Summer Kicks 2017

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Holly and Jon

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

Holly & Jon
with David L’Hirondelle

The father-daughter duo of Jon Burden and Holly Hyatt are masters of traditional-style acoustic blues.

Father-daughter blues duos are a rarity, but when you have musicians as talented and authentic as guitarist Jon Burden and bassist Holly Hyatt . . . well, these two might just be unique. Masters of traditional-style acoustic blues, they include some roots and country influence for texture, and perform a repertoire ranging from Robert Johnson to affecting originals. Their excellent instrumental skills are matched by complementary vocal styles: Holly’s honey-rich tone mixes a blues feel with jazz phrasing, while Jon’s handsome baritone supplies the gritty bottom end. They’ve performed internationally with award-winners like Jim Byrnes and Harry Manx, and recorded several acclaimed CDs – their latest, 2016’s Shufflin’ the Blues, has gotten raves from Nashville to Belgium. It’s a pleasure to bring this dynamic duo back to Golden.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21

Jack Garton Demon Squad
with Métis Nation Columbia River

Garton and his party-hearty Squadron mates are a high-energy roots act like no other.

His music has been called “a dance party for the vulnerable at heart,” and East Vancouver-raised Jack Garton is undeniably a funky troubadour of the downtrodden – especially those who struggle with life’s absurd challenges but are always ready to dance. Garton (Maria in the Shower) is an accordion virtuoso fluent in Cajun, Eastern European, and country styles. But things get even wilder when he’s playing with his Demon Squadron band, who add elements of rockabilly, Latin funk and rocksteady to the mix. In short, Garton and his party-hearty Squadron mates are a high-energy roots act like no other. And after a decade of touring throughout North America and Europe, Garton has refined his songwriting, raconteuring, and performance skills to a bohemian brilliance. Heck, if squeezebox god Geoff Berner is a fan, you’re obviously doing everything right!


Gypsophilia

TUESDAY, JUNE 27

Gypsophilia
with Parson Jazz Cooperative

It’s during their legendary, no-holds-barred live shows where these fun-loving virtuosos truly come into their own.

The Nova Scotia jazz scene hasn’t produced anything hotter than Halifax’s award-winning Gypsophilia, a stellar septet of amazing musicians who came together way back in 2004. Although originally inspired by the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, they soon added elements of tango, klezmer, funk, indie rock, New Orleans, and bebop into the mix, creating a swinging hybrid that’s great to listen to and even more fun when you’re out on the dance floor. Their CDs are a blast, sure, but it’s during their legendary, no-holds-barred live shows where these fun-loving virtuosos truly come into their own. With boundless energy and virtuoso showmanship, multiple-award-winning Gypsophilia is guaranteed to be your next musical addiction.


Ben Beveridge

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5

Ben Beveridge Band
with Eric Laroque

A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, Ben inhabits the worlds of vintage country, Texas swing, and traditional folk with equal authenticity.

Spirit of the West’s Hugh McLennan calls Ben Beveridge “one of Canada’s most talented western musicians” – and it might just be an understatement! This two-time Saskatchewan Grand Fiddling Champion is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist who has mastered mandolin, banjo, bass, and steel guitar. And whether he’s doing a heartfelt cover or performing one of his outstanding original tunes, Ben is also a powerful singer who inhabits the worlds of vintage country, Texas swing, and traditional folk with equal authenticity. With three excellent CDs to his credit, as well as an international touring schedule, Ben is accomplished beyond his years. And when he and his trio make their KHC debut, you’ll be enthralled by a mix of instrumental excellence, passionate singing, and insightful songwriting.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 12

Pilar with Michael Occhipinti & The Sicilian Jazz Project
with Jubilee Mountain

Guitarist Michael Occhipinti and vocalist Pilar combine irresistibly funky grooves and freewheeling jazz improvisation.

A nine-time Juno Award nominee, versatile and endlessly creative guitarist/composer Michael Occhipinti combines elements of jazz, world music, and other genres in his playing. In 2008 he began one of his most personal explorations with the Sicilian Jazz Project, which melds the voices and serpentine melodies of Occhipinti’s ancestral homeland with irresistibly funky grooves and freewheeling jazz improvisation. The virtuoso instrumentalists are certainly impressive, but it’s Franco-Italian vocalist Pilar – who first played with Occhipinti in 2014 and is now central to the newest version of SJP – who often dominates the stage with her soaringly angelic vocal skills and emotional intensity. Profound, ebullient, and effortlessly immersive, the musical landscape conjured by the six members of the Sicilian Jazz Project is glorious, exotic, and timeless.


