Sonic Elder is a unique theatrical experience that features a six-piece band of performers all aged between 65 and 75 years old playing music that inspired them as young people. The musical numbers are interspersed with their personal stories of discovering music, major life changes, the beginnings of the anti-war movement, and Vancouver's music culture in the 1950s and early 60s.
The show takes place at The Penthouse Night Club, one of Vancouver's last remaining entertainment venues from the 1940's. It's an operating strip club in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
Artists involved with Sonic Elder:
BILL SAMPLE - Musical Director/Performer/Keyboards
Bill Sample is a pianist, composer, arranger and music director. With a career spanning four decades, his reputation as a skilled musician is unsurpassed. From recording with well-loved artists to writing and producing jingles for international advertising campaigns, Bill is a first call musician and composer in Vancouver. A recent highlight of Bills career includes playing on the 2008, Grammy-winning Ratatouille soundtrack. Over the past 10 years Bills recording credits include Ashanti, Simple Plan, Michelle Wright, Jim Brickman, Randy Bachman (Jazz Thing), Eric Bibb, Valdy, Seal, Wakim Chow, Norman Foote and countless TV and radio commercials. Bill has been the Musical Director for numerous musicals including Its Time to Sing and Cookin at the Cookery for the Arts Club and The Fantasticks and La Cage Aux Folles at the Vancouver Playhouse. In 2003, Bill was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.
HARRY WALKER - Creator/Performer/Lead Vocals
Vancouver singer Harry Walker and his band the Hi-Fives had a hit tune in 1961 with Mean Old Woman Blues. The Hi-Fives were the house band at the New Delhi for 10 years. Harry was also a part owner of the Harlem Nocturne in Vancouver. He has been selling cars for the past 40 years and is a regular at open jams around the city.
JONI MOORE - Creator/Performer/Lead Vocals
Singer Joni Moore was known as Canadas Brenda Lee and sang at every club in Vancouver and beyond. She joined The Shades at the age of 14. She currently lives in Nanaimo, BC. Before Sonic Elder, she had not sung in over 10 years.
WILLIAM BUTLER - Creator/Performer/Guitar/Vocals
Guitarist and singer Billy Butler is originally from England, where he played in many groups through the 1950s and 60s, most notably with the band Gullivers People. He now resides in Vancouver and can still be found playing gigs up and down Commercial Drive.
RON KOSAKA- Creator/Performer/Bass
Bassist Ron Kosaka started The Shades as a high school student in the 1950s and played dances around Vancouver for years. He has been working in the steel industry for the past 40 years.
BUFF ALLEN- Creator/Performer/Drums
-2003 Juno Nominee, best vocal jazz album, Joani Taylor and Bob Murphy
-1989 Juno Award winner, best jazz album (Hugh Fraser Quintet, "Looking Up")
-1987 Laureate, CBC-Alcan Jazz Competition Montreal Jazz Festival
- performances with Ed Bickert, Johnny Hartman, Lenny Breau, Teddy Wilson, all world renowed jazz musicians
- 1991 Canada Council Jury member for "B" grant selection
-Buff plays and endorses Istanbul Agop cymbals
The Penthouse Nightclub (View)
1019 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8
|Minimum Age: 19|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|