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Shari Ulrich Trio
Tuesday, November 21st
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Originally a California girl, long settled on the west coast of Canada, Shari celebrates 43 years as a touring recording artist and multi-instrumentalist (violin, mandolin, piano, guitar, dulcimer, & harmonica). From Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band, and on as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist has lead to 23 albums – including her collaboration with solo artists Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and more recently The High Bar Gang, a 7 piece bluegrass band with Barney Bentall & Colin Nairne. Her work has garnered 2 Juno awards, several Juno nominations, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 CFMA for English Songwriter of the Year.
Shari will be accompanied by her daughter Julia Graff on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, accordion and vocals) and fellow High Bar Gang member Kirby Barber on bass, guitar and vocals.
Julia, with a Master of Music Sound Recording from McGill University, has engineered and co-produced Shari’s last 3 releases, and is also a busy graphic designer, videographer and photographer. Bonus for Mom!
Friday, November 24th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Wes’s show features magic, comedy, and stunts. He’s not fully magician, not fully stand-up comic. But an amazing mix of both. His show can best be described as “the comedian with the best magic, or the magician with the funniest stories”. With one is would be true.
You may recognize him from any number of TV appearances. In the last year alone Wes was featured on America’s Got Talent, Wizard Wars, Penn & Teller: Fool Us (which he won!), and MTV’s Greatest Party Stories Ever. Or you may have seen his YouTube videos where he has earned an impressive 40+ million views!
Who is Wes Barker?
Wes Barker: Stunt Magician is a Vancouver based entertainer, but tours all over the world. He has performed on stages from Las Vegas, to New York, to Australia.
His show features magic, comedy, and stunts. It’s like watching a comic tell real-life stories, but stopping every so often to do amazing magic. Basically it’s awesomeness from start to finish!
What does a Stunt Magician do?
“I do EVERYTHING. My goal is to keep everyone laughing.
Sometimes it’s with impressive physical feats or amazing sleight of hand, but normally it’s just random acts of showing off! One thing I know for sure-I guarantee that everyone has a fantastic time.” ~Wes Barker
Premium – $42
Wings – $32
NOTE: THIS EVENT IS GEARED TOWARDS ADULTS.
Friday, December 1st
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
A voice you MUST hear!
William Prince is storytelling singer/songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps cliches to provoke thought and facilitate discovery. His baritone vocals pay tribute to his late father and his genuine delivery acknowledges the hundreds of hours he’s spent on stage.
Prince’s debut album Earthly Days was produced by long time collaborator Scott Nolan. A recent alumni of the tri-annual Planet IndigenUS Music Festival, Prince was named the 2014 Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (newly named Indigenous Music Awards).
His lead single The Carny went to Number 1 on the Sirius XM National Aboriginal Music Countdown Top 40 (Produced by NCI FM). His new single You Got Me is currently climbing the charts.
TWO shows in one!
Opening act: The Middle Coast (as well as backup for Michael)
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald (MBF) is a singer and songwriter from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A touring troubadour, most of his time is spent on stage playing clubs, theatres and festivals across North America. He is a dog man with a good plan and two hands.
MBF has shared the stage and toured with Joel Plaskett, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Steve Winwood, Third Eye Blind, Sam Roberts, Stars, K-OS, The Wallflowers, Elliott Brood, Lights and many more. He’s also played Firefly Festival, Mountain Jam, Calgary Folk Music Festival, X Fest, Virgin Fest, Winnpeg Folk Festival The Calgary Stampede and Capital Ex.
THE MIDDLE COAST
There’s something to be said for a band that can simultaneously elicit a sense of nostalgia and new discovery; that perfectly balances an appreciation of the past with a youthful enthusiasm and mainstream ambitions.
Meet The Middle Coast, the Manitoba trio whose self-described ‘70s-style yacht rock will be the new soundtrack to your dockside daydreams and breezy evening drives. Drawing on influences ranging from The Guess Who to The Eagles to Hall & Oates with tinges of Motown soul and Nashville twang, members Liam Duncan, Dylan MacDonald, and Roman Clarke have cemented their signature sound and attracted some impressive industry attention with their debut album, The Making Of: The Middle Coast. The album come on the heels of their heralded live show – born of hundreds of sets and thousands of hours logged in the van in just a few short years.
New Lady On The Prairie
Friday, December 8th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Acclaimed songwriter, Lizzy Hoyt is one of Canada’s most powerful Celtic-folk artists. Known for bringing Canadian history to life with her music, her songs like “Vimy Ridge”, “White Feather”, and “New Lady on the Prairie” have garnered awards and nominations while also connecting strongly with audiences across the country. In 2013, Lizzy was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding contribution to commemorating Canadian veterans and Vimy Ridge history through music.
