Go go go!
I must admit that I can’t seem to find a way to get into the action at the dragonboat race portion of the festival (just my opinion…). We’re never that close to the racers and when they do get close, the fun lasts but a few seconds.
But I could rave all day about the excellent music the festival had in store for us later that evening (Saturday June 21st*): The Trews, a great Canadian rock and roll band were in town to offer us a free concert in the park next to the dragonboat finish line. I had heard great things about their shows and, let me tell you, it’s all “Trew.” Great showmanship and quality rock and roll from the boys; they really know how to work a crowd. As the evening came to a close, we were so not ready to go!
(*EDIT: I just found out that Rumba Calzada was also part of the dragonboat festival; another fantastic, Latin inspired act)
Singer/guitarist Colin MacDonald
Lead guitarist John-Angus MacDonald
Technical glitch: the lights unexpectedly went out for a few songs and people started bringing out
cell phones and lighters to help out, including the singer! lol
Bassist Jack Syperek and lead guitarist John-Angus MacDonald
You know people are having a great time when body surfing is on
Drummer Sean Dalton
Make some noise!!!
Visit their official Website or their MySpace page to listen to some of their songs.
Free Jazz in Gastown! :)
I had an excellent first show as I went to Gastown Saturday to enjoy some of the free concerts happening there this weekend. At 90 years young, Dal Richards is one cool cat on stage and his orchestra is very talented indeed. There was not one weak number in their set, consisting mostly (if not all) of jazz standards, usually leaning on the uptempo swing style.
If you live in Vancouver or are passing by this Summer, why not check the orchestra out at the Fair at the PNE this year? Mr. Richards was telling us that they will be playing for us every day at noon and 2PM there, throughout the fair. Don’t miss out on this entertaining performance!
Dal Richards and his Orchestra
Dal had to wave a white towel at him so he wouldn’t overheat from his smokin’ rendition
(I forgot the name of the song — “it’s not on the CD”, Dal said :) )
Saxin’ it up
Battle Of The Drums raging on — lol!