Surrey concert for Beaver who stands to play drums and sing blues-rocking songs

'I still feel Canadian,' says Halifax-raised, Austin-based musician signed to Alligator Records

** Updated story: The Cloverdale concert date for Lindsay Beaver, originally set for Aug. 30 at Shannon Hall, has been cancelled. “Cloverdale Concerts is sad to announce that the August 30th Lindsay Beaver Show with Special Guests the Steve Kozak Band is cancelled,” the event presenter says in a Facebook post. “We thought we could make this show work on the long weekend and Lindsay was amazing to fit this gig into her tour, but almost everyone seems to be out of town on show day and despite all of our efforts we have only sold a handful of tickets. We apologize to the bands and the fans.”

Tom Zillich’s original feature story is posted below:

The road has been a long one for musician Lindsay Beaver, who is based in Austin but apparently doesn’t actually live there much.

No, she’s touring most of the time with the blues-rocking band she fronts, as singer and drummer.

“Oh, we’ve been touring for close to eight years solid, with a month or a week of two off in between, every so often,” Beaver said on the phone from Seattle, another stop on a tour that will have her hitting the stage at Cloverdale’s Shannon Hall on Friday, Aug. 30.

“I still feel Canadian,” the Halifax native added, “and I spend most of my time there (in Canada), so it’s more of an office I have in Austin, really.”

The Cloverdale Concerts series gig will be Beaver’s first in Surrey, but she’s no stranger to live-music venues in Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

On stage, Beaver stands front and centre at her drum kit and sings songs “from the depths of her soul,” as an Alligator Records bio accurately describes.

Last October, the record company released Tough as Love, a 12-song collection that features seven originals and production by Beaver.

“Signing with Alligator is a true stamp of approval for any roots music artist,” says Beaver, who has been releasing her own recordings and performing professionally for more than 15 years, first as a singer and then as a band-leading vocalist and drummer. “It’s like a dream come true.”

Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer calls Beaver a great young talent.

“Her songs evoke the spirit of 1950s and ’60s R&B and blues, but her singing and playing infuse them with a raw, rocking punk energy. Her music is full of unvarnished emotion and power.”

A classically trained vocalist and a jazz-trained drummer, Beaver self-released five albums with her band, the 24th Street Wailers, before she set out to record and tour under her own name.

She started drumming and singing simultaneously about a decade ago, but began to stand behind the kit only a couple years ago.

In Cloverdale, Vancouver-based Steve Kozak Band will open the show. Tickets are $25 per person, or $30 with barbecue dinner, via showpass.com. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets at showpass.com.

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