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Chest Fever: Celebrating 55 Years of the Band

  • Presented By: The Blue Grotto
  • Dates: June 4, 2024
  • Address: 319 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Price: $35 +fees

The stories, legend and community of The Band live on through the passion and magic of Chest Fever, newly embodied in the live performance and burning energy they bring to every stage. Officially approved by Robbie Robertson, Chest Fever is comprised of keyboardist Jody Bagley, guitarist Dan Cervantes, and bassist Blake Dean of the San Diego Music Award winning rock band Mrs. Henry, rounded out with organist/saxophonist Ben Pinnola, and drummer Allan Ritter.

“We set out from the get-go to interpret these songs rather than recreate or pay tribute” explains Bagley. Dean continues, “Like Leonard Bernstein, the goal is to bring to life compositions from one of the great catalogs in the history of music. We like to say at every show: “We are a band playing the Band’s music.” Our band is Mrs. Henry, performing as Chest Fever. It’s like Bruce Wayne by day and Batman by night.”

Chest Fever is far from a cover band. They are reinterpreting classic music with their own collective voice. “We consider it an honor to be performing this music live and having the opportunity to carry the torch of The Band” tells Cervantes. Chest Fever emulates and celebrates the sense of fluidity that permeated the live performances of The Band itself. “The way the songs themselves are played is interpreted on a night-to-night basis” says Ritter. “The parts are all there, but the way they come together fits into this cosmic space of melodies talking to one another and moving in and out of the music.” Indeed, even the famous horn arrangements originally done by Allan Toussaint were reinterpreted by Chest Fever’s orchestral horn/string arranger Jesse Audelo.

2024 marks the 55th anniversary of the release of The Band’s eponymous album, The Band, and the development of an unparalleled legacy in music and culture. Band members Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Robbie Robertson embodied a musical alchemy that has been firmly cemented in myth and legend. The boys in Chest Fever set out this year to bring yet another classic album live to stages around the world. While we can no longer vibe to Robertson and crew through a haze of smoke and the cheer of the crowd, through the inspired work of this modern band of brothers we can still drink deep from the well of cosmic creativity that opened to us all.




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