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Happenings on the Scene - Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils serve up sweet grooves

The award-winning group Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils have been called sexy, diverse, intelligent and captivating. They’re back in Brandon to play Lady of the Lake on Friday, April 4. Band members include lead vocalist Irene Torres, Joshua Piche on guitars and additional vocals, drummer Andrew Austin and Rob Christian on saxophones, flute, keyboards and backing vocals. Enjoy a bigger helping of their tasty grooves by visiting www.thesugardevils.com

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The award-winning group Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils have been called sexy, diverse, intelligent and captivating. They’re back in Brandon to play Lady of the Lake on Friday, April 4. Band members include lead vocalist Irene Torres, Joshua Piche on guitars and additional vocals, drummer Andrew Austin and Rob Christian on saxophones, flute, keyboards and backing vocals. Enjoy a bigger helping of their tasty grooves by visiting www.thesugardevils.com

If you appreciate top-notch musical mastery, you’ll want to check this band out.

Irene Torres is certainly enjoying whatever guitar licks Joshua Piche is laying down in this gig.

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Irene Torres is certainly enjoying whatever guitar licks Joshua Piche is laying down in this gig.

Last spring I was invited to their show here in town and like many of the people I spoke with at the venue that night, I’m glad I went.

First of all, this group is comprised of highly talented players who have travelled many miles through many provinces and states to play many a show.

Oh, and did I mention they are award-winning musicians? Soon after their formation in 2011, they won the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Award and just last summer at "The Road to Memphis" event, they represented Canada at the International Blues Challenge, which they also won.

They spent most of last year playing some of Canada’s biggest music festivals.

As luck would have it, you’ll have another opportunity to check them out as they will be returning to the Wheat City April 4.

We’ll have more details on that show in upcoming Happenings, but in the meantime, circle the date on your calendar and then try to find a copy of their first full-length album, In the Details, or check out their website to see what’s in store when they return to B-town.

If you can’t get your hands on a copy of their new disc, you can purchase one April 4 when they play Lady of the Lake.

Their critically acclaimed self-titled EP was the best benchmark any band could hope to make in their career. It received rave reviews as well as ‘critic’s picks’ and was ranked No. 1 on college radio stations as well as ReverbNation.

Featuring 12 all-new original songs, In the Details has Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils once again serving up a delightful blend of soul, R&B, blues, funk, rock, jam band and reggae.

Joining the band on this release is seasoned producer-engineer Matthew Drost, organ legend Ike Stubblefield (The Motown Review, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Al Green) and New Orleans bassist Cornell Williams (Jon Cleary, The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, HBO’s Treme, The Gospel Soul Children, The Soul Apostles, Pocket Time).

The album was recorded throughout 2013 at Revolution Recording and Sites Sounds Studios in Toronto, and has been featured on CBC radio’s Fresh Air with Mary Ito.

Frank McGwire is a radio personality and booster of the music scene in Brandon and Westman.

» Frank@961bobfm.ca

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 20, 2014

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Last spring I was invited to their show here in town and like many of the people I spoke with at the venue that night, I’m glad I went.

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