Lost in the 80s

In 1928, at the young age of 18, Django Reinhardt lost the use of two fingers in a fire. Following that accident, Reinhardt developed a unique, jazz-inspired style of guitar-playing and became one of the world's most influential musicians. In 2006 guitar virtuosos Byron Mikaloff and Christian Roberge met jazz bassist Alex Morissette at the Quebec Conservatory of Music.

The trio combined great musicianship with a sense of humor, and united their unique voices to create an ingenious tribute to the 80s and Reinhardt, with the album ‘Lost In The 80s’.

It’s this album that the boys have brought to the Fringe at the Famous Spiegeltent on George Street. What the audience are treated to is an excellent display of both musicianship, talent and Latin swing vocals as they reproduce the hits of AC/DC, Culture Club and Michael Jackson among others.

They had the audience in the palm of their hands as the classy reworking of popular hits spilled out, totally hitting the mark and getting some people grooving to the jazz beat in their seats. The one downside was the inclusion of some of their French-Canadian work, as this material only appealed to the diehard fans. Later, by taking audience requests they showed that their setlist isn’t set in stone. The combination of their brand of music coupled with the excellent venue made for a brilliant hour.

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The Blurb

Witty, jazzed-up renditions of classic 80s hits. Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, George Michael, AC/DC, Culture Club and more get a gypsy swing makeover from this platinum-selling Canadian trio. Awe-inspiring musicianship delivered with thoroughly charming humour.

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