I'm not ashamed to say I've been a fan of Kathryn Calder since I first saw Immaculate Machine back in 2005. So, it was an obvious decision when Shayne called me one day a month or so ago to tell me Kathryn Calder was playing. Both of us were a little bummed that her Canada Show was happening while we were racing our "boat" in Sidney and this was our chance to see her play this summer.
I arrived at the bar tired, sunburnt, and full of music from Rock The Shores with a group of ragtag fans who were also feeling the pain of being at a festival since noon. Some worse than others, but that was cured by a "Luck Dog." Unfortunately we missed local soul group, The Chantrelles. Think The Temptations, but better.
The concert was a benefit for Girl Rock Camp. I'm a huge fan of things like this that gets kids out playing music. The world needs give kids, especially girls the opportunity to rock out. I think if my sister had something like this when she was younger she'd have kept shredding on the guitar.
It was a bit of a bummer that the show wasn't full, but it was a solid turn out all things considered (two music festivals happening at the same time in town). It could have been fuller is all I'm saying.
Kathryn and her band played a new song that my friend Randy has been raving about. I can see why now. One thing that several of us noticed during the show was how amazing the tone of the drums were. I don't think I've heard drums sound that good.
I felt super awkward taking photos, because there wasn't a lot of people right up front. I only took a few, but I was happy with 90% of them.
I couldn't think of a better way to spend my Saturday night than catching this show, and supporting a great cause.
Speaking of great causes, Kathryn Calder and The Yellow Bird Project just successfully financed their ALS documentary, "A Matter of Time" with Kickstarter. I think you can still give money for the next few days.