All night shows will be held at the
Mae Wilson Theatre on Main St
6:30 and 8:00 PM
“I volunteered at the Mae Wilson last night and thought the concert was super! A whole theatre full of well-behaved teenagers. Amazing!!” – 2018
MONDAY 6:30 pm & 8:00 pm
PILE OF BONES BRASS BAND
sponsored by Boston Pizza North and Ominica Dental
The Pile of Bones Brass Band is a collective of musicians that play music in the spirit of traditional New Orleans’ style dixieland blended with a wide variety of other musical styles. The brass frontline will peel paint off the wall, while the rhythm section is one of the funkiest of them all. The groove is created by rocksteady sousaphone bass lines, street-beat drumming, greasy guitar tones, and raw brass harmonies. Be ready to party like it’s Mardi Gras!
TUESDAY 6:30 pm & 8:00 pm
WEST OF MABOU
sponsored by The Tunnels of Moose Jaw and Deja Vu Cafe
High-energy fiddling, Scottish Lowland Border pipes, smooth whistle tunes, rocking guitar, and drum solos are just a few of the things you might see in a West of Mabou stage performance. This western-Canadian band taps into their strong Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton roots to deliver a unique brand of high-energy, traditional music with a contemporary flare.
Originating in the golden prairies of Canada, the band was formed at a weekly traditional music session in a local pub. “We were the the players who showed up week after week,” recalls Benson. “At one point I had a gig booked but the band fell through, so I asked if I could bring my friends from the session. They agreed, so we had to quickly pick a band name. When the first video we made in our practice space went viral, we knew we were onto something good. We end up selling out that first show!”
The band’s latest album, “The Bridge”, was produced by master Cape Breton musician, Wendy MacIsaac, and released in March 2018. “The Bridge” is the English translation of the name Gaelic settlers gave to Mabou, the Cape Breton town after which the band is named. Shortly after its release, the album reached #3 on the iTunes Canada World Music Charts, receiving radio play across four continents.
“The Eagle’s Whistle”, the opening track kicks off with a contemporary drum and guitar groove before the pipes kick in with a traditional Scottish tune. Halfway through, the fiddles join in and the tempo kicks into the reels before finishing the set with a traditional Irish waltz. “Adding a waltz onto a reel set is something that you often hear in the piping world,” says Rasmussen. “It’s an idea I got from my years in the pipe band, and I think it really worked well for that set.”
Caiomhin’s Jigs, Eamonn An Chnoic, and Piper’s Despair all provide haunting and varied midsections to the album, while the band features some original jigs on “The First Pint”.
Wendy MacIsaac hops from the producer’s chair to the piano bench on “Lime Hill,” providing traditional Cape Breton piano accompaniment to the album.
“The Lost Passport Set” features some original tunes by Easton and Wallace, and was inspired by the band’s time on the road. “During our first tour in the United States, I lost my passport,” laughs Wallace. “There were some nervous moments, but Air Canada found it and I was able to get it back with a little stress but not too much hassle.”
WEDNESDAY 6:30 pm & 8:00 pm
ADULT CONCERT BAND
sponsored by The Pilgrim Inn, Caronport, SK
Back in 1961, while Bob Mossing was teaching clarinet lessons, he sometimes noticed lipstick smudges on his students’ reeds. When asked where they came from, invariably the answer was “Mother was playing too”. Then and there, Bob discerned the need for an adult musical group, and the Regina Lions “Parents” Band was formed. With a membership of 39, they played their first concert on May 2, 1962.
This group, which was later known as the Regina Lions Adult Band for many years, before becoming Prairie Winds, has won gold medals, plaques and awards in various music festivals. For many years, the Regina Lions Adult Band was one of many bands that marched down Main Street in Moose Jaw on the Saturday of the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Band Festival. As well as concerts, highlights over the years have also included road trips to many communities in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and North Dakota, including Winnipeg, Fort Qu’Appelle, Minot, Bismarck, Williston, Wolseley, Indian Head, Kipling, Grenfell, Bengough, Moose Jaw, Davidson, Saskatoon, Yorkton, North Battleford, Tisdale, Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton.
The Prairie Winds Adult Community Band has become a community favorite since it was established in 1961, and has been invited to play at church services, in shopping malls and at a variety of community events. There are three regular concerts per year, and a variety of special events throughout the year, such as clinics and workshops, to provide members with opportunities for growth and to touch base and socialize with other Community bands. Many of our members also look forward to regular after-band relaxation at a nearby establishment.
Prairie Winds is comprised of two levels of bands. Intermediate band members have many levels of experience, ranging from adult beginners, to those who have been away from their instrument for many years, and to those who wish to take up another instrument. While some Senior band members are graduates of the adult intermediate program, many others played instruments in high school, and still others continue to play in various post-secondary programs – or even professionally. Many of our members play in both groups. Note that Senior in this case refers to the experience level, not the total age of the members!!!
The band provides all members with a musical and social outlet, complimenting their other pursuits, be they post-secondary education, careers and/or parenthood – or even retirement. Those who come back to music after several years often discover there is no antidote for stress like playing in a band. Band members have often been described as “recycled teenagers” – the essence of remaining young at heart no matter your chronological age.
Prairie Winds would like to thank the Moose Jaw Band and Chorale Festival for asking us to be a part of this wonderful event and for letting us help show that there is band after high school or university.