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[23 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on Celebrating the Festival Music House Pacific at the Imperial. | ]
Celebrating the Festival Music House Pacific at the Imperial.

As every year the Vancouver International Film Festival joins forces with the Festival Music House to bring a night of music at the Imperial.

Reviews, Show Reviews »

[3 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on Drive-by Truckers brought their alternative country/southern rock style to Vancouver’s own Rickshaw Theatre | ]
Drive-by Truckers brought their alternative country/southern rock style to Vancouver’s own Rickshaw Theatre

By Raechel Norrgard.
Yet another SOLD OUT show at The Rickshaw in Vancouver this Sunday! But where was the line-up out the front door? There wasn’t one because everyone arrived early to catch the opening act, Lydia Loveless. When we arrived to the show, the room was packed and the music hadn’t even started yet.

The Drive-by Truckers don’t introduce themselves; there’s no need to because the sound of the crowd cheering announces their arrival onstage. An array of eclectic guitars, Brad Morgan’s drum-kit of red, white and blue; and Jay Gonzalez’s piano with a poster stating BLACK LIVES MATTER taped to the side of it set the stage.

Featured, Show Reviews, Where's Oswaldo »

[23 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on Cabaret Maldito at Circo de los Horrores in Barcelona. | ]
Cabaret Maldito at Circo de los Horrores in Barcelona.

Circus meet concert meets burlesque delivers a unique spectacle in one of the most beautiful cities, Barcelona. Jaw dropping!

Festivals, Folk-Rock, Reviews, Show Reviews »

[15 Sep 2015 | Comments Off on Accordion Noir Festival 2015. | ]
Accordion Noir Festival 2015.

When we got there the hostess Ana Bobbon was playing the accordion, entertaining the people. The Wise Hall was pretty full and the public immediately warmed up to the Halifax couple Kate and Rich Duo whose Ragtime, Folk and Klezmer filled the space. Rich would come back later with his clarinet to play with the last band Compassion Gorilla. Next was Geoff Berner with special guests. Berner came out whiskey in one hand and his instrument on the other. His tongue is sharp, his style is close to the gypsies and his message is direct. Who said punk is dead? It just possessed the souls of different musicians with a love for Klezmer. He just pre-released his latest CD We are going to Bremen to be Musicians, on sale October 16th. Compassion Gorilla came from BC capital Victoria. A collective of musicians with a rich sound and high energy. They take from everywhere, Latin, African, Balkan into a world mishmash of music.

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[20 May 2015 | Comments Off on Review of Envision festival in Costa Rica | ]
Review of Envision festival in Costa Rica

From February 26 through March 1, 2015, El Rancho La Merced just outside of Uvita was the host of the most impressive festival in the region. Starting off five years ago on the southern pacific shores of Costa Rica as a grassroots community of artists and musicians, Envision Festival – Costa Rica has become an unprecedented destination festival and a paradigm for the future.

Headline, Show Reviews »

[24 Oct 2014 | Comments Off on Concert review: Moon Duo and The Horrors at Rickshaw. | ]
Concert review: Moon Duo and The Horrors at Rickshaw.

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Hypnotic rock shakes the Rickshaw
By Oswaldo Perez Cabrera
Photos: Alejandro Chapa.
Sunday afternoon was greeted by rain. As we walked out from Yucastereo and Radio Alicia on CJSF, we can feel the Autumn installing itself in Vancouver. When we got to the Rickshaw the rain was heavy, but inside we could hear a steady thunder and loops trying to escape into the night. We are 10 minutes late. Moon Duo has already started. The crowd is numerous and cozy. The sound filled the theatre, it seems it was coming out of the …

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[27 Jul 2014 | Comments Off on Veruca Salt concert review (when they play The Biltmore June 24th.) | ]
Veruca Salt concert review (when they play The Biltmore June 24th.)

It was like they owed me this concert as they never went to Mexico and it would’ve been so cool to see them back then when I was a young lad.

Show Reviews, The Grey Matter »

[17 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on Theatre Under the Stars is presenting Shrek: The Musical from July 11 – August 22, 2014 at Malkin Bowl | ]
Theatre Under the Stars is presenting Shrek: The Musical from July 11 – August 22, 2014 at Malkin Bowl

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Lindsay Warnock and Matt Palmer as Princess Fiona and Shrek and Ken Overbey of Burnaby stars as Donkey in this year’s Theatre Under the Stars production of Shrek: The Musical.

