Kamloops Entertainment Previews: February

Brendan Kergin, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω

Amusia – Feb. 9
Pogue Mahones, doors at 9:30 p.m., $5
Vancouver rockers Amusia will be bringing some aggressive rock to Pogue Mahone’s stage. With a mix of progressive rock and metal, influenced by some of the great rock acts of the 1970s, they should draw a diverse crowd of rock fans representing a variety of genres.

The Harlem Globetrotters – Feb. 13
TCC, doors at 6 p.m., $28
Legends of the court, Harlem’s Globetrotters tend not to trot into town. It’s more of a sly jog. They’ll be bringing top-notch skills and a touch of comedy to the TCC. Timed perfectly to be one day before Valentine’s Day, this is a chance to get sports and slapstick humour in one big dose.

Heavy Metal Kings w/ Sick Steen, Abel, The Maggoteers and DJ Virtue – Feb. 20
Cactus Jacks, doors at 8 p.m., $15 advance, $20 at the door
Cactus Jacks will be hosting a big night for the city’s rap fans. While some students will be travelling for reading week, this will entertain the rest. Heavy Metal Kings brings together two big names in underground hip hop. Founding member of Jedi Mind Tricks Vinnie Paz has teamed up with veteran Ill Bill, bringing more than 40 years of experience in from New York and Philadelphia to the Kamloops stage.

The Boom Booms – Feb. 26
The Art We Are, show at 8 p.m., $10
The Art We Are may not be the venue one would expect for a group called the Boom Booms. The Vancouver sextet will be bringing some warm summer vibes, with some fusion music not dissimilar to world/jazz masters Cat Empire. Runners-up in the 2011 Peak Performance Project, a B.C.-wide independent artist competition, they regularly rock bigger rooms, so a smaller venue could be a treat.