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Time For Action

I know!..it is only the beginning of Spring—but we can certainly plan for the upcoming Summer events around the Okanagan!!  First up—let’s look at the Annual “Summerland Action Festival”!  For all the events please go to www.SummerlandActionFestival.com  Here though, we will focus on the music events:  So, June 5,6,& 7th are the days, and here is the Music line-up:  You have Kelowna’s own “The Journeymen”—those veteran Rockers that graced this column a month or so ago.  Plus the tribute extravaganza of “Totally Tom Petty-Hosts Women Of Rock”, of course performing tribute to Tom Petty, and Pat Benetar, Chrissie Hynde, and Stevie Nicks!  Throughout this Action Festival, get set to enjoy the musical talents of “The Slam Dogs”—members of Prism and Headpins get together and unleash their rocked out talents!  “Silent Alarm” will take you on another journey through some classic rock sounds. This year’s Festival will also feature MDM/Universal recording Artists: Robyn and Ryleigh, and don’t be surprised when you see hitting the stage Ray Roper and David Wills of “Stonbolt” fame!!

Now, the music surrounding “Summerland Action Festival” will not just be Rock, there will be “…a little bit country” as well!  Steve Dreger with his Johnny Cash Tribute will hit the stage on the Sunday, and for all you Neil Young fans, Kevin Foley will take you through Neil’s catalogue and then some!  We wouldn’t want this type of Festival without the likes of Bob Seger and John Fogerty, would we!—“Centerfield” is set to hit the music stage on the Sunday, June 7th along with “Night Moves”!!  Two fantastic tribute bands that will spin you into the worlds of John Fogerty and Bob Seger!! 

Remember, the above is just the music line-up—there will be all types of Family activities, throughout the three days—so, please mark your calendars and join in!—the “Summerland Action Festival”- 2015: June 5th, 6th, and 7th!

Please, don’t forget tonight to introduce yourselves to the “GoodFellas”, five seasoned musicians hailing from Kelowna:  What with making the scene in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and right here in Kelowna years ago…Will Hawkins, Cliff Giroux, Rick Berkley, Rick Rock, and Len Cornett have recently teamed up to play and perform the music of their heart.  “GoodFellas” formed in 2013, drawn by their pure love of playing, and have been rehearsing, doing the occasional gig and rehearsing some more!  The lads play a vast variety of styles—putting their unique interpretation on each piece.  Steeped in Southern Rock-I think that is their first love, they also perform material from other legends, like Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Joe Cocker-just to name a few.  An interesting band of musical brothers—they are just as comfortable performing “More Than A Feeling” with feeling and then turning the dial up a couple of notches when they go into “Free Bird”!!  So, do you want a great night out?  A night where you can go down memory lane, dance and boogie with your favourite person and enjoy friends?  Why not hang out with some “GoodFellas”!!  See and hear these five driving Rockers at the Rivals Sports Grill in Kelowna on March 27th!  The Rock begins at 9pm.


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:    Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  March 27th & 28th

Doc Willoughby’s  Rolla Olak:  March 27th  Dope Soda:  April 3rd  Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th

Fernando’s Pub:  The Thrashers:  April 1st  Revenge Of The Trees:  April 3rd   Honest Woods:  April 4th

Minstrel Café:    Joshua Smith:  March 27th  Poppa Dawg Blues Band:  March 28th

O’Flannigan’s Pub:  Colt 45:  March  27th & 28th  Radio Lifeline:  April 3rd & 4th

Whiski-jack’s Pub:  Lefty:  March 27th  & 28th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th

Kelowna Community Theatre:     Colin James:  March 28th    Whitehorse:  April 10th   Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Marilyn Manson:  March 28th                                     Def Leppard:  April 15th   Journey:   July 10th

 

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

 





