first up was abbotsford's old mare. rob booked them and i didnt realize that 1) they were really good and 2) that they had a full band and drums and amps and pedals and the whole nine yards.
ma petite and jordan klassen, two abbotsford based bands that (predictably) now live in vancouver. the music was fantastic (ukelele, double bass, violin and keys) but i didnt get much of a chance to stand still and listen, as at this point there was still way too much logistical stuff going on for me to stop moving.
it was really fun running a show like this, juggling 5 different tasks and constantly being interrupted. it's a bit like my day job, only no one was bleeding and there were a lot less drunk people.
some things were very thankfully delegated. our local indian restaurant, shanhdar hut, provided the food, as well as "melted" a gourmet grilled cheese vendor serving out of this world sandwiches. my friend patricia ran the first aid tent. kylie made cookies and did bottled water and pop runs and delivered last minute items, like a big carpet to keep the drums from skittering around the stage. tonnes of rob's friend arrived to set up tents and move picnic tables etc.
adam klassen (no relation to jordan). he was another wild card and he stole the show! all over the venue i heard people talking about him, asking who the heck he was and how they had never heard of him when he was so good.
harpoonist and the axe murderer are a killer blues duo from vancouver, reinterpreting muddy waters all over again, ignoring led zeppelin and moving in a entirely different direction. their latest album checkered past is straight up blues with a bit of extra distortion, and their live set delivered the same with adrenaline and a pinch of psychedelia. the tunes got people dancing, particularly ty, finn and coby, as you have seen above. i figure if this only happens a few times a year their ears will recover.
by this time our crowd had finally thickened up. our ticket sales were disappointing from a financial point of view, but we sold around 120 tickets and when the volunteers and the members of the other bands who stayed around for the show (most of them!) gathered in front of the stage it made for a sweet comfy vibe. shawn (the harpoonist) summed it up nicely when he exclaimed from the stage, "i love this show... its like playing at someone's backyard bbq, only they have enough money for a killer sound system, and they have really awesome friends!" matt (the axe murderer) chimed in "yep, no one's gonna call the cops on anyone here tonight."
ian schram played next, in a cozy little living room set accompanied by two glowing penguins on our side stage. his laid back songs gave the crowd a chance to catch their breathe before they were moved to start dancing again by
the young liars, a vancouver electronic pop rock indie band with tonnes of energy. they were another surprise for me. i had heard their music online and knew i would like them, but i didnt know i would love them live. a full rock band plus some groovy synth loops gave the young liars an amazingly deep sound. their single echoists had the whole crowd jumping. its sweet hook underscored their recent record deal and foreshadowed radio success to come (take me in your arms tonight and i'll be there, i'll be there, i'll never be gone). the thoughtful lyrics give them a depth sorely lacking in todays music. pop for a new century. marshall mcluhon would be proud.
teen daze, chilliwack's trance sensation. a rosedale boy, hipster and personal friend, jameson aka teen daze is well known in the club scene from san francisco to new york to barcelona. the dictum that a DJ is not recognized in his hometown holds particularly true when the hometown in question doesnt really have any legitimate clubs.