A Mighty String Thing
ST JAMES HALL i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
'An eclectic group of string wizards come together to present an evening of ear candy from various roots music traditions.'
What do you get when you bring five great players together onstage in front of a room full of music lovers? This is the musical question that the only A Mighty String Thing can - and will - answer! One look at who's coming out to play and you know they're players who are going to deliver the goods. Their track records are chock full of names you know who only play with the best, and together they bring a century or two of experience to the stage.
If you've ever been to a folk festival, you know what can happen when artists of different musical persuasions get together. We're talking once-in-a-lifetime musical moments that leave everyone in the house - both the players AND the listeners going "Wow, did that really happen?". They're usually served up with some great stories and a side order of laughter too. If you've never been to one of these sessions, A Mighty String Thing is your chance to check one out, with no worries about the weather and a comfy seat to boot. It's a night of fine music that seriously you do not want to miss.
A Mighty String Thing is: Josh Baca (Tex Mex Accordion), Max Baca (Bajo Sexto), Doug Cox (Dobro, Mandolin, Guitar), Sam Hurrie (Guitars), Cecile Doo-Kingue (Guitars) and Celso Machado (Guitar).
Josh and Max Baca
Los Texmaniacs is a conjunto band created by Max Baca in 1997. Baca wanted to create a band that incorporated elements from genres such as rock & roll and jazz while still honoring the roots of conjunto Tejano. In 2010 Los Texmaniacs won a Grammy Award for Tejano Album of The Year Borders y Bailes. The members of Los Texmaniacs have changed over the years but have always included Max Baca and Josh Baca.
Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie
With nearly a century of music making between them, Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie are avatars of pretty well every style of blues/roots/acoustic music that ever made you want to tap your toes or clap your hands and shout for joy. Currently at the height of their powers, these musical “old souls” came by their expertise the old-fashioned way: endlessly honing their skills during a lifetime of playing and performing. The two musicians first met at a gig in Powell River in the 1990s and felt an instant connection. “The music we instinctively wanted to play was blues oriented, but came from the perspective of guys who grew up in the world of rock ‘n’ roll,” says Doug. There is a real chemistry between the two men. Doug and Sam present timeless music in a way that will dazzle and delight.
An exceptional stage presence, guitarist / singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer. Cécile is quickly earning a stellar reputation and a place alongside Canada’s current roster of great guitarists. Powerful and raw, her guitar prowess, lyrics, and sound make for enthralling and intimate communion.
Virtuoso Brazilian guitarist, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Celso transports his audiences through the richness and diversity of Brazilian music and beyond. For forty years Celso Machado has been performing on concert stages throughout Brazil, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, and the United States. Considered one of the most versatile and exciting musician/composers of Brazilian music today; his guitar technique is but one of his passions; his gift for making music out of anything and everything around us is his mission in life.
Please note that the admission price for this concert includes a $2 Venue Improvement Fee that we are required by the St. James Square to collect from every patron. Starting in September 2016, the proceeds from this temporary fee will be used for construction projects such as ventilation, flooring and washrooms that will make the hall a nicer place for you to visit in the future. If you wish, you can make a secure donation by clicking on the big blue button at the bottom of the page at www.sjcommunitysquare.org. For information on donating by phone or post, please contact the St. James Square office at 604-739-9373.