by Stephen Dafoe

Comedy and percussion will mix with some of the community’s best food offerings Oct. 16 when the Morinville Community Cultural Centre brings BAM to the stage along with the return of A Taste of Morinville.

BAM spokesperson and group member Jean-Sebastien Dallaire said the group is looking forward to bringing their show to town.

“[Audiences can expect] a memorable evening filled with people of all ages laughing, giggling, head bobbing and going, ‘WHAT? They did all that with four drums?’,” he said. “We recently performed at the Calgary International Children’s Festival and once again we got confirmation that BAM is The Ultimate Family Show.

“We received comments from parents saying that they had never heard their kids laugh so much at a show. And the funny thing is, kids told us the same thing about their parents.”

BAM was created in 1999 and the group have spent 16 years performing their unique mix of comedy and drumming for audiences in 28 countries. After more than a decade and a half, Dallaire said it has not become any easier to describe their unique show.

“It’s like watching a live cartoon with drums,” he said. The three zany characters in the show don’t actually speak a real language. That means, no language barrier. The beauty of that is — everybody understands the show.

“The comedy is universal. The characters are funny, and the situations that they find themselves in are hilarious.”
While comedy is without argument universal, the performer believes percussion also holds a universal appeal.

“Percussion is a very visceral thing; it’s almost like it brings you back to the base of it all,” Dallaire said of the universal love of percussion. “When you hear a good beat, it kinda takes over. You have to clap your hands, stomp your feet or move your head to the rhythm.

“And that is what is so great with percussion; just like laughing, it takes you away to a better a place far from everyday worries and details.”

BAM will perform at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $30 for a family of four. Tickets are available at the cultural centre box office and tixonthesquare.ca.
A Taste of Morinville will precede the show from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the food offering are $1 each with no menu item priced over $5. Taste of Morinville tickets will be available at the cultural centre box office beginning Oct. 13 and for a limited time at the event.

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