The Milk Crate BAndits are coming to the Avalanche Bar. Photo submitted

Criminally good music coming to the Avalanche with Milk Crate Bandits

The Milk Crate Bandits make music to make you dance, smile and party.

Their music is born on the streets. Walking down the streets of Vancouver you’ll see them on their stolen plastic thrones and playing the sounds of New Orleans. This Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., it’s the Valley’s turn to listen to them in the comfort and warmth of The Avalanche Bar.

The band is made up of a cosmopolitan lot – from Australia to New York to Comox Valley.

Jennifer Hodge, a busy Courtenay-born bass player, bandleader, and arranger, is a versatile musician who can be found playing with a wide variety of artists all over the world.

Jack Ray is an Australian banjoist, guitarist and vocalist who has performed and recorded with some of Australia’s and the world’s finest musicians.

Trombonist Brad Shigeta moved to New York City in the Fall of 1990 via Montreal. Shigeta has returned to the roots and the music that originally attracted him to become a musician: traditional and swing music.

Chris O’Dea is a saxophonist and clarinetist from Sydney, Australia. He is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied with legends of the Australian jazz scene including: David Theak, Dale Barlow, Matt McMahon, Col Loughnan, and Mike Nock.

Admission for this show is $10 for Georgia Straight Jazz Society members, $12 for non-members. Visit www.georgiastraightjazz.com for the full 2018-19 performance calendar.

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