Jodie B. SPOTLIGHT’s FOCUS OnSTAGE Concert Series
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society (VDPAC) introduces a special edition of the Society’s SPOTLIGHT OnSTAGE Concert series, proudly presenting Jodie B. as the inaugural performer in VDPAC’s brand new FOCUS OnSTAGE Concert Series on Friday, September 24th at 7:30pm.
Jodie B opened VDPAC’s foray into online programming with Episode 1 of the free, bi-weekly “FOCUS Online Series”, which debuted in January, 2021. The overwhelming response to her performance quickly made her an online audience favourite and an inspiration for VDPAC to program live performance opportunities for Jodie B and other local and area artists featured in the original FOCUS Online Series—resulting in this new, special edition of VDPAC’s FOCUS OnSTAGE Concert Series to complement the Society’s established SPOTLIGHT OnSTAGE Concerts programming. The FOCUS OnSTAGE Concert Series follows the same ever-popular, intimate OnSTAGE Concert live performance format, with the audience seated cabaret-style right on the Performing Arts Centre’s main stage.
Jodie B is a live loop performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, performing as both a solo artist and as a duo with her sister, Nique. Her original craft is “a seamless blend of electro-soul, inspired by FKJ, Atmosphere, Rufus Du Sol, NomBe and DubFx”. Jodie B performs with her guitar, violin, bass, harmonicas, synths, vocals and electronic drums, while her sister Nique Blue. specializes in saxophone, mandolin and harmonizing vocals.
In summer of 2019, Jodie B released two singles (“Game Of Fools” and “Face Yourself”), promoting the singles with festival dates at Evolve and Shambhala Music Festival. Her collaborative EP featuring Calgary artist and producer, Rachel Geek, was released in early 2020. Makemdef, of Chuurch, and Jodie B have also been creating new music with a darker twist for the lean bass/electro-soul duo. Jodie B has released over 10 singles since 2015 including “Long Ride”, “The Wolf”, “Daughter”, “The Judge”, “Words”, “Keep Going”, “JP”, and her live set from Shambhala Music Festival in 2017 (all self-produced).
In 2018, Jodie B performed at Shambhala Music Festival, Fozzy Fest and opened up for The Pharcyde and DubFx in Calgary. She performed at Astral Harvest Music Festival (both in 2016 & 2017 in Northern Alberta), Boogaloo Art Car & Music Festival (California 2017), Shambhala Music Festival (2017) and opened up for DubFx and Methodman & Redman in Calgary (2017). Jodie B has co-written and produced with artists such as Kytami, Dj Marky, Natural Ensemble and Chuurch, since her first performance at Shambhala Music Festival in 2015. With a strong fan base out of Calgary, Jodie B is also establishing her career and communities in both Kelowna and Toronto. Her mission is to keep live performance and live instruments in the electronic music scene.
“Electronic dance rhythms and heavy bass lines have always been an important staple in my life; however, I grew up singing and playing various maritime instruments in Newfoundland kitchen parties, so it’s integral to me that I create original material influenced by all avenues of my musical background,” says Jodie B.
The early days of her career were spent street performing with her father and sister in downtown Calgary. The value of hard work was established when the money they made would go towards new instruments and lessons. Throughout the sisters’ childhoods, their father introduced the violin, mandolin, accordion, guitar, bass, trumpet, harmonica, saxophone and piano lessons. Jodie was awarded a full scholarship from Bell Media to attend Canada’s Music Incubator in Toronto for 8 weeks in March 2019. The program included one-on-one workshops in performance, vocals, live tech, digital marketing, grant writing, goal-setting, producer consultations, Nashville style co-writes, live video performances, and style consultations, with many guest speakers including Sony/ATV music publishers, the president of FACTOR and Dr. Stein on psychology of the music industry.
Tickets for Jodie B. are $25 all seats (sold by tables of 2, 4 and 6 persons — No Minors) and can be purchased now through the Ticket Seller Box Office by calling 549-SHOW (7469) OR book your tickets online at www.ticketseller.ca and for more show & safety information.