A Little Journey

He is a driven individual, one that is driven by passion…passion of music.  He and his band of minstrels are also road warriors, playing countless gigs across Canada-big and small.  A true rocker, Devon Coyote continues to bring his organic, soulful and bluesy notes to the everyday person.  “Broken Down” is the group’s latest effort, and a gem at that!  Entering into their fourth year-Devon Coyote is set to celebrate the Summer by playing as much as they can!  From intimate bar-room visits to the sunny Summer Festivals all across our province.  

In our area, we can take in Devon Coyote’s music at:  the Desert Live Music Festival on June 30th in Osoyoos, then at Doc Willoughby’s in Kelowna on July 1st!—a great way to celebrate Canadian music with a Canadian rocker!!

I’ll have more on Devon in future columns…hopefully you will stay tuned!

Last week, we covered some of the upcoming releases we can enjoy throughout the Summer.  “The Quireboys” are actually celebrating their thirtieth anniversary this year, with a brand new album and enjoying increased record sales on a global scale.

Canada’s own pioneers of Progressive Rock, “Saga” are on the come-back trail!  A brand new album in “Saga City” is about to be released!  The group are already on the road in support of this release!  






Plus from Yesterrock: the completely re-mastered self-titled debut of the one and only Nick Gilder!  His debut re-issue sounds just as fresh now as it did back in the ‘70’s!  Yesterrrock have done a fine job with this international release.

Finally for this week, here is a Review from one of Rock’s premiere guitarists: “Journey’s Neal Schon:





Neal Schon  “So U”                                 
Frontiers Records     
Review by: Bruce E.J. Atkinson  

Let me just say “So U” is bloody amazing!  Just think of it---the lead guitarist of one of the world’s most active groups, “Journey”-Neal Schon still finds the time to create such a masterful statement such as this!

Neal has teamed up with heavyweights Marco Mendoza and Deen Castronovo, bringing us a true Power Trio.  The level of creativity on this album blows the scales!  All three players are deeply involved in the superb grooves we hear.  Neal has also collaborated with legendary “Night Ranger”, Jake Blades on the songwriting side.  Neal has been a masterful and timeless guitarist ever since he picked up a six string when he was a teen and went to cut his teeth with Santana, and this record shows us all of that and more!

Now, teaming up with the likes of Marco and Deen seems to have allowed all three to enter the inner sanctum of Rock’s soul, and produce a sea of music that flows in all directions.  What we hear on “So U’ is an extremely heady, trippy slice of musical super consciousness!  One can’t just talk about one-two-or three songs---one must immerse in the whole.  “So U’ is a ‘Magical-Mystery-Musical ride of the year, and don’t hesitate to get on it!


Under the Lights

Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator: Poppa Dawg:  June 27th  

Notable Concerts:  

Desert Live Music Festival:  Gyro Beach-Park Place:  Osoyoos:  Yukon Blond  Shawn Hook   Redeye Empire   No Sinner…and more!   June 28th / 29th /30th

South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton):     John Fogerty:  November 27th 

Funtastic: (Vernon)  Nazareth:   June 27th 

Prospera Place:  Heart:  June 28th

Kenny Shields & Streetheart:   July 18th at Summer Stomp  (Sicamous)

Notes & News:  New Albums from—Ace Frehley “Space Invader”  Nazareth “Rock N’ Roll Telephone”  Uriah Heep “Outsider”  The Quireboys “Black Eyed Sons”

  …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.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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