Have a Shot of Tequila Mockingbird!
If you have never seen Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra perform, or just haven’t seen them recently, you have been missing out. Luckily for you, Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is bringing them to the Miners Hall on Saturday, November 14.
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra are a collection of musicians, linked by common sonic journeys and familial ties. The acoustic ensemble has wandered from the underground of bohemian Victoria, in Canada’s lush west coast, to a new, refined sound crafted by years of constant performing and touring together. They weave their stories with guitars and violins, with accordions and bass, with melodies and music makers gleaned from their wanderings. “With an iPod, you don’t even have to listen to a record anymore. You don’t even have to listen to a song anymore!” said TMO guitarist Kurt Lowen in the Montreal Gazette. “People are so bored immediately, which is kind of sad, and they crave new things all the time.” Here are the troubadours to remind you that music (no matter what kind of device it ends up on) could not exist without warm bodies in search of harmony.
“We can easily do a sit-down theatre show that’s all intricate and listening based” says TMO member Ian Griffiths, “as easily as we can a Saturday night at a big folk festival where everybody is there to party and dance. I love having big sweaty dance parties, but what I love more than anything is having diversity.” Their music draws on Flamenco flourishes learned in Spain, African percussion, Bluegrass and other Roots music from across the Americas. However, the band is still a product of the west coast where it was born. Griffiths says, “As much as we draw influences from all over the place, there is something west coast about our music.”
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra have entranced audiences at folk festivals around the country and on November 14 they will bring their unique, eclectic sound to the Miners Hall stage in a performance that you do not want to miss! Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 available at Out of the Cellar in Rossland, the Charles Bailey Theatre Box Office in Trail, and online at rosslandartscouncil.com ; RCAC members get $2 off.