Gentry jamming with musical performances
Thursday, Mar 08, 2018 06:00 am
The Gentry Espresso and Wine Bar will welcome Canadian singer Rhonda Louise on March 9 and will also welcome back Robert Burton Hubele and Brad Steckel on March 24.
Louise is a Christian and gospel singer and songwriter who also is a very experienced pianist. After suffering a near-fatal illness as a child and being frequently sick while growing up, then experiencing sickness and healing in her family, Louise uses her experiences to power her lyrics, telling stories of loneliness and emotional pain, but also about peace and joy.
The singer shares her music within church services, coffee houses, bistros, house concerts as well as her own concerts, tailoring her song choices to each unique group of guests.
“Songwriting is extremely vulnerable and revealing. It’s somewhat of a musical diary,” Louise said.
“Every song I write and perform has a story behind it, as if to say ‘Here is what I have felt, lived through, learned from and what I have celebrated.’ When I am ready to share that memory with my fans, it’s an incredibly special moment.”
“I love meeting everyone at my shows and enjoy hearing their stories and how they relate to a song or lyric.”
Louise just recently came out with four new singles titled, Addict, It’s My Life, Sugar and Spice as well as Rahab. All songs are available on iTunes for 99 cents.
Tickets for Lousie’s 7 p.m. show at the Gentry are going for $10 a person and are available by calling 403-932-6240.
ROBERT BURTON HUBELE AND BRAD STECKEL
Robert Burton Hubele wrote his first song at the age of 21 when he was growing up in the prairies of Southern Alberta. Hubele is self-taught, and plays a large mix of jazz, blues and a touch of country. He grew up listening and playing along to the tunes of B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and Freedie and Albert King, while also mixing in country songs played by Hank Williams, Hank Snow and Marty Robbins.
Hubele, who now makes Calgary his home, has five CDs released, including two with his playing partner Brad Steckel called She Won’t Talk to Me and Highway of Dreams.
Steckel was born in Easton, Pennsylvania and has been a professional musician since the age of 14. After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he worked extensively up and down the Eastern United States from Massachusetts to Florida with various rock, R&B and jazz groups. After a US tour, supporting groups like Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper and Kiss, Steckel moved to Calgary.
Steckel has been in the city ever since, working on recording projects like Hammersmith, 451, Prototype as well as special projects such as music for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games. Steckel brings more than 30 years of entertainment, recording and production experience and currently owns and operates his own recording studio called Nevin Park Productions.
Tickets for Hubele and Steckel’s performance are available for $10 at the door of the Gentry.