A Bit Of What You Fancy

I would like to introduce you to some “GoodFellas”, five seasoned musicians hailing from Kelowna:  What with making the scene in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and right here in Kelowna years ago…Will Hawkins, Cliff Giroux, Rick Berkley, Rick Rock, and Len Cornett have recently teamed up to play and perform the music of their heart.  “GoodFellas” formed in 2013, drawn by their pure love of playing, and have been rehearsing, doing the occasional gig and rehearsing some more!  The lads play a vast variety of styles—putting their unique interpretation on each piece.  Steeped in Southern Rock-I think that is their first love, they also perform material from other legends, like Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Joe Cocker-just to name a few.  An interesting band of musical brothers—they are just as comfortable performing “More Than A Feeling” with feeling and then turning the dial up a couple of notches when they go into “Free Bird”!!  So, do you want a great night out?  A night where you can go down memory lane, dance and boogie with your favourite person and enjoy friends?  Why not hang out with some “GoodFellas”!!  See and hear these five driving Rockers at the Rivals Sports Grill in Kelowna on March 27th!  The Rock begins at 9pm.

2015 may just be the year for “The Answer”!!  These Irish blues-master are about to “Raise A Little Hell”, their new album hitting the streets now!  The album certainly is a hell raiser, and should give this group the boost they need to break out big time!

A couple years ago I wrote about a brash hard rock group called “The Poodles”, kind of a weird name for a metal tinged group of rockers…but nonetheless, these five can rock it!  “Devil In The Details”, their sixth album is about to set sail with an International release!  They are even playing harder, and with more melody than on previous albums—if that is possible!  Superstars in their home of Sweden, “The Poodles” are another group that should get their due in 2015!

Now, here is an album and group that I’ve been anticipating for a long time!  A chance to hear their new singer’s influences on the band as well!  “Nightwish” are finally releasing their latest Opus!  “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” promises to be just that, let’s hope it is as huge as their last album was!!  This record is the first full recording for Vocalist Floor Jansen…seek it out and immerse yourself in the musical genius that is “Nightwish”!


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:    Poppa Dawg:  March 20th   Studebaker John:  March 21st   Zamboni Brothers:  March 26th   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  March 27th & 28th

Doc Willoughby’s  Cobra Ramone:  March 20th   Rolla Olak:  March 27th   Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th

Fernando’s Pub:  Floyd Meets Brown:  March 20th

Minstrel Café:   The Trips:  March 21st   Kim June Johnson:  March 24th  Bruce Spencer:  March 25th   Jeffrey Straker:  March 26th   Joshua Smith:  March 27th  Poppa Dawg Blues Band:  March 28th

O’Flannigan’s Pub:  Young’Uns:  March 20th & 21st  Colt 45:  March  27th & 28th

Whiski-jack’s Pub:  Chuck Norris Band:  March 20th & 21st    Lefty:  March 27th  & 28th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th

Kelowna Community Theatre:     Colin James:  March 28th    Whitehorse:  April 10th   Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Marilyn Manson:  March 28th                                     Def Leppard:  April 15th   Journey:   July 10th

 

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

 



Two Worlds Collide

“Only To Rise” is the first collaboration by these two iconic musicians…Michael Sweet and George Lynch.  Two different worlds of music mesh together, and below is where you find out how it was done!

Bruce:  First , a couple of must ask questions: Knowing that this collaboration was inspired from Serafino, the President of Frontiers Records, I’m curious as to your first reaction to this concept?

Michael Sweet : I was of course willing and ready to do it!  I suggested producing it and then bring George, Brian and James into the mix.  Serafino agreed. 

George Lynch: Some of the songs I sent the guys were finished arrangements while others had all the elements of the songs; intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, outro, etc…But I would leave the arrangement open so Michael and the guys could move the pieces around the way they saw fit…I think in the case of this particular band the writing process worked very well…Sometimes when you get to many people in a room you can lose focus and direction…

Bruce: Upon listening to some of the tracks, I must say that it sounds like you two have been together forever!  Did you and George just gel?  Was it an instant connection?

MS: It really was.  George sent me guitar riff/ideas and I ran with those and completed the songs.  Everything just came together so smoothly and effortless. 

