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"The Homeless Band puts on a great show. Unquestionably talented and unbelievably entertaining, we look forward to having them play whenever they are available. Simply one of the best acts to play Highway 61!"
- Ken McGarrie, Managing Partner
THE HOMELES BAND POURS ON THE LATIN VIBES
Like many on the circuit The Homeless Band has a repertoire of Rock, Blues and R&B covers. The difference is they do it with a supercharged nine-piece lineup. That’s good for the audiences but not so much their pocketbooks.
“It’s tough, man,” Says guitarist/vocalist Jay Vazquez, before this Saturday’s Halloween show at the Abbey Road. “For the sake of the music, we decided to sacrifice the money for now to develop a sound. There’s a lot of bands with horns out there, but they are corporate bands hiring whatever players happen to be available. This is an organized band. We don’t have random guys.”
Their arrangements are good whether it’s Aretha, Sam & Dave, Janis, Brother Ray, Stevie Ray or Santana. The secret weapon here is great Latin vibes making things “hot and spicy.”
Vazquez and his wife – and firebrand singer – Vivian were both well established in their native Mexico when they met and they moved to Toronto.
“We were doing good but on the other hand there’s quality of life and social security to consider” he says. “We decided to come to Canada, I’m very happy we did.”
Two years ago they teamed up with Josh Cohen on bass, Rich da Silva on drums, Mike Wark on sax and flute, Klaus anselm on trumpet and flugel horn, Justin Williams on trombone, Raul Abreu on congas and percussion and Eddie Ruiter on Keyboards.
There’s talent up and down the lineup. Their own material has the same versatility as their covers, with Vivian burning up on Voodoo Woman, then Jay delivering the silky Latin/jazz/pop ballad Things are Changin’.
While their name harks back to their first days in Canada, The Homeless Band now has a buzz. They are booked two to four nights a week and finished second in the 2009 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search.
Next they’re doing some live recordings towards a new CD.
“Our band is a lot about the live experience” Says Vazquez. “We want to capture the essence of what we do and the feel of the band, rather than studio overdubs.”
From “LIVE WIRE” By Mike Beggs.
The Mississauga News.