Folk Club to host West Kelowna con­cert next week­end

The Daily Courier - - WESTSIDE WEEKLY -

The Kelowna Folk Club presents Alan Gerber, Sept. 26, at No. 2, 3105 Thacker Drive, West Kelowna. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the con­cert start­ing at 7:30 p.m.

Gerber is an Amer­i­can-born singer, song­writer, and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist. He is a mem­ber of the re­cently re­united rock band Rhinoceros and also has been pur­su­ing a solo ca­reer through­out the last 30 years. His style shows mul­ti­ple in­flu­ences (blues, folk, jazz), and he is es­pe­cially known for his high-en­ergy per­for­mances and light-hearted, hu­mor-filled lyrics.

Gerber has an ex­ten­sive mu­si­cal re­sume that in­cludes work­ing with Bob Dy­lan, Leon Rus­sell and the Doors’ pro­ducer Paul Rothchild as well as many other no­ta­bles.

Gerber was born and raised in Chicago, May 27, 1947. In 1963, at age 15, he recorded his first ’45 record for the la­bel Earic. He stud­ied mu­sic at Roo­sevelt Univer­sity but left be­fore com­plet­ing his de­gree, un­happy with the for­mal way mu­sic was pre­sented and taught at the time. At age 18, he moved to Los An­ge­les, where he was in­volved in the for­ma­tion of the band Rhinoceros, in which he was a key­boardist, vo­cal­ist and pri­mary song­writer. He left Rhinoceros in 1969 and started his solo ca­reer shortly af­ter that. His first al­bum, The Alan Gerber Al­bum, was re­leased in 1971.

He sub­se­quently moved to Canada and cur­rently lives in Val-David, Que., which is near Mon­treal.

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