Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Vancouver’s Hippest Funk Band Tours to Spruce Grove

Brickhouse Brings Their Original Blues, Funk, and Classic R & B Covers to Horizon Stage on Friday, April 27

With original, funky tracks and cleverly covered classic R&B tunes, Vancouver’s Brickhouse blends classic and modern (Blue Funk) with an ease that makes hearing and seeing them an addictive experience. For 12 years, Brickhouse was the official late-night house band for Vancouver’s famous Yale Hotel. It was on the Yale stage and through their popular Blues Cruise harbor tour concerts, that they built a legion of fans as diverse as you can get: hipsters, university students, baby boomers, tourists, and other musicians. Everyone who has experienced the band live has grown to love their brand of groovy, bluesy, funky music. Horizon Stage is excited to offer the Brickhouse experience to local fans on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Known for almost-hypnotically melding the mind, body, and soul, Brickhouse audiences become part of a fantastic live music experience. With a list of original material that rivals the number of keys on a full size piano, they deliver a message that attracts the young at heart. The Brickhouse experience is inclusive, not exclusive, which means all are welcome to the party! With over 1000 members on their facebook fan page, and 200+ live shows a year, it’s no wonder that it sometimes feels like their fans choose the set list. Rob Bracken (lead vocals and harmonica), Ray Keesh (bass guitar), Ed Johnson (drums, percussion, and backing vocals), Oldrich (OZ) Zitek (saxophone and backing vocals), Neil Cruickshank (guitar and backing vocals) and Darryl Havers (Hammond organ, keyboards, and backing vocals), put on an intense show full of great tunes that will get inside your head and stay there.

In 2016 Brickhouse recorded their most recent CD, Future. Going into the studio was a great bonding experience for Rob, Ray, Neil, Darryl, Oz and Ed. It energized the band as they celebrated over a decade of making great music together. Future is a collection of songs that grew out of gigging and collaborating live and, although Rob wrote just about every one, the band gave each other enough space to let their individual musicianship affect the overall vibe of every tune. That IS Brickhouse’s brand.

Seeing Brickhouse live is considered one of the Top 10 coolest things you can do in Vancouver and now it’s also one of the coolest things that you can do in the Edmonton area. Catch them at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through

"These guys never get boring!  Whether or not you have got the blues or the rhythm, 
make it your mandate to experience some (of their) soulful R&B…”
- John Tanner, Vancouver Observer

“For a guaranteed draw and a happy crowd, it’s a ‘lock’ with Brickhouse."
- Keith Alexander, AD, Edge of the World Music Festival

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