At this point in the summer you have a choice: sit at home in front of the London Drugs-issue Rowenta Turbo Stand Fan with a wet towel and a box of Popsicles, or hitting a dance floor and sweating until you’re soaked to the bone.
Seeing how it’s only deliciously hot in these parts eight weeks out of the year, you can guess what we’re recommending.
On August 11 the WISE Hall will host a klezmer double-bill featuring Montreal’s Oktopus and Seattle’s the Debaucherauntes.
On the former front, think an eight-piece (hence the octopus reference) unit formed in 2010 which has blossomed into one of the country’s foremost purveyors of Eastern European music.
In a great indicator at how on top of its game the group is, Oktopus’ latest, Hapax, scored a Juno nomination this past spring for instrumental album of the year.
On the Cascadian front, the Debaucherauntes serve up klezmer with what they like to call a cabaret twist. Rather than take our word for things, turn to Facebook for a good sense of how seriously the band takes everything other than music. Listed under band interests is the following: “drinking, dancing, Yiddishkeit, Your Mom (HAVE YOU CALLED YOUR MOTHER),Yente-ing, niggunim, gonovim un falibte, tisches, singing loudly, crusty sailor voices, puns, bisl veiberniks, debauchery, EAT EAT YOU’RE GETTING SKINNY.”
The best thing about the double bill, which is presented by Caravan World Rhythms, beyond giving you a reason to leave a place of residence you can’t afford an air conditioner for, it’s that the WISE Hall is an old wooden building. That means it breathes in the summer.
As for you, remember there’s nothing better than stepping outside after a hot West Coast summer day has turned to night. You get eight weeks of this magic. Make the most of it.
For tickets and more info on the Oktopus and the Debaucherauntes double bill, go here.