It just sort of slipped out. "If you find yourselves heading to this area, let me know and perhaps we could arrange a house concert or something."
Just as quickly as the weather can turn in Alberta, and mimicing the current bouts of spring snow, that casual comment snowballed into reality. Before I knew it, I found myself eyeballing the living room, mentally calculating the number of chairs we could fit in, pacing out the area for the stage, wondering how the hell I was going to move that cabinet out of the way for the show.
It really does feel like a natural progression, though, this move into hosting a concert. I've always loved live performance and with "always buy the cd" being my personal mantra, it just seems right to expand on my mission statement to promote emerging musicians to the next level and do some actual promotion.
It's going to be a blast. The members of Olenka and the Autumn Lovers seem so easy-going and accomodating - no brown M&M clauses in their rider - and so genuinely happy to fill my house with music, that I sort of feel like I am getting away with murder. (You will tell me if I start turning into the sycophantic slag of Smiths' infamy, won't you?) Some barbeque, libations, a bed for the night, and whatever donations we collect at the door to help with gas money, and ladies and gentlemen, looks like we've got ourselves a show.
I'm a little concerned that we get a reasonable turnout, what with the concert falling on the May long weekend and all, but the Spousal Unit, bless his long-suffering heart, is being uber-supportive, despite his initial alarm, and is doing all he can to help drum up interest. We have, after all, been known to throw a decent party and we are overdue.
So, if you find yourself in the vicinity on May 22, we would love to have you join us for some food, drinks and great music.
Event: Olenka and the Autumn Lovers House Show
Date: Saturday, May 22
Door: 8 pm
Music: 9:30 pm
Donations: $10 suggested minimum
A large rambling collective, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers play darkly beautiful and sonically diverse songs of love and revolution. With accordions, violin, cello, mandolin, and the occasional glockenspiel marrying with soaring vocals and heartbreaking harmonies, the Autumn Lovers lead us through a swirling waltz of vodka-soaked heartache, draped in carnival hues and a pageantry of Polish resistance in a new world landscape.
Winners of the Traditional Folk/Roots category of the 2010 Jack Richardson Music Awards and the 2008 CHRW local Album of the Year award, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers have made waves at NXNE, Pop Montreal, Halifax Pop Explosion, LOLA Fest, Home County Folk Festival, and have twice toured the Canadian east coast. Olenka and the Autumn Lovers’ music has been featured on CBC Radio 1, 2, and 3, and has received considerable play on college radio.
With their second full-length album to be released in the fall, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers are heading west as a group for the first time. Their musical pilgrimage to the Pacific will take them through Calgary, where you can join them on Saturday May 22 for an intimate and rollicking evening of melodic Canadiana infused with old world influences.
Please contact Barbara at bbruederlin(at)shaw(dot)ca for details of the super secret house concert location (Calgary). Drinks and nibbles will be served. Bring a friend. Space is limited, so RSVP asap.