Saturday, February 24, 2018

Pop til you drop

Ninieties Boston punks Doc Hopper are back, and back on the road, and decided to head up to Ottawa to play their first show here in a couple of decades. This was a five-act night, starting with solo troubador Matt Charette.

Matt Charette at House of Targ!

More Matt!

Matt Charette at House of Targ!

And so on!

Matt Charette at House of Targ!

Montreals' Laureate got the pop-punk started. Here's bassist and vocalist Erin!

Laureate at House of Targ

Singalong action with Matt!

Laureate at House of Targ

Giancarlo sings!

Laureate at House of Targ

Mike hits!

Laureate at House of Targ

More Matt!

Laureate at House of Targ

Extra Giancarlo!

Laureate at House of Targ

Extra Giancarlo and Erin!

Laureate at House of Targ

Even more Matt!

Laureate at House of Targ

Even more singalong action!

Laureate at House of Targ

More guitar!

Laureate at House of Targ

Extra Erin!

Laureate at House of Targ

I last saw Audio Visceral perform at the For Pivots Sake fundraiser at Targ back in August 2017; once again, heres Steve in his Pac-Man duds!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

Bass action with Kevin!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

More Steve!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

Steve sings!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

The whole lot, including drummer Gary!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

Close-up Kevin action!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

Gary hits!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

Steve works the dancefloor!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

Close-up Steve!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

Extra Gary!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

Tongue action!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

Visceral action!

Audio-Visceral at House of Targ

Just like the last time I caught them, The Steve Adamyk Band followed Audio Visceral, and they're still a trio. Here's Johnnie O. on bass!

Steve Adamyk Band at House of Targ

Steve strums!

Steve Adamyk Band at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Steve Adamyk Band at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Steve Adamyk Band at House of Targ

Pat hits!

Steve Adamyk Band at House of Targ

More Pat'n'Steve!

Steve Adamyk Band at House of Targ

And so on!

Steve Adamyk Band at House of Targ

Double-Dave guest vocal action!

Steve Adamyk Band at House of Targ

I didn't see Doc Hopper the last time they played Ottawa (some time around 1995?), but I have seen Mikey Erg just recently, at the Ottawa Explosion.

Doc Hopper at House of Targ

Chris sings!

Doc Hopper at House of Targ

Buttoned-down action!

Doc Hopper at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Doc Hopper at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Doc Hopper at House of Targ

Greg hits!

Doc Hopper at House of Targ

There was much more jumping that I failed to capture ....

Doc Hopper at House of Targ

More Mikey and Chris!

Doc Hopper at House of Targ

And that's it!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Sequin destroy

Last week, Jumpin' Joel Flash invited me over to Live! On Elgin to check out his act (along with The Magic Machine, his band). Good thing he put me on the guest list because the show sold out a few days in advance. Also on the bill, Rhythm & Burgundy and horrible cover band Tears From A Rainbow. China Doll was also on hand to perform emcee duties.

China Doll at LIVE! on Elgin

Somehow Tears From A Rainbow got on the bill. I thought they had been deported after their homeland, The Isle of Eternal Sorrow, was kicked out of the U.K. for being too foggy, but apparently not. There was a lot of heckling ... mostly from the soundman  .... Also the band seemed confused about which one was Phillip the Downtrodden and which one was Charles the Mournful. Here is Phillip! Or Charles!

Tears From A Rainbow at LIVE! On Elgin

Tearful action!

Tears From A Rainbow at LIVE! On Elgin

Charles or Phillip sings!

Tears From A Rainbow at LIVE! On Elgin

And so on!

Tears From A Rainbow at LIVE! On Elgin

Gesturing action!

Tears From A Rainbow at LIVE! On Elgin

The end, thankfully!

Tears From A Rainbow at LIVE! On Elgin

Comedy musical duo Rhythm & Burgundy were on next. Here's Allison!

Rhythm & Burgundy at LIVE! On Elgin

Kristine joins in!

Rhythm & Burgundy at LIVE! On Elgin

More Kristine!

Rhythm & Burgundy at LIVE! On Elgin

Recorder-playing action!

Rhythm & Burgundy at LIVE! On Elgin

On to Jumpin' Joel Flash & The Mystery Machine. They were celebrating their new single and video Rain - the video was shot at Live! On Elgin, in fact. Here's Joel!

Jumpin' Joel Flash & The Magic Machine at LIVE! on Elgin

Sequinned action with Zoe and Robin!

Jumpin' Joel Flash & The Magic Machine at LIVE! on Elgin

Magically machined action! Since I didn't get any good photos of keyboardist Caroline, ukelelologist Kim, bassist Ashley or drummer Jasen, I will just say this is them.

Jumpin' Joel Flash & The Magic Machine at LIVE! on Elgin

Guitar action!

Jumpin' Joel Flash & The Magic Machine at LIVE! on Elgin

Shaking action!

Jumpin' Joel Flash & The Magic Machine at LIVE! on Elgin

Here's a bit more Jasen and guitarist Brad.

Jumpin' Joel Flash & The Magic Machine at LIVE! on Elgin

Extra Joel!

Jumpin' Joel Flash & The Magic Machine at LIVE! on Elgin

Umbrella action!

Jumpin' Joel Flash & The Magic Machine at LIVE! on Elgin

That was fun. JJF&MM will be playing at the Rainbow March 17 as well.