Blues Boss back in town

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, 74 year-old piano master, will share his talent during a workshop on Wednesday afternoon and then presents a concert that same evening at Omenica Arts Centre.

This isn't the first time Prince George will see the talented Kelowna-based boogie woogie piano player and if he has anything to say about it, it won't be the last.

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"The workshop will mostly be about the history of boogie woogie piano music and how that style of music influenced musicians to play R&B and rock and roll and even gospel music," Wayne said. "Boogie woogie leaves a nice trail that created all the other types of music we hear today."

Well known for wearing zoot suits he has specially made for when he tickles the ivories, Wayne has decades of experience as a musician, traveling the globe to share his talent.

"It's always been a tradition for the piano players to dress up because would be performing in a concert or in church," Wayne said. "Dressing up in a suit and tie has always been an elegant part of playing the piano. For me I took it a step further from the classic black suit to ones that have a bit of flair to them."

Wayne said he got the inspiration from Jim Carrey's movie The Mask where the era embraced all the beautiful bright colours and he just couldn't resist incorporating those into his performances.

Wayne will stop by Prince George during his Rendezvous With The Blues tour and the focus will be music from his tenth album released in 2018 called Inspired By The Blues.

"I'm not looking for a different path," the Kelowna-based performer said. "I love that jump blues and boogie-woogie. That's where my heart is at. I'm just trying to keep that style alive. That's classic stuff. And I'm at that classic age, so it all works out."

The music is up-tempo and reflects on the many things that Wayne has seen on the streets during his travels, he said.

"During the concert people will listen to a variety of good music," Wayne added. "It'll be good to be back in Prince George and I invite everyone to come see the show."

The concert takes place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Omineca Arts Cenre, 369 Victoria St. Admission is $25.

 

For more information visit ominencaartscentre.com. For more information email  info@ominecaartscentre.com or call 250-552-0826.

 

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