Performers: The Northern Pikes, The Roosters, Tourist Bureau
Venue: Marina Park
The Northern Pikes
The Northern Pikes have been a band for over 34 years, and have eight Juno nominations and induction into the Western Canada Music Hall of fame under their belt, but you’re going to have to forgive them if they’re acting like a new group. In a way, it is a fresh start. The Pikes recently completed a special 30th anniversary edition of their beloved debut album Big Blue Sky. As the crowds at their recent festival shows can attest, there’s a real fire on stage. “The band in many ways sounds better than it ever has,” says bass player Jay Semko. “I just feel there’s solidarity in the songs that we’re playing, I feel like there’s new life to some of the ones we have played forever. It’s the old-fashioned work ethic, dig in, work at it, rehearse, and when you play, come prepared.”
With a brand new album and video release under their belts, Thunder Bay’s Tourist Bureau are ready for the next big step. Tourist Bureau’s new album, St. Patrick’s Square consists of 11 songs, the video for the band’s first single, “All Will Be”, has been well received on YouTube with well over 12000 views in its first month of play.
The Roosters are a ‘well-seasoned’ 5-piece ensemble that performs original music as well as an eclectic mix of Blues, Classic Rock and some good ole’ Rock & Roll. Cover tunes span the alphabet from A to Z. To finish off the mix, just add in a sprinkling of The Roosters’ originals.
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