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Blue Moon Marquee and Leaf Rapids on a double bill at the Empress

Keri Latimer and Devin Latimer are Leaf Rapids. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
Jasmine Colette and A.W. Cardinal are Blue Moon Marquee PHOTO BY ADAM PW SMITH

The Empress is introducing its first double-bill performance of the long-running Centre Stage Concert Series.
Two unique Canadian bands — Leaf Rapids and Blue Moon Marquee — will play together Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
This Winnipeg-based duo Leaf Rapids performs their own brand of alternative-folk.
A husband-and-wife team, Keri and Devin Latimer are multi-talented musicians who won a Juno Award for their alt-country band, Nathan.
Keri Latimer, who grew up in Lethbridge, possesses sweet, pure vocals and crazy skills on the eerie-sounding theremin.
Combined with Devin Latimer’s wicked bass, the duo creates songs so perfect you’d swear they were traditional.
Leaf Rapids has two albums under their belt: 2015’s Lucky Stars and last year’s sophomore album, Citizen Alien, which weaves together delicate melodies and whimsical stories based on their family histories.
The album was released in May 2019 to critical acclaim and has been charting steadily on the Canadian National Earshot Roots/Blues Chart with the number one position for June and July.
In November, Citizen Alien was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year. The awards will be announced in April.
Blue Moon Marquee is a gypsy blues band influenced by swing, jazz, old delta blues, and ragtime.
Cree/ Metis guitarist and vocalist A.W. Cardinal and multi-instrumentalist Jasmine Colette (vocals, bass, drums) write and perform original compositions that merge contemporary sounds with old Native soul.
With the energy and sound of a full band, Colette, the rhythm section, not only commands the upright bass but also brings the swing with her feet on the kick drum, snare and high hat, all while singing harmonies.
Cardinal’s thick and smoky vocals barrel out like a raging bull; his guitar crackles with the swinging energy of jazz tinged blues.
Appreciated for their authenticity, Blue Moon Marquee have been nominated for a Maple Blues Award as best new artist of the year, 2016.
The duo was also the most requested band for the 2016 and 2017 TD International Jazz Festival circuit across Canada.
They were nominated for Indigenous Artist of the Year (2017), presented by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
At the end of January 2020 Blue Moon Marquee made it to the semi-finals of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
They’ve released three full length albums of their original compositions: Gypsy Blues (2016), Lonesome Ghosts (2014) and Stainless Steel Heart (2013).
Leaf Rapids and Blue Moon Marquee are the fifth concert of the Empress’ 2019-’20 Centre Stage series.
The final Centre Stage concert features Braden Gates and Russell deCarle on April 18.

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