This year Theatre Under the Stars or TUTS is presenting 2 musicals at Malkin Bowl, Shrek and Legally Blonde. I was at the opening night of the production Shrek: The Musical, on what seemed to be the hottest day of the year. Of the nearly 3 hour show, the first half was in the beautifully hot day with Stanley Park surrounding you and the second …

CD Release, CD Reviews, Jaded Photography, Reviews, Show Reviews »

[14 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Review – CD and Show Review – City Walls – Engines | ]
Review – CD and Show Review – City Walls – Engines

Friday April 11, 2014 I was at an energetic show at a new venue on Main Street called Imperial. It was the CD release show for City Walls, formerly known as Louder Than Love. The band has come a long way since winning CFOX’s Seeds in 2011. Check out a live show review and photos of the show, CD review and see a video of their first single “Trapped”.

experimental, Quebec, Show Reviews »

[3 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Cabaret Brise-Jour (Shattered Cabaret) at York theatre April 2-6th | ]
Cabaret Brise-Jour (Shattered Cabaret) at York theatre April 2-6th

After their 2012 sold-out run of L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres Performs Tom Waits they are back to the newly renovated York Theatre with a spectacular performance. Their intention was not to play a complete opera, they wanted to take us through a trip on Weill’s life, although not in chronological order, combining songs in German, French and English ranging from 1928 to 1949.

The orchestra put on an iconoclast concert; a theatre of the absurd; a dadaist concert with modern musical influences like Kraut rock or artists like The Residents with more traditional styles like jazz and cabaret music. At the end, we are immersed in a space with 8 mad multi-instrumentalists that parade brass, guitars, bass, accordions and various objects that serve as percussion (bells, glasses, tables, chairs and an almost not existent drum kit, electro-domestics, etc). The absurd come hand in hand with the comical aspects of the performance. Their use of props, clothes and interaction among themselves make it more theatrical than a regular gig. Its a very innovative show that cannot be missed.

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[17 Sep 2013 | Comments Off on Bumbershoot 2013 a Recap | ]
Bumbershoot 2013 a Recap

For three years in a row Seattle’s annual festival of art and music has come without a drop of rain to dampen the festivities, and the spirits of those in attendance. This is fortunate news as this year was the first since I started attending there was no indoor venue apart from the EDM@EMP on the Saturday and Sunday Nights.

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[31 Jul 2013 | Comments Off on A Review of the Victoria Ska Fest show with Mad Caddies, Los Furios and Bocce Avocado. | ]
A Review of the Victoria Ska Fest show with Mad Caddies, Los Furios and Bocce Avocado.

By Jess Goldstein. First of all Los Furios is my favorite Vancouver band and secondly Mad Caddies are my favorite ska band ever. So when I got the opportunity to travel to the beautiful city of Victoria to check out ska fest and shoot some photos for VanMusic I couldn’t refuse.

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[19 Jun 2013 | Comments Off on Review of Brit Ex – Spring Rock Women’s Festival – June 8th | ]
Review of Brit Ex – Spring Rock Women’s Festival – June 8th

By Gar Bider
A celebration of music from groups comprised of women or with women in the lead.

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[7 Jun 2013 | Comments Off on Review of the Indie Pop Vancouver Series with Cocahala, Barricades and Moon | ]
Review of the Indie Pop Vancouver Series with Cocahala, Barricades and Moon

About that night… IT WAS AWESOME!
By Gar Bider
Back to the Brit Ex for another round of VanMusic’s Vancouver Indie Pop Series, hosted by Oswaldo Perez Cabrera.

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[28 Mar 2013 | Comments Off on renznfrenz at The British Ex-Servicemen’s Association | ]
renznfrenz at The British Ex-Servicemen’s Association

By Amy Girard.
Friday night brought a bunch of love, music, spoken word, comedy and dance together at the B Ex. I use the name B Ex because that place is now a friend to me, so that calls for an endearing nickname. For those of you who have not yet discovered what the B Ex is, please do. It is the British Ex-Servicemen’s Association, located at 1143 Kingsway Ave in Vancouver. On Friday nights it is home to local entertainment from the indie scene, hosted by Oswaldo Perez Cabrera, a man who has found a way to help shine the spotlight on local music.