I always thought the pairing of soul tunes and burlesque would be a fine combination, a few Friday's back I got to witness it first hand at "Soul Mates". The combination of live music and burlesque has been on the scene in Vancouver for a few years, mainly as an add on. However, this gig on Good Friday was a complete gig with band and dancers playing equal roles on stage.
The event was produced by Rebel Valentine, together with dancers Ruthe Ordare, Valery Vyntage, Camero Luvroc & April O Peel, the ladies put on a fabulous show that the audience got in to and grooved along to the tunes.
The All Nighters band consisted of Eric on bass, Joel on guitar, Cris on drums and Mark on keys. The band got off to a bit of a shakey start as this was their first gig with the line-up but after about 30 mins they settled down and took command of the tunes. Some of the great songs we heard "Ain't too Proud to Beg", "Get Ready", "Mercy" and a rousing version of "I Just want to make love with you". Rebel's highlight as always was her interpretation of Tina Turner's version of Zeppelin's "Whole lotta Love", which still gets me thinking of Robert Plant in a leather mini and hi-heels !
The venue at the Sin Bin has seen some changes over the years. The last time I was at the location it was for a Green Party event and an Afro-Cuban drum troupe was playing. It's a medium size venue, close to Olympic Village Skytrain at the south end of the Cambie bridge, located at 295 West 2nd Ave. Not bad location wise, but they have to beef up their PA if they want bands there on a regular basis.
The same line up of luvly ladies will appear at the Great Bear Pub, 5665 Kingsway on April 20. Check out the event on Facebook.