Live music galleries: The Rural Alberta Advantage [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.)

The Rural Alberta Advantage live at Dragonboat Festival, 2015

Artist: The Rural Alberta Advantage
When: June 27th, 2015
Where: Ottawa Dragonboat Festival, Mooney’s Bay Park, Ottawa
Context: It’s been almost six months since I’ve seen any live music and I’ve realized in the last couple of weeks that I’ve been (for want of a better term) seriously jonesing. Seriously. I’ve been habitually checking the concert listings, reading all the festival lineups as they are released, watching live videos on the YouTube, and I’ve even been finding myself wistfully flipping through photos of past shows that I’ve seen. And in so doing, I came across this series of pics that I snapped during a set by Toronto’s The Rural Alberta Advantage at Ottawa’s Dragonboat festival five years (!) ago. I’ve seen them a total of four times, each time was a riot, but this show was the last time I saw them. They were still touring their third album, “Mended with gold”, which like all their others, is energetic indie folk with a heavy percussion edge, this last provided by Energizer bunny drummer, Paul Banwatt, and bundle of dynamite, Amy Cole. She would actually leave the band the following year, to be temporarily replaced by a Robin Hatch, but is now back in the fold, and the word is there is new material in the works. Maybe I’ll see them a fifth time later this year. One can hope…
Point of reference song: Terrified

Nils Edenloff of The Rural Alberta Advantage
Amy Cole of The Rural Alberta Advantage
Paul Banwatt of The Rural Alberta Advantage
Amy Cole and Paul Banwatt going all percussion-like
Nils Edenloff rocking out

Live music galleries: Frightened Rabbit [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.)

Frightened Rabbit at Osheaga, 2013

Artist: Frightened Rabbit
When: August 4th, 2013
Where: River stage, Osheaga, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal
Context: A few days ago, I posted about how I recently purchased the 10th anniversary pressing of Frightened Rabbit’s 2nd album, “The midnight organ fight“. And of course, I made mention of frontman Scott Hutchison’s untimely death. It started me off thinking about the tragedy of it all, had me revisiting a bunch of their tracks, and got me reminiscing about the one and only time I ever got to see them live. My friends, Tim and Mark, and I decided to go to Montreal’s Osheaga as a means of celebrating a certain milestone birthday and we saw a great many excellent bands. I was especially excited for Frightened Rabbit’s set on day three because they had released their fourth studio album, “Pedestrian verse”, earlier in the year and it was in the early running for one of my faves for the year. Mark and I braved the medium-sized, early afternoon crowds (leaving Tim in the shade to nurse his hangover) and we were treated to an amazing performance.
Point of reference song: Backyard skulls

Scott and Grant Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit
Billy Kennedy and Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit
Gordon Skene of Frightened Rabbit
Scott and Grant Hutchison and Billy Kennedy
Simon Liddell of Frightened Rabbit
Scott and Grant Hutchison looking intense

Live music galleries: Orville Peck [2019]

(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.)

Orville Peck and his band at CityFolk, 2019

Artist: Orville Peck
When: September 12th, 2019
Where: City stage, CityFolk, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
Context: Just a few days ago, I posted about how Orville Peck’s debut album, “Pony”, made the number five spot on my best albums of the year list. As I mentioned there, I wasn’t that high on it at first listen. However, with repeat spins, it quickly climbed the ranks and by the time September rolled around, I was solidly hooked. Peck’s inclusion on the CityFolk lineup was the main reason I considered going at all this year. I had originally planned on going away on vacation in September but when that fell through, I took another look and bought a ticket for opening night. Orville Peck started off the festival proceedings and I’m sure the half the crowd that didn’t know what it was in for, was baffled for at least a few songs. He was backed by Toronto post-punk outfit Frigs, trading in their usual threads for cowboy hats and vintage, western garb. The set was phenomenal, engaging, and hooting and hollering fun, all the way through.
Point of reference song: Big sky

Orville Peck, man of mystery
Bria Salmena on the keys
Kyle Connolly on bass
Kris Bowering on drums
Bria Salmena on guitar
Kyle Connolly and Duncan Hay Jennings
Orville Peck leading the jam