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 19

Ben Rogers
with John Jenkins’ Smalltown Revival

Ben Rogers is a deeply authentic western singer-songwriter with memorable songs and a “whiskey” voice.

Described as “a classic storyteller with a voice like smoke-damaged velvet soaked in Tennessee whiskey and the wild charisma of a young Johnny Cash,” Ben Rogers is a deeply authentic western singer-songwriter. Heralded by the Georgia Straight in 2013 for his debut CD, Lost Stories: Volume 1, Ben has continued to write unforgettable songs ranging from raucously upbeat stomp-alongs to broodingly traditional “murder ballads.” His backing band is a kick-ass quartet featuring some of Western Canada’s best musicians, and together it’s a bit like Waylon Jennings teamed up with the Flying Burrito Brothers. Whether sharing a stage with Dwight Yoakum or thrilling festival crowds all over North America, Ben Rogers and his boys take the audience on a true musical adventure.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 26

Bellflower
with The Pickups

Bellflower is a jazzy octet that performs indie-alternative electro music combining an ambient vibe with kicky rhythms and a seductive swirl of improvisation.

Bellflower, one of Montreal’s most popular bands, is a jazzy octet that performs indie-alternative electro music combining an ambient vibe with kicky rhythms and a seductive swirl of improvisation. Led by singer-songwriter Em Pompa, Bellflower comprises mostly grads from the Université de Montréal jazz program who successfully infiltrated the city’s indie music scene and quickly made a name for themselves, both on CD and in live performance. Their music is excitingly layered, and features memorable melodies, gorgeous vocals, and superlative playing on everything from trumpet, flute and saxophone to acoustic guitar and synth samples. Called by one reviewer “a huge party that soothes the soul,” the talented members of Bellflower offer elaborate musical structures infused with a spirit-caressing sense of ambient spaciness. Not to be missed!


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2

Colleen Brown
with Infinity Solstice

Prairie-bred folk-rocker Colleen Brown is an acrobatic vocalist reminiscent of the young Joni Mitchell.

An acrobatic vocalist reminiscent of the young Joni Mitchell, prairie-bred folk-rocker Colleen Brown has made a name for herself all across the country. She’s bringing out her sixth CD later this summer, is regularly heard on CBC Radio, and has opened for such diverse stars as Randy Newman, Jim Cuddy, Rufus Wainwright, and Hawksley Workman. When she makes her KHC debut, Colleen will lead a five-piece band featuring two guitars and a keyboard. Colleen writes deeply personal songs, and her voice is equally impressive whether she’s working a vibrant soul groove or downshifting into folky introspection. According to the Globe & Mail, her “boldly written originals . . . have the good bones and great melodic rhythm of classic big-screen pop songs.”


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9

Yola Carter
with Carl Trinkwon

Recently hailed as “UK Artist of the Year,” Yola is a brilliant soul-meets-country singer-songwriter from Bristol, England.

If the thought of classic American soul filtered through a contemporary English sensibility sounds intriguing, you are going to fall in love with Yola Carter. Recently hailed as “UK Artist of the Year,” Yola is a soul-meets-country singer-songwriter from Bristol, England who grew up immersed in the music of Stax-era R&B and gospel by the likes of Otis Redding and the Staple Singers. And she really does have a deep affinity for the heartache of country music – possibly due to a childhood of poverty, racism, and other harsh challenges. Regardless, it all flowed into her music, and by her late teens Yola was getting serious attention for her gorgeous voice as much as for the bracing realism of her lyrics. Having recently toured the U.S. with Dr. John, Solomon Burke, and Candi Staton, Yola seems ready to launch a global career.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16

Boogie Patrol
with Easy Ruckus

Boogie Patrol play joltingly high-energy blues-rock.

For a decade now the five members of Boogie Patrol have had a mission: to thrill audiences across North America with their unique version of high-energy blues-rock. Boasting killer instrumentalists on guitar and piano, a brutally unstoppable rhythm section, and a lead singer/harpist who’s often compared to that amazingly soulful singer from The Commitments, Boogie Patrol treat every gig like their lives depend on it. Short of making a visit to a vintage Chicago juke joint, this is the sweetest, grittiest, funkiest, bluesiest, most sweat-inducing party band you’ll hear this year. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to find out why Buddy Guy guitarist Ric Hall declares: “Boogie Patrol . . . are on fire!”

Golden Panorama

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