The Brent Ellis Group entertained a full house at City Blends at Mt. Lehman station as part of the Envision Coffee House Concert Series. They performed smooth jazz covers and originals. Darcie stopped in to catch some of the tunes and take a few photos. Here are our favorites …
Brent Ellis on guitar.
Lloyd Bates on keyboard.
Mike Michalkow on drums.
Robin Ellis on bass.
If you’re a live music lover in Abbotsford, you are in for a treat on Saturday nights. Here’s what’s coming up:
May 17 – Rayne – vocal harmonies with acoustic guitar at Chapleoâ€™s Coffee Bistro
May 24 – The Shannon Lee Trio – original jazz-tinged folk with a smattering of country rock at City Blends Sponsored by The Hidden Reef
May 31 – Kitchen Sync – original music in style of pop/folk and jazz at Ethical Addictions
June 7 – Kristal Barrett – uplifting country music sure to feed your soul with positive lyrics at House of James Sponsored by Revival Arts Studio
J.D. Miner ain’t your ordinary hillbilly band! Tonight they entertained at Legal Grounds Coffee House in Downtown Abbotsford – with a ‘unique blend of riverboat jazz, whimsical folk and soft core bluegrass in which rhythm is king’. J. D. Miner is multi-instrumentalists Joel Klingler, Darryl Klassen and Joe Worst on double bass.
J.D. Miner is the fifth performance in the Envision Coffee House Series – which take place at various coffee houses every Saturday night. Jason stopped in and got a few photographs of them in action:
Madflower rocked the house on Saturday at Ethical Addictions in the second performance of the Envision Coffee House Concert Series in Abbotsford, BC. Madflower is known for their unique blend of throught provoking lyrics, bluesy groove and their love of performing for audiences and did not disappoint this weekend. Madflower is made up of Willis Taylor, Steve Walsh, Kevin Phillips and Eric VanSteenis.
Every Saturday night until the end of June and then again September – November there will be live music in coffee houses throughout Abbotsford. Here are the next few weeks:
April 19 – Two Twelve Degrees at Chapleoâ€™s Coffee Bistro (rock to jazz standards)
April 26 – The Carissa Neufeld Trio at Clayburn Gourmet Gallery (jazz standards and original music)
May 3 – JD Miner at Legal Grounds Coffeehouse (hillbilly jazz)
May 10 – The Brent Ellis Group at Mt. Lehman City Blends (smooth jazz covers and originals)
Jen Lewin kicked off the Envision Coffee House Concert Series in style on Saturday at The House of James. She is a keyboardist and singer who’s edgy, energetic jazz influenced style is a mix of pop and rock. She performed with Derek Difilippo on upright bass and Gavin Youngash on guitar. Darcie is a volunteer with the series and captured a few photographs of the performance …
If you’re a fan of live music you are in for a treat. Every Saturday until the end of June and then again each Saturday in fall, various coffee houses will be hosting top notch, live musicians. Here is what’s happening the next four weeks:
April 12 – Madflower at Ethical Addictions
April 19 – Two Twelve Degrees at Chapleo’s Coffee Bistro
April 26 – The Carissa Neufeld Trio at Clayburn Gourmet Gallery
May 3 – JD Miner at Legal Grounds Coffeehouse
The Revolution Band is a group of approximately 40 passionate worshippers who perform at The Revolution Movement at Christian Life Assembly, as well as other youth events throughout British Columbia and Europe. We had a great time doing some large group and graphic photography for their new CD. We are looking forward to seeing and hearing the final product. Here is a small preview …
Sabrina Laimon and I (Darcie) have been friends since grade 11 when we both played piano for the choirs at our high school. She is a musical marvel (among many other things like yoga, acting, dancing, friendship, shopping, etc.) and is set to record her first CD. Sabrina is an accomplished classical and jazz pianist and is writing some pop jazz songs for her album. She’s also a great photographic subject …
The Fasts are some of the most talented, down to earth people we’ve worked with. I’ve always wondered if they have a couple sound proof rooms in their home for all the music practicing that goes on – voice, piano, violin, guitar, keyboards and who knows what else.
They asked Jason to take some photographs for their newest CD. They were looking for something artistic, classy and fun. We’ll post their final cover and a link to their gospel music website when it’s all ready. In the meantime, here are a few of the photos from their session …
I miss the feeling that new back to school clothes give you. Check out these gangstas modeling their new threads …
While we shoot digital, we still do have film cameras that we use at our portrait sessions. We use film for cross processed and infrared film. Cross processed film has amazing punchy colours and if you have a good photographer and lab, the skin tones will still be natural (not green or other off-color). Since it takes longer to get the photographs back, we usually don’t blog them but we thought we’d post a few recent shots…
From Kirstal Barret’s session for her CD cover. These photos are taken with a vintage Roliflex twin lens reflex camera…
And a few photographs from Heather and Zac’s engagement session…
We had a photosession this weekend with emerging country singer Kristal Barrett. We met her when she was performing at the Bridal Extravaganza and have been looking forward to capturing her sparkling personality and her silky voice in photographs. She’s the one we needed the yellow chair for.
She has one more trip to Toronto to complete her recording and will be releasing a single this summer with the CD due to come out in fall. We can’t wait to hear it and wish her all the best with her career!
We used film on this session so we don’t have the cross processed photographs taken with our vintage twin lens reflex camera back yet. We will post a few more shots when we get them back.