Friday night was a great start to Glowfair. With several bands I love on Saturday’s night bill, I knew the evening would be special. Rising talent Gang Signs kicked things off, and they sure didn’t disappoint. They played a number of tracks from their well-received album Geist. Check it out if you aren’t familiar with it.
The Balconies is a band I always love to see live. For starters, I love their music, but their stage performance is always intense. As a photographer, I love the challenge of trying to keep up with Jacquie as she is a firecracker; at times reminding me of Alison Mosshart. The band stuck mostly to new material, as they are releasing a self-produced album later this year (October). The album will be called Rhonda and you can pre-order it here.
In my preview, I had mentioned that Rich Aucoin was a perfect match for Glowfair. I assume everyone who went now know what I meant. Right from the beginning, he involved the audience and spent as much time in the crowd as he did on stage. It is impossible to watch the man and not be drawn into his party. I have just one question, “Where were the confetti guns?”
I will admit my bias here, I’m a long time Dragonette fan. I experienced some fantastic shows at Babylon and since then I have taken every opportunity I can get to see them live. Unfortunately they have not made it to Ottawa in years so last fall I made the drive to Montreal and caught them there. Not surprisingly, they were once again fantastic and had the crowd dancing along to their favourites and possibly a few lesser-known songs. At one point, Martina joked “Oh you know this song?” as the crowd reacted to the start of “Hello”. It was a spectacular conclusion to what turned out to be an awesome line-up of musical acts. Just one more word for Dragonette, please try to come back sooner!
Glowfair definitely outdid themselves this year and I anxiously await for next year’s offering. View the photo essay below.
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