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Gig Pick: The Commotions at Irene’s Pub—01.18.19

By Greggory Clark on January 16, 2019

The Commotions hit Irene’s Pub mid-month for a special night of motown, funk and soul. They’re a band well worth seeing live, if you haven’t yet—and easy to see twice if you have. Let me put it this way: you can walk into any venue and if The Commotions are playing, you’ll be in a great mood.

This local soul-pop supergroup has a top-notch horn section, super tight rhythm section, and features standout vocalists Jeff Rogers (The Cooper Brothers) and Rebecca Noelle (The PepTides) fronting the sometimes 9- to 12-piece band. They’re a cross-section of Ottawa and Canada’s top funk and jazz players like Brian Asselin (he used to play with The Funk Brothers of Motown fame), Juno Award nominee Petr Cancura and trombonist Mark Ferguson.

Expect a few tables and chairs to be pushed aside to create a dance floor at the front of the room.

Their last show at Irene’s was completely sold out, so be sure to arrive early.

The Commotions are performing at Irene’s Pub (885 Bank Street) on January 18, 2019. Cover is $15 at the door and the show starts at 9:30pm. Visit for more details.