Last weekend I ended up at the Blue Gator, it’s not normally my choice of venue and I was going to make my way over to see In Vertigo and the Pickups at Fernando’s Pub but I had so much fun I didn’t want to leave.
The Shawn Lightfoot Band was so entertaining, they did a cover of AC/DC and even though the tequila haze has the exact song escaping my mind, I know it rocked. If you are looking for something to do late night, I would definitely make your way over there the next time they have a show.
This week your schedules will be jam packed with great live music.
In Kelowna Charles Mansion will make their return to the stage after moving to Vancouver last month. They are always a good band to watch live, they draw a crowd every time. This time, the psychedelic rockers will rock the stage at Doc Wiloughby’s Public House with Kelowna’s Psycherelics.
One of the things that Charles Mansion shares with a similarly named notorious cult leader and mass murderer is his sense of family.
The band that has officially been making psychedelic rock music out of a lumber warehouse for a year-and-a-half, but their bond runs deeper than that.
J.D. Carraway, Mike Bickert, Joshua Theobald and Brendon Pommier had been floating around each other in the Kelowna music scene for years before they decided to start something together.
- Read more about the band in my article, Charles Mansion to play one final show before leaving the desert
Vancouver based, The Boom Booms will perform at the Rotary Centre for the Arts the same night.
The Boom Booms, blend storytelling with music that makes fans want to get up and dance.
They’ve been making music together for 10 years, but have known each other much longer. Front-man Aaron Ross attended pre-school with bassist, Geordie Hart and his Ross’ brother plays the keyboards.
- Read more about The Boom Booms in my article, The Boom Booms bring their indie-soul music to Kelowna
Saturday night The Trews will take the stage at OK Corral with Edmonton band, Altameda.
The Trews have been a leading name in Canada’s rock scene for 15 years, breaking onto the scene with the hit Not Ready To Go. Now the heavy hitters are touring their sixth studio album, Civilianaires.
Their star power keeps rising with their signature guitar-heavy songs accompanied by catchy hooks that lure music lovers into being fans for life. The band, having already achieved fame, are now playing the long game, making their success last for years to come.
- Read more about The Trews in my article, The Trews find inspiration from up and coming bands
Roots-rockers Altameda have matured their sound since releasing their EP with harmonica threaded rock songs.
Now the Edmonton based band is exploring bluesy tracks filled with emotion as they prepare to release the follow up debut album, Dirty Rain.
- Read more about Altameda in my article, Altameda refuses to be defined under any musical genre
Sunday the main event of Fireside Festival celebrates it’s seventh year running at BNA.
The two-day festival supports local bands, putting them on stage in front of an audience made up of 450 music lovers and musicians.
Founder Aaron Desilva, who started the festival in his living room in 2013, plans this year to feature B.C.-based bands, magicians, belly dancers, a tarot card reader and other artists.
- Read more about the Fireside Festival in my article, Fireside Festival’s flame grows for seventh anniversary
Cory Myraas, also known as Windmills, will make his return to the stage after a year break at Fireside.
After ripping himself apart to reveal and examine all that he is through his last record, Death Of A Ladies Man, Myraas needed to take a step back after 10 years of hard work.
- Read more about Windmills year off in my article, Windmills returns to the stage for what could be the last time
Speak Easy is planning a triumphant return to Kelowna, this time, hungry for redemption.
While touring last year, the band had to cancel their shows in Kamloops, Vancouver and Kelowna after front man, Oliver Sandberg burned his fingertips while maneuvering around a campfire.
- Read more about Speak Easy in my article, Speak Easy to return home to Kelowna for redemption
Osoyoos musician, Kansas-Lee will perform her heartfelt piano based album.
Kansas-Lee Hatherly has always been able to pick up any instrument and figure it out.
The Osoyoos-based musician is putting the finishing touches on her new piano-based album that was recorded with a USB microphone that hangs from a chain above her piano, and with the viola and violin “sprinkled in.”
- Read more about Kansas-lee in my article, Osoyoos musician, Kansas-Lee creates heartfelt piano based album
Aaron Pritchett will perform will be performing at the OK Corral.
B.C. country legend, Aaron Pritchett is gearing up to release his 8th studio album, Out On The Town the day he kicks off his tour in January.
After all these years fans need not worry, his 2006 hit, Hold My Beer will always have a home in his set list.
The CCMA award winner and JUNO Award nominee who has had 14 Top 10 singles over his career was focused on designing a diverse record that stood out from his collection.
- Read more about Aaron Pritchett in my article, Country music’s Aaron Pritchett looks to perform indefinitely
On Wednesday, Swedish musician, Sarah MacDougall will perform in Kelowna at the Rotary Centre for the Arts and again in Penticton at the Dream Cafe on Thursday.
Sarah MacDougall set out to create a record that emulated the feeling of being surrounded by nature, and that is exactly what she accomplished.
The high-risk, high-reward album was teased to fans with the cinematic single Empire in Spring and her fourth album, All the Hours I Have Left to Tell You Anything was released in Fall.
- Read more about her in my article, Sarah MacDougall talks emulating the vastness of nature in latest album
The Kelowna Rundown
Friday, Jan. 25
- The Psycharelics with Charles Mansion at Doc Wiloughby’s Public House
- Eric and Em at Dun Enzies
- The Boom Booms at the Rotary Centre for the Arts
- Under the Rocks at The Blarney Stone Irish Tavern Big White
- Apollo Agua at The Marmalade Cat Cafe
Saturday, Jan. 26
- The Trews with Altameda at the OK Corral
- High Horse album release with Hot Knives and Tidal baby at Fernando’s Pub
- Jacob Schraepel at Dun Enzies
Sunday, Jan. 27
- Winter vibes Jeff Piatelli at The Vibrant Vine
- Fireside Festival at BNA
- Aaron Pritchett at the OK Corral
Monday, Jan. 28
- Dierks Bentley, John Pardi and Tenile Townes at Prospera Place
Wednesday, Jan. 30
- Sarah MacDougall at the Rotary Centre for the Arts
The Penticton Rundown
Friday, Jan. 25
- Poppa Dawg at the Dream Cafe
Saturday, Jan. 26
- Son of John at the Dream Cafe
Thursday, Jan. 31
- Sarah MacDougall at the Dream Cafe
The Vernon Rundown
Friday, Jan. 25