Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, World, Spoken Word, & Everything In Between.
A little something for everyone!
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Friday March 31st
Premium – $55
Wings – $40
Internationally recognized author and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video “To This Day” which has had over 13 million views, and he performed a customized version “For the Bullied and the Beautiful” to acclaim at the 2013 International TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Shane shapes his words and delivers in multi mediums from authored, video, spoken word, operatic, and musically performed.
Shane was born in Penticton, and has shared his beautiful and powerful words with us many times.
Saturday April 1st
Premium – $50
Wings – $30
Van Django’s music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining their roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by the 1930’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Since the group’s formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the USA and Europe.
Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada’s most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche, and bassist Brent Gubbels.
These men put on a great show and we are honoured they return over and over again.
“They have it all – musicianship, musicality, humor and that swingin’ Django sound. Sit back, relax, and be transported to 1930’s Paris” Scott Wilson, Jazz Yukon
Thursday April 6th
Premium – $39 (Free EP with Premium Tickets)
Wings – $24
With more than 1000 shows under her belt, homegrown recording artist Amanda Bentley has performed throughout Canada with some of the country’s top musical talents. Beginning her career in Penticton, Amanda performed her first paid gig at age 12 and hasn’t stopped since. Moving across the country to Toronto at a young age to pursue her career as a songwriter and recording artist, the industry quickly took notice. She immediately signed a management deal which then lead to a record deal under an indie label with major label distribution. She also snagged a coveted Fender endorsement. Her songs have received airplay around the globe.
In 2011 Amanda was hired as bassist and backing vocalist for Juno Award Winning artist Jully Black. She has shared stages with Alicia Keys, Rufus Wainwright, Holly Cole and Tom Cochrane. Amanda has recently relocated back to the Okanagan Valley where she began work on a new full length album. Travelling between Penticton and Toronto and bringing in producer/
The collaborative result is a roots driven record with a serious nod to country. Driving guitars and Amanda’s powerhouse vocals steer with album while Amanda’s husband Massimo provides the backbone on the drums. Infectious songs paired with performances by some of Canada’s best musician’s (Mark Lalamas, Ben Miller, Brent Barkman, Shane Guse) make this Amanda’s finest work to date.
Bill Bourne Music
Friday April 7th
Bill is travelling with his new cd in hand “Hummingbird”. He has performed so many times at the Dream we have lost count. Definitely part of the family & a house favorite of many.
The road, both paved and metaphysical, runs through all his music. Steeped in Cajun, Celtic, World Beat, Flamenco, Funk – and a lot of Blues. There is also a perspective that is not the world-weariness one could reasonably expect, but rather a deep connection with both a river of song and an energy that is distinctly spiritual.
Saturday April 15th
Premium – $30
Wings – $15
Vagabond is a Penticton based acoustic trio specializing in “rockabilly, blues, and country soul.” The group comprises veteran lead guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, lead vocalist Leslie Thompson, and double bassman Stefan Bienz. An eclectic repertoire features radio hits from the 1950s and 60s, plus original tunes penned by Mitchell as founder and principal songwriter for the classic 1970s Canadian rock band PRiSM.
Mitchell began his career in the mid 1960s as lead guitarist and songwriter with the notorious Vancouver-based rock band the Seeds of Time. His 1969 composition My Home Town (Coast Records) was a nationwide hit. In 1977 he formed the multiple Juno Award winning group PRiSM (GRT Capitol) for whom he composed numerous multi-gold and platinum hits including Armageddon, Young & Restless, and A Night to Remember. Along the way he has shared the stage with a host of rock celebrities: Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, the Byrds, Meatloaf, Heart, Roy Orbison, kd lang, and AC/DC just to name a few. He has also performed with many blues and R&R legends: T-Bone Walker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Del Shannon, Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins, Big Joe Duskin, Albert Collins, and many more. But the musical memories he holds most dear involve old friends: the late Billy Cowsill and Long John Baldry, and celebrated BC bluesmen Kenny Wayne and Jim Byrnes.
