Feature Story Saturday, October 18, 2014
Brickhouse Brings the Blues
Vancouver's hippest blues-funk band play Harrison Memorial Hall November 1
Released by Mel Dunster, Harrison Festival Society
Vancouver's Brickhouse has been playing the circuit for two decades.
ancouverís tightest and funkiest representatives of rhythm & blues, Brickhouse, will be igniting both the stage and dance floor Saturday, November 01 at 8:00pm in the intimate Harrison Memorial Hall as the second show of the Harrison Festival Society's 26th Season Lineup.
"I first saw Brickhouse in 1998 at the Frostbite Festival in the Yukon. At that point they were already a super tight band, blessed with great players and a charismatic frontman, and over the remaining years they have matured and become even better at what they do," recalls Harrison Festival Society Artistic Director, Andy Hillhouse.
With over 20 years of touring and gigs under their belts, Brickhouse has been dubbed "Vancouverís busiest band" (Storman Norman, Rock 101 Sunday Blues), and for good reason. With their devotion to bringing across the genuine emotion behind classic and original blues funk music, Brickhouse has won respect among musicians as a band that makes a difference.
"They are a band who have cut their teeth in bars and clubs, who know how to expertly work a crowd into a grooving, dancing frenzy," says Hillhouse, "but they are also musically high quality and interesting."
Brickhouse is a six-piece band with not only great playing and singing 'chops' but also lots of personality, as exemplified by the charismatic founding member and infamous front man, vocalist, and harmonica player Rob Bracken, who can often be found mingling and joking with the crowd on and off stage. The fun nature of the band does not negate the fact that they include some of Vancouverís highest caliber and hardest working musicians, qualities that helped earn them the spot as house band at the legendary Yale Hotel blues bar for over 10 year.
"The kind of music they play has a bit of the funk and soul vibe of The Deep End, who were here in Harrison last Fall, but with more of an electric blues edge to it. They mix well known songs with more obscure covers and some of their own tunes," states Hillhouse.
With a list of original material that rivals the number of keys on a full size piano, Brickhouse delivers a message that attracts the young, and the young at heart. With over 200 shows a year, itís no wonder fans choose the set list before the band does.
Tickets for Brickhouse are $22.00 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.
About the Harrison Festival Society
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fuelled programming. Each July for more than 30 years the Society has produced the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a 9 day, cross disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. A non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley partners in continuing to bring high quality, inclusive and accessible performing arts into the area.
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