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The group has already played with R&B royalty, opening for Smokey Robinson and sharing a line-up with Mavis Staples. Staples told the young band they reminded her of nothing less than her own sisters, the legendary Staples Singers. Chic Gamine has also played for straight up Royal royalty, performing before Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth in 2010. In 2011, they opened for Marc Broussard on a 5-month coast-to-coast North American tour. They’ve had main stage slots at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Regina Folk Festival, Strawberry Folk Festival, Dawson City Music Festival, and California World Fest, among others. They finished up a successful 2013 EU-UK tour with a packed show at one of France’s top music festivals, Transmusicales. At SXSW 2012 their showcase drew the largest crowd of the day and NPR’s Stephen Thompson named them as one of his four must-see acts. They were invited back for not one but two 2013 slots.
At the heart of all this is a trio of frank, astonishing voices. Their sound is crafted with deft historical references and offbeat new ideas that are all churned into something exhilarating and just beyond contemporary. Chic Gamine dwell in that realm between music that holds you in awe of the talent and beauty infiltrating your ears, and music that just makes you want to dance like a hooligan, shed all those tears you’ve been stuffing down inside, and rock the hell out with the ones you love best—which suddenly includes everyone in the room.