Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Interstellar Rodeo: Day One July 24th 2015

So on Friday I was off to the first night of the fourth edition of the Interstellar Rodeo music festival held here in Edmonton at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park that is put on by Six Shooter Records. When I first saw the line-up for this years festival I wasn't so sure of what to think of it. Because I have always had a good time at the previous years festival and have found new bands because of it, I took the chance and bought myself the three day festival pass again. Over the next couple of days I will give you a quick recap of the weekend.

The line-up for this first night was...

4:30 Gates Open
5:50 The Wet Secrets
7:05 Shakey Graves
8:05 Joe Nolan
8:45 St. Vincent

I had to leave work early as I really wanted to see the opening act Wet Secrets, who are a local band that plays a rock n' roll dance kind of music, with a heavy bass sound. I had never seen the band before but have always wanted to, so I wasn't going to miss this. Along with the heavy bass, there was horns, keyboards, drums and a great looking couple of ladies who danced and shimmied and played horns through out the set and all of the members of the band in matching marching outfits, looking sharp they did. A very fun band, only complaint was that they kept their songs pretty clean for the most part as they do have a few songs that push the envelope that didn't get played. All and all, a fun band.

Wet Secrets.

Next up was another act I had just recently started listening to. A guy by the name of Alejandro Rose-Garcia but goes by the name Shakey Graves from Austin, Texas. His brand of music is in the vain of rock and roll and blues. He usually performs as a one man band but on this night he had a drummer and bass player with him. They only played the first three songs together then it was just Shakey. I thought the set started slow, I was at first disappointed as I was expecting some ripping music. But after about three or four songs his set really picked it up. totally enjoyed his show. Great stuff.

Shakey Graves.

I missed Joe Nolan as I was out having a smoke with a couple of friends I ran into at the show.

The headliner of the evening from Tulsa, Oklahoma was St. Vincent. I have listened to a little bit of her music on CKUA radio and have tried to like it, but always found it a little too artsy. A buddy of mine at the show had seen her before and said she was quite good live as he had seen her perform before. So I gave her the chance, and have to say, when she rocked out, it reminded me of Prince, she is a great guitar player and has a great back-up band, and she is a little weird too. Great stage presence and a good singer, so when she was rocking I really liked her, but when things got artsy, she lost me. Overall not a bad set, better then I was expecting. The crowd ate her up though, the majority of the people loved her.

St. Vincent.

A great night of music,good vibes,cold beer,awesome crowd and great weather. Good times!!!

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