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"Lavalights Help Open Golf Course"

The Lavalights, a new five-piece band composed of experienced local musicians, will be performing for the grand re-opening celebration of the newly renovated Maple Ridge Golf Course in Maple Ridge on March 29 beginning at 8:00 p.m.

The club is located at 20818 Golf Lane, Maple Ridge, B.C. and the Saturday night party is intended to launch the club’s new look with an evening of musical entertainment and dancing.

The Lavalights perform an entertaining mix of R & B, soul, blues and swing with two vocalists (James Thorhaug and Cathy Barrington); guitar (James); keyboard (Kathryn Baird); bass guitar (Wayne Evans); and drums (Kerry Paulicelli). The Lavalights band has also invited several special guest musicians to join them on some tunes for a little extra variety throughout the evening.

Robin Kauhane, manager of the venue, said, "We are pleased to support the local live music scene and create a hub for socializing, dining and dancing with friends. We hope people will come check out the changes we’ve made to the club.”

For more details, call the Maple Ridge Golf Course at 604-465-9221.
www.myspace.com/thelavalights
email: kbaird@shaw.ca
- Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows TIMES Newspaper, March 21, 2008


"Maple Ridge Jazz and Blues Festival"

Maple Ridge Jazz & Blues Festival

Featuring performances by La Gran Union with Wil Campa, John Lee Sanders, Sibel Thrasher, Russell Jackson Band, Last Train Home: The Metheny Project, Eli Bennett, Kutapira, Gerald Charlie & Black Owl Blues, Arsen Shomakhov, Nigel Mack & the Blues Attack, the Lavalights, and Creole Jazz Band. Beer garden, barbecue, artisans. More information at www.jazzblues.ca/

Aug. 9, 2008 , 12-11 pm

Tix $20/10 at the gates only, children 12 and under free

Memorial Peace Park (119th Ave. & 224th St., Maple Ridge) - Georgia Straight


"Music on the Wharf"

Maple Ridge News
Music returns to Port Haney wharf

By Sheila Nickols - Maple Ridge News

Published: July 08, 2008 6:00 PM
Updated: July 08, 2008 6:31 PM

Yes, Music on the Wharf will be back for another season, beginning on Monday, July 14th at 7:30 p.m.

Regular fans of this event will be arriving early on Port Haney Wharf to find their favourite location to see and hear the musical offerings.

Because of severe vandalism damage to the Wharf office building, there may be some re-arrangements to the usual set-up, but the Kiwanis refreshment stand will be in its usual place. If plans workout, the audience may be looking at the beautiful river view this year.

To start off the series, we will be hearing from Lavalights. You will probably recognize the musicians, who have appeared in many places in town under a variety of group names. Their musical genre is adult contemporary blues. Kathryn Baird, who has played piano with the Bruce James Orchestra and other groups, will be performing on keyboard. Her partner, James Thorhaug, who was part of the Shakers, will perform on guitar and with vocals.

Another familiar performer is Cathy Barrington, lead singer with Lavalights.

Wayne Evans will play bass guitar, with Kerry Paulicelli rounding out the group on drums and percussion.

Some of their play list numbers include Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Shake, Rattle and Roll, and Son of a Preacher man.

You get the idea; a fun, lively evening’s entertainment.

The Steve Hansen Combo will be performing on July 28th at 7:30 p.m. for the second Music on the Wharf concert of the 2008 season.

Hansen describes the group’s musical style as jump blues, early rhythm and blues rock and roll, and rockabilly. His musicians have been playing under several different names, including The Blue Coachman when they played on Sunday nights at the Jolly Coachman.

The most recent lineup of performers includes Pat Darcus on upright and bass guitar and vocals, Steve Ranta on keyboards and vocals, and Mike Berman on drums and back-up vocals.

Hansen performs lead vocals and guitar. He will be selling copies of his CD Take My Love at the wharf performance.

The final two groups this summer will be the Creole Jazz Band, on August 11th at 7:30 p.m., and the Alouette River band, on August 25th at 7 p.m. The earlier performance time is chosen for a reason: the summer hours of daylight will be getting shorter.

For newcomers to the Music on the Wharf performances, you should bring your own folding chair for comfortable seating. People will direct you to where to line up so everyone can see the performers. Parking is very limited, so walk or car-pool. You may need a sweater or jacket for later in the evening. The first three performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. with a break in the middle so people may purchase refreshments at the Kiwanis booth. Members of the sponsoring Maple Ridge Historical Society will be collecting donations at half-time.

Parents should be careful to supervise their children as they cross the railroad tracks. There are warning bells and mechanical barriers because there is no possibility of one of those freight trains stopping in time to prevent an accident. People with walkers or wheelchairs may be driven down to the wharf, but the vehicle must then be driven away and safely parked.

We have not yet had to do this, but in the event of rain the concert will be moved just up the hill to St. Andrew’s Heritage Hall on 116th Street. The down side would be that only 72 people could get inside, so hope for sun.

Sheila Nickols is a board member of the Maple Ridge Historical Society.
- Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News


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The Lavalights are a group of experienced West Coast Canadian musicians who play a blend of R & B, swing, soul, and blues standards and originals.

The Lavalights five members have played in a number of bands prior to creating The Lavalights. Cathy Barrington has been the lead singer for a number of groups including Tangled Web and The Cathy Barrington Trio. James Thorhaug and Kerry Paulicelli have played in numerous bands and were in The Shakers, a popular Maple Ridge-based blues band; Kathryn Baird played piano with the 17 piece big band, The Bruce James Orchestra; and Kirk Watson, has played with Norman Foote, Rick Scott and Glen Sherman as well as playing in World Music groups, FESO and Chanazukuru.

The band has performed at various venues since its inception in 2007. These include, among others, the Maple Ridge Jazz & Blues Festival, Festival of Friends, and Music on the Wharf.

The Lavalights bring a fun, 60's flavoured Rhythm and Blues style to the stage and their music is great for dancing, listening, or just groovin' at clubs, pubs, dances, festivals, special events, and rec rooms anywhere.