Neil Osborne on tap at the Dream Cafe. Submitted photo

54-40 frontman coming to Penticton

Dream Cafe is presenting 54-40’s Neil Osborne for a one-night show

Described as a songwriter of amazing depth and clarity 54•40’s front man Neil Osborne is bringing his musical prowess to the Dream Café Saturday.

With just a few tickets remaining at press time, An Evening with Neil Osborne promises to be another of the Café’s long list of memory makers.

And Osborne’s plan for the evening?

“I don’t really know yet. I’m going to sing some songs, we’ve got 14 or 15 albums, I’m going to cover some of the hits but also I’m going to do stuff that I don’t play with the band very much that lend themselves more to the solo kind of thing. I don’t know but I’m really looking forward to it,” he said Tuesday in a telephone interview from his Victoria home. “I do probably half a dozen of these things (small venues) a year. It’s kind of informative for me and it’s a neat way to put myself out there a little bit and it’s inspiring for me.

“You get a good rapport with folks hopefully (laughs) have a little conversation here and there and sing some songs you wouldn’t normally do, but playing in front of a lot of people like we did at PeachFest, that’s a whole different ball game, but a fun ball game.”

Osborne himself has achieved critical acclaim, releasing a dozen albums, and is an accomplished producer taking the production reigns of the band’s albums, including their platinum and gold works.

Related: 54-40 brings 30 years of material to the Peachfest stage

Osborne’s song-writing credits include 20-charting radio songs and he has penned such works for the band as I Go Blind, Since When and Ocean Pearl.

While still rockin’ with the best of them, the founder of the band described as “post-punk icons that leapt from the early ‘80s Vancouver dive-bar scene” admits nearly four decades in the business have mellowed him maybe just a little.

When asked the difference between then and now, Osborne described himself as: “A lot less angry. Back then I was a lot more serious about what we could do to change the world.

“When I started out I was on a mission and that (music) was my weapon, but now I really, really get off on playing music and enjoy it. The world changes anyway and I’ve got a little more philosophical. It’s like you go out there with the best intentions but you don’t end up in the direction you started, that’s for sure.”

Expected to join him at the Café is Osborne’s daughter and recording artist Kandle, 27, whose fourth solo album Damned If I Do, was released in May.

“I kind of roped her into coming with me. It’s Father’s Day the next day and I might throw her up there to sing one of her songs.

“Oddly enough we don’t sing together too much. I throw her a chord or something when she asks me, but she’s got some good tunes, so maybe I can talk her into singing, give me a break.”

His oldest daughter Coral is now living in Los Angeles working as a personal chef to some “very affluent” chefs according to her father.

The latest release for 54•40 was earlier this year, Keep On Walking, their first new-music recording since 2011, although they put out the acoustic greatest hits album La Difference in 2016.

The band played dates in Vernon and Kelowna as part of its unplugged tour in February and March and go on the road again at the end of the month.

“We do about 40 and 60 shows a year. It keeps us healthy, keeps us on our toes,” said Osborne. “We’re one of the few bands that didn’t quit and then start up again in a reunion. We’ve always been open for business, since 1980.

“It’s (playing solo and working with other bands) good to sort of break out of the band mould and when I get back into the band I’m pretty happy to be there.”

This will be his first trip to the Dream Café.

“It’s a bit of ride going up there without my band holding me up but I’m looking forward to it. It’s good to be scared, right? Not really.”

Tickets for the Penticton show are $45 for premium seats and $35 for wings.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://thedreamcafe.ca/tickets/

 

Front man for 54-40 Neil Osborne is coming to the Dream Cafe Saturday. Submitted photo

Just Posted

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Local athletes prepare for BC Summer Games

Twenty-one local young athletes will head to the BC Summer Games next month

Youth addiction centre near Keremeos celebrates one year

Ashnola at the Crossing has been open just over a year

Christensen claims most in expenses, again

For the second year in a row Area G director Elef Christensen claims most in expenses

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

Cozy Bay to close

Summerland seafood restaurant’s lease will not be renewed

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

Reported stabbing in Lake Country

Police are believed to be investigating after a reported stabbing at a house party Friday night

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

B.C. man wins job he was denied after saying he had depression

Transport Canada has been order to give Chris Hughes a high-level job and nearly $500,000

Most Read