Pop rock is big right now, but it also has a fickle relationship with audiences. A new band vying for the public’s attention is Mandy Reider and the Oddibles, a ’70s and ’80s cover band.
The band gelled in 2013 after Reider, drummer Colin Shaw and St. Albert guitarist Jim Halinda paired up for a jam session.
“The idea was to get together and play songs we didn’t normally play in other bands. But we kept getting opportunities. So we had to shift our view,” said Reider.
Their sets span the spectrum from Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain and David Bowie’s China Girl to Madonna’s Material Girl and Marvin Gaye’s Heard It Through the Grapevine.
“What makes us different is our attention to detail. We make a point of sounding as close to the record as possible. We can all sing. We have a huge range and we can cover a lot of material.”
The Oddibles perform at LB’s Pub on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. No cover charge.
South African actress Nava Bastani steps into the role of Tahirih, a renowned 19th century Persian poetess. She was the first woman in the East to unveil her face before a gathering of men proclaiming women as equals.
The daughter of a mullah, she was born into a prominent family and educated by her father. Her understanding of scholarship eventually surpassed that of her father’s and she eventually taught the Qur’an to men while sitting behind a curtain.
She proclaimed the emancipation of women and at various points was put in prison, held under house arrest and eventually executed at the age of 35.
The short drama will be held on Friday, Oct. 2 at Cornerstone Hall on TachÄ‚Â© St. Doors open at 7 p.m. A question and answer session follows. No charge.
Without a doubt one of Morinville’s most popular events is the Morinville Harvest Festival taking place Oct. 2 and 3.
It’s a two-pronged event that blends the Friday night Oktober Fest, a celebration of the town’s German Heritage with Saturday’s Food and Jam Festival.
Oktober Fest, taking place at Morinville Cultural Centre, highlights the town’s German heritage. The event showcases displays of founders, entertainment, a slide show, food and lots of beer.
The family-friendly festival starts off at 6 p.m. with games for children followed by a traditional buffet supper of bratwurst, sauerkraut, strudel and German Weisen beer.
Vinok Worlddance dancers are the featured entertainment and Calgary’s Brabec Brothers get the party going.
“Last year it turned into a family dance with 60 kids on stage and they did a Bavarian mambo line through the crowd,” said Allen Jacobson, community development.
The Food and Jam Festival, taking place at St. Jean Baptiste Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. involves pumpkin carving, a corn-shucking contest, a bake-off and the fourth annual chili cook-off.
All events are free.