Just in time for the holidays, 2019 Festival tickets are on sale now! Take advantage of our EARLY BIRD pricing on a limited number of ticket packages to three fantastic music shows: Friday night blues show, Saturday night big band swing dance and Sunday evening gospel soul concert. Early Bird package is $99 each (price goes up at midnight on Jan. 31, 2019 to $135). Individual tickets to events are also available at regular price.
What can you expect for 2019? Free outstanding jazz-focused programming on two outdoor stages over two days, world-class performers and local icons at the Friday night All Star Blues show, Saturday night big band dance and Sunday evening gospel concert, art demonstrations and activities, and much more! July 26-28, 2019.
Friday Night All Star Blues Show, July 26 2019
7:00 - 11:00pm
National Historic Site Fort Langley
Featuring: The Steve Kozak Band, one of Canada’s premier blues act plus an All-Star Blues Jam and more!
+ ABOUT THE STEVE KOZAK BAND
One of Canada’s finest blues artists, Steve Kozak has been turning heads of blues fans in Canada for over thirty years since he first broke onto the Vancouver scene in the mid-eighties.
When it comes to tasty West coast blues guitar, Kozak’s name is at the top of the list in this nation -- just ask greats like Duke Robillard and James Harman who have shared the stage with this gifted bandleader, instrumentalist, writer and singer.
Gaining national recognition in 2013 Steve Kozak won a Maple Blues Award for New Artist or Group of the Year in Canada. Steve was also awarded The Ambassador of the Blues Award for 2012 by the Blues Underground Network.
Steve Kozak has been nominated for a 2017 and 2018 Western Canadian Music Award by Break Out West for Blues Artist of the Year.
The Steve Kozak band is Steve Kozak, guitar and vocals, Mike Kalanj on piano and Hammond organ, Roger Brant on bass, and John Nolan on drums.
Saturday Night Big Band Swing Dance, July 27, 2019
8:00 - 11:00pm
Fort Langley Community Hall
Featuring: Swing Aggregation with a Tribute to Frank Sinatra
+ ABOUT SWING AGGREGATION
Swing Aggregation is a little big band based in Vancouver BC that specializes in playing big band swing music for swing dancers and folks who enjoy listening to the big band sound.
It's a "little" big band because it has only five horns (two trumpets, trombone, two saxes) instead of the usual 13 or so that are in a full big band. Through the use of high quality arrangements and some of Vancouver's top musicians, Swing Aggregation often manages to sound at least twice as "big" as it is. With a driving 4-piece rhythm section (bass, piano, guitar & drums) the band has a solid beat that can excite lindyhoppers and listeners alike.
Sunday Night Gospel/Soul Concert, July 28, 2019
7:00 - 10:00pm
Chief Sepass Theatre
Featuring: The Sojourners with the Marcus Mosely Chorale
+ ABOUT THE SOJOURNERS
The Sojourners are a multi-award winning, Juno-nominated vocal gospel trio, based in Vancouver, BC. Since their formation in 2006, Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders, and Khari McClelland have become active export artists with extensive international touring credentials. They perform as either a 4-piece (3 voices + guitar or piano), or with a full band. The celebrated Canadian gospel trio perform music that reflects the world we all live in, bearing relevance to current social justice themes. The Sojourners sound just as at home in a road house bar as they do in a revival tent. This is roots gospel music that can take a punch and remain standing.
The summer of 2018 had The Sojourners back in the studio recording their fourth full-length album Freedom Never Dies, produced by John Raham (Frazey Ford, The Be Good Tanyas). The first single off of the album, The Ballad of Harry Moore, is a gospel classic, sung a cappella in the Sojourners powerful, yet truly uplifting form. Freedom Never Dies is scheduled for release in the spring of 2019.
+ ABOUT THE MARCUS MOSELY CHORALE
We are a Chorale of 50 singers, singing in the Black African Gospel style, fused with soul and jazz, featuring some unique arrangements by our Artistic Director, Marcus Mosely, our Musical Director, Bill Sample and our Choral Director, Darlene Ketchum.
Now in its 8th season, the Chorale has performed with soloists Dee Daniels, Eleanor Collins (recipient of the Order of Canada), the late Leon Bibb, Jane Mortifee, Cayla Brooks, Dawn Pemberton, Leora Cash, Jim Byrnes and the Sojourners (2014 winners of Spiritual Album of the Year.)
In addition to performing their own concerts throughout the Lower Mainland, the Chorale celebrates Black History month in an annual concert at the end of January. The Chorale has performed at the Con Brio Music Festival in Whistler, Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, Out for Lunch concert series at the Vancouver Art Gallery, been on Shaw TV's "On Rush", at the 2015 Senior Games (North Vancouver), as guests of the Arts Club Theatre , Canada Day (Canada Place and Waterfront Park, North Vancouver)Mission Folk Festival and performed for the past four years at the Vancouver Jazz Festival's jazz Vespers series.
In May, 2017, The Chorale was proud to release it's first CD “Labour of Love”.
Limited quantities of the Early Bird packages available!
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