Mars invades The Reach

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford is preparing for a Martian invasion, when Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars touch down March 18 at 7 p.m. for Live @ The Reach.

Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars are coming to The Reach.

Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars are coming to The Reach.

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford is preparing for a Martian invasion, when Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars touch down March 18 at 7 p.m. for Live @ The Reach.

From a cappella performances to big band flare, psychedelic jammin’ rock to lyrical spoken word, European choral tours to healing-sound ceremony, Deanna Knight is today exploring great old tunes in the acoustic, gypsy-jazz stylings of her band.

The Hot Club of Mars has been swinging around Vancouver since the 1970s, sharing their Django-inspired gypsy jazz. Originally known as the Kitsilano Kat Kickers they have mentored endless musicians in this upbeat, toe tappin’ style.

Things really started heating up when performance songwriter, Deanna Knight joined them. Now their longest-running chanteuse, the lovely and talented Deanna adds a magic sparkle that really brings these wonderful tunes to life with style, power and grace. She writes her originals with as much depth and pizzazz as she delivers them.

Acoustic bassist Charlie Knowles “kicks the cat” with finesse, while guitarist Steve “Bugzy” Szabo keeps the rhythms chugging. Martian Ambassador Don Kellett spins sweet Djangoesque lines on lead slide and guitars, and the newest Martian import, violinist Tom Neville, channels the spirit of the late great Stephane Grappelli, rounding out the sound for an ensemble of roots jazz.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 or $12 for students, and are available at The Reach.

Live @ The Reach is an eclectic music series presented by The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford – a great night of music surrounded by the latest exhibitions.

For more information and tickets call 604-864-8087 ext. 111 or email info@thereach.ca. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at thereach.ca  The Reach is located at 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford, one block north of the corner of Trethewey and South Fraser Way. Live @ The Reach is funded with support from the Abbotsford Community Foundation.