Milk Crate Bandits play Pat’s House of Jazz at the Crofton Hotel’s Osborne Bay Pub Sunday.

Milk Crate Bandits play Pat’s House of Jazz at the Crofton Hotel’s Osborne Bay Pub Sunday.

Milk Crate Bandits sure to sit well with Crofton audience

Name of group stems from sitting on milk crates for al fresco street performances

Vancouver’s Milk Crate Bandits — named for their habit of sitting on stolen milk crates during al fresco street performances — bring their high-energy, New Orleans-style act to Pat’s House of Jazz in the Osborne Bay Pub on Sunday, Nov. 5.

The show is part of the band’s tour promoting two EPs it recorded last year in New Orleans featuring an international cast of all-stars.

Vintage Swing Review says the first EP, The Neighbourhood, is “an incredible integration of New Orleans authentic jazz, scenic Vancouver lyrical illustrations, and original composing that results in a stunning collection of new music.”

The second EP, The View From Out Here, is being debuted on the tour.

The band’s publicist promises the show will be “a fun and energetic experience of original 1920s-era jazz and exciting arrangements of old favourites.”

“The Milk Crate Bandits started as Jack Ray busking and of course stealing milk crates,” the band’s website says. “It’s music born on the streets.”

“The joy of the music will make you jump, holler and shout and some even say that being party to a misdemeanor makes it all the more fun.”

The band features Canadian trombonist Brad Shigeta, who played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Illinois Jacquet Band while living in New York City, as well as saxophonist/clarinetist Chris O’Dea, bassist Jen Hodge and banjoist Ray. All are vocalists as well.

Sunday’s performance is part of the weekly Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society. It runs every Sunday from 2 p.m. the Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton.

Admission is $15. For information, phone 250-324-2245 or visit http://osbornebaypub.com.

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