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At the Avalanche Bar & Grill 275 8th Street, Courtenay

November 19th at 730 p.m. - Anela and the Experimenters

Jazz music over the last three weeks at Avalanche Bar has been outstanding: two Toronto bands, one on a national tour and the other on a world tour - followed by the stunning performance last Thursday by Nanaimo Musicians' Association Big Band with vocalist Sydney Needham. This week we return to our roots with popular regional musicians. Local, but by no means lesser!

The Georgia Straight Jazz Society presents the return engagement of Anela Kahiamoe and his band 'The Experimenters' at The Avalanche Bar and Grill.

A native of Hawaii and veteran of the Honolulu music scene; his popularity in the Valley is phenomenal and his musical talent extensive. Although Anela is well known in our region, this is only his second appearance as a Jazz Society act; last year's show drew a capacity crowd. He is a native of Hawaii, and he's been a professional musician all of his life. We are happy to bring back his extensive musical talent as he offers beautiful vocals, and performs in his inimitable style on guitar and lap steel ukulele. Expect an engaging performance with beautiful vocals combined with his amazing instrumental skills.

For Thursday's performance, Anela has selected a broad range of popular jazz standards, blues, and self-penned originals. Anela said, 'The unique blend of instruments and range of musical genres being performed will be very engaging.'

This 5 piece band includes four time CCMA-nominated Evan Ehgoetz, who masterfully blends his sweet steel pedal guitar sound to jazz favourites. Ehgoetz has shared the stage with the likes of Conway Twitty, Bill Anderson and Allan Jackson. On keyboard and occasional vocals is well-known and highly talented Ralph Barrat. Highly skilled and creative Grahame Edwards plays stand-up and electric bass is, and Rob Peterson, on drums, rounds out the rhythm section.

When you couple this musical talent with Anela's warm stage presence, be assured you’re in for another great evening of live music.

Show time is 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 for Society members, $12 for non-members. Remember to arrive early if you plan on meeting friends or wish to enjoy dinner before the show. This is bound to be another well-attended event.

Jazz Society members are reminded to mark their calendar for the AGM at 5:30 pm at Avalanche Bar on December 5th.

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