On Saturday afternoon I made my way to the Wunderbar to catch a free show with two bands, both of whom I had never heard before. First band of the afternoon was an Edmonton band called The Deadly. They are a new band and currently have one song available on there bandcamp page which can be found here. Their half hour set on this afternoon was quite good. They play a punk rock style of music. Worth checking out.
Headliner for this show was a Vancouver band called The Highway Kind, who have been opening several shows for the smalls reunion tour. Looks like this afternoon show was a warm up show for there opening slot later Saturday night for the smalls.
There wasn't a huge crowd for this show, but decent enough. The band The Highway Kind are a three piece band made up of former members of such bands as The Black Halos and Black Mountain. Matthew Camirand on guitar, with Cristin Heck on bass and rounded out by drummer Mark Karpinski play a groove heavy type of music with a touch of psychedelic, a lot like Black Mountain actually. I really dug there groove and look forward to hearing more from this band.
Always cool to catch some live music on a Saturday afternoon at my favorite bar. Some beers, live music, and a free show makes for a great way to spend an afternoon. Good times!!!
On Friday night I went to the Starlite Room to catch the second of four sold out shows of local metal band The smalls. on there Slight Return reunion tour. This was my fourth time seeing the band and second time this year, having seen them play the Sonic Boom Festival in the summer.
This time around The smalls headlined of course and played an hour and half set. The band sounded much tighter this time around, not hard to tell they have been touring and rehearsing. The crowd was pumped for this show, with lots of drunks stumbling, drinking and carrying on. Lead singer Mike Caldwell sounded great and has one of the most unique and interesting vocal deliveries ever. Terry Johnson on drums sounded even better this time around compared to the summer show, as did Corb Lund on bass, they were really on on this night holding down the back end, and then there is guitarist Dug Bevans who is an absolute riff master, he sounded fucking awesome. The band played pretty much everything a fan would want to hear on Friday night. An absolute killer show. Good times!!!
Opening band Royal Tusk also from Edmonton was a terrible choice for opening this show. I didn't care for them at all, and found most of the audience felt the same way, as I went out for a smoke during their set, as did many others. Not a fan.
On Sunday my Cuz and I went to the Canadian singer/songwriter folk legend Gordon Lightfoot concert here in Edmonton at the Jubilee Auditorium. I was looking forward to seeing Gord in concert as I had never seen him before and at seventy-five years old, you don't know how much longer he will be performing. I remember growing up on his music, having heard my parents play his music and then of course hearing it on the radio a lot.
Gordon Lightfoot played two sets on this evening, the first one being about 45 minutes, what surprised me about the first set was him performing his biggest hit "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald", I figured he would leave that til the encore, but nope. And I have to say, it didn't sound all that good. Another song I was really looking forward to hearing "Sundown" in which he did do, that too did not sound good, actually it was a mess, right from the get go. I hate to say it, but there is no way to sugar coat it, Gord just doesn't have the voice anymore. He seemed to mumble the words at times and just doesn't have the delivery he once did. After all the man has had his health issues. He looked healthy and even joked about the rumours of his demise years ago.
After a twenty minute break, Gord and his band came back for the second set, and it was more of the same. I even saw a few people leave during the intermission. Probably because they had heard the one song they really wanted to. My Cuz and I toughed it out for about a half hour or so, before we looked at each other and just knew it was time to leave and go for a few beers. All and all it wasn't a very good show, not in my eyes anyways, sad but true. Sometimes, musicians just don't know when there time has come.