Hooray! The Rogue Folk Club’s annual holiday Van Django show is online this year!
One of the few things music fans have really gotten out of COVID-19 has been the chance to to watch shows in markets other than their own that they wouldn’t normally get to see.
Case in point, this fantastic annual affair from Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club: the Van Django holiday show.
Renowned for the quality of their musicianship and for the entertainment value of their live shows, Van Django delivers a festive Christmas mix of nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, pop tunes, classical elements, and sing-alongs, plus a few surprises – all delivered in swinging gypsy jazz style. Folks of all ages can celebrate the season at this fun and festive yule-time show. Joining Van Django’s violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels will be guitarist Andy Hillhouse and stellar vocalist L.J. Mounteney.
A huge success when they performed the show at the St James Hall for Christmases 2013 to 2019, the band returns for a virtual show this year! This will be the only performance in the area. Or any area, for that matter.
Van Django‘s music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining strong roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the 1930’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France. On stage, “they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy,” to quote Nick Lehr of Djangofest. “Watching a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on.”
The perfect answer to the COVID-19 blues is to experience some hot and swinging Christmas cheer with Van Django!
The Rogue has priced this show especially low as their way of thanking their fans for their support during this trying year. They are asking people who are able to pay it forward by making a donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.