Slowburn, once St. Albert’s premiere blues band, reunites to celebrate its 10th anniversary at Big Al’s House of Blues for a two-nighter this coming weekend.
Several years ago, former St. Albert bass player Phil Wilson-Birks retired to the sunnier climes of Nelson, B.C. However, several times a year he makes a trek to the Edmonton region to regroup with his old bandmates.
The weekend celebration on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 is exactly 10 years since Slowburn debuted the band and played its first show at the Blind Pig Pub in 2004.
Wilson-Birks notes that Al Schiafano, owner of Big Al’s, also was the same person to hire them for their first gig at Blind Pig Pub.
“He hired us for our first of what ultimately would become over 850 shows,” wrote Wilson-Birks in an email to the Gazette.
The party band will start playing at 9 p.m. at Big Al’s House of Blues (formerly Rusty Reed’s), 12402 – 118 Ave. Tickets: $10. Call 780-482-0202.
MacEwan University enjoys showing off the musical plumage of its nationally-renowned instructor-musicians.
And tonight, the musical theatre department presents the season’s third and final Faculty Concert.
The head of MacEwan’s guitar department, Jim Head, is the evening’s featured artist. He along with several other musicians will play Head’s original compositions from his upcoming CD Zoetrope.
Playing in concert with Head is renowned pianist Chris Head, saxophonist Dan Davis, bassist Josh McHan and New York City-based, Juno-nominated drummer Owen Howard.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the John L. Haar Theatre, Centre for the Arts and Communications, 10045 – 156 St. Tickets are available at the door for $21.75 regular and $16.75 for students/seniors.