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Bahamas To Play Biltmore Cabaret

6 May 2011 No Comment


Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie–a working class town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he’s been making music under the name Bahamas–writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with girls with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs.

Bahamas will be embarking on a short U.S. Tour, including 10 dates primarily on the West Coast and Southwest and one date in Canada. Bahamas will be playing Vancouver, BC at the Biltmore Cabaret on Tuesday, May 31st. Jurvanen and co. will be playing at the El Rey Theater in LA before back-to-back dates at the Independent in San Francisco. Their tour winds down with their final show in New York City at Irving Plaza. Bahamas will be on the road promoting the U.S. Release of Pink Strat, the album that, in 2010, got Afie nominated for the Polaris Prize (Canada’s Mercury Prize), and a Juno (Canada’s Grammy Award) for ‘Roots/Traditional Album Of The Year’ and led to touring with Wilco and opening slots for Elvis Costello, Calexico, The Weakerthans, and Sam Roberts

Pink Strat is a collection of beautiful storytelling, of sincere and plodding romances, tinged with nostalgia. It is named after the guitar that’s seen him through since his early days as a sideman playing for the likes of Jason Collett and Amy Milan. Like Robbie Robertson once did, Jurvanen turned his own band into a back-up band, before hitting the road to play with Feist for three years. When he finally returned home with no band left of his own and a suitcase of songs and dirty clothes, he began recording what would become his debut album.

Bahamas’ live performance is sincere. Jurvanen’s songs sound familiar while remaining completely fresh and engaging. It is not to be missed.

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