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Jazzfest: Perhaps the banjo is the coolest instrument

By Alejandro Bustos on June 22, 2015



I am a sucker for people who coin cool words.  Whether it’s comedian Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness“, or the brilliant “plutoed,” I appreciate the creation of a new moniker.

So I had to smile when I came across “Djangobilly”, which is how the members of the Cossette Combo (aka the Sick Sick Sicks) describe their irresistible music

Formed by Ottawa-based Maxim “Banjo Man” Cossette, this group play tunes that are infectious. To get a sense of how awesome this group is, imagine a hoedown in which Jimi Hendrix comes back from the dead, but instead of using his impressive skill to play psychedelic rock, he decides to have some fun by picking up a banjo and start jamming bluegrass, soul and rock.  In other words, it’s pretty freaking cool.

You can see for yourself what all the fuss is about when the Cossette Combo play on Tuesday at 7:30 pm as part of a series of concerts that include the Blind Boys of Alabama.  For those who are interested in an audio appetizer,  you can listen to some awesome tidbits online.

In the meantime, you can let your mind ponder what Djangobilly is and why everyone should listen to it.

The Cossette Combo play on Tuesday, June 23 at 7:30 pm at the Laurier Avenue Music Stage, Marion Dewar Plaza. An evening pass for all of Tuesday’s concerts is $35 for youth and $42 regular price.