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SteveKozak2012PRFestforpostingSteve Kozak
February 28, Saturday

Tickets $26

Vancouver born Steve Kozak has been a mainstay on the western Canadian Blues scene since the mid-eighties. Backed by some of Vancouver’s top musicians Kozak has built a reputation as one of Canada’s premier Blues acts and is known as the go to guy in Vancouver for the west coast Blues sound.

An accomplished and tasty guitar player with a relaxed vocal style Kozak has been winning over fans performing his up-tempo brand of jump, swing and working man’s blues to enthusiastic audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.

Gaining national recognition in 2013 Steve Kozak won a Maple Blues Award for New Artist or Group of the Year.  Being nominated by industry professionals from across Canada.

Really been enjoying 'Lookin' At Lucky' (Steve’s latest cd). Well done all round.” “This is a well-crafted album, performed with taste and subtlety. Any Blues fan should enjoy it; I sure did.”

stevekozak.shawwebspace.ca

AMcroppedAidan Mayes & Mandy Cole
March 7, Saturday

Tickets $18

Hearing Aidan Mayes and Mandy Cole for the first time is reminiscent of coming home after time away. Their music possesses a feel-good vibe, leaving one rejuvenated and inspired. With a striking sound of haunting harmonies and playful guitar, this female rock-folk-pop duo can only be described as sensational.

Last year, Aidan Mayes & Mandy Cole placed Top 10 in CBC’s 2014 Searchlight ‘Best New Artist in Canada’ Competition with their original song, “Expecting Fireworks”. After the successful release of their debut EP entitled “Hello Hercules”, produced by Dave Mai of DM Productions, Mayes and Cole also placed Top 5 for BC’s 2013 ‘Emerging Artist Contest’ by Music BC and Kelowna Radio K96-3. Proudly, the songstresses received the award recognition for "Best Music" at the first annual Penticton Arts Awards and have both been nominated in the " Arts Educator" category this year. 

Both artists feel blessed to teach music full-time during the fall and winter months. Aidan owns and operates the Aidan Mayes School Of Music where she teaches voice, guitar, ukulele, piano, song writing and musical theatre, while Mandy educates with School District 67, passing along their love of music to the next generation of young artists.

Aidan Mayes and Mandy Cole link generations together with their fun acoustic renditions of familiar classic and popular tunes. Surprisingly thought-provoking lyrics and soaring melodies make their original music catchy crowd favourites. Expect to laugh and be moved by this unique and engaging duo; Aidan Mayes and Mandy Cole will definitely captivate and impress.

www.aidanmayesandmandycole.com

valdy2Valdy
March 12, Thursday

Tickets $20

“With Penticton, being the urban centre of the South Okanagan, and the Dream Café being the cultural core of Penticton, I am blessed to get to perform there again, featuring songs known, new and the odd cover or two. I'm looking back at fifty years plus of touring, solo, with bands, with shows, and I have not had a bad gig yet. Performance informs arrangement and style; the more I tour, the more I iterate, mold, shape-shift the material, so you'll never hear the same show twice. Shelly Mann said jazz is where you never play the same thing once. I'm a folk-singer, and each time there are new people, new goings-on, so each performance is a surprise for me, and hopefully enjoyable for you.” Thanks, Love, Valdy

valdy.com

TavisWeirGroupPhotoJan2015The Tavis Weir Group
March 14, Saturday

Tickets $20

Come out and support the Dream Cafe's initiative to become a Co-operative! Local musicians, Tavis Weir, Stefan Bienz, Michael Treadway and Mia Harris invite you to join their effort to help Keep the Dream Alive! All proceeds go to the Dream Cafe!

