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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.
Tavis Weir Music & Friends
Saturday May 6th
Premium – $22
Tavis Weir returns to the dream cafe stage, bringing melodic insight and lyrical beauty with his songs, mixed with the spontaneous improvisations and harmonic nuance of his guitar work.
Playing a mostly solo acoustic set of his original songs, he will also be joined by special guests and fellow bandmates from Anthem: A Leonard Cohen Tribute, fundraiser for the Dream Cafe and Penticton Art Gallery.
The amazing Stefan Bienz will be adding his unstoppable bass grooves and the Anthem Choir featuring Maiya Robbie, Teresa Wiltse, Alexandra Goodall and Mia Harris will provide rich backup vocals to the evening. If you enjoyed that wonderful night of Leonard Cohen’s music, you won’t want to miss this!
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
Friday & Saturday – May 12 & 13th
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.
Friday May 19th
Premium – $34
Wngs – $19
Similar but different. Smooth harmonies, heartfelt lyrics, playful guitar and fun-loving banter are the main ingredients that make up this grounded and inspiring duo. From their humble beginnings starring in Soundstage’s 2010 production of the rock musical Hair and busking at the Penticton Downtown Market to currently performing across BC and teaching music full-time @ The Aidan Mayes School Of Music and School District 67.
Aidan Mayes & Mandy Cole have dazzled sold-out audiences at the world renowned Dream Café in their hometown Penticton, BC, but also landed the singer songwriters on festival bills alongside Lion Bear Fox, 54-40, City and Colour, Mother Mother, The Current Swell & Yukon Blonde. The much anticipated release of ‘Siren Songs’, the duo’s first full length album with Juno winning producer, Ryan Stewart (Carly Rae-Jepsen, Hedley, Andrew Allen, Bif Naked) has begun to catapult this talented pair to the top. Yet, it is their unpretentious, friendly and down-to-earth demeanours, epitomizing the values of their Okanagan roots and a “true to themselves” attitude that may best describe the soulful and powerful sound of Aidan and Mandy. They hope you’ll find listening to their music as uplifting and rejuvenating as creating it has been for them.
*BEST LOCAL MUSICIAN Finalists Okanagan Life Magazine Best Of The Okanagan 2015 & 2016
*Soundstage’s ‘Broadway Musicals In Concert’, portraying Galinda & Elphaba, Wicked 2016
*Top 25 Finalists CBC SEARCHLIGHT Competition for Canada’s Best New Artist 2015
*BEST MUSIC recipients @ The Penticton District Community Arts Council Awards 2014
*Top 10 Finalists CBC SEARCHLIGHT Competition for Canada’s Best New Artist 2014
*Top 5 Finalists Emerging Artists Music BC & K96.3 FM Contest 2013
*Soundstage’s Production ‘Les Miserables’, portraying the leading ladies, Fantine & Eponine 2012
If you find yourself sipping a glass of wine, sitting next to a lake on a starry summer night, it might just be time to give Aidan and Mandy a spin.
Saturday & Sunday May 20 & 21
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
Saturday May 27th
Premium – $15
Wings – $10
Beamer has been performing on stage since he was 7 (now 14) as a singer/songwriter and guitar player.
At the age of 7, he was accepted as a contestant in the “Our Kids Have Talent” competition for ages 8-18. Although he didn’t place he captured the hearts of the judges and was invited to open at the gala final. This was beginning of his musical journey and as his talents grew, so did his reputation as a remarkable young performer.
Over the ensuing years, he was a contestant in numerous music competitions, and he was very often the youngest. In a number of cases, the rules of the competitions were even changed to a lower age, just so they could have him compete. And whenever he did, he wowed the audiences.
As part of his vocal training, he entered into the Kiwanis Festival for 5 straight years in Classical Voice and Musical Theatre, and has consistently won first place positions including first class honors and junior scholarships.
In July 2016, he released his first single “Meteorite” to Country Radio and I-Tunes, followed up by his album of the same name, released through Big Star Recordings and Universal Music Canada during the CCMA’s in London ON. in September. He continues to write and co-write new music with highly accomplished writers in both Canada and Nashville.
Beamer is signed with Big Star Recordings and has opened for Aaron Pritchett, George Canyon (3x) and Brett Kissel.
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?”