GL: I think the record embodies some of the exciting qualities I remember from records I was involved with in the 80’s… Big giant hooks , Michael’s clear melodic voice with a huge range, sterling production.

Bruce: Now, this isn’t just two fantastic musicians getting together for a “one-of f”, but a band of four fantastic musicians — Brian Tichy on drums , and James Lomenzo on bass — so, was the involvement of Brian and James your idea, or was the whole combination of the four from Serafino?

MS: The concept was Serafino’s idea and I put everything else together .  Serafino let me produce and write as well.  I think he trusts my judgment and I trust his as well.

Bruce: Now, Michael—back to the album, again, upon listening to some of the music — it sounds quite inspiring and that you had an intense time of creating… Almost unbelievable that you weren’t actually in the same Studio! ! Take us through the recording process…

MS: George sent basic ideas, I then went into the studio and arranged and mapped all songs out and then flew Brian and James out and recorded all the basics.  I then went to my home studio and recorded vocals and then we sent everything to George and he  recorded his tracks.  Then he sent everything back and we mixed. It was quite simple.

Bruce: In the future are the four of you going to be able to get together and put something together for some live performances?

MS: We’re working on that and definitely hope to do so. I think it would be a crime not to!

Bruce: “Only To Rise” is a fantastic beginning, and I ’m aware of how busy both you and George are with other projects — however can we expect more collaborations?

MS: I think so. If this is a success then I believe we would all agree that it would make sense to do more.  I look forward to it!

…In addition to the above conversation, my Editor at Frontiers added the following questions which bring us more insight to these two inspiring musicians…take it away Elio!

Elio:  Do you feel that there have been significant shifts in popular music and the music business in the last years that served as a more supportive environment for the art you're making?

GL: Well, as a 60 year old legacy musician known for work in the 80's hair era, it’s  always a challenge to break away from that stigma and to have my music be acknowledged and understood by younger generations…And I don' t think that can happen via an artist’s conscience attempt to make his or her self relevant . As far as the current state of affairs in the biz I miss the fact that I could've one band working with one record company and have the consistent relationship that would last years, not decades… Nowadays I have had to diversify;  I have had many musical and other project s and vie had to teach myself to become much more nimble and adaptable… But I think ultimately that’s a healthy thing that makes me a better musician… And maybe even a better person.

Elio: I know musicians tend to stave off picking favorite songs or albums for a variety of reasons but is there any particular song or album in all of your projects/bands: (Dokken, Lynch Mob, etc) that you have fond memories of creating?

GL: I have great memories of the process of recording the KXM record…Dug, Ray and I moved into a house/ studio up in the California mountains for 10 days…We ate, slept, and breathed the music and wrote and recorded the entire album in that short but  magnificent 10 day period… And we had a blast doing it.

Elio: During your career, you’ve been involved in quite a broad range of collaborations…Sweet & Lynch is just one of those.  Do you think it's important to the development of your musicianship to be involved in so many things?

GL: I jus t feel compelled to explore music that I enjoy . . . Whether it’s hard rock, blues , progressive, industrial, ambient , whatever…I love jamming and when you jam with different musicians you get all these different chemistries… And you never know what the outcome is going to be. . .

Elio:  What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?

GL: The mystery of not knowing what new body of work or sonic landscape I get have a hand in helping create


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:    Zamboni Brothers:  March 12th & 13th & 14th   Hank Stallion:  March 19th   Poppa Dawg:  March 20th   Studebaker John:  March 21st

Doc Willoughby’s:   Wild Son:  March 17th   Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th

Dream Café:   Valdy:  Mar. 12th   The Tavis Weir Group:  March 14th 

Fernando’s Pub:   Free The Cynics:  March 12th     I Am Machi & Honest Woods:  March 13th 

Minstrel Café:   Chris Antonik:   March 11th  Blue City Trio:  March 14th  The Rowdymen:  March 17th Andrew Smith: March 18th   The Trips:  March 21st

