Ann Vriend will perform her indie and retro pop/soul tunes from her new critically acclaimed album, "For The People In The Mean Time," plus some other crowd favorites, backed by the all-star cast of the Rooster Davis Group. And then, flip it and the Rooster Davis Group will do some traditional New Orleans boogie and blues tunes, with Ann sharing duties on the microphone, tambourine, and the kazoo. Don't miss this rare Edmonton performance by these tour machines who create good times wherever they go! And yes, if you come in a '70s retro soul or disco costume you will have the opportunity to be an extra in Ann's music video, part of which will be filmed that night!
Ann Vriend's new album, entitled "For The People In The Mean Time" tells tough tales of the struggle of city life against the backdrop of explosive retro soul beats and harmonies, with Vriend's unmistakable voice guiding the way. Borrowing sounds from the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, P Funk, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles the album has an old, familiar quality to it, yet Toronto producer Tino Zolfo has simultaneously kept it contemporary to current pop-- albeit on his signature quirky, gritty side of that category. "For The People In The Mean Time" will be officially released March 11, 2014, with a single airing on Australian radio this January, and a guest appearance on CBC's “Vinyl Cafe” with Stuart McLean airing in February in Canada and the U.S.
This past July Vriend won the Canadian nation-wide “She's the One” contest at the Ottawa Bluesfest in the solo category. To quote Obscure Magazine: "With her soaring vocals, impressive songwriting ability, and instrumental prowess, Vriend is truly an all-in-one package." She will tour Australia, Canada, and Western Europe in the next 4 months in support of her new album.
The first time David heard Dr. John playing solo piano he new he had to sound like him. That was about 15 years ago. Ever since David has been devoted to learning about New Orleans music and its piano players. He has carefully transcribed the works of Professor Longhair, Dr. John, James Booker, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, Harry Connick, and Pinetop Perkins; performing the arrangements and/or original songs of all of these artists. David gained the nickname “Rooster” because of his often unruly hair. He got the idea a few years ago to give Rooster a last name and perform under this name as a solo artist and thus Rooster Davis was born. The music of the Rooster Davis Group is centred around the driving, virtuosic piano playing of David and is beautifully accented by his good friend and world class trombonist, Brad Shigeta, who was based in New York […]