Tom Waits tribute at the Rio Theatre June 6

Company B Jazz Band with BECKstravaganza at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, Jan 17 2013. Photo credit: Christopher Edmonstone

Company B Jazz Band with BECKstravaganza at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, Jan 17 2013. Photo credit: Christopher Edmonstone

Some of Vancouver’s top music and burlesque talent pay tribute to Tom Waits June 6. In The Piano Has Been Drinking (named after a Tom Waits song, of course), comedian Travis Dudfield hosts a lineup that includes CR Avery, Jess Hill, Company B, Corbin Murdoch (The Nautical Miles),The Broken Mirrors, Burgundy Brixx, April O’Peel, and more.

Waits is an L.A.-based songwriter who started out a louche lounge singer but has evolved into one of the most innovative and challenging artists in pop music. Albums like Mule Variations (1999), Real Gone (2004) and Bad As Me (2011) have found Waits experimenting with sound and production to add dimension to his eccentric, often darkly humorous songs.

Vancouver has an ongoing love affair with Waits; the theatrical production based on his album The Black Rider has been mounted a number of times in the city, and his rare appearances here sell-out in minutes.

The Piano Has Been Drinking: A Tribute to Tom Waits is at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway near the Commercial/Broadway SkyTrain station) Thursday June 6. Doors 7 p.m./show 8. Tickets $12 advance/$15 door.

Partial proceeds go to the Battered Women’s Support Services Charity.

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