The last concert in the TD Concerts For the Pier took place last night at East Beach in White Rock. Thousands of people showed up to the last in a series of free concerts at the beach, designed to raise money and awareness for the White Rock Pier reconstruction project. The concerts were a joint effort by the White Rock BIA and the City of White Rock. Rock.It Boy Entertainment and Blue Frog Studios programmed the annual event. The opening act, Fionn, is a group fronted by twin girls from White Rock who are making quite a stir in the music business and was a great warm up for the main event. As the sun was setting, Crash Test Dummies rocked the crowd with all their hits including the Superman song. It was a great Summer night, and a wonderful final performance in front of the largest crowd of the year, some estimated to be 5,000.
It was an amazing night at Blue Frog Studios tonight! A performance we may never see again, unless you happen to be in David Gogo’s kitchen for a jam session. Bluesman, David Gogo shared the stage with Monkey Junk’s Steve Marriner for an acoustic night of the Blues. And what a night it was! Two packed shows of Blues aficionados, who were treated to an evening of song, story, and obvious friendship between two of the country’s best Blues musicians. Steve was on his way west, and David was on his way East, and Kelly Breaks of Blue Frog suggested they meet in White Rock. What a great idea that turned out to be, especially for those in attendance. David and Steve took turns telling stories and singing their songs, other’s songs and singing the Blues all night long. It was a very special night.
I had the chance to MC a special presentation for the White Rock Business Improvement Association today, held at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. It was to announce the lineup of bands performing at the 2017 TD Concerts by the Pier, happening this Summer. Outdoor concerts by the Pier by headliners, Chilliwack, Eagle Eyes, Led Zepagain, Little Destroyer and Platinum Blonde! And a street dance at Five Corners with the R&B All Stars. It’s going to be quite a Summer for music in White Rock!
Jim Byrnes made his annual trip to the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. and again he sold out 3 nights in a nano second! Thursday, Friday and tonight. Adding to the shows this year was a Live Streaming of tonight’s show on the Blue Frog Facebook Page. And during the show we received messages from viewers all over the world. One of Jim’s friends was watching in Germany, and another, an old friend from Kindergarten days was on board! Jim, as usual, came with his satchel full of great stories, along with tunes that ranged from Chuck Berry, to Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan, and a whole lot of Blues in between! I had fun mc’ing the show again tonight, and getting to enjoy the music of an old friend.
“Eagle Eyes” hit the stage at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock, and played to 2 sold out houses last night, and there are 2 more sold out shows tonight. What a great tribute to the music of the Eagles! The band consists of Jack Gunderson on Bass and Vocals, Jason Dunajski guitar and vocals, Greg Murray on drums and vocals and Ray Harvey, guitar and vocals, and featured on a blistering spotlight on Joe Walsh. The harmonies were right-on and the set selection had them dancing in the aisles. a great night of Music!
Tonight was a night to celebrate the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with an amazing group of singers at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. David Spiecker, Nick Stice, Noah Fisher and Corey Clark nailed the harmonies. And as a musical bonus, Michelle Zelina provided some torch ballads from the era. It was opening night of an unprecedented 7 night 12 sold out show run at the Blue Frog. It’s part of the group’s, “Working my way back to you” Canadian Tour. This very talented group performs the rest of the year not far from Dollyland in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and used some down time to hit the road! Kelly and Juanita at the Blue Frog knock it out of the park again!!
The True North Troubadours took us all back to the 60’s Folk Era tonight at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. It was a tribute to Peter Paul and Mary, and other folk song performers. It was a night filled with harmonies, featuring Wayne and Diane Rempel, and Joel Dietrich, with Steve Labish on acoustic stand up bass. It was a Hootenanny all over again! The Blue Frog scores big time.
Spent a most enjoyable day yesterday shooting another batch of TV commercials for the VGH Millionaire Lottery. This year I shared the duties with Todd Talbot, co-host of the very successful TV show, Love it or List it. We had a great time shooting in the 6,000 sq. ft. plus, White Rock Prize Home. Deb Adams and her crew made it an easy day! Tickets go on sale soon, so don’t forget to pick one or more up. Proceeds to the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation.
Off to mc the Jim Byrnes concert tonight at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock. Jim who is an award winning Bluesman, sold out 3 concerts in a heartbeat. It’s going to be a great night in the very intimate confines of the Blue Frog. The studio is a working sound studio, but is transformed into a concert hall, with of course, magnificent acoustics! Nothing beats live music.
How lucky am I? I got to tape a segment of Arran Henn’s Westcoast Homes yesterday. We toured one of the new VGH Millionaire Lottery prize homes in White Rock. Arran’s always a joy to work with, and you’ll be able to see the walkabout tour soon on her online show, Westcoast Homes. Once you see it, I’m sure you’ll want to buy a ticket and support the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation.