Friday, April 25, 2014

Lulu Performing Arts presents Big Fish Music Festival

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Lulu Performing Arts is pleased to announce an event of enormous scale:

The festival is to held right here in our own pond from Sunday, May 4th to Saturday May 10th. The event is a good-natured celebration of all things musical and includes concerts in the classical, roots, and jazz genres, workshop presentations in songwriting, drumming, and ergonomic exercises for musicians, and a lively country dance.

Here’s how the catch weighs in!

Sunday, May 4, 7:30 PM, the Phoenix Theatre: The Tower Of Song, a creative celebration of the music of Leonard Cohen presented by acclaimed B.C. singer/songwriters Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone backed by Corbin Keep (a former Gabriolan) on ‘cello.

Monday, May 5, 7:30 PM, the Old Crow Café: The Old Crow Music Circle Returns! A Froggy Day in Gabriola Town….with host Tim Harrison. An evening of sharing featuring all genres and styles of music performed by hobbyists, learners, and professionals.

Tuesday, May 6, 3:00 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: Drum(fish) A drum circle and rhythm workshop hosted by renown Gabriolan drummer Voodoo Dave McGrath. All drummers and audience welcome.

Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: The Big Choral Riff: A community sing backed by choir with hosts Tina Jones and Leah Hokanson.

Wednesday, May 7, 3:00 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: Trolling For Tunes: A songwriting workshop led by Gary Fjellgaard and including Nathan Tinkham, Alison Humphries, and Tim Harrison. People are invited to come along and ask any questions about songwriting from what is the inspiration for the writing to how to give a song structure.

Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: In The Deep with classical pianist Michelle Mares who will be accompanied by special guests Suzanne Snizek on flute, and Elizabeth Lutz, soprano. Michelle returns to enthusiastic audiences here on Gabriola.

Thursday, May 8, 3:00 PM, The Agi Hall: Pilates and Feldenkrais for Performers. Something a little different for music festivals, a look at the ergonomics and physicality of musicianship. Hosted by Elizabeth Lutz (Pilates) and Gwen Spinks (Feldenkrais).

Thursday, May 8, 7:30 PM, The Old Crow Café: The Filet of Soul: Veteran jazz musicians Steve Smith and Dick Smith, together with French Horn wiz David Gray take us into the world of jazz classics with guest vocalists Rick Cranston, Tina Jones, Leah Hokanson, Tim Harrison and more. The Filet will be held in the intimate evening atmosphere of the Old Crow Café…come early for good seating.

Friday, May 9, 12:30 PM, Gabriola Elementary School. For the small fry and the small-fry-at-heart Gabriola’s nationally known, multi-award winning, high energy children’s entertainers: The Kerplunks!

Friday, May 9, 8:00 PM, The Gabriola Golf Club: Put On Your Tails: a country dance featuring the Nathan Tinkham Band. A veteran of the Ian Tyson band, Nathan is a fixture on the Vancouver Island music scene performing in stage shows, backing other singers and playing his unique solo show which often features the music of Wilf Carter. It’s time to put on your tails and swing your partner!

Saturday, May 10, 7:30 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: The Second Annual Big Fish Fry – A gathering of Gabriola singers and musicians performing songs which “float their boat.” This year the Fry focuses on the songs which most inspire the artists involved, influenced their musical style, and inspired them to develop their music. This is a very rich evening of music and song including some of Gabriola’s favourite musicians including Gary Fjellgaard, Tina Jones, Dinah D., Steve Smith, Nathan Tinkham and more. Hosted by “The Formerly Famous,” A.K.A. Stevie B. and Roger Christie, it’s bound to be reel in the excitement
TICKETS: The Leonard Cohen Tribute, Michelle Mares, and The Big Fish Fry are $20.00 Adv. $25.00 at the door. The Country Dance is $12:00 Adv. $15:00 at the door. A special pass for all four events is $50.00 but numbers are limited. The Kerplunks concert is free, all other concerts and workshops are by donation with a suggestion of $10.00. Advance tickets available at the Village Liquor Store in the Gabriola Folk Life Village.

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