Carli & Julie Kennedy Live At Butchart Gardens

I checked out Carli and Julie’s concert at Butchart Gardens (luckily I have an annual pass there), and they sure know how to put on a show. Or maybe I’m just biased because I know them…

They’re a country/folk/roots band. Carli (guitar) and Julie (violin) were backed up tonight with a drummer and bassist. And I must say, I usually don’t listen to country music (but I’m still open to it!), and I enjoyed every moment of this. So this is saying a lot about how good they are!

The venue is pretty nice. It’s a band shell outside, and it’s a really chill environment. The show gets better as the sky gets darker and lights are more visible.

They played a bunch of originals from their recent EP, Small Town Stories as well as some older songs and a couple of covers such as “Life is a Highway” and “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. I must say, they did a great job covering the songs especially with their ability to add their own “sound” to the song – I’m always impressed by that.

I’ve always enjoyed watching these two live because they’re always full of energy, and they’re super talented musicians. Through out the set, they would swap instruments such as to bass, mandolin, or banjo (big fan of multi-talented musicians). All this was also accompanied by their perfect harmonies.

Thanks for the great show!! Here’s a few links you should check out:

More pictures of the show on my Flickr account.

and Carli & Julie Kennedy’s website.

Go support local artists!!! They work super hard!


Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans Rock Victoria!

Sunday. In Vancouver. Went to the Canucks Super Skills at Rogers Arena. 3pm it ends. Skytrain back to Surrey. Grab some food. Rush to the 5pm ferry. Ferry is packed with people. Got into Victoria at 7pm. Left the ferry terminal around 7:20pm. Got to my place at 7:50pm. Doors at 8pm. Picked up my friend Mollie. Arrived at Sugar Nightclub at 8:30pm… What a rushed day!

I was really excited to hear Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans because I love the Weakerthans, and have never seen them live, or have I heard about Jim Bryson. So I thought this would be a really sweet concert to check out. I was thinking about going to the Vancouver show on Saturday night, but decided to go to a Vancouver Giants game instead. I decided to make Sunday super rushed and catch the show in Victoria instead.

Jim Bryson teamed up with The Weakerthans and recorded a CD, The Falcon Lake Incident. And now they’re doing a cross Canada tour.

The night started with a local band called Siskiyou. They’re a four-piece folk rock/indie band from Victoria (well, most of them are from Victoria). I’ve never heard of these guys before, but they sure got my attention. They had a really chill folk sound. The kind of music where you can enjoy while sitting down with a few friends while having a few drinks. There were a couple of songs where they rocked out. They also switched up instruments for a bunch of songs which was really cool such as guitars, drums, vocals, xylophone, banjo, keyboard, melodica, and even a hand saw. It’s always great seeing a band with such diversity in instruments.

Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans, a folk/indie rock band came up on stage. The only person missing was John K Samson (lead singer of the Weakerthans) which was really too bad. But they started their set with “Raised All Wrong” – a very simple, short, guitar song with vocals and harmonies. Once he finished this, I knew it was going to a great night. They were also a very diverse band when it comes to instruments. They had guitars, bass, drums, steel lap guitar, keyboard, and trumpet. They continued to rock the stage with a bunch of upbeat songs – definitely impressed with their stuff. It sounded like The Weakerthans but with a Jim Bryson twist to it which was cool because their sound was almost familiar. They ended their set with Wild Folk where they totally rocked out – lots of energy! What a great set! The lights go dim, but the crowd wanted more. Jim Bryson comes back on stage alone with his Gibson SG guitar. He played a really amazing song which I wish I knew the name of. But it was a real beautiful song. Really chill… The band then came back up on stage, and they played two more songs. They ended on a song called “Freeways In The Frontyard”. That was the only song I’ve actually heard from them. What a great end to the night. It felt complete…

Thanks for the amazing night! The music still lingers in my ears and the CD has been playing over and over again ever since the concert. Songs that stood out: Raised All Wrong, Wild Folk, Freeways In The Frontyard, Up All Night, and Decidedly.

Here’s a clip to Freeways In The Frontyard:


For more pics from the concert, you can check out my Flickr page.

Bands’ Websites:
Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans

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