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Saturday night at the West End Cultural Centre will be a family affair — one uncle, two nephews, two nieces, an "illegitimate drummer" and a set of twins will all take the stage to help celebrate the release of local folk-rock outfit Say Uncle’s new record, Scattered Seeds.
Scattered Seeds is the second record for the local six-piece — made up of Greg Evans, Luke Enns, Jake Enns, Brittany Enns and Myron Martin (the extra twins are opening act Roger Roger, composed of siblings Madeleine and Lucas Roger) — and pulls inspiration from "both the external and internal landscapes of living in a country that is simultaneously connected yet separate in its own unique ways," according to a news release.
Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at the WECC, Into the Music, Music Trader and online at Ticketfly.com. The price increases to $20 at the door the day of the show. Music starts at 8 p.m.
The title of Dwight Yoakam’s latest album is a cheeky nod to the stylistic swerve the country singer has taken with his material. Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars is a familiar line from The Beverly Hillbillies TV theme song. But while the oil-rich Clampetts travelled from their Ozarks home to "Californy," Yoakam has figuratively up and moved his sound from Bakersfield to the Appalachians for an album full of bluegrass covers of his own early material (not to mention a twanged-up rendition of Prince’s Purple Rain).
The Kentucky-born songwriter/actor, who was last in Winnipeg to play the Interstellar Rodeo festival in August 2015, has dipped his toe in the bluegrass pool before, collaborating with Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley, both legends of the genre.
With the exception of Guitars, Cadillacs and Please, Please, Baby, the songs on the new album were never hits. Producer Gary Pacsoza chose some deeps cuts for Yoakam and his backing band — made up of members of Alison Krauss’s Union Station and the Soggy Bottom Boys of O, Brother, Where Art Thou? fame — to transform into banjo-fuelled ditties.
Yoakam plays the Burton Cummings Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m.; only second-balcony tickets ($45.50-$65.50) remain at Ticketmaster.ca. If you’re a fan of his onscreen work, you can catch him in Goliath, an eight-episode series by David E. Kelley about an ambulance-chasing lawyer (Billy Bob Thornton, with whom Yoakam appeared in Sling Blade), now streaming on Amazon Prime.
— Jill Wilson
Soul on Ice
For the tenth straight winter, DJ Co-op and DJ Hunnicutt are teaming up to deliver hot jams for cold bodies at Soul on Ice.
Beginning this Sunday — and continuing every subsequent Sunday through January and February, weather permitting — the two will bring a fun mix of funk, disco, R&B and more at The Forks’ skating rink from 1 to 4 p.m.
After a few spins on the rink (while Co-op and Hunnicutt spin the tunes), venture indoors and grab a hot chocolate — or, of course, something stronger at The Common, the market’s craft beer and wine kiosk. (A hearty stout or robust red wine always helps cut through the cold.) If you’ve still got some skating left in you, there are now two kilometres of the Assiniboine River that are plowed and ready for your best Patrik Laine (or Patrick Chan) imitation.
Keep an eye on weather updates and the Soul on Ice Facebook page to see whether the free event is a go from week to week. With temperatures set to climb into the single-digit range this weekend, Sunday should be a perfect day for the Soul on Ice kickoff.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
Moi, monsieur, moi!
Describing a past that includes exploitation, poverty and unpaid servitude, Senegalese actor-playwright Patricia Gomis could have gone full-tragic in her autobiographical play Moi, monsieur, moi!, starting tonight at Cercle Molière.
Instead, Gomis inserts comedy, song and even marionettes into her one-woman show, which plays at the St. Boniface theatre at 340 Provencher Blvd. until Jan. 28.
"This is definitely not a happy story," the French-speaking Gomis says through a translator. "I chose to present it with the aid of marionettes to provide some levity and to create distance between myself, the person who’s lived those tragedies, and the character who is narrating the play.
"I like using humour to broach difficult subjects," says the 40-something Gomis. "It goes down easier."
Gomis still lives in a fishing village 50 kilometres from the West African country’s capital, Dakar, where most of the play’s action takes place. A clue to how she got from there to a Winnipeg theatre is in the title.
"Well, you see, in school, I was the bad student," Gomis says. "To avoid having the teacher hit me for not knowing the lesson, I would raise my hand up high calling out ‘Me, sir, me!’ to blend in with the others in hopes of not getting noticed.
"When I decided to tell my life story on stage, this title felt right," she says. "It’s a lesson I’ve learned, so now I raise my hand up high, like I did in class, to tell my story."
That story is for everyone, but Gomis acknowledges the play especially resonates with Senegalese immigrants who find their way to her show.
"They see themselves in this story," she says. "Often, they’ve come and talked to me afterwards and told me that. Mostly women relate, but some men have also related to the play."
Moi, monsieur, moi! is performed in French but Wednesday and Saturday performances will include projected subtitles. Tickets range from $20 to $39 and are available at cerclemoliere.com or at 204-233-8053.
— Randall King
Tim Hicks and Chad Brownlee
Two of Canadian country music’s young guns will hit the stage at Club Regent Event Centre on Monday, Jan. 17.
Tim Hicks, the Canadian Country Music Association’s Rising Star from 2014, and Chad Brownlee, who won the same award in 2011, have combined their respective tours for a stop at the Transcona casino hall. Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster and range in price from $26.25 to $63 plus fees.
Brownlee’s latest album, Hearts on Fire, his fourth LP, includes the single Something We Shouldn’t Do, which sits at No. 11 on the latest Billboard Canadian country airplay chart. Hicks’s Slow Burn, which is on his latest record, Shake These Walls, is at 18.
Brownlee, who grew up in Kelowna, B.C., has made the successful transition from professional hockey player to country star. The 32-year-old played college hockey at Minnesota State and was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round in 2003. He made his pro debut in 2007, but by 2010, he was out of hockey and released his self-titled debut album.
The 37-year-old Hicks hails from Niagara Falls, Ont. His shared writing credits for his debut single, Get By, with the likes of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace.
— Alan Small