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Music program students take over Spirit Bar stage for year end celebration show

Bob Hall
By Bob Hall
April 14th, 2015

Burgeoning Selkirk College talent will shine in an eclectic night of entertainment when Contemporary Music &Technology Program students hit the stage at Nelson’s Spiritbar on April 17.

The traditional Year End Celebration Show will feature student-based bands that have been toiling for several weeks in preparation for the night that will throw a spotlight on talent and hard work. With only a few weeks left in the Winter Semester, students are ready to go out in style with a night of diverse, rich and funky sounds no one will forget.

“Creating a show like this gives our students real life experience about what actually goes into putting on a show of this calibre,” says Selkirk College Instructor Laura Landsberg. “There is learning the music, but it goes well beyond that with the marketing and organizing of an event. I’m very excited and proud of what the students have created.”

All five ensembles are joined by a Selkirk College instructor who has mentored and collaborated with the students over the last few months. The talent-rich instructors will be on stage with students for the vibrant night of music that explores a variety of genres.

Nelson Standard Time will be opening the show with sophisticated classic jazz flair. Serving up a collection of standard tunes that have aged like fine wine will be Antoinette Libelt (vocals), Amulya (vocals), Davis Yates (guitar), James Villa (keys), Paul Landsberg (bass) and Luke Bodi (drums).

Swanky Kitty follows and will heat things up with a fiery blend of snarky groove, making-you-sweat-just-before-cooling-it-off with fresh dance infused beats. Bringing the heat all over the dance floor will be Tenise Marie (vocals), Sallie Salcedo (vocals), Franco Niro (guitar), Alessandro Niro (guitar), Chad Braun (keys), Don Macdonald (bass) and Simon Stockner (drums).

Super Chill is a sleek, soulful, vinyl-soaked kaleidoscope of tight, needle-drop grooves and ambient downtempo jazz. Taking the evening on a limousine ride through the many shades of cool will be Laela Heidt (vocals), Sophie (vocals), Jeremy Head (guitar), Ryan Jang (guitar), Paloma Pendharkar (keys), John Tucker (keys), Nathan Swift (bass) and Aybars Savat (drums).

Fourth up will be Whatchu Want which features smooth sounds from soulful voices and a sultry rhythm burning deep into the night. Bringing the funk to the dancefloor will be Ami Cheon (vocals), Abhi (vocals), Laura Landsberg (vocals), Ryan Mildenberger (guitar), Charlie Hoffman (guitar), Lucas Burrows (keys), Cody Munn (bass) and Graham Stark (drums).

Closing the night will be War Sheep, a thunderous mix of indie rock and power vocals. Bringing the hard rock will be Nikki Wozney (vocals), Jonathan Kwak (vocals), Melody Diachun (vocals), Liam Mackenzie (guitar), James Holder (guitar), James Verishine (bass) and Mitchell Koch (drums).

The Year End Celebration Show starts at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 p.m.) at Spiritbar in Nelson’s Hume Hotel on Friday, April 17. The cover for the evening is $10 at the door and $5 for students. All proceeds from the evening will be going to the Nelson CARES Society Room to Live campaign which is creating affordable housing for people in Nelson’s downtown core.

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