Friday, June 14, 2019

Upstairs, downstairs

Things are getting pretty festive as we head into summer, and with Pouzza Fest going on up in Montreal, it was only natural that a few folks swing through Ottawa for some Side-By-Side action at Black Squirrel Books and the House of Targ. Targ was hosting Fresh Hell, DeeCracks, and Expert Timing, while up top at BSB you had The Steve Adamyk Band, Lone Wolf and Toronto's Prettyboy, who opened things up with a super set. Here's singer Kirsten!

Prettyboy at Black Squirrel Books

Bass action with Kat (also of WLMRT)!

Prettyboy at Black Squirrel Books

Percussive action with Izzy!

Prettyboy at Black Squirrel Books

Kirsten runs about!

Prettyboy at Black Squirrel Books

More Kat!

Prettyboy at Black Squirrel Books

Guitar action with Joni!

Prettyboy at Black Squirrel Books

The whole lot!

Prettyboy at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Izzy!

Prettyboy at Black Squirrel Books

Kirsten rolls about!

Prettyboy at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Joni!

Prettyboy at Black Squirrel Books

Then it was time to head downstairs for some Fresh Hell, here's Corey!

Fresh Hell at House of Targ

Steve sings!

Fresh Hell at House of Targ

Bass action with Devin!

Fresh Hell at House of Targ

More Corey!

Fresh Hell at House of Targ

Extra Steve!

Fresh Hell at House of Targ

Vance hits!

Fresh Hell at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Fresh Hell at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Fresh Hell at House of Targ

Back upstairs it was time for an ace set from Rotterdam's Lone Wolf, which features a bunch of vets from that city's punk rock scene. Here's Ox on bass, Ivo on drums, and Damien and Merel on guitar!

Lone Wolf at Black Squirrel Books

Ivo hits!

Lone Wolf at Black Squirrel Books

Merel sings!

Lone Wolf at Black Squirrel Books

More guitar with Merel and Damien!

Lone Wolf at Black Squirrel Books

Damien sings!

Lone Wolf at Black Squirrel Books

More Merel!

Lone Wolf at Black Squirrel Books

And so on!

Lone Wolf at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Ivo!

Lone Wolf at Black Squirrel Books

Wolfish action!

Lone Wolf at Black Squirrel Books

There was a bit of set overlap with Expert Timing, so I only caught a couple of songs from the Orlando trio. Here's guitarist Jeff and drummer Gibran1

Expert Timing at House of Targ

Bass action with Katrina!

Expert Timing at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Expert Timing at House of Targ

More Jeff!

Expert Timing at House of Targ

Gibran hits!

Expert Timing at House of Targ

Up next, the DeeCracks ... I think this is actually a photo of bassist Paul during soundcheck.

Dee-Cracks at House of Targ

Mike hits!

Dee-Cracks at House of Targ

Matt sings!

Dee-Cracks at House of Targ

More Mike!

Dee-Cracks at House of Targ

More Paul!

Dee-Cracks at House of Targ

Cracking action!

Dee-Cracks at House of Targ

Steve Adamyk and Co. finished the night off with a ripping set. Here's Johnny O. Steve, Pat and Dave from Crusades/Black Tower on second guitar!

Steve Adamyk Band at Black Squirrel Books

Steve sings!

Steve Adamyk Band at Black Squirrel Books

Pat hits, Dave sings!

Steve Adamyk Band at Black Squirrel Books

More Dave!

Steve Adamyk Band at Black Squirrel Books

Bass action with Johnny!

Steve Adamyk Band at Black Squirrel Books

More Pat!

Steve Adamyk Band at Black Squirrel Books

Singalong action!

Steve Adamyk Band at Black Squirrel Books

A fine warm-up for the Side-By-Side Weekend in July.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Some of my favourite things

I headed over to the Dominion Tavern in mid-May to check out three of my favourite bands: Red Mass, Boom Creek and Slow Dawn. Slow Dawn started off the trifecta of musical goodness. Here's Dan!

Slow Dawn at the Dominion Tavern

Bass action with Jesse!

Slow Dawn at the Dominion Tavern

Percussive action with Chris!

Slow Dawn at the Dominion Tavern

More Jesse!

Slow Dawn at the Dominion Tavern

Crouching action!

Slow Dawn at the Dominion Tavern

Even more Jesse!

Slow Dawn at the Dominion Tavern

Distended action!

Slow Dawn at the Dominion Tavern

More Chris!

Slow Dawn at the Dominion Tavern

Closeup action!

Slow Dawn at the Dominion Tavern

Boom Creek were on next, here's Neil, who I think has just realized he has to jump around for 45 minutes straight. (They'll also be performing at the Off Peak Green Barn this Saturday.)

Boom Creek at the Dominion Tavern

Bass action with Todd!

Boom Creek at the Dominion Tavern

Closeup action!

Boom Creek at the Dominion Tavern

More Neil and Adam!

Boom Creek at the Dominion Tavern

Singalong action with Ian!

Boom Creek at the Dominion Tavern

Guitar action with Ian!

Boom Creek at the Dominion Tavern

Jumping action!

Boom Creek at the Dominion Tavern

More Ian!

Boom Creek at the Dominion Tavern

More Adam!

Boom Creek at the Dominion Tavern

Ian sings!

Boom Creek at the Dominion Tavern

Extra Neil and Todd!

Boom Creek at the Dominion Tavern

Red Mass played a great set; Hannah L. and Roy brought a drummer and multiinstrumentalist with them this time around to fill things out. Here's Hannah!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

Guitar action with Roy!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

Hannah sings!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

Roy sings!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

Percussive action!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

Adjusting action!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

Singalong action!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

Vocal action!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

More drumming!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

More singalong action!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

Massive action!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

Masked action!

Red Mass at the Dominion Tavern

Great stuff all around.