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Fall Harvest part two

As the title suggests, we are going to look, once again, at some new music coming out this Fall.  Last week we looked at several, this week-again, but I hope you will notice the diversity.  Within the Rock umbrella, we are continuing to see a very healthy music scene—supporting many styles, and most from labels that have their base in Europe.  Yes, some of these Artists are European and some are from North America—the one thing in common?—they all have world-wide contracts from European based companies!

Avatarium are a band of neo-classical progressive group of musicians.  Quite a young band—formed in 2012-but founded by two veteran musicians in bassist Leif Edling of Candlemass, and Marcus Jidell of Evergrey.  They have released a couple of EP’s to more than critical acclaim, and a self-titled debut album that kept those accolades gracing music periodicals the world over.  Now, they are about to release their second full album: “The Girl With the Raven Mask”.  In some circles they are being branded as a “Doom-Metal” outfit, personally I think that is a misnomer.  As stated, they exist better as a Neo-classical Progressive Hard Rock group, and this album should cement that!  Available at the latter part of October, this group are worth seeking out!

Let me be the first to say, this Swedish foursome will have you dancing in the aisles, in the streets, and even on the mountain tops!  Yes, it is so—everything that you have heard from the great Artists in the 1970’s that belted out those groove infected Blues/Rock creations you will be constantly reminded of on “Graveyard’s new release “Innocence & Decadence”!!  I say remind you of, because simply, these four do not copy—rather they are heavily influenced by those ‘70’s Artists and hence—inspired to write and perform the originals you will delight in here.  All original, high energy and when they decide to perform a ballad, wow!—enough said!


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator: Zamboni Brothers:  Sept. 10th    Young ‘Uns:  Sept. 11th & 12th

Barking Parrot (Penticton):   Dustin McGifford & Annie Scott:  Sept. 11th     Paul Gibbons & Joey Richards:  Sept. 12th

Barley Mill Brew Pub & Bistro (Penticton): -Every Sunday-Blues/Rock Jam & Showcase hosted by TR2 (7pm-10pm)     

Dream Café:  Ron Sexsmith:   Sept. 24th

Minstrel Café:  The Keys:  Sept. 12th

The Naked Pig (Vernon):  Local talent highlighted every Sunday Afternoon!!

O’Flannigan’s Pub:   (every Tuesday it’s a Local Talent Night!)  Hank Stallion:   Sept. 11th & 12th

Whiski-Jack’s:   Papa Dawg:   Sept. 11th & 12th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:  Dean Brody/Paul Brandt:  September 26th  Bare Naked Ladies:  October 25th  Shania Twain:  October 27th   Three Days Grace:  November 24th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   The Tenors:   October 3rd  Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band-(featuring Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie plus others!!)   October 10th 

Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre:  The Tea Party:   September 29th

   …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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