Critics' Picks: Valdy Goes Big Band; Tia Brazda at Hermann's; Randy’s Cheeseburger Picnic Tour

MUSIC

What: Valdy Goes Big Band
Where: Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave.
When: Saturday March 16, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7)
Tickets: $37 ($32 for students and seniors) at 250-386-5311 and alixgooldenhall.com
Why: Salt Spring Island folk favourite Valdy will change gears this weekend and join forces with the Victoria Jazz Orchestra, an unusual tack for the Juno-award winner. His first collaboration with bandleader/saxophonist Monik Nordine and her fellow musicians will include updated renditions of his well-known hits, along with a number of jazz standards.

MUSIC

What: Tia Brazda
Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View St.
When: Thursdsay March 14, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6)
Tickets: $25 at the door or by phone at 250-388-9166
Why: Jazz singer Tia Brazda will perform two shows on Vancouver Island this week, beginning with her return to Hermann’s Jazz Club tonight. The B.C. native, who grew up in New Westminster but now lives in Toronto, has won style points for her throwback sound, a cross between Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse. Brazda’s new album, Daydream, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes jazz chart in Canada and has positioned her as one of the genre’s leading lights. Brazda also plays Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on Friday.

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COMEDY

What: Randy’s Cheeseburger Picnic Tour
Where: The Duke Saloon, 502 Discovery St.
When: Saturday March 16, 6 p.m.
Tickets: $25 from whereitsatent.com or Lyle’s Place
Why: Though he will be without the late Mr. Lahey — his trusty sidekick/comic foil from The Trailer Park Boys — the lovable lunk that is Randy will have lots of help from fans on Saturday night. The popular character played by Patrick Roach will offer a mix of stand-up comedy and cheeseburgers at this showcase. Consider this the ultimate ingredient for an epic Saturday night.

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