Get Stung with Dance Fever

By Christine Séguin — Wed, 23/07/2014 - 11:15

Who doesn’t love a good dance party? Whether you’re alone in your living room or you’re out with friends, letting your blackbone slide, shaking your hips and shuffling your feet is always a good time… and all it takes is a perfect playlist.

The Hornettes will be igniting nostalgia at the Blacksheep Inn on Saturday for the High Summer New Moon Dance Party. Don’t have a ride? No problem! The party starts early with a round-trip shuttle bus that will bring fans from the Canadian Museum of Nature to the revered venue and back. “We really enjoy playing the Blacksheep,” shared guitarist Jeff deValk. “It’s our favorite venue to play in town. It’s a magical place and they are very gracious hosts.”

deValk did not expect the party to last this long when he posted a call for singers on Kijiji to start a Motown style band but the band will be coming up on the fourth anniversary of their first show in December. “The band is like a family now, a few of us are actually roommates and it’s become about more than just musicians playing great songs.” deValk grew up listening to his dad’s Motown records, dancing on his coffee table; he didn’t know he’d grow up to play the songs, dancing up on stage.

The band has become a hot ticket item, playing a sold out New Year’s show this past year along with a performance at the TD Canada Trust Jazz festival. They also know how to rock a private party and put on a mean holiday themed show. So if you’re looking for great entertainment for your next party, you know who to call.

I asked deValk why he thinks the band has gained so much popularity, but really, what’s not to love? Two gorgeous and talented singers, some sick horns and mean rhythm section belting the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Ike and Tina and Sly and the Family Stone; even the most curmudgeon and cynical music critic would be compelled to dance. “We crank the energy, tempo and the volume up. We make sure our energy is pouring out on to the stage and I think there is really something contagious about that.”

The lineup of the band has been shaken up a bit since singer Anna became a new mom this year on Canada Day. They will be playing on Saturday with a new singer Melanie, who will stay on when Anna returns to reinstate the band’s original three singer formation, Supremes style. 

The Hornettes hope to continue infecting Ottawa and Canada with dance fever. They’ve just signed on with booking agency Partick Artists, who also work with Craig Cardiff and Jim Bryson. They also hope to fold in some more original material with their classic hits. “We’ve got about a dozen originals now and just released a 4 song self-titled EP. My passion and ambition is songwriting but it’s not always easy to find the time to write and record new material.” With all the ass-shaking parties they throw, I can definitely understand.

There’s no excuse to sit at home Saturday night. Get your butt on a bus, head over to Wakefield and dance to your heart’s content. You can even win a pair of tickets! Check out Couch Assassin’s Facebook page for more details.

The Hornettes New Moon Dance Party
Saturday, July 26, 2014 @8:30pm
Black Sheep Inn
$10

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