O’Flannigan’s Pub:  Young’Uns:  March 20th & 21st

Whiski-jack’s Pub:  Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  March 13th  & 14th   Chuck Norris Band:  March 20th & 21st    Cobra Ramone:  March 20th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th

Kelowna Community Theatre:    Jonny Lang:   March 13th   Colin James:  March 28th    Whitehorse:  April 10th   Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th

Penticton Trade & Convention Centre:  Burton Cummings:  March 12th 

Performing Arts Centre (Vernon):   Burton Cummings:  March 15th 

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Celtic Thunder:  March 13th-2015   Marilyn Manson:  March 28th    Def Leppard:  April 15th   Journey:   July 10th

 

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

 



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Canadian Rock Royalty

His is a distinct voice, a songwriter with storytelling qualities, and an icon in the Canadian music sky!……Burton Cummings may just be the most recognised singer in Canadian history, and a stellar song writer to boot!  Joining the Guess Who in the late sixties, Burton either penned or co-wrote most of what has become their international chart singles!  From ‘69’s “These Eyes” and “Laughing” to the iconic “American Woman”.  Can you believe that “American Woman” was released in 1970!

Burton continued with “The Guess Who” until the mid-seventies, when he embarked on a solo career.  The great song writing skills were forefront and he graced us with such gems as “Break It To Them Gently”, “Fine State Of Affairs” and the international top charter, “Stand Tall”.  The 1970’s were very good for both “The Guess Who”, and after 1975, Burton Cummings himself.   

Continuing with his solo outings, Burton hasn’t really retired from the biz…maybe slowed down a bit, but really wasn’t completely silent.  The ‘80’s and ‘90’s found him somewhat embarking on an acting career, plus he wrote music and lyrics some of which became part of film tracks.  He also came back to “The Guess Who”, as the band was reformed with some original members, in the early years of this century.  He went further with doing more collaborative work with his old musical friend Randy Bachman, all in all, making great music for all Canadian rockers to enjoy.
  

As far as the iconic part of Mr. Cummings—well, we all know that “The Guess Who” changed the face, the very nature, of the Canadian Music Industry.  His solo work is just as strong as was his time with that band.  As he progressed through the years, writing, singing and performing he became the recipient of the Order Of Canada, and not only for his musical achievements, but also for his civil activities.  He has a place on Canada’s Walk Of Fame, and is a published poet!  Singing and performing though, is his first love and Burton Cummings continues to do so—even today!  Truly a National Musical Treasure, Burton Cummings has embarked upon a tour of smaller centres across Canada.  Just one of his ways of saying thank-you to Canadians, and to spin a little musical magic for us all!  

The “In Your Backyard Tour” hits the Okanagan area later this month, see the Concert Listings below for dates and venues.  Billed as “Burton Cummings & the Burton Cummings Band” expect a night of stellar music, with all those memorable songs from “The Guess Who” and Burton’s solo years!  Timeless performances from a timeless Artist!


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:   Zamboni Brothers:  March 12th & 13th & 14th 

Doc Willoughby’s:   Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th 

Dream Café:   Valdy:  Mar. 12th 

Fernando’s Pub:   Free The Cynics:  March 12th    I Am Machi & Honest Woods:  March 13th  

Minstrel Café:   Chris Antonik:   March 11th  Blue City Trio:  March 14th  The Rowdymen:  March 17th 

Whiski-jack’s Pub:  Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  March 13th  & 14th 


Notable Concerts:    

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th 

Kelowna Community Theatre:    Jonny Lang:   March 13th   Burton Cummings:  March 11th    Colin James:  March 28th   Whitehorse:  April 10th   Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th 

Penticton Trade & Convention Centre:  Burton Cummings:  March 12th  

Performing Arts Centre (Vernon):  The Irish Rovers:   March 9th   Burton Cummings:  March 15th  

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Celtic Thunder:  March 13th-2015   Marilyn Manson:  March 28th    Def Leppard:  April 15th   Journey:   July 10th 


If you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!



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About the Author

We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.









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