'Blues Cabaret' -rhythms & grooves
An Ana Bon-Bon performance can transport you to the rollicking music hall stages of the 1900s or a country juke joint on a sultry summer afternoon. Bon-Bon is naturally cabaret with a raw blues constitution.
Chanteuse, accordionist, songwriter, and musical hostess Ana Bon-Bon delivers an intoxicating dose of jump blues, country blues, cabaret, soul blues, and double-entendre lyrics all wrapped up in one big wood-choppin' gal with seasoned vocals and a bump'n'grind squeezy-box.
Ana’s rhythmic accordion style developed while performing and accompanying burlesque acts, playing blues shows, festivals, and cabarets, creating her originals and adaptations of 1920s/30s-influenced vaudeville, cabaret, and country blues tunes. Bon-Bon rocks the box in her own special way.
“Exotic prairie gospel” ~The late, great Ray Condo, the 'Canadian King of Western Swing'
“Nodding to old blues, gospel, and tin-pan alley tunesmithing, Vancouver`s Ana Bon-Bon and her full-bodied voice and accordion playing bring a vintage, bawdy-house, bon-temps vibe to life.” ~Rupert Bottenberg, Montreal Mirror
Bon-Bon plays solo "Blues Cabaret" or with her 'rhythm and country blues' trio, featuring skilled musicians MIKE KENNEY (The Modelos, Daniel Wesley, Ndidi Onukwulu) on guitar, and versatile rock and roll drummer of renown TAYLOR LITTLE (The Judys, 20 Explosive Hits, Bughouse 5, The Payolas).
Bon-Bon performs internationally.
Since 1999 Bon-Bon has toured and performed from the Yukon to England and beyond, fronted her rock band HARD CANDY, created and performed vaudevillian burlesque with the uninhibited Empire Follies Troupe, and played country gypsy-gal blues with Amelia Rose Slobogean, fiddler extraordinaire, in BON-BON&ROSE. She received a Canada Council for the Arts Award to write music in Paris, has published articles in BC Musician magazine, and is played on Accordion Noir and CBC Radio. Ana was co-director of 2013-14 's VENUS NIGHTS women's music and charity event (founded by Fiona McElroy of Big Mama's Door) at London's Hippodrome Casino, and produced her own show Amazeball in 2016 upon returning to Vancouver, where she continues to reside. She now hosts a long-running monthly 'music saloon and social' -called Sunday for Sinners- at The Princeton Pub in East Vancouver!
Ana is an experienced musical hostess who always brings the mostest to stages big and small, such as Accordion Noirfest, Virgo-A-Go-Go, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, Vancouver Intern'l Burlesque Fest, and her self-produced Amazeball, in naming a few.
Ana Bon-Bon grew up in the Canadian Prairies, taking accordion lessons and performing as a child. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, working creatively as a conceptual performance and installation artist before developing musically onstage, garnering significant peer and professional experience among the multi-faceted blues, roots, rockabilly, punk, swing, burlesque, underground, high- and lowbrow art and music scenes of Vancouver and further abroad.
In the UK, Her Sugar-Coated Gentlemen -a trio including Chilly Mike on drums (James Hunter, Tracy Ray) and guitar-slinger John Ruscoe (Fallen Heroes, The Stupids)- played UK clubs and pubs as a favourite returning act, while Ana was also featured guest with Big Mama's Door rhythm&blues revue, matching harmonies and attitudes with those of fiesty bandleader Fiona McElroy as well as playing meaty boogie woogie cabaret blues with the powerhouse Sophie Smiles on keys!
Discography: BARE NAKED BLUES~2007, SISTER~2001 (NIK Records), BON-BON & ROSE EP~2005 swingin' country blues accordion/fiddle duo, plus guest/backing work for numerous bands including SWANK- see 'The Survival Issue'; Florence Joelle, Bughouse 5, and more...
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