Wednesday January 25, 2012

Live Entertainment

'Sidedish' of Ear Candy & Latin Salsa

Fall in love all over again this Valentine's weekend with 2 bands at Harrison

Released by Ed Stenson, Harrison Festival Society


ome spend the Valentine’s Day weekend in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs enjoying some wonderful music. The Harrison Festival Society presents a double bill featuring an eclectic mix of great music; Roots/rock singer-songwriter Babe Gurr brings her blend of roots/blues/pop and Locarno brings a groove heavy mix of Mexican folk, Cuban Son and Latin soulon Saturday, February 11 at the Memorial Hall, Harrison Hot Springs, BC.

Locarno is the Latin project of Juno award winning musician and Paperboys frontman, Tom Landa. The music, like him, is part Mexican but with strong doses of Cuban Son, Folk Music, Pop and Funk. There are threads of Son Jarocho and Salsa but the songs are more edgy and contemporary than that. The music could be compared to Manu Chao, Ozomatli or Rodrigo and Gabriela but although there are similarities it is truly original and a new flavour in the Latin music genre.

For the past few years Tom has been writing and recording the material for his project Locarno. His goal is to create music which is heavily influenced by Mexican music but using the elements and musicians around him in his hometown of Vancouver. A key element to this sound is the partnerships he has created with producer Joby Baker who has worked with several World/Latin artists including Alex Cuba and Miguelito Valdes who lends his trumpet and percussion talents to the project. Miguelito was born and raised in Havana Cuba and has played with Afro Cuban All Stars, Omara Portoundo and The Buena Vista Social Club. Rounding up the group is Sam Esecson on drums and percussion, Kalissa Hernandez on Violin and vocals and Nick La Riviere on trombone.

Babe Gurr (pictured)
Babe Gurr is a singer-songwriter who has been turning heads for years with her blend of roots/blues/pop. Babe’s songwriting has recently received accolades, taking the win for the Sonic Bids Nashville Song Contest and garnering honourable mention for three self-penned tunes in the acclaimed Billboard World Song Contest. Babe’s much anticipated album titled “SideDish” takes this unique artist in a new direction, exploring world music fused with her own unique roots style and writing – Ethno-Roots. Italian, Spanish, Middle-Eastern, Brazilian and New Orleans influences are the backdrop of the musical landscape of Babe’s 8 self-penned tunes as well as 2 cover songs sung in Italian, that she has made truly her own….this CD promises to transport the audience and listener to another place and time!

Playing some of the most popular and prestigious concert halls in Canada spanning from Vancouver Island to the Maritimes and U.S. dates in New York and Seattle, Babe Gurr’s name is becoming familiar to many more fans each day, people who appreciate finely crafted songs performed with sincerity.

"Gurr sings with a husky sensuality, delivering her lyrics with both urgency and warmth...." - Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun

Tickets are $22.00 and can be purchased by phone at 604-796-3664 and online at


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