We have some seats open at A Touch of Cole for your listening pleasure.
Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager
Hello, and happy weekend again! I hope February is going well and the groundhog can be trusted. I’m crossing my fingers.
I’m also hoping you haven’t all made your Valentine’s Day plans yet, because we have some seats open at A Touch of Cole for your listening pleasure. This performance will be a wonderful way to spend some quality time with your “already” love, your “hope-to-be” love, or your “let’s hang out together” friend. Shelley Jones and her quartet are superb musicians, and their focus on February 15 will be the magical sounds of Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie Cole. Each in their own time, they created a world of smooth jazz, sultry melodies, and uptempo numbers that have endured and continue to speak to us on a beautiful level.
There is something about “Unforgettable”, “Almost Like Being in Love”, and “Star Dust” in Nat’s signature voice that makes me slow down and appreciate the beauty he was able to create. And Natalie’s “L-O-V-E”, “Route 66”, and “Wild Women Do” make me want to get up and dance. This amazingly talented family sang for us for over seven decades combined, and this performance aims to share just a hint of their magic with us. Because Shelley recognizes there are many contemporaries with equal talent, she’s also going to treat you to other favourites from the jazz standard repertoire – greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone to name just a couple. So, if you are looking for a lovely way to celebrate love, or even the love of good music, we’d love to see you at Horizon Stage.
If jazz isn’t your thing and you’d rather hear a good, authentic country song with a brotherly connection, come check out The Abrams on February 22. Brothers John and James describe their sound as country with no gimmicks and no filler. They grew up musical and continue to share their family’s legacy with new fans around the world. They are among the youngest performers to play at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, which is a pretty big honour considering the iconic performers of that stage. They have opened for big names like The Dixie Chicks, Tom Cochrane, and Dean Brody, and have played festivals from Boots and Hearts to Big Valley Jamboree and more. I think it’s fair to say they’ve made a dent in paying their dues already, despite their youth, and we imagine that great things are coming to these brothers. Come check them out while they’re still playing small rooms like ours.
Now, I want to spend some time on our Singer Songwriter Night on March 7. Something went wrong a couple weeks ago and only part of my article made it into the paper, so I’m going to recap the first two guest artists along with the remaining ones. All the evening’s artists are Albertan, and all are working musicians – varying in age, experience, and genres. That’s going to make it even more interesting. Here’s how it will work: Ryan Langlois will host the evening, while our guests will take one set per pair. In the first half of the show, Mark Times from Stony Plain and Hannah Gazso from Ardrossan will share their own experiences with writing songs and opening up on stage.
After intermission, Maddison Krebs from southern Alberta and Martin Kerr from Edmonton will continue to show us how songs are crafted and ideas come to life. All five of our artists have skill putting their thoughts to music, shaping them until they are ready to be shared with an audience. Very often when we hear a song, we find a connection with the lyrics, or the melody, or both. They speak to us. That’s when you know it is well written. During the course of our Singer Songwriter Night, we hope to give you a little glimpse into the stories that became songs, from the wordsmiths who created them for us. We hope you’ll come along on the journey with us. Tickets are just $25 for this intimate evening of songwriting.
Tickets for all our shows are available at horizonstage.com, by phone at 780-962-8995, or in person at the City Hall Ticket Centre.