Band adds a little spice to the gumbo

The Vernon Jazz Club will be enjoying a hot helping of Louisiana gumbo this Saturday as Gary Comeau and The Voodoo Allstars take the stage.

Acadie born multi-instrumentalist Gary Comeau brings his Voodoo Allstars to the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday for some spicy zydeco and more.

The Vernon Jazz Club will be enjoying a hot helping of Louisiana gumbo this Saturday as Gary Comeau and The Voodoo Allstars take the stage.

A true multi-talent, Comeau will be performing vocals, piano, fiddle, accordion, mandolin, tenor banjo, and guitar. He will be joined by Jerry Cook on tenor and baritone sax, washboard, and percussion, Tim Hearsey on guitar and vocals, and Chris “The Wrist” Nordquist on drums, percussion, and vocals.

Comeau is Acadian born and raised in Nova Scotia. Although his roots are from eastern Canada, he began a musical trek down to the south once he started playing the fiddle.

Since then, Comeau has mastered a variety of instruments which will be showcased Saturday night.

He compares the sound of his band to Louisiana gumbo, a Cajun dish filled with different kinds of meat and vegetables.

The ingredients of The Voodoo Allstars’ gumbo include Louisiana Cajun, New Orleans jazz and R&B, Chicago roots and blues, a dash of Cuban with a pinch of Acadian folk. Add greats like Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Ray Charles to the mix and you’ve got a spicy and exciting spoonful.

“I just love music —all kinds of music— and there’s a little sprinkle of most the artists I’ve mentioned any given night of a Voodoo Allstars performance,” said Comeau.

Comeau’s music may be recognizable to some. His song Marianne was featured in the film Double Jeopardy, starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones, while another, I Think About You All the Time, can be heard in the movie Wise Guys.

Comeau has been busy this past year touring and recording. His new group, Cannery Road, recently released their debut album. Along with Hearsey and Nordquist, the group is a true collaboration with three singers, three songwriters, and three different styles.

Comeau and The Voodoo Allstars will be releasing their new CD, Live at The Dream Cafe, in 2014.

Cook has recorded more than 20 albums with blues, jazz, funk, pop, rock, and R&B artists. He has recently toured with The Powder Blues Band and Colin James.

Hearsey’s songs have been featured in both film and television. He co-wrote the Juno award winning album That River with Jim Byrnes.

Nordquist can be heard touring with great musicians such as John Lee Sanders, David Vest, Tiller’s Folly, The Sojourners, and Jim Byrnes.

Gary Comeau and The Voodoo Allstars take the stage at the Vernon Jazz Club (3000-31st St.) Saturday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15. Tickets are $20 at the Bean Scene, Bean to Cup and at (The event is sponsored by chartered accountant Jane Long.)

The Vernon Jazz Club will also hold its annual Monsters’ Ball fundraiser Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.

This is a great chance for fans to support live music. The Legendary Lake Monsters, an 11-piece dance band that plays a wide range of music, will have people dancing the night away.

There will be silent auction tables set up both the Oct. 19 and 25 shows for people to place their bids.

Tickets are $20, available at the usual outlets.


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