Deanne Matley Music Brings a Brand-New Concept and Music Series to YYC: The Listening Room

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Calgary singer Deanne Matley brings a one-of-a-kind music experience to the heart of Calgary - The Listening Room. The latest performance in the series will feature acoustic roots/blues artist Darren Johnson.

Live musical performances, intimate settings and music without distractions – that’s what Calgary’s newest “listening room” music series at Café Blanca is all about.

The listening room concept is just that; one where the audience shares a small space with performers for an intimate show like no other. During the performance, there are no disruptions: no distracting chatter, no clanging cutlery, no gurgling espresso machine – just the beautiful sound of live music.

This exciting brand-new Listening Room series is held on the third Wednesday of every month at one of Calgary’s newest coffee shops in the Eau Claire area, Café Blanca.

Calgary vocalist Deanne Matley is taking on the added role as listening room series promoter. “As an artist myself, I can absolutely create my own listening room by renting out an expensive theatre or concert hall as these particular rooms have a way of making people ‘listen.’ But that is not what I’m going for,” said Matley. “I knew that I wanted the space to be smaller, intimate and, of course, affordable.”

Café Blanca is the perfect venue for Matley’s vision. It boasts a stage, is fully licensed with great food, offers free parking and has the right amount of seats: 50. Dave Horrocks from Infinite Wave runs professional sound: “Can’t have a listening room and not have good sound,” said Horrocks.

As one of the city’s busiest full-time performers, Matley is excited to take on the role of promoter. Her vision for the Calgary music scene is building community not competition. “Sometimes I feel Calgary artists are so disconnected from one another because of their genre,” said Matley. “But the listening room is a way to bridge that. And our audiences are experiencing a strong sense of community through the listening room series. There’s a real connection with the artists. And that’s what counts.”

The Café Blanca series features local talent of all genres and started January 2016. Artists who have performed so far include Johanna Sillanpaa and Aaron Young, Long Jon Lev,Kenna Burima, Northern Beauties, and Angie C.

June’s concert features Acoustic Roots/Blues artist Darren Johnson. His music has been described as somewhere between Tom Waits and Leon Redbone, Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Nelson. The songwriting is simple, yet deals with everyday situations for everyday people. His sound is a throwback to yesteryear, one may be deceived by the contrast between what they are hearing versus what they are seeing.

Who: Darren Johnson
What: The Listening Room Series
Where: Cafe Blanca, 240 Riverfront Ave S.W. Calgary, AB
When: Wednesday, June 15 from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Cost: $15 in advance at $20 at the door (Only 50 tickets available)
For interviews, more information, or a coffee, Deanne would love to hear from you :)

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