Ana Bon Bon
with Secret Emchy Society and Yours Truly, Michele
PWYC, $10 sugg.
From the Promoter
Twang-Fueled SECRET EMCHY SOCIETY, Folk Chanteuse YOURS TRULY, MICHELE and Accordion Queen Ana Bon Bon Take Vancouver
Mar 21 Sees the Sinners & Songbirds tour teaming up with Ana Bon Bon at WISE Hall
Join Blues Cabaret Chanteuse Ana Bon Bon, the first lady of queer country Cindy Emch (Secret Emchy Society), and torch song singer Yours Truly, Michele for an intimate night of rootsy americana music on Wednesday March 21st at 8pm. It’s going to be a boot stompin’ heart breakin’ triple twang line up of intoxicating western cabaret at the WISE Hall, not to be missed.
How did a couple of ladies from California come to find themselves playing at one of the finest venues in Vancouver along with local treasure Ana Bon Bon? The story goes like this: Still sporting a heady high from her previous show at the Accordion Noir Festival in the fall of 2017 - Cindy Emch (Secret Emchy Society) and Michele Kappel (Yours Truly, Michele) were planning the route for their 2018 Songbirds & Sinners tour, and Cindy knew that they needed to come back to her Vancouver home away from home - The WISE Hall - where she has played previously with Carolyn Mark, Hank Pine, Kitty & the Rooster, and the Creaking Planks. The stars aligned when Ana Bon Bon - whom Emch had shared a Victoria stage with back in 2016 - was available for the show, and the three women knew they had some truly extra special twang up their sleeve for the night. “…the last time we [Emch & Bon Bon] played together we had so much fun I broke her accordion. Who knows what could happen this time around!” - Cindy Emch
March 21, 2018
Ana Bon Bon, Secret Emchy Society, & Yours Truly, Michele
1882 Adanac St
Vancouver, BC V5L 4E5
SECRET EMCHY SOCIETY
Cindy Emch from Oakland, CA is the “Emchy” at the heart of the “Secret Emchy Society.” She writes and performs cowboy songs, drinking tunes, and old-school country music. In 2017 she was named by Huffington Post as the “First Lady of Queer Country,” by TheBoot.com as one of the Top 10 Queer Country Artists to check out for REAL country music fans, and had her 2017 debut album listed by the Atlanta Auditory Association as on of the top 50 of the year. As a fixture of seminal Bay-area Americana-inflected bands such as Vagabondage, Rhubarb Whiskey and The Oakland Wine Drinker’s Union, and former Accordion Babe, Emch is touring to support her new album ‘The Stars Fall Shooting Into Twangsville’ which was recorded in Victoria, BC and features Carolyn Mark, Tolan McNeil, Grayson Walker, and more.
“The Stars Fall Shooting into Twangsville is a gem of an album that will hold its own through time.” - Atlanta Auditory Association
"Songs which could be used to score a romantic montage for Bonnie and Clyde.” Now This Sound Is Brave
“An irresistible, rebellious combination of swinging honky-tonk, tear-jerking ballads and danceable zydeco with a dose of theatrical and cabaret-like elements.” - AltCountryForum
YOURS TRULY, MICHELE
Yours Truly, Michele, may best capture the heady mix of influences and experiences she can bring to any party simply by showing up. With a sound infused with 60s pop, shadowy torch songs, and touched by Americana Roots-Rock, it is truly Michele Kappel’s own brand of music. She co-founded the Garage-Pop Alt Rock band The Kirby Grips (Sympathy For The Record Industry), performing behind the drum kit on national stages including at Noise Pop and CMJ. When The Kirby Grips paused for an indefinite amount of time, Kappel created ukulele-toting folk pop artist Tippy Canoe and started writing her own melody-rich songs, inspired by influences as diverse as Squeeze, Ray Price, and the Spector Wall of Sound. More recently, Kappel incarnated as one-half of the close-harmony, country-tinged, impeccably decked out duo, Heartache Sisters and was behind the drum kit with classic country band Laura Benitez & the Heartache. YTM, however, puts Kappel’s style, substance and well-honed musical sensibilities front and center. “No matter your mood, you’ll walk away with a smile. It’s cheaper than therapy." Tony DuShane at The San Francisco Chronicle wrote of a YTM performance, which by turns can evoke Debbie Harry, Erin McKeown, and Patsy Cline.
“No matter your mood, you’ll walk away with a smile. It’s cheaper than therapy." - SF Chronicle
ANA BON BON
The “exotic prairie gospel” of Ana Bon Bon is not to be missed. Chanteuse, accordionist, songwriter, and musical hostess, she delivers an intoxicating dose of jump blues, western swing, cabaret, spirituals, and double-entendre lyrics all wrapped up in one big wood-choppin' gal with seasoned vocals and a bump'n'grind squeezy-box. A countryfried and mountain-whipped genre-bending performer, she squeezes savoury rhythms from her saucy bellows box to bring joy and comfort to those in yearning. An Ana Bon-Bon performance can transport you to the rollicking music hall stages of the 1900s or a country juke joint on a sultry summer afternoon. Bon-Bon is naturally cabaret with a raw blues constitution.
“Exotic prairie gospel” ~The late, great Ray Condo, the 'Canadian King of Western Swing'
"...clearly gets around." ~Allan MacInnis, writer