Live music galleries: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at Field Trip [2018]

(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.)

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue live in 2018 at Field Trip

Artist: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
When: June 3rd, 2018
Where: Field Trip Arts & Music Festival, Fort York Commons, Toronto
Context: So here’s a post that came about due to those funny ‘memory photos’ (a couple of which I included below) that pop up on the Facebook now and again and got me remembering Field Trip and pondering on the power of live music. I had never even heard of Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) before two years ago around this time and truth be told, his jazz and funk rock sound is not something to which I would normally listen. However, my friends, Tim and Mark, and I were at the last edition of Field Trip, just having a blast, and the day just seemed to get even brighter the moment these musicians hit the stage. There hasn’t been a Field Trip since 2018 – they took a hiatus in 2019 and we all know what happened this year – but that year, it was a well-oiled machine, with a lot of great acts. Good music festivals schedule a wide range of acts and are a wondrous way to expose yourself to new tunes. To sum up: 1. Here’s hoping there’s another Field Trip Festival some time in the future; and 2. If you ever get a chance to see Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, even if it’s not your thing, take it from me, they are worth you our time.
Point of reference song: Dirty water

Field Trip wristband
BK Jackson and Dan Oestreicher
Joey Peebles, Trombone Shorty, and Mike Bass-Bailey
Pete Murano on guitar
The saxophones
Trombone Shorty
Yours truly, rocking out
The band, jamming out big time

Live music galleries: Middle Kids [2018]

(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.)

Middle Kids live at Field Trip 2018

Artist: Middle Kids
When: June 2nd, 2018
Where: Fort York Stage, Field Trip Festival, Fort York Commons, Toronto
Context: Six weeks ago to the day, I posted another one of these galleries and all the while bemoaning the fact that I haven’t seen any live shows for months. My, how the times have changed. While that post was being written and the photos being placed in some semblance of order, our government was still maintaining that the risk to Canadians from COVID-19 was low and life still seemed normal. A mere handful of days later, I was working from home, we were being asked to leave the house only when necessary, and ‘social distancing’ had become a thing. Seeing any new live shows seems a pipe dream at the moment so you can expect to see a few more of these pining live gallery posts popping up on these pages.

This particular gallery comes from 2018 and the last time Arts & Crafts Records put on one of its two-day Field Trip festivals in Toronto. I went down for the weekend in early June, stayed with my friend Tim, and we met up on each of the days with our friend Mark. Australian indie rock trio, Middle Kids, played a 6pm set on the first day, unofficially, the party day for me and my two friends. I had only given their debut album, “Lost friends”, a cursory listen beforehand but had enjoyed it so I dragged my cohorts to the side stage. Unfortunately, the three of us were more focused on replenishing our drinks at this point in the day. I now regret catching most of Middle Kids set from the beer queues because their album ended up being amongst my top five favourites of the year. I won’t make that ‘mistake’ again the next time I see them… whenever that may be.

Point of reference song: Mistake

Tim Fitz of Middle Kids
Cameron Henderson, touring guitarist extraordinaire
Hannah Joy and Tim Fitz of Middle Kids
Harry Day of Middle Kids on drums
Cameron Henderson feeling it
Hannah Joy of Middle Kids