Okanagan Falls-based Thompson began taking music lessons at age 5, and was soon playing drums in her parents’ country western band (mommy played bass, daddy lead guitar). After studying music at Capilano University in the late 80s, she took to the
road in Western Canada with a number of country-rock acts, later returning to BC to reunite onstage with her parents. An Okanagan resident since 2000, she plays and sings in several local outfits.
“I saw her a few years ago playing drums for a Penticton country-rock group, and was so impressed by her voice (a cross between Bonnie Raitt and June Carter), that I resolved to call her up if I ever needed a singer in the Okanagan.”
Summerland-based Stefan is the undisputed number one “go to” bassman in the South Okanagan. As such he has performed with a host of local and visiting musicians and singers. Accordingly, we are delighted to have him on board.
“When I first invited Stefan to play with us,” Mitchell says, “he asked what kind of bass playing was needed.”
“I’m looking for a Willie Dixon,” I answered, “simple, low down, with a deep groove.”
“I’m your man.” he replied.
The rest is history.
Patrick Alexandre Trio
Friday April 21st
Premium – $39
Wings – $24
“By the time he was done, all that was left was his guts piled on the floor, and an audience, standing, cheering; insisting he do some more!” -Sheldon Sveinson, Artistic Director at The fiRe & Water MusiC Festival
After three albums with the F-Holes, and one with Little Miss Higgins (the Juno nominated Bison Ranch Recording Sessions), co-producing and playing upright bass, Patrick Alexandre recently released his first solo album: “Strange New World”. He describes it as a collection of songs about a modern era through the lens of old time blues. A true do-it-yourselfer, Patrick performed most of the instruments himself, (though he did managed to fit an appearance from each of the F-Holes and a few other guests as well.) He also engineered, mixed and produced the project, all of which was done on reel to reel tape, in a century old house near his home in Wolseley, Winnipeg.
Throughout his career Patrick has continually explored unconventional spaces and analog recording whenever possible. From his uncles’ old barn where Little Miss Higgins’ Juno nominated Bison Ranch Recording Sessions was recorded, to a 100 year old Wolseley house and beyond. He is currently holding residence in a temporary studio in an abandoned candy factory in Winnipeg’s gritty North End.
“It’s the perfect spot to find some real blues, right here in Winnipeg” he says of the building “between the systematic problems with poverty and racism right outside the window, and the ghosts spooking the tunes right out of me from inside of the old decrepit and very creepy building… inspiration is never very far away.”
Backed by two of Winnipeg’s finest, Dwayne Dueck on guitar, and Jeffrey Laird on drums, Patrick swings seamlessly from guitar to piano, to harmonica, and of course, back to his native instrument, the upright bass. With his animated live show, powered by his unending energy and roaring voice, he continues to entertain audiences across Canada, keeping up his reputation as one of the hardest working, and most intense performers around, giving every last bit of himself in performance.
Premium – $55
Wings – $40
“Hot enough to raise sweat on a chunk of granite!” ~Monday Magazine (on Paul Pigat)
” … El Twanguero is a journey into the heart of the music … ” ~Rolling Stone Magazine
When two rockabilly virtuosos come together from different sides of the world for one special night, magic is bound to happen. Join local master guitarist and singer/songwriter Paul Pigat (aka Cousin Harley) and Spanish finger picking sensation and pioneer of Western Swing and ragtime in Spain, Diego ‘El Twanguero’ Garcia for a mashup up of rockabilly, flamenco, country blues, tango, jazz, ragtime and more. Since meeting for the first time at the Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival in Mexico in 2013, Pigat & Garcia have become kindred musical spirits, joining each other on stage and delivering performances with a complex interplay that takes most duos decades to form. With their pure musicality, combined talent and energy they’ll keep your toes tapping all night long.
“Our first contact with the Spanish grammy winner was at the Zihua guitar fest when he and Paul Pigat dazzled the crowd with some of the best fingerpicking we have ever heard.” The combination of Diego and Paul promises to be the highlight of 2016 and one of the best shows ever at the Dream Café. Don’t miss the magic these two guitar virtuoso`s will bring to our little piece of paradise.” Brian Chadwick, Summerland
Friday April 28th
Premium – $26
Wings – $16
Joshua currently lives in Kelowna, BC. He has joined many artists on the Dream Cafe stage, this will be his first solo appearance.
