Damian Graham bangs out a rhythm on the drums

Damian Graham Trio play Willows Beach

Second summer concert features Oak Bay musician

Willows Beach Park will soon have the strains of music swirling through the air again, as the Damian Graham Trio belts out original jazz and crowd-favourite covers in the sea air Wednesday, Aug. 20 as part of a free concert series sponsored by the municipality.

Damian Graham, a former Oak Bay resident and world-travelled musician, says he’s looking forward to playing at the ocean side spot.

“It’s summertime, and it’s nice to be out where the air is fresh,” he says.

“It’s a gorgeous beach there,” adds Joey Smith, Graham’s long-time bassist friend and one-third of the trio.

The three certainly have a history together. Graham has known pianist Chad Geekie since they both played soccer as kids, and Smith actually played music with Graham’s dad for a number of years. Amidst dozens of other gigs with other bands and musicians – Graham played 35 shows in July alone – he says it’s a treat to play with the trio as they only play a couple of shows a year together.

“I play with a lot of great musicians, and Chad and Joey are great friends, so that’s always a treat.” The trio has been playing together for about 15 years, and Graham says not only are Smith and Geekie talented musicians, but they have a musical advantage in knowing each other for so long.

“Working with people you know well, you can immediately get to a higher level of playing,” says Graham. “You don’t have to work out the basics because you already know how they play.”

Concert goers can expect a whole range of musical stylings, from original songs written by Graham, Radiohead and Beatles covers and classic jazz standards.

“Anything in the last 130 years is fair game, really,” says Graham with a laugh.

The trio works from a set list, but always keeps some room for improvisation.

“It’s like writing,” says Graham of the freedom of improvising on stage. “You can write whatever you want but you can’t make up words, and you still have to use periods and commas.”

“It’s structure with open sections,” agrees Smith.

The concert will be the second in the series put on in Willows Beach Park, and provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy a free show and the (hopefully) great summer weather.

“It’s a chance for people to have fun in their own community without having to travel,” says Smith.

Graham says he’s excited for the chance to do what he loves in such great company. “Making good music with good friends is pretty special,” he says. “We love playing music, so every gig is phenomenally great.”

 

Just Posted

Thousands attend 31st TD Art Gallery Paint-In

Artists display their work along 20 blocks of Moss Street

Details scarce as union confirms probe underway involving Victoria care homes

Island Health, VicPD offer no comment on report of investigation into alleged sexual assaults

Swimmer set for double crossing of Georgia Strait

Jill Yoneda’s Aug. 3 swim will benefit Canuck Place

Sport fishing ban protest organizers trolling for attention

Hook-less anglers hitting Sooke area waters July 29 to protest DFO’s summer fin-fish ban

From hot dog to not dog: stuffed toy prompts car break in

The stuffed dog had been in the backseat for 18 years without problems

Here’s what you need to know about Day 2 at the BC Games

From equestrian to volleyball to swimming, all 18 events in full swing here in the Cowichan Valley

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Games Day 2

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

BC Wildfire update on 14 major Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

UPDATED: Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters defy eviction order

Demonstrators at Camp Cloud in Burnaby say they won’t leave, but will meet with city officials

Ex-Raptor DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto on Instagram

The guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

Okanagan wildfires have potential to become firestorms, says UBC expert

David Andison said to let smaller fires go, to create pockets in the landscape for new forests

Most Read