Spring Flu

Flu Season …is about to hit the valley BIG TIME!...Kelowna’s own infectious foursome the Flu are about to descend onto Kelowna with three special Showcases!  The group are coming off a very successful appearance at Vancouver’s The Roxy, and will do the same here at Flashback’s, Gateway 21 Venue and the Rotary Centre.  The good news continues, with the announcement of the completion of their debut album!  The lads are in a Kelowna studio putting the finishing touches on the album, which will be released in June!!

Felix, Alex, Jonny and Oz invite everyone to come out on the 28th of this month to Flashbacks and take in their new performance set.  Guaranteed to be a highlight of this season’s Live Music in the city, the Flu will be unveiling new material which will be on their debut.  At Flashbacks the group will appear with ‘One Bad Son’, and ‘Malibu Knights’.  Becoming known as one of Canada’s premier Indie bands, the group has caught the attention of such music heavyweights as Jeff Dawson, Mike Fraser, and Ralph James!  The buzz is intensifying, and don’t be surprised to hear about a cross-country tour and possible inroads to an international stage!                                                  

 The greatly anticipated new album from Bai Bang is about to be unleashed!  “All Around The World” will see an April release, you guessed it!, all around the globe.  The new disc is the group’s eighth effort, and is more melodic than previous excursions.  Diddi’s vocals are stronger and have more depth than what we have heard before…and the music contains the same high level of intensity with positive and bright messages and some will become instant anthems for the new wave of Hard Rockers.

Now, not since the ‘70’s and Nazareth, has an Artist deserved the label; Hardest Working Group.  Jorn does, and he and his musical troop are releasing a brand new album aptly entitled “Traveller”!  Jorn has also enlisted two new and energised members to the group—ex-Wig Wam bassist Bernt Jansen and musical brother Trond Holter.  These two have been playing with the band since early 2012, and the results of their joining should be very interesting indeed!  Stay tuned for more info, on the Hardest Working Group in musicdom, Jorn!

Under The Lights

Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

97th Street Social House:    Easy Fix:  April 19th & 20th   Out Of Eden:  April 26th & 27th    

The Blue Gator:    Zamboni Brothers:  April 19th & 20th   Poppa Dawg:  April 24th    Zamboni Brothers:  April 25th    Jimmy LeGuilloux  Band:  April 26th & 27th    Deb Stone Band:  May 3rd & 4th

The Grateful Fed:     Paperboy:  April 20th    J.D. Edwards:  April 26th  

  The Streaming Café:   Prairie Dance Club/ Raquel Wachol:   April 20th   Jordan Klassen:  April 23rd                

The Streaming Café:   Windmills & Joyful Door:  April 19th    Pappa Dawg Blues Band:  April 20th              The Rowdymen:   April 26th   Blue City Trio:  April 27th  

Notable Concerts:    

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Motley Crue:   April 20th   Alan Jackson:  August 3rd

 Kelowna Community Theatre:   Randy Bachman:   April 20th     

Prospera Place:  Sting:    May 30th   Kiss & Shinedown:    July 8th 

Vernon:  Funtastic---Honeymoon Suite:  June 28th  Sweet:  June 29th  Julian Austin  Aaron Pritchett:    June 30th   

Summer Stomp ’13 (Sicamous)---Headpins  July 20th 

Dancin’ Barefoot Music Festival- Peachland :  Nick Gilder & Sweeney Todd: July 20th                 

Peach Festival  Penticton:  Honeymoon Suite:   August 8th                 

the Flu:  Hometown Dates:   Flashbacks:  April 28th with One Bad Son and Malibu Knights     May 4th: Gateway 21 Venue (Delta Grand)      June 5th:  Rotary Centre with King Doom and Callum Hughes

…if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

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We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.

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