Jazz Club Schedule:
Jazz Club - Thursdays 7:30 pm, Avalanche Bar & Grill, 275 8th St. Courtenay
($5 member, $7 non-member for smaller combos, and $10 member, $12 non-member for big bands).
Three Summer Music Concerts at The Gardens on Anderton
August 24, 2014
The Gardens on Anderton
2012 Anderton Road, Courtenay
Admission: $10 children under 14, free
Luzna Playing Summer Concert at Gardens on Anderton
It may feel like the summer season is coming to a close, but there’s still one remaining wonderful outdoor event to celebrate. Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 24 for the third and final summer concert at The Gardens on Anderton, when the Salsa, Cuban and Latin group Luzna presents its exciting show with a new line-up, between 2:00 and 4:00pm. This is a special event to which dancers and diners as well as lovers of Latin music (those folk who wish to bring their dancing shoes, picnics and blankets) are invited.
Luzna, now a sextet, includes Oscar Robles Diaz (from Mexico) on vocals and conga; Britt Bowman on the fretless bass; Jim (Juancito) Papp on vocals, timbales and bongo; Kelly Thomas on keyboard; Michael (Miguelito) Johnson on trumpet, trombone, guitar, Cuban tres, and vocals, and Jake Masri on trumpet, flugelhorn and clave.
The band’s repertoire includes Mexican and Cuban boleros, also cha-cha, Latin jazz and salsa, although the main musical focus is Cuban style son - a style that originated in Cuba and in the 1930s gained worldwide popularity. Luzna’s main influences include Miguel Matamoros, Omara Portuondo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Celia Cruz, and Poncho Sanchez.
Luzna (the name is a combination of two Spanish words, “luz” and “luna”) was conceived in the Comox Valley in 2008 as an acoustic Latin trio. After a short time, Luzna grew exponentially grew in members, as well as followers, and quickly became known as Luzna Latin-soul Orchestra.
The band has shared the stage with Victoria’s Son de Cuba band, as well as internationally-acclaimed percussionist from Mexico, Candido Hernandez, and participated in festivals such as the first ever Comox Valley Latin Caribbean Festival (presented at the late Cabana de Marcos); Tofino’s Pacific Rim Whale Festival; Campbell River’s Latin Festival, and Cumberland’s Big Time Out. Band members have performed in Taiwan as part of Keelung City’s Ghost Festival celebrations, as well in a variety of festivals in the Mexican Republic.
This is your opportunity to meet friends, sit back with a picnic and your favourite exotic drink and enjoy great live music in a wonderful garden setting, and to tour the gardens before or after the show. Refreshments will be on sale at the venue. Ample parking will be available. Look for the “Music Today” sign on the roadside, and people offering parking assistance when you pull into the parking area at Anderton Nursery at 2012 Anderton Road. Gates open at 1:00pm and will remain open until 5:00pm. Admission is $10. Children under 14 are free.
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