Tunes for Teeth 3 is back to aid Vernon Community Dental Access Clinic

Musicians are once again banding together to perform in a fundraiser benefitting a necessary human asset, healthy teeth.

Judy Rose and Tanya Lipscomb

Judy Rose and Tanya Lipscomb

Musicians are once again banding together to perform in a fundraiser benefitting a necessary human asset, healthy teeth.

Tunes for Teeth 3 brings awareness and raises funds for the Community Dental Access Clinic, located on 31st Avenue in downtown Vernon.

Opened in 2012, the reduced-cost dental clinic is open two days a week and provides basic restorative and hygiene services to low-income people in the North Okanagan needing dental care.

“This is our main fundraiser of the year,” said Laine Lowe, Interior Health community dental hygienist. “Approximately 30 per cent of Okanagan residents cannot afford basic dentistry and many of them end up in doctor’s offices or at the emergency room with abscessed teeth. Many have extreme pain and have no where else to get treated.

“We even see children at the clinic. It’s not just for adults.”

Taking place May 23 at Vernon Alliance Church, Tunes for Teeth 3 features three well-known local acts, Cod Gone Wild, LiLi and Rose, and Lent Fraser Wall.

A regular fixture around these parts, Cod Gone Wild brings a Newfoundland kitchen party to every performance with the band’s branch of modern Maritime Celtic music.

Consisting of singer-guitarist Andrew Mercer, fiddler Anjuli Otter, bassist Roy Kawano and drummer Chad “Rhino” Carter, the Cods were recent semi-finalists in the CBC Searchlight contest for Canada’s best new band, and have been touring around Western Canada on the release of their third album, Battered and Fried.

No strangers to Vernon, LiLi and Rose, aka performers  Judy Rose and Tanya Lipscomb, seamlessly combine their styles through the worlds of jazz, pop and original compositions for one unforgettable display of song, surprises and sass.

A multi-instrumentalist, Lipscomb uses intense passion to compose her original award-winning music, which crosses genres with global inspiration, while Rose’s sultry voice and original French compositions have been broadcast on CBC Radio Canada.

Rose has performed in New York, Chicago and Austin and more recently at the Vernon Jazz Club, and she has played feature roles in local productions of Cabaret and The Vagina Monologues.

The duet is accompanied by classically and jazz trained keyboardist Jim Leonard.

Featuring Neil Fraser and Shelby Wall on guitar, as well as the baritone vocals of celebrated local writer John Lent, the Lent Fraser Wall Trio performs a mix of jazz, roots, folk, and rhythm and blues sure to get feet tapping.

Formed 18 years ago, the trio performs mostly original music, as heard on the 2005 album, Shadow Moon, and have performed around B.C., opening for the likes of Leahy, Chilliwack, Campbell Ryga, Long John Baldry, UHF and others.

Tunes for Teeth 3 takes place at Vernon Alliance Church, 2601 43rd Ave. Friday, May 23. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 available at the Bean Scene and Vernon Alliance Church, and $25 at the door. In addition, there will be raffle baskets, a 50/50 draw and silent auction items.

Those unable to attend the concert are welcome to make a donation to the Community Dental Access Clinic and will  receive a tax receipt. Visit www.communitydentalaccess.ca for info.