National Music Centre is thrilled to present a special mentorship opportunity for Jam Club participants and Calgary youth.*
Join legendary Zuckerbaby guitarist Reed Shimozawa at this special guest mentorship session highlighting all things guitar and bass.
Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants can sign in at the lobby of Studio Bell's West Block (851 4 St. SE Calgary, entrance between CKUA Radio and the King Eddy).
*This program is exclusively available to teens, though parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Space is limited.
Zuckerbaby got their start in the early '90s, first performing under the name Calliope. The band was known for its power pop influences and the thick lead guitar sounds of Reed Shimozawa, an alumnus of Calgary-based hair metal band Smash L.A.
The group started out performing at small gigs to gain experience and fans. Soon, Zuckerbaby was doing opening spots for major acts across much of Canada. As word of mouth spread and the band's fan base grew, the music world began to take notice. In 1996, Mercury Records signed the group to a recording contract.
Zuckerbaby entered the Sundae Sound Studios and began work on their debut album, a self-titled offering that hit the market in 1997 with 12 pop/rock tracks. Three singles came from the album: "Shampoo," "Andromeda," and "Heavy." Positive reviews and music videos rotating in top spots on MuchMusic helped boost the group's popularity. A few of the other songs on the superb debut are "Venus," "Clouds," "Twice as Hard," and "Bellybutton Queen."
On 28 August 2015, the band reunited with the appearance of original members, Andy Eichorn and Reed Shimozawa, who were joined by two local Calgary musicians for a one-time live opening show at the Marquee Beer Market and Stage with headlining band Age of Electric.
About Jam Club:
Jam Club has been an integral part of National Music Centre’s programming for over a decade. Born out of the earlier Guitar Club program that was aimed specifically towards “at risk” youth, today Jam Club emphasizes creating space and opportunity for any and all teens in the community. This weekly free after-school drop-in program brings teens and volunteers together in support of music learning and the acquisition of important life skills such as teamwork, collaboration, intuition, and timing. Learn more about Jam Club at studiobell.ca/jam-club.
NMC Jam Club is presented by CJAY-92’s Jesse & JD with support from the Richardson Foundation and Sticks & Strings.