Philippines Typhoon Relief Fundraiser Concert

My friend, Qué decided to organize this fundraiser concert for the victims of the Philippies typhoon. She did an awesome job of it! It was a night of full live music, art, laughs, and good times at the V-Lounge. There was a huge range of music from rock to metal to hip hop. Qué got me to shoot the event. It was a loooong night of standing, but it was worth it in the end.

Neil Trett

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Paradise Street

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Englewood

03 - Inglewood - 4299
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Adventures of Nightgirl

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Sexweather

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Gord Phillips

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James Kasper

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Spaceport Union

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Funked Up

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RadCo

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Megaton Python

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Shinerunner

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Common Anomalies

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Dirty Harriet

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Wyrmwood

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Live painting by Kristen of Urbanheart

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To check out more pictures, please go here : Philippines Typhoon Relief Fundraiser Concert

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Canada Day 2013 Music In Victoria

Canada Day in Victoria! I decided to head downtown to check out some live music in front of the parliament buildings. The lineup was pretty stacked, and the best part was…. It was free! Live shows were going on throughout the whole day, but I got there around after dinner time. I had to get an awesome spot for taking pics, so I showed up a little bit earlier.  The first band I checked out was Caracol – a folk/pop band from Montreal. They were pretty good. Great harmonies and songs! Definitely worth checking out (http://www.caracolmusique.com)

Next band was a local Victoria group, Acres of Lions – a pop/rock band. They’re always having fun on stage and have catchy tunes. I’ve always loved photographing this band live. It’s really cool seeing the progress they’ve made in the music scene. (http://www.acresoflions.com)

The Odds… Vancouver band!! It’s really awesome seeing more bigger bands come to Victoria. I only know a couple of their songs (and they played them all), but they were definitely entertaining live – a good sense of humour, talented musicians, and they’re just having fun. They may seem like they’re serious, but they’re really not. (http://www.oddsmusic.com)

Hey Ocean! Another Vancouver band (pop/rock)! I’ve been listening to their stuff for a while now, and have been wanting to see them live. This was my chance. I love their songs, Ashleigh’s (lead singer) voice, her mannerisms on stage, the harmonies, and the energy. They sure know how to entertain the crowd. I’m soooo glad I got to finally see them live! Definitely a highlight. They’re also a super fun band to photograph live as well. There were so many awesome pictures!  (http://www.loveheyocean.com)

Keep an eye out for the next blog post – more Canada Day pictures!!

History Maker 2012

Over the May long weekend, my youth group went to a youth conference called History Maker. It went from the 18th – 21st. Last time I went to this conference, I was a youth, and it was held in Kamloops, BC. This time, I was a leader, and it was in Abbotsford, BC (just a little closer). There were 20 something youth that went, and we definitely had a great time. We left on Friday at 11am so we would have time to get off the island, check into the hotel, chill out, and make it to the 8pm start of the conference.

History Maker is a youth conference where youth groups from various churches gather to worship and learn more about God. There are general sessions in the morning and evening to start off/end the day. This is where a band leads people into worship and then a Pastor would give a short sermon. In between the morning and evening sessions, there are a whole lot of workshops that people could attend. This year, there were bands like Leeland, Jake Hamilton, Greg Sczebel and Press Play. Speakers like Elijah Waters and Eric Samuel Timm. There’s a lot more bands and speakers, so you could check out the full details at www.historymaker.ca.

Here’s some pics of what happened at the arena during the weekend.

Here we are waiting for the night to begin while people started filling the arena.

Leeland

Jake Hamilton

Familia playing at the outside stage.

More Jake Hamilton

Legacy One

More Leeland

Eric Samuel Timm

Propaganda

My New Baby!!

For the past little while, I’ve been thinking about buying a new guitar. I’ve had my Ibanez GRX40 for 10+ years, and the more I played it, the more I didn’t like the sound. It was really hard to find the “perfect” guitar as I’ve become pretty picky about everything – the sound, the brand, the style, and the looks. I wanted something with humbuckers and a semi-hollow body. I’ve looked at Fender, Ibanez, PRS, Gretsch, Gibson, and a bunch more, but there was always something I didn’t like about it (most of the time is was the way part of the guitar looked). I was starting to lose hope, but then I decided to check out the Grestch line again, and I found this.

A Gretsch Power Jet. It looked amazing, had awesome electronics, chambered body, and it had a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. The more I looked at it, the more I knew it was the one! The only problem was the price tag… I went to Long & McQuade to try out this guitar, and the first chord I strummed, I fell in love with it right away. She was perfect. I decided to try out the $700 version (the cheaper version) of this guitar, and there was a lot I didn’t like about it – the tuning pegs, awkward knob positioning, and the sound was flatter. So after a few weeks of mulling over it, I went back to Long & McQuade and ordered it!!

It was pretty expensive, but I figured it’s more of an investment. So it’ll last me a long time, and I wouldn’t be mad at the little details (if I were to buy the guitar I wasn’t 100% sold on). I’d like to think I’d made a good choice. So far so good!!

