***RESCHEDULING*** Blue Velvet Groove: FUNKY Spring Jump off!

Aurora Borealis Presents: Blue Velvet Groove
Doors: 6pm
Show: 8-11pm
NO COVER!
21+

Blue Velvet Groove is a FUNK powerhouse band the brings out all of the hits and keeps you dancing all night long! Disco/Funk with a modern spin. We want you to get up on the dance floor and shake your booty to hit songs by Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Chic, Elle King, LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, KC and the Sunshine Band, and many others!

 

Hear hits from: Stevie Wonder, Chic, KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind and Fire, Aretha Franklin, Kool and the Gang, Sly and the Family Stone, Patti LaBelle, Heatwave, Sam and Dave, Amy Winehouse, Cheryl Lynn, and many other funk, disco and soul bands.

***RESCHEDULING*** pH Factor Big Band!

Aurora Borealis Presents: pH Factor Big Band!

Sunday March 22nd 5-8pm

ALL AGES!

Doors: 4pm

Show: 5-8pm

Cover: $7/$10

 

Director: Paul Harshman

Reeds: Jory Tindall, Kathy Kronmal, Brian Bermudez, Brian Lawrence, Alan Lund

Bones: Terry Freeman, Todd Nordling, Dan Bolender, Grant Ausley

Trumpets: Dennis Haldane, Eric Jelison, Hannah Mowry, Mat Montgomery

Rhythm: Jacob Yackshaw, Bass, Ed Littlefield, Drums, Emily Cheever, Piano

 

The pH Factor Big Band was formed in January of 2008 and was formerly known as the Musicworks Jazz Orchestra. Paul Harshman is the musical director and leads the group. His focus on exciting and challenging repertoire has drawn a highly talented ensemble of musicians that enjoy performing great big band compositions at the highest level. The players are
some of the finest in the area and the band has a nice mixture of established and younger musicians that gives the group great chemistry. Together, the band strives to entertain the audience and itself by exploring a wide range of music from composers and arrangers such as Bill Holman, Fred Sturm, Maria Schneider, Astor Piazzolla, Peter Herbolzheimer, Chico O’Farrill, Jim McNeely, Tommy Newsom, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny
Carter and Stan Kenton as well as arrangements and charts by Mat Montgomery and other members of the band. The pH Factor released it’s first album in 2017 “The Music of Mat Montgomery”. It is available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify and other music downloads sites.

“The pH Factor Big Band is a great group of wonderful musicians who swing hard and learn fast. They make the little people like me look and feel very comfortable.”
-Sara Gazarek

“I enjoyed the chance to work with the Music Works Jazz Orchestra. Thanks for having me!”
-Greta Matassa

“I loved working with the Music Works Orchestra, directed by Paul Harshman, they have such a command of the material and play their hearts out.”
-Kathleen Grace

Portage Bay Big Band: Brian Setzer cover band ft. Lyle Ronglien

Aurora Borealis Presents: Portage Bay Big Band!

Doors: 4pm

Show: 6-8pm

Cover: $10.00

All Ages!

 

The Portage Bay Big Band is an authentic musical tribute to the legends of the Swing Era, as well as a Rocking Brian Setzer tribute band featuring guitar and vocal great, Lyle Ronglien.

“Playin’ the hits of the 30’s and 40’s”: The Portage Bay Big Band, led by Todd Nordling, is an 18-piece big band playing hits from Popular Big Band, Swing, and Jazz Musicians like Glen Miller, Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Jordan, Benny Goodman,

Les Brown, Harry James and Franks Sinatra.

Hannah Scott, PBBB’s featured singer, performs songs from the swing era by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, June Christy, Helen Forrest, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole and Diane Schuur.

PBBB masters the intricate details of some of the most famous hits of yesteryear and keeps crowds of dancers and spectators entertained with rich vocals, musicianship and performance.

With the addition of Lyle Ronglien, “Lyle Seltzer”, the band transforms into a BRIAN SETZER tribute band with the vocal and virtuoso guitar work of Lyle. Lyle’s guitar work and vocal duets with Hannah provide   spectators and dancers an engaging and lively experience.

 

Lyle Seltzer and the PBBB:

Songs include:

Jump Jive and Wail, Rock this Town, Dirty Boogie, Sway, Stray Cat Strut, Caravan and Sleepwalk.

Achievements:

  • 2019, PBBB recorded the soundtrack to the Lake Shasta Dam “California’s Empire Builder” tourist center movie.
  • The house band since 2006 for local restaurateur Tom Douglas’ Swinging in the New Year at the Palace Ballroom.
  • Two years as the house band for Drift On Inn Casino. The Drift On Inn was a true roadhouse cafe established in 1930, and once played host to Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope.
  • Dances at the famous Avalon Ballroom.
  • Showbox Theater Swinging Valentine’s Day Dance.
  • Three years as the house band for the legendary Patty Summers’ Night Club.
  • The official band for the 1930’s Kalakala ship when it was welcomed back to Seattle from Alaska, and the New Year Millennium dance on the ship in 2000.

Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

Aurora Borealis Presents: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

Doors: 4pm

Show: 5pm-8pm

Cover: $8.00

All Ages!

 

The Emerald City Jazz Orchestra has made its mark as one of the premier jazz ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. With brilliant soloists and sparkling original charts, the ECJO represents the best in contemporary big band performance.  Performing in the Northwest for over 25 years, the ECJO continues to bring its exciting big band jazz to audiences.  The ECJO has released 2 CD’s – Alive and Swingin’ and Come Rain or Come Shine and plans to record a third in the future.   A majority of the music performed by the band was written specifically for the band and the featured soloists.

Harpdog Brown and the Uptown Blues Band New Years Celebration

Get tickets here!
Harpdog Brown and the Uptown Blues Band New Years Celebration
 
Join us this New Years Eve for one of the greatest blues bands in the Northwest region.
 
We will be offering dinner & a show for our first New Years celebration ever!
 
All ticket purchases come with a complimentary glass of champagne for the ball drop into 2020!
 
Doors: 6pm
Cocktail Hour
Dinner Service (read below for menu): 7pm
Show Time: 8pm – 12:30am
 
Get ready for Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band!
Canada’s Classic Bluesman, Harpdog Brown has a brand new album out. It’s called For Love & Money and it’s unlike anything you’ve heard from Dog! It’s a little bit Chicago and a lotta New Orleans and it’s guaranteed to move ya!
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlSX6wvyh1Q
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0hLL-2GDEc
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6a41uUnNuQ
 
“I love Harpdog’s singing and playing. He’s old-school which is a high compliment because Old-School is Real-School! Harpdog is Real Deal Smokin and Cookin Old-School style. Look out and stand back for the real deal!”
– Charlie Musselwhite, Blues Harmonica Legend and Host of Charlies Back Room on 95.9 The Krush
 
“Hearing Harpdog Brown singing ‘Reefer Lovin’ Woman’ is a joy
with the traditional old school instrumentation here. I am always drawn to the good old downhome style blues and this is certainly it!”
– Duke Robillard, Legendary Blues Musician
 
Harpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late ’40s and early ‘50s. These days he’s been touring more and more as Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band – a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring slide trombone, keyboards, bass and drums and often a sax and clarinet. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! This music will move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show!
 
He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s a very fitting moniker. “I speak the blues like it’s the truth, and it is”, he was recently quoted. “I do feel like I’m a servant of the people. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages using the vintage sound whether it be with his lowdown classic blues band the Travelin’ Blues Show or with his Uptown Blues Band. Harpdog says “Blues has a healing power. It’s a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that’s OK.”
 
Vancouver-based Harpdog Brown was born in Edmonton in 1962, an adopted child who has felt somewhat detached his whole life – “a lifelong battle of not feeling like I belonged. I feel like I was born for the circus, you know, born to travel. The blues tapped me on the shoulder years ago and said ‘this is where you belong, son’. So the blues became my circus and there’s no better way to travel than with a band!”
 
Harpdog Brown is a gifted vocalist and an imaginative harmonica player. Piano man Dave Webb has been working with Harpdog over the years and they share an intuition that only comes with many hours and miles shared on and off stage. Joseph Abbott (Clarinet/Alto Sax) is the newest and youngest addition to the band. Rounding out the band is Rick Jacobson from the state of Washington on the tubs.
 
Harpdog has won three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014/2015/2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, has three consecutive Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations, a Juno Nomination and is the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016, he was nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica Player, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year) for his latest release Travelin’ With The Blues.
Travelin’ With The Blues released in 2016 is still sitting in the top roots and blues charts and follows his Top 20 charting 2014 release What It Is (Roots Music Report International Blues Albums).
 
“This band could play anywhere in the world, in any venue, large or small, and blues fans of all stripes would love this show.” – Holger Petersen, SiriusXM, CKUA and CBC broadcaster and President of Stony Plain Records
 
Dinner Menu details:
 
We will be offering a three course meal with purchase of your Dinner + Show ticket. The menu for the meal is detailed below and may change prior to show date.
 
Starter: Soup or Salad (mixed greens or Caesar)
 
Appetizers:
Onion rings
Mozarella sticks
(this list will grow)
 
Entrees:
Prime Rib with baked potato and mixed veggies (broccoli, carrot, green bean)
 
Salmon filet with baked potato + mixed veggies (broccoli, carrot, green bean)
 
White wine Chicken Marsala with bread
 
Pasta Primavera with bread (tomato based red sauce, vegetarian)