From folk, rock, jazz, funk, experimental, to flamenco and Italian folk song, this group has played it all. This time, The Tavis Weir Group is excited to share some new originals. With shifting harmonies and heartfelt lyricism, Tavis's songs are heavily inspired by nature and the Canadian landscape. The vocals are set against a backdrop of harp-like finger-style guitar and the haunting sounds of an antique harmonium. This is all playfully anchored Stefan Bienz's rich, energetic double bass, and Michael Treadway's colourful percussion and intuitive musicianship. This time round they are throwing in a little opera as well. A powerful force, classically trained vocalist, Mia Harris, will be singing well known melodies with new and exciting arrangements by the band. Let your spirit be soothed by the mesmerizing sounds of Tavis' songs and treat yourself to the joyous and exhilarating experience of the human voice.

joetrio300dpicmykThe Joe Trio
March 20, Friday

Tickets $ 30

Joe Trio is not your average piano trio. They don’t want to be neatly categorized, but instead strive for diversity, versatility, and more than a little humour and unpredictability. Their repertoire consists of the classics – from Papa Haydn to Uncle Shostakovich- new works by contemporary composers, and their own arrangements of popular, jazz and rock tunes. And they’re not afraid to mix together so many styles of music into a single piece it makes your head spin. More than virtuosi, the Trio’s members are fantastic performers who engage the audience in a way few classical musicians can. Amply witty, charming, and tremendously musical, Joe Trio leaves audiences with a new appreciation for classical music.

They recorded their first CD, ‘A Cup of Joe’ in 1997, and their second album, recorded with CBC and entitled ‘Set ‘em up, Joe’, was nominated for Best Classical Performance at the West Coast Music Awards. In 2003, they joined forces with Canadian broadcaster and writer Stuart McLean when Joe fiddler Cameron Wilson set the music to McLean’s ‘A History of Canada’, and have since collaborated with Stuart on a number of concerts including a broadcast on The Vinyl Café.

www.joetrio.com

JMD4MBlargeOrville Johnson, John Miller, & Grant Dermody
March 21, Saturday

Tickets $22

Lyin’, cheatin’, and sneakin’: the blues is rank with falsehoods and double-dealing. But there’s no deception on this disc. What you hear is the genuine article, direct from three titans of Northwest acoustic blues: Orville Johnson, John Miller, and Grant Dermody.

Johnson is well-known for his innovative slide guitar and dobro playing and unbridled singing. Miller is renowned for his clean, complex fingerpicking in a variety of genres and styles. Harmonica player Dermody is less well known (but he did play at the Dream with Eric Bibb), but based on the evidence here and on his debut solo album last year, “Crossing That River,” he should be internationally famous. He has technique and tone to spare, and an easy intimacy with the subtleties of blues music that’ll make you think he started blowing harp about when he learned to walk.

Living Blues…performed with great confidence and consummate skill. All three men are well known in their own rights both as performers and teachers, working sympathetically together giving each other plenty of space in which to express their own individual personalities.

The choice of material is fascinating, including titles from the likes of Charlie Patton, Memphis Slim, Tampa Red and Rev. Gary Davis, with a number that I have not heard recorded elsewhere for some while. I was, in particular, interested to hear Leadbelly’s Stewball where the vocals are led by Miller with some driving and intricate mandolin from Johnson. The harp from Dermody is quite superb throughout this set and he has a tone very much of his own and on Memphis Slim’s Mother Earth his distinctive break is one of the highlights of this highly recommended set.

www.johnsonmilleranddermody.com

oldmanluedeckeOld Man Luedecke
March 26, Thursday

Tickets $20

Old Man Luedecke isn’t afraid to put his neck on the line. His latest album, Tender Is The Night, goes beyond his beloved solo, banjo-driven folk tunes. Driving a Nashville band from beginning to end with his recognizable voice, this is an artist honing his cunning lyrical flair – tenderly pushing the boundaries of his storytelling with his unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks. With skillful precision and a storyteller’s heart, Luedecke’s narrative-driven folk songs are playful, coy, and soul warming. Rich in metaphor, heart and instrumentation, Tender Is The Night muses on love, art and purpose.

“I am running like everyone else. Laughing just to keep from crying. I am always trying to find a way to express,” says Luedecke. “I am a prisoner for my appreciation for language; language that moves me is language that is unusual. I feel like it’s an important thing I can contribute to songwriting.”

After touring the globe, winning multiple Juno Awards, and becoming a father to twin girls, Luedecke has finally found confidence in himself, and his art. Tender Is The Night is a balancing act, a collection of songs artfully crafted, and tenderly performed.

