MEL LEHAN HALL AT ST. JAMES i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
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What better a band could there be to re-launch the Rogue than the Celtic / Latin revelry of Vancouver's Paperboys? Actually, Vancouver is only a part of their geography these days, with band members from Victoria, Seattle, Havana, and Olympia as well! Their music is just as cosmopolitan, yet deeply rooted in traditional music from many countries. Mexican son jarocho mixed in with Irish jigs and reels and a good dose of country and bluegrass with perhaps a dash of white boy reggae. Call it 'Guinness with a tequila chaser while listening to an Americana Jukebox'. Or 'a place where Irish, Mexican and roots music collide.' Of course, this multicultural mix is hardly surprising from a bilingual band, whose founding member is Mexican-Canadian and whose players cover a range of musical backgrounds from bluegrass to funk to traditional Scots and Irish music. "A lot has to do with where we're from" says lead singer Tom Landa. "Vancouver is a culturally diverse place which feeds what we do and the music we make."
Here's a quote from the band's web site that might put everything into perspective ... or not. "It is singer-songwriter based but not the coffee house variety. It is definitely FOLK music, but not in the Kumbaya style. It has a deep respect and appreciation for tradition, but it's by no means traditional. It rocks incredibly hard and is extremely danceable, but that is not to say it can't be mellow and slow and beautiful. It can be heart breaking, but also joyous. It is never dark or angst ridden, and always full of hope - but not in the 'Up With People' kind of way. It's not jazz, although we like jazz a lot. It's not heavy metal or punk or grunge, although we love Rush and AC/DC. It is world roots Music. It's POP music. It is GOOD music. It has a tendency to connect people and means a lot to many folks the world over, and for that we are very grateful. It is the only multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-lingual, multi-instrumental, genre bending, co-ed band you will hear today!!"
A mix of Eagles laced alt-country, Tower of Power horns and gospel choirs, reminiscent of early Elton John and Van Morrison. — Americana UK Magazine
One of the most exciting bands to come out of the folk-roots corner — fRoots Magazine
If you don't believe a jig can shred, listen to The Paperboys. — Seattle Rocket
COVID-19 Policy: We will be operating in full compliance of all BC Health restrictions. We are limited to 50% of our usual capacity. Dancing is not permitted. The wearing of masks is required. Everyone in attendance must have proof of being fully vaccinated. Volunteers, staff and performers will be as well. (If you haven't been vaccinated, the concert will be streamed.) Restrictions may change if more BC Health announcements are made.
Sponsorship Opportunities: These are available for all our shows. For a nominal cost, individuals or businesses can sponsor any of our shows and reap a number of benefits - free tickets, reserved table, recognition on literature, our web site and at the concerts. For more information simply contact our Sponsorship Director Morris Biddle at firstname.lastname@example.org