Wednesday 19 June 2013

Lola and the Creen Machine Shuffling Over from Buffalo

Dynamic 22 year old assistant director and musical composer Laura Lonski and her team from the Francis Bacon Experimented were supposed to shuffled over here from Buffalo to bring their production of 420: The Musical to the Montreal Infringement Festival (
Laura Lonski

The number 420 stands for  April 20, which is National Pot Smoking Day.  Lonski told me the play is a takeoff on The Wizard of Oz, with a cast of characters travelling together to meet the Mighty High.  It was postponed  and will hopefully play here at another date. I was impressed with Lonski, who reached out to The Suburban to tell her story and then disappointed to hear that the visit was put off.

Anxious to see Montreal, she  has booked a gig for her band Lola and the Creen Machine for Thursday night, June 20 (9:30 p.m.) at CafĂ© Sierra (131 Prince Arthur on the corner of de Bullion Street). It will be her and drummer Mike Creenan. There is no admission charge

"We play alternative piano, soul, rock and blues mix," said Lonski. "I've been a singer/songwriter in Buffalo for awhile, but I just started playing out in bars and open mics a little over a year ago.  I'm making a demo this summer."

This will be Lonski’s first trip to Montreal. “I took four years of French in college,” she says. “I love the language and always wanted to live in France. Maybe it will end up being Montreal.”

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