Well-known vocalist and performer Stephanie Greaves and Tom Watson, founder of The Timebenders and The Honeycrooners Big Band are taking a trip down memory lane with Don’t Touch that Dial!, a retrospective of the most memorable music of the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, the Charlie White Theatre will be filled with tunes from the heyday of radio and pop music. This collaboration is the first in a theatre setting for Greaves and Watson. After years of playing private events and smaller venues, they are bringing their big band sound to a bigger stage.
Don’t Touch that Dial! features the music of Frank Sinatra, Patti Page, Dean Martin, Patsy Cline, Louis Prima, Dame Vera Lynn, Nat King Cole and other iconic musicians. The minimalist set is reminiscent of the soundstages that were a hallmark of the era, while a multi-media presentation features a series of photos, videos and scenes of each of the featured performers.
Among a number of musical accomplishments, Greaves has been a guest performer for 10 years with the Naden Band. She performed across Canada during the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Naval Service in a tribute called Sailors and Songs. Her first solo recording will be released this year.
For 20 years Watson has been heading The Timebenders, a retro dance band that features high energy performances and frequent costume changes. He has also had a successful solo show called Vaguely Vegas.
Tickets are $30, and are available at the Mary Winspear Centre, online at www.marywinspear.ca or by telephone at 250-656-0275. Shows run Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.