|Aug 2 featured Classic Rock, Reggae, & Laughs!|
|Free Parking @ Rock Pile West Nightclub|
The stage size is nice for bands to start with, and the set-up leads to an intimate setting, but it was more than that, the place reeks of fun from the minute you pull up, with its prison themed paraphernalia keeping you howling all night long. I near buckled over when I saw the wall of shame, but the electric chair coming complete with switch told me this was not only a rock house, but a fun house too!
|It's hard to leave this place once you're here!|
Fun stuff aside, without good live entertainment to round out your night the themes a wasted but not on this night as The Yappers and guests rocked the place and the house sound man was
|Yappers Ray and Stew warm up|
Also on the bill H TO Oh - Undefeated - Carl Braund and The Shallow Seas
I myself, Tom Pearson, agreed to come add some colour to the show through Emceeing the evening and had promised to keep it clean..er..well...relatively so..Ha!
|APPERS - A new online band lol! Use you Y Phone!|
Following Carl Braund, I had originally scheduled in to announce the next act on the slate H TO OH, but hadn't been informed they'd arrived so...What else, we had an air guitar contest! Ha. With help from a couple of younger audience members who, as it turned out, had never seen air guitar before, but who gave it their "all" against me! Wow..swear to you know who, I barely got through it..frickin' longer than I'd imagined it..of course who knew the new generation didn't know air guitar and I'd have to carry the entire song almost!? What have we done!!? Ha.
Next up was Undefeated who are an amazing group of young talent with alternating lead singers and instrumentalists, and drumming that would make Ed Sullivan roll over in his grave. Like the Osmonds, only they play too. And maybe not the dancing.Lol. I look forward to trying to have them looked at by the new ( re - release) show Tiny Talent Time! Anyone remember that show as a kid? If you do don't admit it! Lol.
After that It was The Yappers who have come a long way since I first heard them a few years back now. I told Ray Yap after the show how far they've come, and that I could really feel it from them - which is important. Anyone can play, but there has to be fun and feel, or it's not rock n roll..or reggae..or country...The Yappers' hard work is paying off - now into the semi-finals of a North America wide talent search for a concert in China - with winners performing for 800,000,000 people! Holy Chow!
Before announcing The Shallow Seas, mistakenly as the last band, a member of the Ska-ish band asked if I could announce them as THE Shallow Seas, not Shallow Seas, and I took note, literally, on my hand by writing it. Ha. I didn't trust myself and thought better safe than sorry but never did need it. Ha. Their first song seemed a little tentative but their mini throng of followers told me there might be something more to them and I wasn't wrong! These guys could rock! The lead singer after getting into a groove was showing the mic a bit of love whilst the others and lead guitar especially also got their energy levels whipped into a frenzy at times. The Beatles cover was o.k. but doing The Guess Who was absolute killer, while the original material was outstanding. Not sure how the Fox fits the theme, but the guys say someone brought
|H TO OH|
Quickly after they were done I made sure to let the crowd no that H TO OH was still to come, and, as the last band it is always tough, so as some bands were unloading and some followers streaming outside to chat and smoke, I felt for that final band. But hey, I was almost spent! Lol.
House Sound man Jake was again phenomenal, even playing along with my air guitar game without complaint. Lol....and somehow I avoided being thrown in the hole or face the firing squad!
Great venue, great (place to do) time! TP OUT!
|Laney V and Stew set up for a Yappers gig|
Get Electrified @ The Rock Pile West - 5555 Dundas St West, Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Ray Yap gets into it|
|Band-mate rivalry begins|
|Yes Bob Marley is there too...|
|home sweet home!|
|Ah, guys...jokes over let me out now....guys?! Guuuuuyyyyyssssss!|