If you love the music of Tom Waits, one of the most popular live bands on Vancouver Island gives you a couple options this week to hear songs by the legendary tunesmith in a style that draws on the talents of these veteran local musicians.
The Beautiful Maladies, a five-piece outfit featuring Kelly Fawcett on guitar/vocals, Brooke Maxwell on piano/pump organ/sax and vocals, Aaron Watson on guitar/accordion/saw/harmonica and vocals, Matt Pease on drums/percussion and Peter Dowse on bass, play 8 p.m. shows this Thursday (June 14) at the Duncan Showroom and Friday at the Roxy Theatre in Victoria.
Formed in 2015 as The Eyeball Kids, the Maladies are five of Victoria’s most celebrated musicians, playing some of the greatest American music ever written. Their show is billed as “an eclectic celebration of Waits’ music, from his moody ballads to raw back-porch gospel, meandering through the stinging blues and exotic European melancholy, with the occasional trip to crazy town.”
With years of experience playing music in a variety of genres, the band members have collectively developed a strong following for their performance of Tom Waits material. Previous shows at the Roxy, the Upstairs Lounge and the Showroom have sold out, so if you’re interested, now’s a good time to grab your tickets.
Prices for both venues are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For the Duncan show, find tickets online at showroomproductions.ca/buy-tickets and for the Victoria performance, go to https://bit.ly/2Zijgf0.
You can also follow The Beautiful Maladies on Facebook.