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Five Alarm Funk will Rock the Sky Friday at Waverley

As part of their 10th anniversary tour, Five Alarm Funk is bringing their show back to Cumberland on Jan. 10. This will be the first show in the Waverley Hotel after the most recent renovations. - Photo submitted
As part of their 10th anniversary tour, Five Alarm Funk is bringing their show back to Cumberland on Jan. 10. This will be the first show in the Waverley Hotel after the most recent renovations.
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The Waverley welcomes back one of their favourite bands, on their 10th year anniversary tour, to showcase the latest renovations to the hotel planned for the first week of 2014.

Five Alarm Funk have taken their fourth studio album, Rock the Sky, on the road. It was nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards and Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2013 WCMAs.

Fans will be able to hear these tracks live in Cumberland.

As the name implies, and the epic Pegasus on the cover attests, Rock the Sky has the band embracing their rock influences.

Iron Pegasus is Iron Maiden meeting Tower of Power in an Egyptian bazaar, while Wash Your Face evokes Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock fighting to the death. The funk is not forgotten in The Critic, with heavy baritone sax propelling a slow and sexy groove.

On stage, 10 musicians perform intricate and airtight arrangements with delirious dance moves and full-on head banging. Choreographed arm movements coincide with melodic climaxes, while the four percussionists create a true spectacle, not to be missed.

The horn-powered, percussion-fuelled sonic and visual assault has brought their relentless and unforgettable live show to clubs and major festivals across Canada and the United States for over a decade. Touring around in their trusty 15-passenger van numerous times, they have built their fan base from the ground up.

From over 500 Five Alarm Funk shows some highlights include: Vancouver Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Shambhala, The Big Time Out in B.C., Sunfest in London, Ont.; Ness Creek Festival in Saskatchewan, Summer Meltdown in Washington, the Keelung Mid-Summer Festival in Taiwan, and numerous sold-out shows at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.

For more about the band, see http://fivealarmfunk.com and www.facebook.com/fivealarmfunk.

Tickets for the Jan. 10 Waverley gig are available online at cumberlandvillageworks.com, at Bop City, the Waverley or by phoning 250-336-8322. Doors at 9:30 p.m.

— Cumberland Village Works

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