Had a great time at Folk Fest this weekend. The weather was awesome and the bands were rocking.
My musical discoveries of the weekend were:
The best workshop we attended was early on Saturday morning with Kathleen Edwards, Del Barber, Justin Rutledge, and Hannah Georgas.
There were thousands of bikes there. This bike corral had over 2000 bikes inside it, plus another 2000+ chained to bike rack and posts outside. That’s a lot of cyclists who would have used the new Point Grey bike route to get to Jericho Beach if it was ready. When Grant Lawrence asked the crowd if they wanted city council to approve the new bike route on Saturday night a huge cheer went up.
Here’s my first attempt at a Vine video. It could use some work.
Another great Vancouver Folk Festival has come and gone. Here are my musical discoveries this year.
Good for Grapes
A young band from Vancouver that blew everyone away. People seated around me couldn’t believe how good they were and wondered why they hadn’t heard them before. Watch for them to explode in the next few years. Amazing on-stage energy. The accordion player was jumping around in the tightest hipster skinny jeans, I was worried his pants would split. After the show, I picked up their EP, which only has six of the songs they performed. It’s good (especially London Fog), but it lacks the punch their performance had. I can’t wait until their first full LP and hope it captures some of their energy.
River City Extension
Another high-energy folk-rock band, with a have a similar sound to Good for Grapes but with a more polish. They finished their set by wandering into the crowd and singing acoustically with lots of hand claps. I loved it. Listen to the Ballad of Oregon and then go buy the album.
The Head and the Heart
One of the headliners of the festival, and for a good reason. They played some excellent tunes on the main stage Saturday night.
My last discovery, wasn’t a band, but a new Vancouver food cart – Street Meet, which stood out from the myriad of food options. They make a tasty, home-made quinoa and chickpea veggie burger. They’re normally parked at Burrard and Pender, so I’ll be making another trip to see them soon.