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Five alarm good time slated for the Hall

Vancouver band Five Alarm Funk is performing at the Errington Hall Jan. 11. - PHOTO COURTESY FIVE ALARM FUNK WEBSITE
Vancouver band Five Alarm Funk is performing at the Errington Hall Jan. 11.
— image credit: PHOTO COURTESY FIVE ALARM FUNK WEBSITE

A bold and boisterous 10-piece band is bringing Afro-beat, funk, Latin and hip hop to the Errington Hall Jan. 11.

Five Alarm Funk is based in Vancouver and has been performing at major festivals and clubs around Canada and the United States for over a decade. These include the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Bluesfest, Shambhala and Sunfest in London, Ontario.

The group’s live performance has been described in a review as “a blast of aural power, spiriting away any inclination listeners might have to sit back and relax,” by the Martlet newspaper at UVic.

Along with the intricate musical arrangements, group members perform choreographed movements for some added entertainment.

The instruments played at the show include guitars, drums, congas, trumpet, tenor saxophone, trombone, timbales and bass.

Five Alarm Funk’s fourth studio album, Rock the Sky, is said to combine world inspired rhythms and melodic lines into Western jazz and funk styles. Rock the Sky was nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards and Instrumental Recording of the Year at the Western Canada Music Awards.

The show at the Errington Hall starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

All tickets are $25 at this all-ages show, the usual special price for youth does not apply. Find tickets at Cranky Dog Music in Parksville, the Errington Store and Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach.

For music samples and more visit www.fivealarmfunk.com.

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