General · 13th December 2014
Quadra Cultural Committee
Celebrating the New Year in 1940s style will be as easy as donning your favourite 40’s evening attire, rounding up your friends and “. . . stepping out with your baby” to the Quadra Cultural Committee’s next concert offering (complete with dance floor): “A Night at the Savoy” by Dock Side Drive, Saturday, January 10th at 7:30 pm at the Quadra Community Centre. And a quick head's up: there will be a prize for the best-dressed ballroom patron.
“A Night at the Savoy” takes you back to 1944 in New York City’s iconic Savoy Ballroom to celebrate the music and performers of the swing era. Featuring the swingin’sounds of Victoria’s own dynamic show band, “Dock Side Drive,” accompanied by radio personality Barry Bowman (played by Owen Searle), audience members become patrons of the Savoy on that historic night, Dec. 15, 1944, when the great Glenn Miller died while fighting with the services during WWII. Listeners are ushered into that evening with a live radio broadcast, including the jazz, blues and show tunes of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, the Andrews Sisters, Irving Berlin, Nat King Cole and more. With songs like “Hit that Jive Jack,” “Blue Skies,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing” you are guaranteed to be singin’ and swingin’ along.
Dock Side Drive features some of Victoria’s finest musicians: Heather Burns on piano, Anita Bonkowski on drums, Joey Smith on bass, Dave Flello on trumpet and Paul Wainwright on saxophone. Fronting the group with great energy and vocal prowess are singers and dancers: Fran Bitonti, Angela Ireland and Chris Newstead.
What a fantastic night of 'big band' style jazz and swing. Powerhouse vocals, riveting instrumentals, and a wonderful richness and classiness to the whole show. Our audience loved it so much they barely let the musicians leave the stage….” – Deb Renz, General Manager, Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay, BC
Dock Side Drive’s “A Night at the Savoy” is guaranteed to keep you “jumpin and jivin’ all year long. Advance tickets are $17, available at the usual outlets: the Music Plant in Campbell River, Inspirations in Quathiaski Cove and Works of H’Art in Heriot Bay. Tickets at the door will be $20. For more information, please call 250-285- 3710.