Things are getting bigger and better with the Bellevegas family of entertainers. Building on the success of the first three Bellevegas concerts, Bellevegas IV, taking place on Saturday, November 5, at the Empire Theatre in Belleville, will feature the modern big band sounds of The Dan Shaer Big Band. This 18-piece band was started by Dan Shaer in the mid-90s as The Music of Your Life Orchestra, representing the internationally syndicated radio show of the same name. Under Dan’s leadership, the band represented the radio show, performing live concerts and dances across Ontario at various venues, including the Royal York Hotel and the Harbour Castle in Toronto. The band was also featured in the touring musical I’ve Heard That Song Before.
The Dan Shaer Big Band is not your traditional big band. Their moto is ‘Not your grandma’s big band.’ Since its inception, the band has featured a modern sound, similar to the Brian Setzer and Phil Collins big bands, performing modern versions of traditional big band music and contemporary music. The members of the band come from Kingston through to Toronto, up to Peterborough and the Quinte area.
For those not familiar with the Bellevegas concerts, the continuing goal of the concerts is to help raise funds for the Quinte Arts Council and to support their ongoing programs. We bring together a great band – for the first three concerts we featured Variety the Dance and Show Band and The Power Connection – and 12 of the best vocalists in the Quinte region.
A lot of the cast from Bellevegas IV will be returning including, our ladies of song, Jeanette Arsenault, Lenni Stewart, Wendy Shaer, Susan Walsh, Kim Dafoe, Debra Tosh, and Jenn Miller. We are also fortunate to feature Tim Campbell, Tim Hunt, John Miller and a soon-to-be announced guest male vocalist.
Joining us for her debut with the Bellevegas family will be Sonya Zaback, a very talented singer and entertainer. Sonya is the daughter of Al Zaback another well-known singer in the Quinte area. A Belleville native, currently living in Prince Edward County, Sonya fell in love with the stage as a child. She has performed as an actor with several local theatre companies, and as a vocalist, regularly appearing at venues such as Capers Restaurant, The Belleville Club, and Night Kitchen Too.
So join us on Saturday, November 5, for an evening of great entertainment and the rare opportunity to see and hear The Dan Shaer Big Band with 12 amazing vocalists and support a great cause at the same time. Book your tickets soon, at the Empire Theatre – this show will sell out quickly.
Don’t miss this incredible night of music and entertainment that will have you bopping in your chairs and dancing in the aisles. Tickets are $25 each, plus surcharges and tax, and are available at http://www.theempiretheatre.com or by calling 613-969-0099.