Rainbow’s 35th Anniversary Party: The Commotions @ The Rainbow

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Rainbow’s 35th Anniversary Party: The Commotions @ The Rainbow



Ottawa’s The Commotions have sidestepped the lightweight pop craze and taken the back roads straight into the hearts of their loyal followers, earning unwavering support from the true lovers of genuine, unsullied soul music. This 12-piece, sharply dressed, original throwback to the days of Motown is an evolved collection of Canada’s top funk & jazz players.

This band originally united to provide a Canadian contingent to Funk Brother’s (Motown Records) lead vocalist Delbert Nelson as “Delbert & The Commotions”. The band’s Musical Director, Brian Asselin honed his skills performing with acts such as The Funk Brothers, and his original music has been featured on HBO’s Looking and ABC’s The Fosters in the U.S.

The Commotions are currently working with Canadian soul hero Jarvis Church of The Philosopher Kings, JUNO Award winner Steve Marriner of Monkey Junk, Steve Berndt of the Jivewires, JUNO-Nominated saxophonist Petr Cancura, and jazz hero Mark Ferguson. The band features vocalists Jeff Rogers (Silver Creek and The Cooper Brothers) and Rebecca Noelle (The PepTides, Rumours, La Voix and David Gogo.) With a sonically monumental performance and an energizing visual display, The Commotions command every room they play, drawing in audiences with their sizzling brass section, thumping backbeat, and sensitive ballads.

Rebecca Noelle – Vocal
Jeff Rogers – Vocal
Mackenzie Di millo – Vocal
Clayton Connell – Piano
David Gaw – Guitar
Ken Seeley – Bass
Jeff Asselin – Drums
Fred Paci – Trumpet
Ed Lister – Trumpet
Brian Asselin – Musical Director, Tenor Saxophone
Steve Berndt – Trombone
Richard Page – Bari Saxophone

Some people let adages and axioms slide off their shoulders. Others recognize their essential wisdom and run with them. A sterling example of the latter is the Commotions, for whom the sage chestnut, “Go big or go home” acts as a kind of roadmap for navigating the way forward. The dapper Ottawa-based combo – 11 regular members plus a touring vocalist – has two lead singers, three songwriters, and a five-piece horn section featuring tenor and baritone sax, a pair of trumpets, and a trombone. The guest line-up on their vibrant new album Volume II includes another 15 souls, among them some of the best musicians on the planet.

The Commotions write epic, sparkling, uncommonly skilled jazzy, funky soul/pop that, depending on where you are on Volume II, conjure everything from Motown to Stax to Jake and Elwood. As musical director, producer, songwriter, and tenor sax ace, Brian Asselin explains, “the Commotions are more about reclaiming the spirit of soul.” Except, of course, the Commotions do it bigger.



November 29 2019


Date: November 29, 2019
Time: 9:00 pm
Cost: $15
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