What one could suggest as being a Soul-inspired, captivating experience, Joshua is a singer/songwriter who mingles catchy clever lines and infectious vocals in the company of playful story telling. With a nod to “Motown”, Joshua Smith captures tradition and folk-friendly modernism with his songwriting prowess.
Saturday, April 29th
Premium – $33
Wings – $18
A Maple Blues Awards nominee, guitarist, songwriter and singer Arsen Shomakhov is an electric blues performer truly dedicated to the style’s roots yet never hesitating to borrow means of expression from other genres.
He established himself as a blues-devoted virtuoso musician in his native Russia making it to the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis in 2005 and winning the new talent contest at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR in 2007. After moving to Vancouver, B.C. in 2008, Arsen formed the Arsen Shomakhov Trio that currently features Bruce O’Neill on bass and Chip Hart on drums.
Arsen’s album “On the Move”, released in the US in 2010 reached number 2 in the US and number 1 in Canada on the Roots Music Report airplay charts and hit Top 25 Blues Albums of the Year worldwide. In the same year Toronto Blues Society nominated Arsen for the Maple Blues Awards.
“Shomakhov’s strengths are his formidable guitar playing across the spectrum of blues and r&b styles, his songwriting and his knack for finding good obscure material to cover…” – DB, Downbeat
CINCO DE MAYO!
Friday May 5th
Premium – $47
Wings – $32
Join us for a CINCO DE MAYO celebration with Mazacote! Festive food and drink specials and plenty of heat with these guys.
Mazacote is a west coast latin dance band playing horn-driven New York salsa dura and beats from Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Based in Vancouver, the band features singer-songwriter David Lopez, latin jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken and a groove-heavy rhythm section featuring Chris Couto on timbales, Carlos Arias on baby bass and Niho Takase on keys.
Building on the momentum of their debut EP “Salsa Dura”, Mazacote kicks off 2015 with the launch of their new album “Nueva Era” (TrebleFive Records). “It’s our finest work yet as a band,” says leader Malcolm Aiken, “this album brings a new level of songwriting and the end result is electric. Everybody shines.” Check out their distinct west coast latin style in the singles “La Hora” and “Carita Bella”.
Mazacote performs at festivals, clubs and special events across the Pacific Northwest. Recent highlights include the Vancouver International Salsa Festival alongside New York latin jazz legend Jimmy Bosch, and main stage appearances at the Harmony Arts Festival, the Carnaval del Sol, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Winterruption Arts and Culture Festival and Kelowna’s Global Music Fest.
Wednesday, May 10th
Premium – $39
From England via Wales comes one of the hottest young proponents of the blues-folk tradition on the other side of the pond. A triple threat as a fine singer, instrumentalist and songwriter Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He was here last August and put on a great show.
A mixture of retrospective solo and duo arrangements recorded during an afternoon at the esteemed Southern Ground studio in Nashville, Live at Southern Ground features Martin on Weissenborn… a traditional Hawaiian acoustic guitar played across the lap, resonators and archtops. Oh yeah, and he’s also performed at Royal Albert Hall and completed an entire tour on a bicycle and broken the world record for the highest gig ever and no we aren’t sure if that has something to do with substances or altitude!
“With depth that accompanies wisdom, the grit of anxiety and influences of yesteryear’s troubadours, enter Martin Harley: an artist fitting perfectly into your broken heart” – www.grammy.com
Find out more about Martin Harley: www.martinharley.com
Penticton Trade & Convention Centre
The Dream Cafe Co-op, A&A Propane and Penticton Western News proudly present the 2017 Dream Music Festival. The 2017 line-up is an all-star list of Juno and Maple Blues award winners and nominees who will fill your evening with the best in Canadian blues, tinged with cowboy swing.
The Festival is held on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017, in Penticton’s Trade & Convention Centre – dressed up as a remote version of the Dream Cafe.
