboration best described as ‘Funkified Urban Jazz’, play a unique blend of blues, funk, jazz, Latin & roots music. Classic standards mixed with well-crafted original songs are performed with Ryan Tandy, Damian Graham and special guest Jerry Cook.

With now nine albums to her credit, Maureen Washington began her musical career in her home town of Prince George. Maureenslips easily from sassy to sexy within a single line of lyrics, at times echoing the haunting tones of Etta James and Carmen McRae, then faster than the mind and ear can make the transition, Maureen Washington exudes the impish irreverence of Jann Arden and the vocal agility of Holly Cole. And yet, with all splendor attached to such comparisons, Maureen’s musical style remains distinctly her own. Among her many nominations and awards is the 2014 Black Canadian Award for Best Jazz and Soul Artist.

Daniel Cook is a singer songwriter who fuses contagious melodies with timeless stories creating a fresh brand of Original West Coast Roots Music, and a guitarist who blends melody and minimalism into a sweet mix of jazz and country guitar traditions.

www.maureenwashington.ca

Advance tickets $20 at Ivy’s Bookshop, the Oak Bay Recreation Centre and online at www.beaconridgeproductions.com | $25 at the door

Please note the Upstairs Lounge is a licensed restaurant, doors open at 6 pm for dinner service, the concert starts at 7:30 pm