Program: New Lady on the Prairie
Lizzy delivers a high-energy, diverse and engaging concert that features a mix of her original award-winning songs with some traditional repertoire, new arrangements of one or two covers, and a selection of lively instrumentals! Lizzy Hoyt have recently been selected to present a showcase in Vancouver at Pacific Contact in March 2017.
“Hoyt’s mastery of the fiddle seems effortless. Her chatter is engaging and her songwriting seems to flow from her soul.”
– Roger Holmes
“The expertise displayed by each musician is jaw-dropping and it’s matched by their sensitivity and taste… Lizzy Hoyt displays equal mastery of the fiddle, harp and guitar, complemented by an otherworldly voice. To top it off, she comes across as a truly natural and relaxed, people loving performer.”
– Jim Sinclair
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.
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.
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
Boss Of The Blues
Gentleman Of The Boogie Woogie
Hailed as “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues”, multiple-award winning blues”, multiple-award winning blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is called “Blues Boss” for a reason. His musical career began as a child prodigy in the late 1950’s and has continued to flourish for over 60 years with Wayne at the forefront of modern day blues piano practitioners.
Born in Spokane, Washington, raised in New Orleans and now based in British Columbia, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne has built a stellar reputation within Canada and abroad for his lively attire and energetic concert performances. The zoot suited Wayne will be returning to Russia, South America, and Europe this year, where he regularly sells out 800 to 1000 seat venues and headlines many international concerts and festivals.
Premium – $40
Wings – $30
Wednesday, December 13th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Ari Neufeld is a self-made one man band, playing guitar, piano, banjo while singing and keeping time through an amplified stompbox, with ethnic beads, nuts and bells strapped to his body. His performance covers a variety of genres from folk to pop, to new country, to rhythmic soul, to rock. It’s a vibrant blend of beat, melody and humour. And it’s an unfolding story. Prepare to be inspired.
Company B Jazz Band Christmas Special
Friday, December 22nd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PARTY! The ugly Christmas sweater would still be nothing more than a long-forgotten piece of bad taste without the ugly Christmas sweater party. These parties have not only given new life to old pieces of holiday monstrosity, they have made them quite trendy and exceptionally fun as well.
Special guest during the break!
Company B Jazz Band has been sharing their joy of Christmas since their first year as a band, in 2007. From Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters to inspired original arrangements, the group has amassed an extensive seasonal repertoire, packed with all the harmony, bells and whistles (literally!) a lover of carols could ask for.
For the past five years, the group has been featured on the annual CBC Open House and Food Drive, an event that is broadcast live and aims to raise funds and food for those most in need. As part of the programming, they have the pleasure of colaberating with much-loved Canadian radio personality Margret Gallagher. In 2015, The Ladies of Company B toured with the internationally acclaimed Canadian Tenors founding member Ken Lavigne in his production “The Christmas Road Show Special”. Each year that the busy band’s schedule allows, they join the lineup of musical entertainment for popular Vancouver festivities such as the Vancouver Christmas Market and the Robson ice rink’s 12 Day of Christmas.
This December sees the Ladies of Company B touring BC to bring the band’s Christmas cheer to the BC Interior and Whistler. It’s no secret that the group loves all the music they bring to their listeners, and they get particular joy in creating and transcribing new arrangements every year. Donning red and white dresses for full Christmas flair, they’ve been called Mrs. Claus more than once!
The Ladies are excited to bring Christmas cheer to the Dream Cafe, and look forward to sharing the music of the season!
Songs of the Southern Belles
Thursday, December 28th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Songs of the Southern Belles is a musical tribute to the female country stars of the 50’s through 70’s presented in the style of the Grand Ole Opry.
Singers Anna Jacyszyn and Kinga Heming will relive the stories told through songs originally sung by Nashville royalty like Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn to name a few, under the music direction of guitarists Sean Bray and Loni Moger
YES! You read that right. NYE bash at The Dream Cafe! Come join us for a fun-filled night!
December 31st, 2017
RANN BERRY’S – THE SOUL OF MOTOWN
Welcome to Detroit City !
If you love Rhythm & Blues, Soul Music, and the BIG Motown hits from groups like The Temptations, Sam & Dave, Wilson Picket, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Issac Hayes and Billy Preston, then this show is for you! ” We absolutely love this style of music, and the groove and vibe that it creates” says Rann Berry. Our goal with The Soul of Motown Revue is to create the atmosphere of a Detroit nightclub in the 1970s. Super funky and soulful” !
