October 31, 2013
Shuffle Demons set to jazz up the Shuswap on November 15th
Canada’s iconic, award winning jazz band, The Shuffle Demons, is on a tour sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and will be performing in Salmon Arm on Friday November 15th at the Gleneden Hall. Joining them is Shuswap’s favourite R&B big band, The Salmon Armenians. Music lovers can expect a night of high-energy, funk filled fun listening and dancing to these amazing musicians!
“When we planned this tour, we made sure that my hometown was on the list,” explained band leader Richard Underhill who grew up in Salmon Arm. “I keep track of what is happening in the Shuswap and I have always been impressed with the work over the last 24 years that the Shuswap Environmental Action Society (SEAS) has done to protect the environmental values we all cherish and that is why this event will be a fundraiser for SEAS.”
The Shuffle Demons have been entertaining audiences around the world for 29 years with their incredibly creative tunes, wacky clothes and crazy dancing style. The band blends virtuosic jazz and funk playing with eye-catching costumes and zany stage antics to produce incredible shows that leave audiences exhausted with pleasure. They have released eight CDs and two hit videos and their latest CD, Clusterfunk, is a listening riot with lyrics that pack a meaningful punch.
The five Demons include Juno award winner Richard Underhill on sax, along with two more sax players, Perry White and Kelly Jefferson, plus George Koller on bass and Stich Wynston on drums. Expect exciting, no holds barred performances that feature wild romps in the crowd, free jazz moments, danceable funk, poetry, killer solos and more.
The Salmon Armenians have been thrilling local audiences for 18 years with a blend of rock and roll, jazz and R&B. Their eight-piece band includes a vocalist, three horn players, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums. They were twice awarded the top blues band in the Southern Interior and have released two albums. And they have shared the stage with the Shuffle Demons before, for both the Routes and Blues and the Roots and Blues festivals.
Tickets for this exciting event are available at Acorn Music in Salmon Arm and by phone at 832-8669. The Gleneden Hall is located at 4901 50 Ave. NW and doors will open at 7 pm with the music starting at 8 pm. SEAS appreciates the sponsorship for this event by Askews Foods, the Salmon Arm Observer and EZ Rock 91.5.
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