There’s another great entertainment package ready for the stage at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton during September.
It all begins Friday, Sept. 7 with a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute by guitar virtuoso and vocalist Russell Marsland and Lovestruck.
“Russell emulates Stevie to the letter,” noted Patricia Berry, events manager and booking agent for the pub.
Vaughan was one of the most influential guitarists of the 1980s blues revival. He was a rocking powerhouse who gave the blues a burst of momentum with such songs as Pride and Joy, The House is Rockin’, Crossfire, Cold Shot, Voodoo Child and the unforgettable Love Struck Baby, among so many others.
Marsland has been a powerful presence on the Vancouver music scene for more than 30 years. In 1978, he co-founded Vancouver’s legendary R&B All Stars that played their first gig opening for Long John Baldry. He has performed with hundreds of artists, including the likes of The Allman Brothers, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles and Steppenwolf.
Lovestruck taps into the fire and passion of this incredible artist, who left us way too soon. Marsland and Lovestruck pay respect to the life of Vaughan through his music. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. features Osborne Bay Pub favourites La Familia. Lovers of the Latin beat are in for a treat. Tickets are $13 per person or $25 a couple.
Jack & Jay, a.k.a. Jack Gunderson and Jason Dunajski, from Eagle Eyes rock the night away Sept. 14 at 8 p.m., with no cover. They play a variety of songs that span the decades of classic rock.
Aaron Halliday has been Canada’s No. 1 Alan Jackson tribute act for more than 20 years. He plays recently-released singles from a new EP and a whole lot more Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Ange Hehr is back Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. after attracting a big crowd in August. Tickets are $10.
Hehr began performing at the age of 16 alongside her father and quickly gained notoriety by refining her talent. That led to a spot on Canadian Idol’s Top 100 at the age of 23.
Hehr is more than a typical singer/songwriter. She has a powerful voice and the ability to engage a crowd, currently performing at The Bard & Banker and The Irish Times plus other hotspots around Victoria as well as The Osborne Bay Pub.
Hehr’s band includes: D’Arcy Ladret (bass and background vocals); Tyler Lieb (lead guitar and keyboard) and Jill Cooper (drums and vocals).
The South Island Rhythm Kings make an appearance Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.
The Kings are led by Lazy Mike and Carson Mallon, putting a fresh spin on traditional downhome blues, and backed by the talent of Dan Dube, Ricky Renouf and Nick Dokter.
A group that’s drawing huge praise wherever it plays is Cities, back at the Osborne Bay Pub Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. after appearing there in late August. Tickets are $10.
“These guys are top notch award-winning musicians and put together this incredible band,” noted Berry.
Cities is Victoria’s standout cover band, featuring Juno nominated singer Adam Kittredge, drummer Matt Johnson of the legendary Canadian band 54-40 and world renowned horn players Miguel Valdes and Nick La Riviere. They play high-energy classics from Stevie Wonder to modern day anthems from the likes of Daft Punk, Bruno Mars and more.
The month concludes with the Joint Chiefs Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. The energized Indie-rock band melds speed, melody and groove to create a dynamic sound.