John K Samson with Shotgun Jimmie

John K Samson, lead singer of Winnipeg’s folk indie rock band, the Weakerthans decided to put out a solo album on Jan. 24, 2012 called Provincial. He’s currently nearing the end of his tour throughout Canada and the US promoting his newly released album. He made a stop in Vancouver on Mar. 31, 2012 at the Biltmore Cabaret – a small venue that can hold about a couple hundred people. I was fortunate enough to go see him live as I’m a big fan of John K Samson. I also knew he doesn’t come out here that often, so I had no choice but to go.

The house music fades out. More people started arriving at the sold out venue as the curtains pull away. The opening band, Shotgun Jimmie started the night. I didn’t know what to expect from him because I’ve never heard of his stuff before. One of the first things I noticed was his modded Fender guitar (it had a Bigsby vibrato tail piece, which I’ve never seen before) and a suitcase used as a kick drum. His music was interesting as you knew he was up there having fun, and his songs were about random things like girls, love, space, beer, etc. It had an indie rock feel to his music. Really enjoyable. He would add in little guitar riffs here and there, a couple of jazz chords, and some rock and roll. He even admitted that his “drum kit” sounded like cheap electronic drum loops. He definitely warmed up the crowd especially when he played his last song of his set. He invited a drummer and John K Samson to play bass. What a great way to get the crowd pumped.

John K Samson starts off with him alone on stage with an acoustic guitar in hand. He did his welcome thing and starts the set with playing “One Great City!”. A Weakerthans song about a love/hate relationship with Winnipeg. Once he played the first note on his guitar, you knew he had everyone’s attention. He then played “Heart of the Continent” from his solo album, Provincial. He mentioned how they were pretty much the same chords but with different lyrics. The rest of the band came up and joined him for a few more songs along with Shotgun Jimmie on lead guitar. During the performance, a girl blacks out in the crowd and John stops the music to make sure she’s ok before continuing on. Then someone yelled “you’re so Canadian!” and the night went on. He later raised his mug and made a toast by reciting his song “Elegy for Gump Worsley”, a tribute to Gump Worsley, an old goalie for the New York Rangers. He also later promoted a petition saying that Reggie “The Riverton Rifle” Leach should be into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Which lead to the song he wrote about the petition. John played a good balance of songs from his solo album and songs from the Weakerthans which was what everyone was hoping for.

John always had a smile on his face, and you knew he was having a good time on stage. With that combined with his great stories behind the songs, and his amazing songwriting, this is why people were so captivated by him and his music.  I found myself just closing my eyes and embracing the music. One could only hope that the night would last forever, but unfortunately, John’s set had to end. People were wanting more. John ended up doing a few more encore songs, and wrapped up the night by standing at the very front of the stage with his guitar playing and singing (without being plugged into the system) “Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure”. It was like a good old sing along. What a great end to the night.

I think I’ve said this a few times already, but I’ll say it again. When you have someone that is very genuine, a good story teller, talented musician/songwriter, and a great poet playing at a small intimate venue, you get an amazing concert.

Legacy One @ North Douglas Church

On March 13, Legacy One came back to the Westcoast to do a show and dance workshop at North Douglas Church. They’re a hip hop dance team with a great message. It was good to see them again. They’re an awesome group of people! I decided to see them live again and take some more pictures for them. If you don’t know much about them, you can check out their website http://legacyone.ca/

If you missed my first set of pictures from the first time, you can check them out here.

Rococode with Mike Edel @ Lucky Bar

December 2, 2011. Rococode headlined at Lucky Bar and Mike Edel opened for them. I’ve heard one song from Rococode and I’ve heard about Mike Edel, but never explored much of their music so I had no idea what to expect.

Mike and his band stepped on stage. Once they started playing, I was drawn into the music right away. Their folk/pop sound really clicked. There were really good rhythm changes, melody lines, energy, drumming, wicked bass lines, and dynamic. Oh, and also the occasional banjo which adds a really nice touch to the songs. They just gave a really good vibe where you can’t stop bobbing your head to the music.

By the end of their set, it was sad to see them step off stage because you just wanted to hear more of them. But they really did a great job and the bar for the night was set.

The next band, Rococode. I was pretty excited to see what they have up their sleeves. I’ve only heard one of their songs when they were in the 100.5 Peak Performance Project, and my friend Matty has been raving about them, so they must be good! The smoke machine goes on full blast, and the show begins. They definitely have a very unique sound, and this is where I hate classifying music into genres. They had a really good pop/rock/indie sound. They started out strong and continued throughout the whole night. Song after song you’re being blasted by good stage presence, talented musicians, and a big sound. Laura Smith has such a unique voice which blended in perfectly with the band and the style of music. She lead a couple of songs which is also great to see. They were all up there having a great time and were really tight musically.

Definitely a great night. It’s been TOO long since I’ve been to a concert. So it was amazing. If you want to see higher res of the pictures, click on them, or check out my Flickr at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keither/sets/72157628323629815/with/6473706741/

Or check out Mike Edel: http://www.mikeedel.com/

And Rococode: http://www.rococode.com/

And I’ve said this many times… GO SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS!!!

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