Residents of the region will be getting a double shot of entertainment when the next Stettler Variety Showcase (SVS) presentation rolls into town.
The Feb. 26 show at Stettler’s Performing Arts Centre (PAC) will be a double-billed show featuring a pair of Alberta-based acts.
First up, the Misery Mountain Boys will open the show with their 1930s inspired music.
“It’s generally a lot of fun,” said band front-man Steven Gevenich.
“Hopefully we’ll have some laughs along the way.”
According to Gevenich, the quartet performs mainly their only music, all heavily inspired by 1930s swing, jump, and blues.
The group, named for Misery Mountain in the middle of Peace River, Alta., has been performing together for nearly a decade and their shows feature a mix mix of music, story-telling, solos, and “a good old time.”
In addition to Gevenich, the group consists of bassist Lindsey Buekert, clarinetist and soxophonist Sam Toms and drummer Ethan Markwart.
Once they clear the stage, vocalist Maddie Storvold will be front-and-centre after the intermission.
Storvold has been singing since she was around 18 years-old.
Growing up in a “big musical family,” writing her own music is not something she really considered doing until university, where she took an English and philosophy degree.
When she hits the stage in Stettler, she will be performing a mix of her own music, covers, and some comedy as well.
“I love to sing,” said Storvold.
“I’m really looking forward to these shows. I never really saw myself playing small towns, but it’s been really amazing.”
When Storvold hits the stage in Stettler, she will be performing with her friend Aline Deanna Jones who will be accompanying the vocalist on fiddle and mandolin as well as backup vocals.
For those who miss the opportunity to see the two Alberta acts in Stettler, they will be back in the region two-weeks later when they close the season for Coronation Royal Performing Arts on March 11.
Once the February show is done, fans of SVS will have quite a wait before the final show of the season.
The SVS season will end on April 30 when Jenn Beaupre and Lewis Frere hit the PAC stage.