Ask anyone who danced the night away this past New Year’s Eve and they’ll tell you just how awesome it is to party with Bluesmobile. This 15 piece dance band features six horn players, a five piece rhythm section, and four vocalists, all familiar faces from the Annapolis Valley (seewww.bluesmobile.ca).Together, they deliver cover tunes from our favourite blues, funk, R&B and soul artists, folks like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Earth, Wind and Fire and Santana, just to name a few.
Since forming in 2012, Bluesmobile has played benefit concerts for many worthy organizations and causes. Their next big concert will support the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (AVHC) at their annual Gala, an event that funds the choir’s ongoing activities including providing bursaries to those in need of support.
“It’s so great when such talented folks come together to support our young people as they begin their musical journey,” says Heather Fraser, AVHC’s artistic director and conductor. “Sharing the gift of music is what we are all about.”
Heather Fraser is also a local talent, who learned to sing with the AVHC. Despite being one of Canada’s most talented and busy choral conductors, with big responsibilities as Program Director of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, Heather finds time to make the trip from her home in Halifax to Wolfville twice a week to rehearse with both senior and junior choirs. She’s also managed to secure grants to take the AVHC across Canada and abroad providing our young musicians with opportunities to experience cultural exchanges to places as far flung as Europe and the Caribbean.
So dust off your dancing shoes and save your energy for a night to be remembered. The Gala is all aboutmusic and dancing with a few great door prizes and snacks to round out the evening.
The AVHC Gala featuring Bluesmobile will take place at the Louis Millet Centre on Saturday, April 2ndDoors open at 7:30 pm with the band set to start at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $30 (plus Ticketpro fees) in advance, or $35 at the door. Only 300 tickets will be sold and are available online (www.ticketpro.ca) or at any Ticketpro outlet (call 1-888-311-9090).
For more information, visit the AVHC Facebook page.