Live at The WISE presents ...
Blue Moon Marquee with OQO and Rossi Gang
Blue Moon Marquee Stemming from the Badlands of the Rocky Mountain prairies, Blue Moon Marquee is a self-styled gypsy blues band. This authentic duo writes and performs original compositions influenced by early blues, swing, and ragtime. A.W. Cardinal, a Metis of Cree heritage, howls with a distinctive thick and smoky vocal while playing a jazz tinged blues guitar. Jasmine Colette, aka Badlands Jazz, is the rhythm section who not only commands the upright bass but also keeps the swing with both feet while singing harmonies. Blue Moon Marquee's passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark, and the way Colette's angelic tones lift A.W.'s beaten down "bukowski-esque" mystique is something that enthrals audiences from the back room bar to the public square. Now West-Coast based, they have been steadily touring for the last 4 years. They were the most requested Canadian band for the 2016 International Jazz festivals across Canada, and were invited to play 9 Jazz festivals across Canada ( Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Regina, Edmonton, Ottawa, Saskatoon, and Montreal, Lethbridge). They recently completed a 45 date CAN tour in support of the festivals, playing 15 Jazz, Blues and Folk festivals in total.
"The night began with a rousing set from Alberta gypsy-noir duo Blue Moon Marquee. The pair cooked up a swamp-blues bouillabaisse, one that counted Tom Waits and late-era Bob Dylan among its key ingredients. And it did so with a flair for the atmospheric." - Victoria Times Colonist
"Their musicality is outstanding, their presentation is spellbinding, and their original songs are unforgettable. To me, they represent the real core of the folk blues tradition. They would not seem out of place if they were on stage beside Lonnie Johnson or the young Memphis Minnie. - David Vest (award winning legendary Blues pianist)
"Gypsy Blues plucks the danger from a Tom Waits melody, dances it a little further over the line with dark magic, teases the rhythms & and raises a toast to back alley Jazz" - Canadian Musicare on their Fall Western Canadian Tour -
In support of the new album" Gypsy Blues". This will be their Vancouver Album Debut Show. http://www.bluemoonmarquee.com
Blue Moon Marquee Gypsy Blues Fall Tour
OQO means balance. Formed in 2013 this acoustic duo (sometimes 5 piece band) writes and performs original works inspired by a diversity of influences including Eastern European, Roma and Latin American folk traditions as well as modern composers like Phillip Glass and Terry Riley. OQO creates honest art from the heart with Ian Griffiths on Accordion and Electronics, Jacques Mindreau on Violin and Vocals and Keith Rodger and Bass and Percussion. http://www.oqomusic.com
Rossi Gang is a grease jazz band hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia and New Orleans.The Rossi Gang IS Aaron Levinson on drums, Noah Gotfrit on BA$$, Sky Lambourne on trumpet, Noah Franche-Nolan on Piano, Conner Stewart on Saxaphone, Joseph Abbott on Clarinet, Zak Youssef on Cornet http://www.rossigang.com