Was in Dawson City last weekend with Shagadelica for Disco Days (this long weekend here in the Yukon). Most the people here end up going to Dawson to let their hair down, one last hurrah before fall/winter. We worked out a few cobwebs on stage the first night as it had been a while since we've played a full night, but then the second night was magical. I am really glad they let me play the rock star part and play the big solos. These songs have a lot of parts. Was nice just being up in Dawson and breathing in the air. The highlight for me, was walking up the slanted stairs of our legendary hotel, and the sloped floors, to my hotel room. Hearing a voice of my friend Donald, who was the singer in my first ever garage band. I walked in and he gave me a big hug. Some of my best memories were sitting around every night with guitar and a drum pad, playing songs. We'd do this for hours and hours every night, people would stop by and listen. His voice was a little scratchy from day drinking and not warmed up, but as I played I still heard his wonderful voice come through. He was the first singer In ever saw on stage, just feeling the music, eyes closed, grooving, a big smile. We've been friends ever since...
Show number 84 tonight. The number 84 means a great message to receive from the divine realm. The number exudes the energies of love, harmony, and peace. Playing in town this weekend and that will be a nice change, then back on the road next week. Also, getting lot of traffic on my ReverbNation page. Up to number 31 on the national charts. Not sure how relevant or current that site is, it's no spotify (but that ain't necessarily a bad thing). I wanna hit number 1...So if you're bored, go check it out and click on some of the links...
Be Good and listen,
Busy weekend of 6 shows in 4 days in 2 countries, and all but one of them found me playing the bass. Our Shagadelica set was an outside, park gig, which started off sunny, but then got rained out after 35 minutes, right when the band started cooking. Always fun playing the big rock tunes. Followed that with a bit later with EverGold. Then an early morning drive on little sleep, 500 kilometers to Haines, Alaska for the Southeast Alaska State Fair. Only me and Rick were there from the King Swardfish band, which is Rick's band plus usually me and Gabor and others. A throw together band but we played originals and there were moments of heavy groove. This state fair kicks the shit out of other festivals around. Rides for the kids, animals, good eats, drinks, cool events, and some of the best musicianship I've seen in a long time, far away from the usual folk-tinged stuff. This band Ozomatli put on one of the best shows I've ever seen. It was magical. So much groove and really was a worlds class show. Talked with this bassist from this other really good band called Smoke n Bones. We both had a crazy car accident story and talked shop. They played funk/soul and were the real deal. Finished off the night watching the Whiskeydicks play and they are amazing. Had to turn and burn it back to Whitehorse, where I hosted a jam with Sean from the Yukon. One rehearsal after, then an noon arts in the park gig with Elijah Bekk. Felt time and we grooved. That night was a fundraiser put on by my friend Manus. Cool vibe, a-la the trailer park boys. All the musicians listening to each other's sets. Big not shoutout to the "local" group who were setting up speakers and stands and cables and etc during Animal Warfare's set. That was so disrespectful and not cool. I left right after that set cause I was pissed off. Give everyone their time on stage, and show respect. You don't have to like everyone but give them their moment.
Anyway, to end this novel. Playing with the Shaggy Manes Wednesday night on the bass, and then hosting the Gold Rush jam on Thursday. Might be going to Keno to play the festival Friday Night, but we'll see...More shows added...keep your eyes peeled. And thanks to Tom Ganner for taking this pic in Haines!
Just got back from a crazy, whirlwind tour in 2 countries (Canada and America). Started the show off in Beaver Creek, the western most city in Canada. This cool place called Buckshot Betty's. Entertained fellow travelers and locals. Was an intimate show and pretty fun, just 2 acoustic guitars and a snare drum. Then about 1,000km from home we rolled into Fairbanks, Alaska. Our first show was at the Marlin Club and we were groovin' heavy and hard. My bass was thumpin' and I think we made some new fans. Lot of comments going around that we were one of the best bands they have had, and we were missing our keyboard player. The next day we played Ester Fest and saw a lot of the Chickenstock flock. Always fun playing on a big stage. Followed that up by twisting the night away, playing at the Golden Eagle. Fun shows and hope we can do it again soon...
The Road's Calling,
Spent the 4th of July in a small town called Skagway, in Alaska. A beautiful city with that small town charm. Smoky and the usual bustle of tourists from nearby cruise ships made for a unique Independence Day celebration. Cheers to bars in Skagway for knowing how to pour a drink properly. Got some upcoming shows this week. Playing solo, instrumental guitar for a funeral, a couple of Rixxx & Roxx shows (for all we bicker, when it comes together we really get cooking), and a King Swardfish gig. There's a festival this weekend that will never hire me or Rick, it's frustrating cause we play other festivals, original music and we kill it every time. But I hear that ticket sales are in the decline, which reminds me that sometimes the brightest stars burn out the fastest. Seen lots of festivals come and go, I'm still standing and playing big shows and even more original music. Just focused on making each show the best experience it can be, and never losing sight that the end game is farther away than my hometown. Some big shows coming down the line for the fall and winter too ;)
Here's a clip from a recent, outdoor, summer concert here in the Yukon. This is an original Flamenco song called "Julia". I had originally wanted to do this show with a band, but was told I could only perform with a duo. I always hear a full band in my head when I play this, so to me it always sounds different, not bad, just different. Anyway, there were a lot of people there, and not everyone talked through the show like the two awesome people in this video ; ) Was nice to play music that not everyone else does around here, and debut new, original compositions.
Be Excellent To Those Who Matter!
Lots of shows coming down the line...Lots of bands, lots of guitar, bass, original music!
Fun weekend playing music. In Atlin, the Bobcats expanded to a 9 piece band (not including Bob the Cat who was very much there). Was a good time, see the picture below. Sunday night was a fun show at the Gold Pan with EverGold! Great sound and grooves, and tips. Got some new shows posted, summer is booking up. Writing new tunes and will be debuting them. Sold some music on the weekend so that was great. See you on the road!
Playing bass in a new band called EverGold. This group is the brainchild of Sean Balsillie. I first met Sean at a Rock Band camp I was teaching a while ago. He did music a little bit, but focused on dance. Now, he's been hitting music hard, and his voice is angelic. He's got some amazing songs written and asked me to play bass. Rounding out the band is Steven Guenette on drums. We got some bar and festival gigs coming up. Check it out. Also, have a jazz gig on Thursday. Lots of bass. Playing bass at Chickenstock. Hope you are all enjoying the summer and don't forget if you wanna support, share or buy some music...
Cheers from the Yukon,
As April comes to a close and another May dawns...2 shows this week, amidst some tech work. Wednesday I'll be gracing the Whitewater Wednesday Jam in its new location at the Towne Club, as the feature act. Will be playing some new songs live and practicing my solo set. Saturday night at the Local Bar is the no theme party with Rick Sward, John Phelan, Katie Hunter, and Jamie Pickard. We play originals and covers spanning almost every genre from Jam band, Reggae, Blues, Ska, Swing, Oldies, Rock, Country, African, Jazz, Funk, Folk and more...Would be nice to see a good crowd there. They have the best stage in town. New lights and even smoke machines. Place is getting a cool vibe...Please be sure and check out my music and if it moves you be sure and take it home with you...Cheers from a dusty, brown Yukon.