Olivier Clements Group
What do you get when you blend modern jazz with hip hop beats? Find out when The Olivier Clements Group brings its brand of original music to the Fort Street Cafe, Thursday, June 14 (7:30 p.m.). Featuring Clements on trumpet and flugelhorn, Colin Nealis on bass, Sean Fyfe on keys and Kelby MacNayr on drums, this evening is sure to expand your horizons, and those of modern jazz. $7 in advance at olivierclements.com or $10 at the door.
If the fiddle is more your flavour, check out The Fretless, a string quartet of strings that performs original and traditional fiddle music in a setting that’s one part chamber, one part kitchen jam. The Fretless is releasing a new CD, Waterbound, Friday, June 15 at Fairfield United Church (1303 Moss) alongside Oliver Swain and The Big Machine. Each band will perform a set, then they’ll perform a set together. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records and Larsen Music. $16 at the door.
Pacific Poi Boys
And if you’re looking for a taste of the Pacific, check out The Pacific Poi Boys, made up of multi-instrumentalists Doug Cox and Anela Kahimoe, who are bringing their Hawaiian infused music — part blues, part ’70s pop, part esoteric acoustic music with the odd vocal thrown in for good measure — to Pacific Breeze, a fundraiser for the Pacific People’s Partnership that will support their indigenous partners in West Papua. The concert also features Tradewinds, a local band that plays music from Western Samoa, New Zealand, Rotuma, Hawaii and Fiji in both English and indigenous languages. Funds raised are matched three to one by the Canadian International Development Agency and the PPP only has $10,000 of their $133,000 goal left to raise. The event takes place Saturday, June 16 at Oak Bay High School auditorium from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 (or $15 for students and seniors) and are available at Lyle’s Place, Ivy’s Bookshop, Larsen Music and Alcheringa Gallery.
Langham Court Theatre presents the last play of it’s 2011-2012 season, The Foreigner by Larry Shue. Directed by Toshik Bukowiecki, this two-time Obie Award-nominated farce looks at what people will say to your face when they think you can’t understand them. Opens Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m. and runs until June 30. Langhamtheatre.ca.
Curt Lang via Claudia Cornwall
The Greater Victoria Public Library main branch (735 Broughton) welcomes author Claudia Cornwall for a free illustrated talk about her new biography of Vancouver beatnik, poet, photographer, boat builder, log salvager, fisherman and high tech entrepreneur, Curt Lang, At the World’s Edge — Curt Lang’s Vancouver 1937-1998. Meet her Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. Register at 250-382-7241. M