Passion of R&B highlights next Willows free concert

Brandy Moore and the Nightcaps perform Aug. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Willows Beach Park

Brandy Moore and the Nightcaps debut their Victoria audience in Oak Bay Thursday (Aug. 9).

Last September, Moore, who was born in the Okanagan, returned to the West Coast and met Jon Miller at Hermann’s Jazz Club. While they’ve played places such as 17 Mile Pub, this is the first downtown gig.

Originally from the Okanagan Valley, Moore moved to the west coast at age 17, studied music at Capilano College, and spent the next 10 years performing around Greater Vancouver before releasing her first self-titled independent CD in 1999. In 2001, she relocated to Regina, Saskatchewan and went on to release an additional four independent CDs over the next decade.

“I wanted to come back home to B.C. but Vancouver felt too big and Victoria felt just right,” Moore said. “I missed the mountains and the ocean.”

She met Miller and slowly they crafted The Nightcaps with Victor Wells on guitar and vocals, George Koenig on bass and Peter Rothhauser on keyboard.

“We both had been wanting to put something together and I came to Victoria with the intention of getting my singing out there,” she said.

The Thursday evening free concert at Willows Park features particularly R&B.

“We love this music. I love performing this music. It’s got so much soul in it, love and passion. That’s why it’s timeless.

“Lucky for us crowds like it too,” Moore says.

The concert features power soul including one of her favourites by Etta James, I’d Rather Go Blind, in the second set.

“It’s one of those that gets you right in the gut, great song. I’d rather go blind than to see you walking away from me. It’s one of the ones I think is going to have an impact on people,” Moore says.

Other classics come courtesy of Stevie Wonder to Aretha Franklin.

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture kicks off Arts & Culture Fortnight with live music by Brandy Moore & the Nightcaps from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Willows Beach Park.

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“What a beautiful setting, I was down there the other day looking at the space. To play in front of the ocean, it’s nice,” Moore says.

The singer songwriter and song interpreter, Moore has appeared in western Canada, the southwestern United States, New York City, Mexico, Central America, and Portugal. Her most recent CD Real Good Love – available at the show – was recorded in Nashville in 2011 with several seasoned session and touring musicians, including Bonnie Raitt’s long-time guitarist George Marinelli.

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