Concert series kicks off with Tom Landa and Locarno’s music

By on October 14, 2015
Juno winner Tom Landa and his band Locarno will be kicking off the South Okanagan Concert Society’s series with a performance Oct. 23 at the Venables Theatre in Oliver. The Latin band draws influence from Mexican and Cuban music and features some talented musicians who have played with the best. (Photo supplied)

Juno winner Tom Landa and his band Locarno will be kicking off the South Okanagan Concert Society’s series with a performance Oct. 23 at the Venables Theatre in Oliver. The Latin band draws influence from Mexican and Cuban music and features some talented musicians who have played with the best. (Photo supplied)

Supremely talented Juno winner, Tom Landa, will be on stage with his band, Locarno, at Venables Theatre in Oliver on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 pm.

Landa has collaborated with Joby Baker to create a compelling blend of Mexican, Cuban and North American pop music delivered with exuberant energy by five musicians.

South Okanagan Concert Society likes to include a concert that falls into the ‘World Music’ category when they plan each season. When word came that Locarno was touring, choosing the band for the first concert was an opportunity to enjoy great song writing, a respect for tradition, a searching musical curiosity and virtuoso performance skills.

Landa, born and raised in Mexico City to a Mexican father and Canadian mother, has created new sounds heavily influenced by Mexican music but using the elements and musicians around him in his present hometown of Vancouver. With the help of the Canada Council, he studied ‘son jarocho,’ a regional music style, in Veracruz Mexico and explored fusion between Mexican and Cuban music.

Locarno is an inspired Latin project and Landa has created a new flavour in the Latin music genre.

Miguelito Valdes lends his trumpet and percussion talents to the project. Miguelito was born and raised in Havana, Cuba and has played with Afro Cuban All Stars, Omara Portoundo and the Buena Vista Social Club.

Sam Esecson from Seattle studied Latin percussion in Brazil and plays drums and percussion.

Kalissa Hernandez is a vocalist who has played violin since the age of three. Born in Canada to a Chilean father and Canadian mother, she grew up listening to traditional South American music and Cape Breton fiddle music. She has traveled the world balancing teaching and performing as she honours and preserves the fiddle tradition, which includes ‘son jarocho.’

Nick La Riviere of Victoria dazzles everyone on trombone. He composes, arranges and can even play a conch shell when the spirit moves him.

Don’t miss this opportunity for a night featuring the true Jarocho rhythms of Veracruz and crowd pleasing, danceable, fun, truly original Latin music. Whatever the election results earlier in the week, this night will lift your spirits and have you tapping your toes.

Flex tickets for the show are on sale at Beyond Bliss in Oliver, Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos and at the door. A four-admission flex pass at $75 is entirely flexible and the admissions can be used together or in any combination. Single admissions are $20 and those 17 and under are welcomed to all concerts free.

The beautiful new venue of Venables Theatre is wheelchair accessible and those requiring transportation from Osoyoos can arrange it by calling Maureen at 250-495-7978.

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