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Thursday October 11, 2007

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Hi everyone

I just wanted to let you know a few things this week:

Juan Martin Flamenco Ensemble October 12th, 8pm

This show is at the Kay Meek Theatre in West Vancouver. It's a very nice, new theatre. About 500 seats. The concert is co-presented by the theatre and Cap College. Rogue Folk members can purchase tickets at members prices. There will not be a raffle. We will have a membership table in the lobby.

Juan Martin is one of the very best - if not THE best - flamenco guitarists on the planet. Many of you saw him last year at St. James Hall. He will be joined by the singer and the dancer who were with him last year. If you love guitar music with duende (soul) then you will love this concert. I wouldn't miss it myself. » Concert Details

Fred Eaglesmith / Michael Jerome Browne October 13th, 8pm

This Saturday we present a wonderful Canadian double-bill, with Montreal old-time / blues / cajun musician Michael Jerome Browne opening for the inimitable Fred Eaglesmith, a most impressive songwriter, by turns rugged and sensitive. Tickets are selling fast. This show will likely be sold out, so don't leave it to the last minute. You can still book online and we just delivered extra tickets to Highlife Records and Rufus' Guitar Shop. You may also reserve tickets on our Hotline 604-736-3022. » Concert Details

Willie & Lobo - The farewell Tour Part Two October 19th, 8pm

Next Friday's concert features the gypsy fiddle and flamenco guitar duo Willie & Lobo making their final appearance together in Vancouver. After this tour they will be riding separate waves. It's amazing how many folks call us and say that they have seen the duo in San Miguel de Allende, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They are all equally amazed that the show isn't in a huge venue like GM Place (which is kind of ironic, considering the size of San Miguel!) Anyhow, tickets are also going fast for this one, so don't miss out on what promises to be a highly charged evening of pulsating, sensual world music at the Rogue. » Concert Details

The Edge On Folk, October 13th

It's almost the end of our Funding Drive at CITR. Please call in and pledge to help the station keep going. I have been hosting this show for 22 years. If you have heard music that's changed your life, your plans, your mind, or even your pants, why not call in and pledge? For as little as $25 you can become a Friend of CiTR and receive discounts at some of Vancouver's best music and clothing stores - and lots of other places besides (including the Rogue Folk Club). For 70 cents a day, or $250, you receive two Friends Cards, Two CiTR Special Edition T-Shirts, a CiTR Hoodie, and TEN CDs of your choice from a vast collection of titles donated by independent artists, record labels big and small, and supporters of independent, commercial-free radio.

CiTR gave a start in broadcasting to the likes of Pierre Berton and Lister Sinclair. Since moving to the fm dial in 1982 we have reached out and revitalized the city's alternative music scene. We specialize in representing the under-represented. We have some of the best specialty programming on the dial. We are available anywhere via our internet stream on and any time via our extensive podcast library (you can download The Edge On Folk in one-hour chunks for a month or more after the broadcast date, for example.)

On Saturday I'll be offering tickets to Rogue shows as extra premiums. The music will feature concert previews, and stacks of interesting cover versions of famous songs performed by the sort of musicians you might see at the Rogue or hear on CiTR.

Please join me on Saturday from 8am to noon on 101.9fm and call in and support the station.

UMOJA - the South African musical

UMOJA, the awesomely athletic music and dance spectacle from South Africa, is coming back to town - and the excellent 5-piece UMOJA band will play a special gig at RIME (1130 Commercial Dr) on Sunday, October 21. It's a rare opportunity to dance to the irresistible beat of mbaqanga - the township-jive of Soweto - played by some of South Africa's finest musicians. Admission is just $15, and all the money goes to the artists. This show is likely to sell out, as the venue can only host around 100 people. RIME will only take advance reservations for parties of six or more - otherwise you'll have to arrive early. The restaurant opens at 5, and the music starts at 9.

The musical runs at The Vogue from October 17th to November 11th. I'll be playing music from the show on The Edge On Folk this week and next.

See you at the Rogue (now offering premium hand-crafted beers from Tree Brewing, fresh roasted coffee from Yoka's, and fresh-baked Greek desserts from Broadway Pastries)