Alan Gerber in concert

Show set for this Friday at the Centre for Active Living

Alan Gerber will perform in Brentwood Bay at the Centre for Active living this Friday

BRENTWOOD BAY — Alan Gerber’s will be hitting the stage in Brentwood Bay this weekend.

Gerber’s career spans more than 40 years and is rich in modern music history.

At the age of 15 he won a songwriting contest and had two original songs recorded at the legendary Chess Studio. On the day he went in to record the studio was being painted — by recording artist Chuck Berry.

“That was a real life lesson in the fickle nature of the music business,” Gerber said.

Lured from university in 1965 by producer Paul Rothchild, Gerber became singer, songwriter and keyboardist for the super-group Rhinoceros.

With the release of two albums, Rhinoceros toured North America with the likes of Janis Joplin, BB King, Jefferson Airplane, Traffic, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf and others.

Home for Gerber was the famed Chelsea Hotel with Andy Warhol and Janis Joplin as his fellow tenants.

Gerber left Rhinoceros and released his first solo effort in 1971 and toured with Leon Russell. He also placed two songs on the soundtrack of Bob Dylan’s movie Renaldo and Clara.

For several years Alan lived in France and toured with his All Star American Blues Review before settling in Quebec.

In 1994, he produced and released Chicken Walk. He followed that up with Fools That Try in 1997 and The Boogie Man in 1999.

When demand for a live CD began to surface, Alan took the studio on the road and produced Alan Gerber Live in 2002.  In 2005 he released the critically acclaimed Blue Tube.

His next CD, Queen of Hearts, included a duet with his teenage daughter Hannah and two songs nominated for the Grammy long-list in 2010.

Gerber’s show is grounded in the blues, but has Appalachian style fiddling, slide guitar and gospel boogie woogie on the piano thrown in.

Tickets for the show at the Centre in Brentwood (cash bar will be available) are $15 and are available at Breadstuffs Bakery, The Dollar Den and online at www.brentwoodbay.info

— With files from Music in the Bay

Just Posted

Mad Hatter’s Ball offers laughs in support of Boys and Girls Club

Annual fundraising event features improv performances at McPherson Playhouse May 24

Penelakut filmmaker Steve Sxwithul’txw finds success in film and TV

Cop-turned-storyteller reaches back to his past for Tribal Police Files

Choir offers a capella take on Beatles hits

Soundings will perform concerts in Oak Bay and Sidney May 24 and 25

VIDEO: Scorpion found in B.C. woman’s kitchen finds new home in Victoria

The Victoria Bug Zoo welcomed the scorpion on Saturday

VIDEO: Horseshoe pitching association appeals to Greater Victora youngsters

Youth horseshoe pitching club offers fun for all ages, says GVHPA

Update: Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Vancouver Island MusicFest: ‘House bands’ from the golden age of rock and R&B

Some of America’s greatest session musicians are coming to the Comox Valley this summer

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

Bucks hammer Raptors 125-103 to take 2-0 playoff series lead

Toronto heads home in a hole after second loss to Milwaukee

Most Read