Swing Cat Bounce

Sabrina Weeks and the cats bounce back to jazz club

The Vernon Jazz Club will be truly entertained when Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce take the stage this Saturday.

The Vernon Jazz Club will be truly entertained when Sabrina Weeks, 2012 Maple Blues award winner, and Swing Cat Bounce take the stage this Saturday.

Weeks will be joined by Mike “Hot Licks” Hilliard on guitar, Terry Strudwick on bass, and Ed Hilliard on drums.

The band will be playing a blend of blues, swing, R&B, and good old rock and roll.

Weeks has been a featured vocalist in celebrating bluesy songbirds. She has had the honour of performing at Massey Hall as part of the Women in Blues Revue and has also been a part of the Etta James Tribute at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.

An avid performer, Weeks has shared the stage or opened for top artists such as Colin James, Tom Lavin and Powder Blues.

Her sound is described as swinging, bouncing, boogie-blues with a touch of rock. When asked who her musical influences are, Weeks says: “My influences are Elvis, Etta James, Ruth Brown, Bessie Smith, Tina Turner, Koko Taylor, Doris Day… I could go on and on.”

Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce have recently released their sophomore album, Got My Eye on You, which was produced by blues legend Jack Lavin. Their debut album, Tales from Lenny’s Diner, debuted at number one in Canada and number 12 worldwide on Roots Music Report’s Blues Music charts. It was also nominated for the B.C. Interior Music Award’s 2011 Blues Album of the Year.

“Sabrina Weeks brings the goods with a powerful voice and spirited sound. She’s a talented artist that doesn’t take herself too seriously, which shines through with her sassy, yet strong song lyrics that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face,” said J-Man from Dawg FM.

Mike Hilliard is originally from Toronto. During his years signed with Intercan and RCA Records, he recorded and toured throughout Canada, the U.S. and Asia.

During the late ‘70s he created the band Steamer with fellow bandmate Ed Hilliard. This collaboration opened for The Guess Who, Steppenwolf and Stonebolt.

Ed received his bachelor of music as well as a bachelor of education from the University of Western Ontario. He has performed with artists such as Frank Leahy, The Rankins and Gary Guthman.

Strudwick has made television appearances on CBC, CTV, and MuchMusic. He teaches both guitar and bass and is a first call studio musician in the Okanagan.

You can hear a sample of the band at sabrinaweeks.com.

Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce takes 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 www.vernonjazz.ca.


Just Posted

Vernon Vipers name Connor Marritt captain

Takes over from graduating veteran, and fellow Okanagan native, Jagger Williamson

Vernon pitcher tosses second no-hitter of season

Jarod Leroux has two no-nos in his last three starts for the BCPBL’s Okanagan Athletics

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Heat, sun and a chance of thunderstorms for Father’s Day

Morning pancake breakfasts and fishing derbies across the region will see sun, showers may follow.

The annual event takes place Sunday, June 23 at Creekside Park in Coldstream

Pre-registrations, sponsorships and donations for the CMHA annual Ride Don’t Hide event… Continue reading

Vernon seeks additional fetal alcohol syndrome support B.C.-wide

“We are making a difference but we could make even more of a difference”

VIDEO: Horseback riding helps North Okanagan residents with special needs

North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association needs more volunteers to continue offering sessions

South Okanagan pharmacy restricted from dispensing opioid treatment drugs

B.C. College of Pharmacists alleges Sunrise Pharmacy dispensed treatment drugs against rules

Police seek two suspects and car after stabbing in Kelowna

The stabbing took place on Friday evening on Wilson Avenue. It sent one man to hospital.

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Summerland ready for dry summer conditions

Province has declared Level Two drought, but Summerland has not increased watering restrictions

Summerland pioneers had connection to Middlesex, England

Harry Dunsdon and Richard Turner became cattlemen

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Most Read