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April 15, 2013

Sunshine Village is set to kick off its popular five week Spring Concert Series this weekend, with Banff’s Cronic taking the stage. Lead guitarist, Andrew Ibanez, talks about his five piece band, their love for the Bow Valley and how they can’t wait to entertain guests at Sunshine Village. They’re ready to showcase why they’ve been called Banff’s number one dance band.

Who makes up the band, Cronic?

Our five-member band includes myself (Andrew Ibanez), guitar, Bob Hughes, lead vocals, Murf Martin, bass, Vance Alexander, drums and Peter Fischer, saxophone.

When did Cronic start playing music?

A few different bands joined together to make what is now Cronic. We’ve been playing together since 1999, which means we’re coming up on 14 years. We all hail from the Bow Valley, so on any given night you can catch us at any number of bars or events happening in and around the Banff and Canmore area.

What kinds of shows do you usually play?

We try our best to stick to doing shows in and around the Bow Valley and because of that, you can see us performing anything from weddings and corporate parties at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, to the local pubs and bars in Banff and Canmore. In over 14 years together, I bet we’ve played at every hotel and every pub in the Bow Valley.

What other bands have you played with?

We’ve had the opportunity to open for a lot of great acts including Trooper, Randy Bachman, Big Wreck and April Wine, to name a few. Wild Bill’s in Banff brings a lot of great acts to town and we’ve have the privilege of opening for a lot of them.

What does playing at the Sunshine Spring Concert Series mean to you?

It’s a privilege to play at Sunshine once again. I was in a duo that used to play at the Chimney Corner lounge from time to time in the late 90’s and Cronic has played at Sunshine’s Slush Cup in past years, so we can’t wait to be back. The fact that we’re all based in the Bow Valley means that we are all big skiers, so we’re looking forward to getting a few runs in before our set. We love playing in the mountains for the fun and outgoing ski crowd.

What kind of music can we expect?

We play a little bit of everything from rock, to reggae, to funk and of course, we play some dance music too. We’ve learned a lot of different music over the years, so we pride ourselves in having something for everyone.

Cronic kicks off the 2013 Spring Concert Series with performances on Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st. These live shows can be enjoyed by anyone with a lift ticket or season’s pass. Non-skiers may also purchase a gondola-only ticket to reach the concert area, located in the heart of Sunshine Village. 

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