Live music galleries: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club [2015]

(I got the idea for this series while sifting through the ‘piles’ of digital photos on my laptop. It occurred to me to share some of these great pics from some of my favourite concert sets from time to time. Like my ‘Vinyl love’ series, these posts will be more photos than words but that doesn’t mean I won’t welcome your thoughts and comments. And of course, until I get around to the next one, I invite you to peruse my ever-growing list of concerts of page.)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club live in 2015

Artist: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
When: September 20th, 2015
Where: East Main Stage, Toronto Urban Roots Festival, Toronto
Context: Just less than a month ago, I posted some words on how my younger brother Michael got me into Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I followed them through all their albums, really falling head over heels with them with their third album, 2005’s “Howl”, but never got the chance to see them live, until three years ago (almost to the day) and almost 14 years after I heard the first notes of their self-titled debut. I had already procured an early bird pass to the penultimate edition (though none of us knew it then) of the Toronto Urban Roots Festival with my two concert buddies, Tim and Mark, when BRMC was added late to the last day of the festival. It was definitely a case of better late than never. I would recommend seeing them live to anyone who will listen.
Point of reference song:
Lose yourself

Peter Hayes and Leah Shapiro of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Leah Shapiro of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Robert Levon Been and Leah Shapiro of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Live music galleries: Father John Misty [2012]

(I got the idea for this series while sifting through the ‘piles’ of digital photos on my laptop. It occurred to me to share some of these great pics from some of my favourite concert sets from time to time. Like my ‘Vinyl love’ series, these posts will be more photos than words but that doesn’t mean I won’t welcome your thoughts and comments. And of course, until I get around to the next one, I invite you to peruse my ever-growing list of concerts of page.)

Father John Misty @ Bluesfest

Artist: Father John Misty
When: July 11th, 2012
Where: River Stage, Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa
Context: Josh Tillman left his post as drummer for Fleet Foxes in 2012 and released his debut album under the moniker Father John Misty in April. I loved the psych folk extravaganza of “Fear fun” (and still consider it my favourite of his albums) but wasn’t at all expecting how great he’d be when I saw him live three months later. His touring band was also very good but unfortunately, I could not find out much about them online (and so could only provide the names of the few I could identify). Josh Tillman was particularly hilarious between songs, spouting random zingers, like when he pointed out a volunteer holding a question mark placard denoting “Information” and quipped that he loved the kid’s existential sign. It was a short set in all but I’ve seen him twice more since and am looking forward to seeing him a fourth time this coming weekend.
Point of reference song:
I’m writing a novel

Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty
Jeffertitti Moon and Benji Lysaght
unknown touring drummer for Father John Misty
Josh Tillman and Benji Lysaght
unknown touring guitarist and keyboard player for Father John Misty
Josh Tillman on the tambourine

Live music galleries: The Specials [2013]

(I got the idea for this series while sifting through the ‘piles’ of digital photos on my laptop. It occurred to me to share some of these great pics from some of my favourite concert sets from time to time. Like my ‘Vinyl love’ series, these posts will be more photos than words but that doesn’t mean I won’t welcome your thoughts and comments. And of course, until I get around to the next one, I invite you to peruse my ever-growing list of concerts of page.)

The Specials performing live at Ottawa Bluesfest 2013

Artist: The Specials
When: July 8th, 2013
Where: Claridge Home Stage, Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa
Context: Just last week, I posted a write up on my top five ever Second wave Ska tunes and of course, the number one song was the one I refer to below by The Specials. In that post, I made mention of seeing the band in person at Ottawa’s Bluesfest back in 2013 so I thought I’d share a few pics that I snapped from that show. The particular edition of The Specials on tour that year just happened to feature six of the original members, including the drummer John Bradbury, who passed away two years later. So I felt quite fortunate then, and even more so now, that I got a chance to see the band on that tour.
Point of reference song:
A message to you Rudy

Lynval Golding of The Specials
Horace Panter and Terry Hall of The Specials
Roddy Radiation of The Specials
The late John Bradbury of The Specials
Roddy Radiation, Jon Read, and Tim Smart of The Specials
Terry Hall of The Specials