Saturday June 3rd
Premium – $39
Wings – $24
Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox is three huge voices joined as one, telling the truth through compelling story, honest narrative and unbridled passion. Three men going to war onstage every night to share a message of hope, vulnerability and redemption. Lion Bear Fox is “a musical force of nature”, an “emotional awakening” that’s sure to “be around for a lifetime”. (Nanaimo Daily News/Songs in the Valley/Terry David Mulligan).
Originally known for their respective solo careers, Christopher Arruda, Ryan McMahon and Cory Woodward joined forces as Lion Bear Fox in 2012 and was immediately selected as one of the top 20 unsigned bands British Columbia (Peak Performance Project). The fall of 2013 saw the band release their self-produced breakthrough EP “We’d Be Good Men” and take Western Canada by storm, touring 15 times over the next two years including stops at Canadian Music Week (Toronto), Contact East (PEI), OSAC (Regina) Mission Folk Festival and The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC. They have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists like Tom Wilson, Good For Grapes, Elliot Brood and Kim Mitchell.
2016 sees Lion Bear Fox further cementing themselves as the new Canadian band to watch. With the help of friend and producer Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run), the trio spent ten days in the Vancouver Island wilderness crafting “the record of their lives” – a collection of songs steeped in character and full of warmth. One part folk, one part rock – a pinch of gospel and a dash of growl, the self-titled LP is a testament to the trio’s strength as songwriters. Lush acoustic guitars are bookended by buzzing electrics and screaming organs; all tied together by rich percussion and three voices in mighty harmony. It’s a sound that harkens back to an era when the song was paramount.
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
Friday June 23rd
Premium – $22
Wings – $12
Tiger Moon was here earlier this year and put on a show we needed to see again! This time they will be hot off their release of their new album Cariboo & Whiskey.
Tiger Moon is a name that is quickly becoming synonymous with blue-collar touring schedules and hard work in Canada’s music industry. Led by Dan Tait and Kasey Graff, the group’s founding members, Tiger Moon now boasts a full-bore boot-stomping folk & country sound with the addition of rhythm, bass and vocal team, Joshua Smith & Dylan Ranney. The new members fill out Tiger Moon’s sound with four-part harmonies, cocktail percussion and warm bass lines.
With the new record Cariboo & Whiskey out on June 9th, the team is working hard to secure their spot as an integral part of the musical fabric of Canada. They have been added to a number of West Canadian festival lineups in thanks to their upbeat, folky melodies and diligent and devout musicianship.
Tiger Moon took a team up to the Cariboo Mountain Region of BC to record a piece of Canadiana, and ‘Cariboo & Whiskey’ is the album they emerged from the mountains with.
Recorded in the 19th century gold-rush town of Barkerville, BC, ‘Cariboo & Whiskey’ is a unique expression of West Canadian Folk. It blends folk with country, and it’s drizzled with Tiger Moon’s signature syrup-soaked vocal harmonies. It’s an upbeat, fun-loving album, with a little bit of heartache and lament mixed in for good measure.
The album is available digitally, and also on CD & Vinyl record. Preorder of the album begins on April 20th, upon the release of their first single from the album.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
July 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th
Premium – $59
Wings – $44
Michael Kaeshammer has been part of the Penticton summer music calendar at the Dream Café for 12 years running. Always a pleasure to host.
No Filter is the eleventh album from Michael. This is the sound of an artist following his muse completely unhindered by thoughts of commercial imperatives or genre constraints.
The prolific Vancouver Island-based singer/songwriter/pianist/
On No Filter, Michael mixes his well-crafted and melodic original songs with a couple of evocative piano instrumentals, and the result is a delightfully varied collection.
Kaeshammer has completely come to terms with his eclectic taste in music, something showcased on the record.“The songs here are just things I wanted to write,” he explains. “If they sound as if they have been influenced by a lot of different things, then that is just the way it is. To me, it just sounds like my music.”
On No Filter, Michael takes the listener on a highly entertaining journey through refreshingly diverse musical terrain. It begins, fittingly enough, with “Letter From the Road”, a buoyant and upbeat romp with exuberant horns and Michael in top boogie-woogie form. “Nothing Seems To Reach You” has rich dynamics via the combination of horns, organ and backing vocals, and it also showcases Michael’s smooth and soulful voice….read more here