It was definitely Christmas with a Gypsy twist tonight at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock British Columbia as Van Django took to the stage. With an obvious nod to the great Django Reinhardt, Van Django took us on a wonderful Yuletide musical journey. 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, with the wonderful L.J. Mounteney on vocals. Their Christmas CD, Cool Yule features all the favourites, including Skating, from the Charlie Brown Christmas show, It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Sleigh Ride, ‘Zat You Santa Claus and In the Bleak Midwinter — the latter in a Celtic style. Even a spiced up version of Let it Snow, as a slow Argentine tango. The night finished with the traditional Silent Night. It was a great night, and a great kickoff to the holiday season.
Country artist, Lisa Brokop, kicked off the Christmas season at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock last night. It was a wonderful mix of some of her own compositions and Christmas classics. The Surrey B.C. native, moved to Nashville 25 years ago, but makes the occasional visit to her home town every few years, and thankfully made Blue Frog one of her stops on her Christmas tour. Lisa first started performing at the age of 7, by 12 she was a singer in a band, at 15 she was touring the country, and at 17 she released her first single that reached the top ten of the Canadian RPM Country chart. Last night’s shows featured a sing a long segment, and also a wonderful a cappella version of Ave Maria that brought the house down. It was a great way to start a string of Christmas concerts at Blue Frog.
It was a beautiful night of music at Blue Frog Studios last night, as 3 of the finest singers in all the land took to the stage to pay homage to the great female Soul and R&B singers of our time. Backed by a first class band, Shannon Gaye, Britt McKillip and sister Carly McKillip took the audience on a musical journey that included hits from Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Alicia Keys and Adele. Soulful and sweet, with amazing harmonies. The audience from the two sold out shows went away happy after an evening of wonderful live music at Blue Frog.
The R&B All Stars did it again. Blew the roof off Blue Frog Studios in White Rock British Columbia, Canada! What a series of sold out shows this weekend. Solid performances every night. This year the R&B All Stars celebrate its 40th year on the Vancouver music scene. And to strengthen the band, 3 new members have been added to the All Star lineup, Bill Sample on keys, Tim Porter on lead guitar and vocals, and Nathan Aswell teaming up with Joani Bye on lead vocals. Once again have a winning combination when you add these new members to the already talented cast of players.. The Blue Frog audiences responded with standing ovations for every show.
Last night we took in the latest Cirque du Soleil show to hit Vancouver, Luzia. Probably one of the best shows we’ve seen and my daughter and I have seen almost of the Cirque shows to play in town. They were once again under the big top, the Grand Chapiteau, and in this show they used an amazing water display. That plus the usual acrobatics that are the trademark of Cirque. A must see show for sure. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
We were Steelin’in the Years at Blue Frog Studios tonight, with an all star band. What a line up to pay homage to Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan! The top players in all the land were on the bandstand tonight. Lead singer was Billy Mendoza, with Debby Low and Talia Butler Gray on Vocals, Tim Porter – Guitar, Jason Decouto – Keyboards, David Say – Saxophone, Bill Runge – Saxophone, Geeta Das – Trumpet, Phil Robertson – Drums and the musical director and bass player, Kerry Galloway. It was the proverbial wall of sound! Another 2 sold out shows tomorrow night at Blue Frog.
The Van Morrison Songbook is extensive, and Bruce Coughlan and company picked the best of the best last night at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock. Bruce Coughlan, lead vocalist and on guitar, is an award-winning singer/songwriter with a history of his own, takes the lead in this tribute to the music of Van Morrison, and doesn’t disappoint! Known for his work with groups like, Bare Facts, The Hightops and Tiller’s Folly, Bruce doesn’t deny the inspiration Van Morrison has been in his own musical journey.
And he’s backed by an impressive list of musicians. Laurence Knight: bass & vocals, toured with Bruce and has been a long time member of Tiller’s Folly. Adam Rohrlick on guitar and keys, Karen Graves on sax, flute and vocals, Kyle Axeford: trumpet, guitar & vocals and Greg Stuart on drums & vocals round out the band. If the 2 sold out shows last night are any indication, we’re in for an amazing weekend at Blue Frog. The audience just couldn’t get enough..Van!
What a way to celebrate your 70th Birthday! Willy Ward rocked Blue Frog Studios last night! The incomparable trumpet player/singer staged a multi media extravaganza to the delight of the sold out crowd. Backed by an all star band, Willy took the audience on a trip through his life, highlighting fellow musicians, old friends and mentors. He performed some standards, some earthy blues and wonderful ballads. He says that’s it for his career as a bandleader..but only time will tell. It was a great night for all.
“Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “True Love Ways”, “Rave-on”, “Everyday”, “Not Fade Away”, “Oh Boy”, “Raining in My heart”… the list goes on and on…
Zachary Stevenson is back on the stage at Blue Frog Studios, celebrating the life and music of legendary rock & roller Buddy Holly. It was an incredible night as Zachary wowed the audience with high-octane renditions of Buddy’s classic hits as well as humorous stories about his experience playing the 50s icon.
Zachary led the Arts Club Productions of “THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY” in Vancouver which sold-out over 100 performances and prompted the Vancouver Sun to name him one of the top ten talents to watch out for. And,his show has been given the seal of approval from legendary Rock and Roll Disc Jockey, Red Robinson. Zachary is now living in Chicago, and bringing home awards for his performances there. A fun night, filled with nostalgia.
Colin Wiebe and the Legends All Star Band hit Blue Frog’s stage again this year, and again this year, rocked the house with a tribute to the music of Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, the Guess Who and BTO. Colin toured the world with Randy Bachman for 20 years singing and playing the Guess Who’s biggest hits. He’s also received high praise for his renditions from Burton Cummings. It’s great to have him back on stage at Blue Frog, playing to 4 sold out “American Woman”shows. With 2 shows behind him, it’s on to the second night, and 2 more sold out shows. Didn’t get to see him and the band this time? Stay tuned, hopefully they’ll make a return appearance next year!