Ring in the new year with Bananafish

Pairing a new menu with sonic treats, a New Year's Eve celebration at the Waverley Hotel will deliver it all with style.

THE BANANAFISH ORCHESTRA (above and right) features a three-man horn section.

THE BANANAFISH ORCHESTRA (above and right) features a three-man horn section.

Pairing a new menu with sonic treats, followed by dance grooves with the Bananafish Dance Orchestra, a New Year’s Eve celebration at the Waverley Hotel will deliver it all with style.

Bananafish is an eight-piece powerhouse groove sensation! With a three-piece horn section and a five-piece rhythm section, the music starts playing and the dancing never stops.

From Latin to funk, jazz fusion to reggae and ska, this band has been proven to keep you moving. Its members are all Vancouver island residents and have either attended or graduated from the Vancouver Island University Jazz Degree program.

Bananafish Dance Orchestra played throughout B.C., including Vancouver and Victoria with appearances including Courtenay’s Canada Day Parade, Vancouver Island MusicFest, last year’s Movember wrapup party at the Native Sons Hall and the Bridge Lounge last New Year’s Eve.

The Waverley is stoked to bring their dancy grooves back.

Performing at 9 p.m. is violin sensation Blaine Dunaway. Blaine’s musical stylings take him from his originals, the classics to jazz and back.

The new chef at the Wave is preparing some special adds to the menu to help create the lounge atmosphere before the dancing begins.

There will be toasts and treats, visuals and beats. Hours of music and celebration — Waverley style.

Tickets cost $20 in advance at Bop City, the Waverley or by phone at 250-336-8322, and $25 at the door. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

For more information about the musicians, visit www.myspace.com/bananafishdanceorchestra and www.canindie.com/artists/jazz/blaine-dunaway.

— Cumberland Village Works


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