Locally-raised, international opera and musical singer Kevin Armstrong will be performing his popular one-man show Opera for Heathens on Friday, August 8, as well as his solo performance of the Who’s Tommy on Saturday, August 9. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and are at the new Cafe Momento (535 Baker Street). Admission is $10.
Opera for Heathens, was a hit at the 2011 Edmonton International Fringe Festival playing to sold-out houses at the famed Yardbird Suite, as well as the 2012 Vancouver Fringe.
“It is a beautiful and often electrifying display,” wrote the Vue Weekly, Edmonton, and critic Colin Maclean said “I had a joyous experience… He had us all singing about that illusive fellow Figaro, while he mounted some of the most frenzied picking this side of Nashville… Kevin Armstrong’s Opera for Heathens is a wonderfully entertaining hour.”
The Who’s Tommy released in 1969, was a milestone recording, virtually inventing the genre of rock opera. The story follows the titular character’s mystical experiences after losing all senses after a childhood trauma. He eventually becomes a messianic figure through his amazing pinball prowess, and he builds a hue cult following, only to eventually see it collapse from under him.
Come and enjoy one of Nelson’s most dynamic performers.