A Rock and Roll Christmas with Buddy and the Beatles!

Molly, Buddy and the Beatles

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! I’m thrilled to reunite with Vancouver’s own Fab Fourever along with my wife, Molly D, this December. We are touring our acclaimed tribute show to Chilliwack, Ladner, New West, Victoria, Duncan, Campbell River, Maple Ridge and North Vancouver between Dec. 15-22nd to celebrate the music of Buddy Holly and the Beatles and to spread a little holiday cheer.

Give the gift of Rock & Roll this holiday season and get your tickets to a Rock & Roll Christmas with Buddy and the Beatles today!

TOUR DATES AND TICKET INFO:

Dec 15 – Chilliwack, BC
7:30pm – Cultural Centre
Call 604.391.7489 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.ChilliwackCulturalCentre.ca

Dec 16 – Ladner, BC
7:30pm – Genesis Theatre
Call 604.507.6355 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.BellPerformingArtsCentre.com

Dec 17 – New Westminster, BC
7:30pm – Massey Theatre
Call 604.521.5050 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.MasseyTheatre.com

Dec 18 – Victoria. BC
7pm – McPherson Playhouse
Call 250.386.6121 For Tickets, or
Buy Online 24/7 at www.rmts.bc.ca

Dec 19 – Duncan, BC
7:30pm – Cowichan Theatre
Call 250.748.7529 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.cowichanpac.ca

Dec 20 – Campbell River, BC
7:30pm – Tidemark Theatre
Call 250.287.7465 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.TidemarkTheatre.com

Dec 21 – Maple Ridge, BC
7:30pm – The ACT Theatre
Call 604.476.2787 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.TheActMapleRidge.org

 Dec 22 – North Vancouver, BC
7:30pm – Centennial Theatre
Call 604.984.4484 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.CentennialTheatre.com

 

And it burns, burns, burns: The Ring of Fire!

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Ring of Fire: Project Johnny Cash opens tomorrow night.  This dramatized tribute to the late, great Johnny Cash features a cast that really lights up the stage.  Chemainus audiences are in for special treat with the debut of Jonas Shandel as young Cash and Tim Brummund as the “Man in Black” (as he called himself in later years).  Both performers capture the spirit of Johnny with grace, reverence and powerful musicality.  Samantha Currie‘s June is spot on. As Johnny would say, “she is beautiful and she is funny!”  To top it all off I got to assemble my dream band to join me on guitar: Kraig Waye on Bass and Scott Carmichael on drums, with Mark MacRae and Andrea Cross rounding out the ensemble playing every instrument that we could throw at them.  I’m so very proud to make my debut as Musical Director with such a talented cast, crew, and creative team. I’m really looking forward keeping the fire burning at the Chemainus Festival Theatre from now through April 11!

Get your tickets here.

An Entomologist Dream: the Beatles AND the Crickets!

I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended what I joked as an “entomologists dream line-up” – the Legends of Rock & Rock presenting a tribute concert of the Beatles AND Crickets.  We played three packed venues in BC: the Mary Winspear in Sydney,  the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, and the Cowichan Theatre in Duncan.  The shows were very well received and we hope to reunite again for a more extensive tour sometime next year.

Buddy and the Beatles

The Beatles are my long-time favourite band.  It was a dream come true sharing the stage with the Fab Fourever.  Not only was it a dream come true for me but I like to think we were living out a dream for the Beatles themselves.  They were hugely inspired by Buddy but never got a chance to meet him in person.  I think they would have gotten along nearly as well as we did 😉

Another dream came true for me on this tour.  My dream girl, Molly Dee, made her dazzling debut performing in Canada.  She lit up the stage performing highlights from Lulu and Dusty Springfield as well as forging a new act together as “the Everly Lovers”.

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Next up:  Molly Dee and I return along with the wild and wonderful piano talents of Lancy Lapinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis for a Rock & Roll Xmas in December.  See sidebar for dates!

Hey you coastal cats – from Vancouver to St. John’s!

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It seemed I had no sooner taken my final bow on Granville Island that I was boarding an Air Canada flight to the furthest reaches of our country.  All summer we honoured the legacy of one of the most important icons of west coast – Red Robinson.  What better time to honour my own family’s legacy on the east coast by tracing our ancestral roots in Newfoundland.

In Elliston, NL

It’s easy to forget just how vast and expansive our country really is.  We’re closer to Paris than Vancouver pictured here in Elliston, NL.

Along with my mom and siblings, we worked our way up the coast from St. John’s to a the small, fishing village of Elliston where we met some distant relatives and saw some ancestral homes.  We payed tribute to one of our relatives, William Oldford who perished in the great Sealing disaster of 1914 by visiting memorial site and the Sealer’s Museum.

Mom in Bonavista

We saw some gorgeous coastal vistas in Bonavista; took a “Rugged Beauty Boat Tour” with Newfoundland’s “Bill Murray” a.k.a. Bruce in New Bonaventure and finally, danced a jig in a bar on George St. in St. John’s.

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Now I’ve left my coastal Newfoundland for the prairies in the heart of America, rooting on the Royals and trading Cod for BBQ here in Kansas City!

While here, I’m preparing with my crazy little woman, Molly D, to make our return to the west coast this October t0 play with “the Beatles” (Fab Fourever) on Vancouver Island.

Oct 9 - Sydney Oct 10 - Nanaimo Oct. 11 - Duncan

See you then!

Z

 

Happy New Year, 2014!

Thank you to everyone who made 2013 such a fantastic year!  I’ve been a busy and lucky guy, I’ll tell ya.

In 2013…

  • I starred in 2 smash hit productions of “Buddy” – one at the Chemainus Festival Theatre in BC & the New Theatre Restaurant in Kansas City.
  • I premiered Mark Leiren-Young’s first one-man play, “Never Shoot a Stampede Queen” in Vancouver working with one of my favorite theatre artists, TJ Dawe, as director.
  • I scored music for my first web series, the True Heroines.
  • Went on 2 tours with the fantastic team at Legends of Rock & Roll “A Rock & Roll Christmas” and a brand new, killer concept, “The Class of ’59” featuring Buddy, Jerry Lee, Bopper, Connie, Eddie, Elvis, Don & Phil.
  • I went on an epic road trip across the western and southern states and I played in a handful of Phil Ochs Song Nights in the San Francisco Bay area.

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2014 is already upon us and I’ve got some exciting announcements.

I’m beginning the year in America’s most populous urban centre, New York City, doing research to develop a show centred on the folk music scene in the 60s.  Only to fly right back to one of Canada’s most remote and unpopulated beauties, to reprise the Stampede Queen in Haida Gwaii, Jan 31/Feb.1st)

Buddy was such a hit last year that Chemainus is bringing him back again in Feb. 11th – March 8th.

AND – the Arts Club Theatre celebrates it’s 75th Anniversary season with Red Rock Diner (June 19th – August 2nd) where I’ll be rockin’ some of the greatest songs of the 50s/60s that legendary DJ, Red Robinson spun on Vancouver’s airwaves.

Also, I’ll be teaming with my sister to help create some music for Pancake Manor – a hit online series for kids!

With plenty to look forward to I’ve also made the resolution to update this website more regularly so I can share more of my work with the people who enjoy what I do.

Thanks for reading and all the best to you in 2014!

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