I'd popped in to Good Times early first to check in and remind owner Nawal about extra staffing for that night in between placing the sandwich board sign out for them. Doh! I'm old school when it comes to promotions and believe in optimizing every tool available, so even the sandwich board sign - to me - makes a difference, especially when you're trying to help establish an ongoing event.
opening country band was already playing upon my return to an attentive audience and the place was a buzz with activity - the wafting aroma of Good Times wings and nachos platters filling the air. Meantime the father of some new talent I was hoping to see, GEORGIE, approached me to let me know they were there and not long after Ray Yap from The Yappers arrived as well who I was meeting in person for the first time. I need to do that to get a feel for potential talent because you have to know they are passionate and dedicated and he sure is.
The Yappers, have a very unique sound and in fact may indeed have their own genre. It can best be described as reggae-rock with a country twang - even some blues overtures - but definitively not ska and certainly not just reggae as it contains often the guitar solos of a rock performer or blues player, jumping to bass lines conducive to reggae and back again, and as ray told me, getting used to singing when you're on an upstroke of the guitar, such as the reggae beat, is not an easy task and something other musicians can appreciate. Ray was excited about the fact that they had some airplay and exposure on British radio that day and indeed they are beginning to amass a considerable following considering they've been performing live together only since January! People are really digging it - especially the University set - and bookers can't get enough of them. There is something here. I feel it. This could be one that goes to another level.
|The Yappers CD|
I came across Georgie after someone recommended I take a listen on one of my online postings to which i replied that I give opportunities to talent but I wont chase them - they have to want it themselves - and she did! I'm looking to put both into Good Times on dates in October so watch for that and as well, meantime, if you happen out to the Hope Festival in Pefferlaw for Sick Kids on Sept 14 you can catch her there too.
Freedom Chuck known as the Man of a Thousand Songs, also came out and in talking, discussed an idea for him to do a Doors tribute night which is a cool idea. He's a good fit for the place too because as a one man show so to speak - well - frankly he's affordable. Ha. He's also talented and been involved in a number of shows with me before. Ironically as I mentioned The Doors Night theme to Ray he laughed and said you're not going to believe this but one of my biggest influences was my uncle Phil Chen who is currently plays bass for ......The Doors! The Chines-Jamaican bassist has also played with Bo Diddly, Rod Stewart, Pete Townsend and Jeff Beck among others! Wow..you can't make this stuff up. And, yes, Ray's uncle loves the music he's making!
Regular Good Times Thursday Night Open Stage hosts, Steve, Doug & Wayne, took it home on the night with accompanying players rotating in and out to round out a spectacular evening of entertainment and banter! My buddy Brad dropped in as well who I hadn't seen in quite some time, and who now hosts an internet radio show Out & About and once co-hosted an entertainment show with myself for Shaw and Rogers cable tv, interviewing the likes of Mike Bullard, The Good Brothers, various Comedians, Music Producers etc. and hooked him up with some talent for his radio show too!
So as I said it was a great night for music, conversation, connections and friends.Stay tuned for more or join us on Facebook or Google+ and get in the game!!