This year’s line-up features last year’s Festival favourite the incredible Shakura S’Aida (with pianist Lance Anderson), the smooth and passionate Russell de Carle (from Prairie Oyster), Canada’s legendary blues man and Maple Blues award winner Big Dave McLean, multiple Maple Blues nominee Angel Forrest (with her two fabulous guitar players Denis Coulombe and Ricky Paquette) PLUS the return of Master of Ceremonies, and our favourite pilgrim, Jim Byrnes.
Once again, the Festival format features the “Dream Festival Band”, an ever changing troupe of performers backing the featured performers and each other’s performance. This collection of artists features dynamic front man Steve Dawson (who will contribute an individual performance) PLUS the best of back-up artists Chris Norquist (drums), Jerry Cook (sax), and Bernie Addington (bass).
Tickets available in person at the SOEC box office or online at www.thedreammusicfestival.
Saturday May 20
Premium – $60
Wings – $45
Whether rearranging songs of centuries past or infusing new lyrical life to half-songs, it becomes clear that Mike’s vocal gift is simply the surface of a very deep well. Full-tilt originals include “Real Fine Day,” a poetic account of the birth of Christian Blue Sky Farris that features some killer Kenny Vaughn guitar hooks-“easily one of the top three days of my life, that day,” Mike says, and “Power of Love,” an unforgettable, high-energy soul groove and already an audience favorite.
Shine For All the People, the 2015 Grammy Award winner for Best Roots Gospel album, bears witness to the determination of putting one foot in front of the other and to the power of music to get you there. “I’ve discovered that falling is a divine thing,” Mike adds. “It’s part and parcel of being human. The important thing is to keep the faith and keep moving on and on. Daring to be courageous enough to share our deepest burdens with each other is the greatest gift we can give.”
“Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap….He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not…that’s magic.” – MARY GAUTHIER
ALLAN CROSSLEY QUARTET
Friday, June 2nd
Premium – $33
Wings – $18
The Allan Crossley Jazz Quartet delivers fun jazz standards along with originals from the dynamic duo, Crawford & Crossley. This quartet consists of Larry Crawford, Yanti, Stefan Bienz and Allan Crossley. Larry Crawford plays saxophones, flutes, and clarinet when he is not writing music. He spent 25 years as a featured soloist in armed forces bands and has extensive radio, television and studio experience. His musical presence has come to be known as a special treat for the South Okanagan for decades. Yanti’s vocals are to be heard almost everywhere in and around Penticton. Whether or not you’ve heard her, you’re in for a great evening as she delivers on ballads and up tunes with lightning-fast lyrics. Stefan Bienz and bass have performed with many, many beloved local groups and is often invited to the Dream Cafe stage. He is known for his solid rhythms and playful solos. Allan Crossley, piano player, arranger and leader, spent his career as a music educator, leading an award-winning high school jazz program. He’s delighted to be retired and finally have time to make his own music as well as collaborating his own lyrics with Larry’s melodies. “Who wouldn’t be pumped to be able to use words like ‘controvertible’ in a swing tune?”
Friday & Saturday, June 9 & 10
Premium – $60
Wings – $45
Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad “Mr. Dave’s” uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show. David Lindley grew up in southern California, first taking up the banjo as a teenager, and subsequently winning the annual Topanga canyon banjo and fiddle contest five times as he explored the American folk music tradition. between 1967 and 1971 Lindley founded and lead what must now be seen as the first world music rock band, the Kaleidoscope. In 1971, Mr. Dave joined forces with Jackson Browne, serving as Jackson’s most significant musical co-conspirator until 1981. In 1979, Lindley had begun working with old friend Ry Cooder on ‘Bop Till you Drop’ and ‘The Long Riders’ sound track, a musical collaboration that lasts to this day, and has spawned many recording projects and several world tours as an acoustic duo.
“A David Lindley performance isn’t just an awe-inspiring demonstration of string prowess. It’s a portal to far-flung realms, a magic carpet ride skittering around the globe offering vivid glimpses of Jamaica, the Mississippi Delta, Madagascar, Turkey and Cuba.” San Jose Mercury News 4/15/10