Saturday I had a chance to check out a couple of bands I've heard good things about at the House of Targ. Stella Ella Ola was the headliner, but judging ffrom the the ebb and flow of the audience I'd guess that Mackenzie Rhythm Section was the real draw for a lot of folks. They traffic in blue-eyed soul, plus some lashings of surf and ska and seem like a most capable party band, so no surprise there.
Here's some vocal action from frontman Conor Kehoe.
Handclapping action with bassist Nicolas Sobzcak!
Carl Hageraats handles the keys (and also played some guitar later in the set.
JF Chevrier hits!
Rhythm section action!
On to Stella Ella Ola. I was particularly interesting in catching them live since a couple of members _ the Boyd brothers, that is - are also in one of my favourite bands, Hollerado. The band is fronted by singer-guitarist Anne Douris, who also did some art and design work for Hollerado, and also features drummer Vince Rice. They're a really fun, peppy band - it's unfortunate that the audience dwindled a bit during their set.
Here's Nixon and Anne!
Jake steps out from behind the drums in SEO to handle the low end.
More singalong action!
Anne jumps about!