“The songs are about a variety of topics, a meditation on art and ambition is present in a lot of what I do. Art and whether there is spiritual success without worldly success, that’s at the heart of Tender Is The Night,” says Luedecke.

oldmanluedecke.ca

bgbiominBobby Bazini
March 27, Friday

Tickets $25

Quebec based, soulful platinum singer-songwriter Bobby Bazini will release his sophomore full-length release, Where I Belong May 27. Last Fall, Bazini took the trip of a lifetime when he grabbed his guitar, packed up his car and left a small Montreal suburb for the Golden State to record with legendary producer Larry Klein. Five days later, he was in Los Angeles having breakfast with the iconic producer and jumping right into the recording process at the renowned Village Recorder that has hosted some of Bazini’s heroes – Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye and Johnny Cash. Where I Belong was recorded with a studio filled with some of Bazini’s favourite musicians including, Booker T (organ), Jack Ashford (percussion) and Jay Bellerose (drums). What resulted is a collection of live-sounding Folk/Country and Soul songs that Bazini is excited to share. The first single from the album is “Heavy Love”.

go listen…. www.bobbybazini.com

chasepadgettChase Padgett – SIX GUITARS
April 10 & 11  Friday & Saturday

Tickets $25

1 performer becomes 6 different guitar players each with their own voice, views and music (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk and Country). Each character shares their humorous and heartfelt songs and stories as the show reveals how music brings us all together. “5 stars, Chase Padgett's Six Guitars is nothing short a storytelling masterpiece. The play will leave you doing two things: laughing until you cry, and lifting your jaw to its proper position.” – The Edmonton Sun.

“Chase Padgett’s achievement in 6 Guitars is so virtuosic it had me on my feet.”– Georgia Straight, Vancouver. Since the show’s premiere in 2010 6 Guitars it has earned numerous awards, rave reviews and standing ovations all over North America. It has relentlessly sold out houses in every festival it has appeared in and won Pick of the Fringe for both Edmonton and Vancouver.

www.sixguitars.com

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CT158a1a1aThe Dream Music Festival
May 1 & 2 at the
Penticton Trade and
Convention Centre

For details &
ticket info: 
www.thedreammusicfestival.ca

Guy Davis Wednesday, April 15 - tickets $30

Ian Tamblyn Saturday, April 18 - tickets $18

benwaters2011Ben Waters from the UK
May 6, 7, 8 & 9, Wednesday - Saturday

Tickets $34

Ben Waters is one of world’s leading Boogie Woogie/Rock N Roll Piano players. Although only 35 he has entertained in Festivals, Theatres, and clubs for over 20 years, with over 3000 gigs under his belt. Together with his band he has toured the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, USA, the Middle East, Japan, Australia, and the West Indies. Ben’s energetic piano driven rock n roll shows have to be seen to be believed Ben Waters has a no nonsense approach to playing gigs. This is hard hitting music at its best. Combining the music of his heroes (Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis Amos Milburn etc) with cutting edge original material. Ben Waters has shared the stage with some of the top names in the business, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jools Holland, Ray Davies, Dave Gilmore, Dave Stewart, Shakin Stevens, Status Quo, The Beach Boys, The Pogues, Leo Sayer, The Teenagers, Chris Jagger, Freddie Star, Screaming Lord Sutch, Shirley Bassey - to name but a few. Ben is currently working with the fabulous Charlie Watts! Also check out Youtube for many great videos of Ben’s performances.

www.benwaters.com

Joining us in 2015:

ANGEL FORREST,
CAROLYN MARK, GEOFF BERNER & KRIS DEMEANOR,
THE LION, THE BEAR & THE FOX, Grammy Winner - MIKE FARRIS
MICHAEL KAESHAMMER, BARNEY BENTALL,
DAVID GOGO,  TIM WILLIAMS    And many more……

Tickets will go on sale when we post the dates on the Website  

Tickets must be purchased well in advance Visa & M/C accepted by phone

“We have fallen into the place where everything is music”

- Rumi

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