Joe’s Garage presents a duo of seasoned and highly entertaining Yukon musicians, Grant Simpson and Steve Slade, today (Oct. 21).
Together, they offer a wide variety of original music encompassing everything from blues, jazz, folk and country, to swing and gypsy jazz, on piano, guitar, banjo and harmonica.
Slade has performed in concerts, coffeehouses and festivals from the Yukon to Newfoundland and throughout the continental United States and Alaska.
He has performed for princes and premiers, day cares and nightclubs. A long-time Yukoner, Slade has spent many winter months touring Canada and Alaska promoting his various CDs, and he regularly racks up more than 40,000 kilometres a year driving to his gigs.
Along with his performance and songwriting skills, Slade teaches music and produces both the Arts in the Park summer program in Whitehorse and the Jammin4Jay Festival in Langley.
Simpson has been a professional musician, songwriter and Vaudevillian all his adult life.
He has performed in Seoul, Korea, throughout the Caribbean and Mexico, Bermuda, Alaska, China and Canada.
Influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and Bob Ruzicka, he was recruited into the cast of the world famous Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue in the Yukon in the early 1980s.
Simpson performs in the Frantic Follies every year between May and September, and this year will mark the show’s 42nd anniversary, making it the longest-running Vaudeville show in North America. Simpson performs original songs peppered with stories and excerpts of songs from other eras and ages.
The kitchen opens at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door only for $12.
For more information, visit www.joesonfifth.ca or call Milo at 250-702-6456.
— Joe’s Garage