Vancouver based funk

Vancouver based funk

Funk sound-storm Jackie Treehorn in the South Okanagan

A funk-a-delic, soul-tastic, rock-a-phonic, six-piece sound-storm will fill the amphitheatre in Oliver this weekend.

A funk-a-delic, soul-tastic, rock-a-phonic, six-piece sound-storm will fill the amphitheatre in Oliver this weekend.

Vancouver band Jackie Treehorn is playing at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards outdoor amphitheatre sitting atop the winery’s hillside as part of the Canadian Concert Series.

“We have a very funky, retro 70s and 80s kind of sound. We try to make it fun and something that people can really dance to and enjoy with their bodies, minds and musicality we bring to it,” said lead vocalist Ashley Robyn. “We have so many influences it is hard to pin us down into one style, we are very eclectic.”

With a mission to get the dance floor bumping when the troupe lays down their heavy grooves, Robyn said they also have their own moves up on stage.

“We have silly dance moves that we do together,” said Robyn, of her on-stage choreography with vocalist Chelsea Burden. “We have some co-ordination, basically we are like 10-year-old girls on stage in jazz class again. There is going to be a lot of gold sparkly outfits, let’s just leave it at that.”

Jackie Treehorn, named after a character in the movie The Big Lebowski, has been gigging regularly since 2009 with four vocalists, keytar, guitar, bass and drums.

Their current cast of players released a debut full-length album, We Are Jackie Treehorn, in 2011 with the single Cruel making the Top 20 in a Vancouver radio station song search competition. The band released a new single from their EP this week called Back In Town, which was a full collaboration between the bandmates. Robyn contributed most of the lyrics, but she says the single reflects the band the most because they all had some input.

“Our songs all convey messages and tell stories. The new single is about watching somebody you care about make the same mistake over and over again. It has a bit of a heaviness to it but also very supportive, helpful and a message of love really,” said Robyn.

To hear more from Jackie Treehorn visit them at or pick up a copy of their new EP at the concert in Oliver. Tickets are $20 for the concert can be purchased at Gates open at 6:30 p.m., no alcohol is permitted, no chairs allowed but cushions and blankets are welcomed and minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Shuttles are available with purchase ($15) with pick up spots in Penticton at the Lakeside Resort and Wine Info Centre, in Osoyoos at Spirit Ridge, Walnut Beach and Watermark.