A Top 40 dance band that inspires booty-shaking moves is set to return to Century Casino this weekend.
We’re One World (W.O.W.), known for its lush renditions of chart toppers varying from Etta James to Bruno Mars and ABBA to Adele, is back in St. Albert Friday, May 27.
Originally from Hawaii, founder and music director Geris Guanzon moved to the mainland, performing in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and the San Francisco Bay area. One of the high points of the proficient pianist’s career was acting as The Platters music director and keyboardist.
Slightly more than 12 years ago, Guanzon moved to Edmonton and shortly after formed W.O.W. Adapting his U.S.-based experience, he focused on familiar high-energy classic oldies to current hits — songs people loved and cherished.
Although the Top 40 variety show band performs covers, the songs are not exact replicas of the originals. W.O.W. brings to the dance floor its own dynamic groove, one featuring a different vibe from tribute bands.
“We stand out because we have high-energy choreography for the vocalists and our harmonies are a good blend of vocals that are pleasing to hear,” said Guanzon. “And we have choreographed dance moves for the vocalists. It’s not just getting up and singing a song. We perform and entertain. We put on a show. We go for a high-class image. When we walk in the door, people know we’re the entertainers.”
In addition to Guanzon on piano, the band incorporates the talents of guitarist Scott Cattrel, bassist Andy Hamilton, drummer Eb Militsala, percussionist Artie Atienza, and three vocalists: Justine Sigales, Damon Pritchard, and Kira Hickey.
The band’s current set list features 50 songs with more added on a regular basis. They range from smooth jazz, country, and pop to rock, R&B, soul, and a splash of gospel.
Since the initial group was formed, several musicians have come and gone. But overall, the musicians’ camaraderie has formed a fusion of creativity and memorable moments. And W.O.W. continues to do what they do best.
“Performing live and seeing people enjoy themselves makes us feel good. We want to see people having fun, especially after COVID.”
The showcase runs from 9 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 27. Century Casino is at 24 Boudreau Rd. There is no cover charge.