“Our # 1 Summer Show 4 years in a row…. We’re always excited to have Rann Berry return to our theatre.”
Randy Zahara, Kelowna Community Theatre
“The Soul of Motown Revue filled our showroom to capacity and gave our guests a Vegas Style night to remember. Our best selling show ever.”
Cherie Deneau, Gateway Casinos
The Band –
Rann Berry – Vocals / Guitar
Justin Glibbery – Keyboards / Vocals
Michael Fic – Bass / Vocals
Stan Sabourin – Saxophone
Mike Treadway – Drums
Food Service 7-9pm
Drink Service 9-9:30pm
Showtime 9:30pm (three sets and two intermissions)
Hot food till 10pm, Desserts till 11:30pm!
Ball drops at midnight!
Entertainment & Dinner – $100 (two tapas, dessert & drink of your choice!)
Entertainment Only – $65 (menu still available)
Both tickets include entertainment, party favors, snacks and champagne!
Only 100 tickets being sold!
“Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, something roars in and it turns you about.” Connie Kaldor writes this and more about the unexpected twists and turns of life and love. She could well be writing about her personal artistic complexities. Music pundits have tried to define the essence of the prairie-born acoustic performer for over two decades, but even the most eloquent have fallen short of perfection.
Fact is, Connie Kaldor is a performer without borders. A contradiction in terms. She is a Juno Award-winning singer who has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades, yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary.
She is an artist of substance without pretension, witty and urbane without condescension. She is a fearless chronicler of the human experience without the folksong angst. She has recorded nine albums, sold tens of thousands of copies, but has never had a commercial hit. Her live performances are legendary and her fan base broad and fiercely loyal. People come back to see her again and again because a Connie Kaldor performance is about more than just the power of music. It is also about the power of personality. What she says between songs is as intriguing as the lyrics she sings. She has traveled prairie backroads to visit modest community centers and sold out concert halls in major cities. From Beijing to New
Delhi to Saskatoon to Washington, Conniehas triumphed with a mix of song and spoken word honed in pacing and tone by the many years shespent performing.
Like many prairie girls in the 50s and 60s, Conniegrew up singing in the church choir and listening to Patsy Cline and The Beatles on her record player. But it wasn’t until the 1980s, after four years spent performing with an avant-garde theatre company in Toronto, that Connie turned to music full time and was welcomed with open arms by the folk scene.
Friday, January 26th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Celebrating their 25th anniversary year, Vancouver Canadian musician Tom Landa, is looking back on the legacy of his much-loved folk rock band The Paperboys. For a quarter century, The Paperboys have been touring the world and lighting up stages with their freewheeling blend of influences from Celtic and bluegrass, to Mexican son jarocho, brass bands, and Canadian roots. They have been called everything from Cajun slamgrass to worldbeat, they’ve received a Juno award (Canadian Grammy), plus two Juno nominations, two West Coast Music Awards, released nine albums, and regularly play two-night bills in the Pacific Northwest. But that’s not what matters to Landa now. “What means more to me than anything else is to receive letters, emails, or hear stories from people who tell me that our songs helped them through a tough time, or that they used one of our songs for their wedding, or that an album of ours was the soundtrack of their summer. At the end of the day, accolades are nice, but they are nothing compared to connecting with people.” Landa’s song ‘Better Than The Last’ has become somewhat of an anthem for people who have gone through hard times.
Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. It has healthy servings of Ska, Soca and African Highlife and we’ve been known to throw in a little White Boy Reggae. Of course it also has strains of Soul, Pop and Funk although we are by no means a funk band. It is mostly Acoustic although we also like Electric guitars. It is Singer-Songwriter based but not the coffee house variety. It is definitely FOLK music, but not in the Kumbaya style. It has a deep respect and appreciation for tradition (Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Son) but it’s by no means Traditional. It Rocks incredibly hard and is extremely danceable, but that is not to say it can’t be mellow and slow and beautiful. It can be heart breaking, but also joyous. It is never dark or angst ridden, and always full of hope – but not in the ‘Up With People’ kind of way. It’s not Jazz, although we like Jazz a lot. It’s not heavy metal or punk or grunge, although we love Rush and AC/DC. It is World Roots Music. It’s POP music. It is GOOD music. It has a tendency to connect people and means a lot to many folks the world over, and for that we are very grateful. It is the only multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-lingual, multi-instrumental, genre bending, co-ed band you will hear today!!