Tom Hook, New Orleans, USA

(Tom Hook & Friends)
Terrier Brothers
Tom has performed at the Penticton Jazz Festival for many years with both the Black Dogs and as a solo performer. This year he returns as a solo artist. There will be a heavy dose of Tom's usual jump swing and New Orleans party favorites, with the addition of even more straight ahead jazz and Latin styles. Grab a refreshing Cannery Lakeboat Lager, put on your dancing shoes, and let’s do the Ogopogo Blues!

Dave Bennett & The Memphis Speed Kings, Arkansas, USA

Dave Bennett and the Memphis Speed Kings Dave Bennett & The Memphis Speed Kings Website
The Memphis Boys play the vintage Rockabilly and Rock 'n' Roll music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry and others.
The band was formed in 2009, when jazz clarinetist Dave Bennett and drummer Hal Smith discovered a mutual admiration for the music of "The Killer" -- Jerry Lee Lewis. In addition to his talent as a clarinet virtuoso, Dave is also an ace "pumpin' piano man" in the Jerry Lee tradition. Hal has played with many of the best traditional jazz and swing bands in the U.S., but also enjoys playing old school Rockabilly style drums. Look for a room full of happy Rockabilly fans and a dance floor with a "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and you have found the Memphis Speed Kings!


Cornet Chop Suey


Cornet Chop Suey Website
The Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity since its arrival on the jazz scene in 2001. Best known for a wide variety of styles, Cornet Chop Suey applies its own exciting style to traditional jazz, swing, blues and "big production" numbers. Every performance by Cornet Chop Suey is a high-energy presentation and is always a memorable experience for the audience.


Tom Rigney & Flambeau, San Francisco, USA


Tom Rigney Website
Flambeau specializes in fiery Cajun and Zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves, and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes.
Most of the repertoire is composed by Rigney, but they also mix in a few classics from the Cajun/Zydeco/New Orleans songbook. And if, along the way, you pick up a trace of Rigney's Irish roots or a little Swing and roots Rock and Roll, it just makes the musical gumbo that much tastier.


Gator Nation, Sonoma, CA, USA


Gator Nation Website
Gator Nation, the West Coast's hardest hitting Zydeco, New Orleans R&B band is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, high energy concert and dance band. They are known as "The Band With A Beat That Bites". That is because Gator Nation has what it takes. With the same survival instinct as its namesake, Gator Nation continues to adapt itself to its audiences, always with something fresh yet true to its calling. That calling is to represent the music of South Louisiana in all its forms, Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans style. The result is a remarkable show with so much variety and depth that at the end of the show, the Gator Nation Band leaves you happy and hollerin' "Gimme Some Mo"!

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Draga's Dragons, Everywhere, USA

Draga's Dragons,
We welcome back Bob Draga's soaring melodies, inspired improvisations and rich tones. In performance, he and 'his friends' cover music, ranging from ragtime to stride, ballads to bounces, and a surprise or two thrown in! Experience the delightful work and simpatico of a trio featuring gifted, emotional players with a touch of stand up comedy?

Lance Buller, Tacoma, WA, USA

Lance Buller

Lance Buller Website
A regular at the Pentastic Jazz Festival. Lance was named "most outstanding musician at his high school". In college he started playing with the top rock, jazz and Latin groups in LA. He joined the AFM at the age of 20 (just a few years ago!!!) and almost immediately hit Vegas working the Dunes and Aladdin Casinos. He worked with Little Anthony, Bob Marley and at 24 began a long association with The Beach Boys which included 5 albums and tours to Europe, Australia and of course the U.S. His recording career, which began in 1974, includes 24 albums, including 5 with his own band The Monarchs. He prefers being on stage in a performing capacity and is often featured with show-biz Greats. "There is nothing like being on stage with a hot band behind you and a great crowd to entertain. That is why I am here!"

Black Swan Classic Jazz Band, Oregon, USA

Black Swan Classic Jazz Band
Dixieland, early jazz styles, ragtime and old-time gospel music Black Swan is a fun, artistic group that specializes in Dixieland, early jazz styles, ragtime and old-time gospel. The band loves the hot jazz music of the 1920s and features the sizzling talents of vocalist Marilyn Keller.

Black Swan Classic Jazz Band Website

Gonzalo Bergera Quartet

Gonzalo Bergera Quartet
The all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays a modern variant of 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz. Composer and lead guitarist Gonzalo Bergara mixes a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina. The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara's true home, Buenos Aires. "Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious and deeply moving.

The Gonzalo Bergera Quartet Website

Le Dixieband, Montreal, Canada

Le Dixieband

Le Dixieband Website
Since 1980, Le Dixieband has been bringing bright new shadings, vitality and intensity to the redhot strains and the hard-driving rhythms of traditional New Orleans jazz. Its dynamic, seasoned musicians have set themselves apart from similar groups by their one-of-a-kind mastery of a unique repertoire performed in the purest down-home style. We welcome them back to Pentastic, their last performance here was in 2004.

"The best Jazz party in the Pacific Northwest!"