Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Backstage Lounge gets ready to Grind

The Grind Show is coming to the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island this Friday, March 28th. The show is an Ayden Gallery production including music by The Carnival Band, PIM, and Brasstronaut. Also in the show will be dancing by the Rococo Dance Troop and a photography exhibit by Betty Pietak.

The Carnival Band is highly charged for the event after a series of explosive performances at the HONK festival in Seattle last weekend. Bringing back the collective energy of the best alternative street bands from around the United States, the band is sure to bring the house to its feet. The event starts at 9pm, and has a $6 cover charge for non-performers.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Carnival Band Heads to HONK!

The big weekend is finally here. This Friday, March 21st, The Carnival Band will be crossing the US border by train, bus, and automobile to attend the inaugural Honk Fest West in Seattle. The festival is a convocation of sixteen street bands from all over the United States, as well as hundreds of impromptu performers and supporters of community music.

The group will be performing three shows a night, both Friday and Saturday nights, and open jams will be happening all throughout the city. In addition, Carnival Band co-director Tim Sars will be hosting a jazz theory/improv workshop as part of the festival's programming. Alternative community music guru Gregg Moore will also be in attendance and conducting workshops on street performance and the power of music.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Carnival Band a Big Hit at Lime

On the evening of March 6th, The Carnival Band had it's first performance at the newly remodeled Commercial Drive restaurant, Lime. Grateful for the bigger stage that the renovations afforded, the band spread out and filled the house with music from twenty performers - from trumpets and tubas to surdos and djembes, saxophones and tambourines. The band's two full sets were well recieved, with standing-room-only in the house until the last round of encores rang out at 11:30.

Among the highlights of the night were some great solos and dancing from some of the band's newest members, an alto sax and a trumpet player, both just out of elementary school. The Open Air Orchestra Society is grateful for this opportunity to share our music, and hopes to revisit the cozy venue another time soon.