Thursday, August 25, 2016

Under the big top

Arboretum went over to City Hall for this year's outdoor festing, and it was a very nice setup, with a little village for a handful of craftsmen and some independent food vendors, and a pair of tents (one big, one small. I got there in time to see BB Cream start things off on the Debaser Stage. Here's some closeup action with Alanna!

BB Cream at Arboretum 2016

Bass action with Jon!

BB Cream at Arboretum 2016

Kurt hits!

BB Cream at Arboretum 2016

The whole lot!

BB Cream at Arboretum 2016

Alanna sings!

BB Cream at Arboretum 2016

Extra Jon!

BB Cream at Arboretum 2016

Instrument switching action!

BB Cream at Arboretum 2016

Drumming action with Jon!

BB Cream at Arboretum 2016

Guitar action with Kurt!

BB Cream at Arboretum 2016

On to some post-punk sounds with Montreal's Moss Lime; here's some rhythm section action!

Moss Lime at Arboretum 2016

Caitlin sings!

Moss Lime at Arboretum 2016

Singalong action with Charlotte!

Moss Lime at Arboretum 2016

Extra Charlotte!

Moss Lime at Arboretum 2016

I've never seen Hooded Fang before, and was really impressed with their cacophonous post-punk sounds. Here's some guitar action with Lane!

Hooded Fang at Arboretum 2016

Bass action with April!

Hooded Fang at Arboretum 2016

Daniel sings!

Hooded Fang at Arboretum 2016

Alex hits!

Hooded Fang at Arboretum 2016

The whole lot!

Hooded Fang at Arboretum 2016

April runs about!

Hooded Fang at Arboretum 2016

Extra Lane!

Hooded Fang at Arboretum 2016

Extra Alex!

Hooded Fang at Arboretum 2016

It's been too long since I last saw Teenanger perform, at the 2013 edition of Ottawa Explosion; the merry band of Ottawa expats always put on a hot set, though they're one band I think should always be within arm's reach of the crowd (like their Mugshots show). Here's Jon and Chris!

Teenanger at Arboretum

Bass action with Melissa!

Teenanger at Arboretum

Melissa sings!

Teenanger at Arboretum

More Jon and Chris!

Teenanger at Arboretum

Steve hits!

Teenanger at Arboretum

Extra Chris!

Teenanger at Arboretum

Even more Jon!

Teenanger at Arboretum

Extra Steve!

Teenanger at Arboretum

Singalong action!

Teenanger at Arboretum

Sloan was at the festival for a run through of their classic One Chord To Another album on its 20th anniversary. I'm a big Sloan fan, and it looked like I had plenty of company. Unfortunately headliner Metz had to cancel due to family matters, so Sloan also played in their slot. Here's some gripping action with Chris!

Sloan at Arboretum

Guitar action with Jay!

Sloan at Arboretum

Andrew was playing despite an injured foot.

Sloan at Arboretum

Singalong action with Pat!

Sloan at Arboretum

Hairy action with Gregory!

Sloan at Arboretum

Jay sings one!

Sloan at Arboretum

Bearded action!

Sloan at Arboretum

Andrew steps out from behind the drums to sing one, as usual!

Sloan at Arboretum

Time for some trumpets with Ed and J.F. (the latter of Amos The Transparent)!

Sloan at Arboretum

There was a brief Sloan-break to catch Fet. Nat. at the Debaser Stage. They had some added signage! A very active crowd beat me to the stage so the photos are a bit rubbish, but you get the idea ....

Fet. Nat at Arboretum

Edible action!

Fet. Nat at Arboretum

Saxophone action with Linsey!

Fet. Nat at Arboretum

Olivier hits!

Fet. Nat at Arboretum

Koopah action with JFNO!

Fet. Nat at Arboretum

The whole lot!

Fet. Nat at Arboretum

Extra Pierre-Luc and Olivier!

Fet. Nat at Arboretum

Then back over to the hits-and-requests stage of Sloan's night at Arboretum. Here's Pat and Jay!

Sloan at Arboretum

Andy sings a bit!

Sloan at Arboretum

Guest-drumming action from Taylor Knox (formerly of the Golden Dogs)!

Sloan at Arboretum

Extra Pat!

Sloan at Arboretum

Crowded action!

Sloan at Arboretum

A super night!