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The Dudes, Arkells @ The Roxy (Photos and Review)

07-Apr-2009 03:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Dudes
JunoFest 2009
The Dudes, Arkells, Gibson Party
The Roxy, Richards On Richards in Vancouver, BC on March 29, 2009
Full Photo Set (22 photos)

As The Artist Sanctuary started to come to a close for the day, people started to make plans for the evening. During the afternoon Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica) and I had spent some time talking about music, and we decided to meet up at The Roxy to catch a band called The Dudes and then the Arkells. The Dudes were on a recommendation from a friend of Aaron's and (just in case you haven't noticed yet) I sort of enjoy getting out to see the Arkells every now and then, so it seemed like a good combination.

The Dudes

I hadn't heard of The Dudes before, and even though the name is a bit generic, there's a possible suggested connection to the movie The Big Lebowski, which works fine for me. And since I didn't have a media pass for JunoFest, I was just happy to be able to get out and photograph. There's no doubt that I was already in a good mood, but The Dudes just helped push it along with their surprisingly good indie-rock sound. Great vocals and guitar with a drummer that practically steals the show. Yes, I found another band that I would like to see again. I can't seem to figure out where to download their latest release Brain Heart Guitar, but I see it's available in hard copy from Amazon.ca.

The Dudes  The Dudes  The Dudes

Info: The Dudes | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter
Media: Dropkick Queen Of The Weekend (mp3)

Arkells

I almost apologize for covering the Arkells again. However, "almost" is the key word here because I don't actually apologize. Well, and the "almost" part is a lie, especially since every time I go to see the Arkells I have such a great time. By the time The Dudes were off-stage and the switchover for the Arkells was happening, I hadn't yet drank beyond my limit, but I was definitely getting there. Another drink made it into my hand, and then I moved up to the stage again where I met a few enthusiastic fans as well as Vancouver-based photographer Benjamin Luk (who also blogged about this same show on his website ThatRockBlog.com). I wasn't sure what to expect from crowd over on the other side of the country, but the reception for the Arkells was incredibly strong and similar in nature to the way crowds react in the Toronto area. Fans were singing the lyrics of John Lennon back at the band, crowding the stage, and visibly experiencing the kind of rush that a great concert can give you. It's excellent to see that the Arkells have as much support on the West coast as they do in Toronto.

Arkells  Arkells  Arkells

Arkells  Arkells

And just in case you were wondering, here's a bit of information about the Arkells I'll bet you didn't know: If the Arkells got into a plane crash in the middle of the mountains and ran out of food, which band member do you think they would end up eating to survive? Dan Griffin (keyboards) says "It would be Nick [Nick Dika (bass)]. Don't get me wrong, we love Nick, it's just that he's so nice that he'd probably offer himself up."

Info & Connect: Arkells on MySpace, Facebook
Media: Oh The Boss Is Coming! (video)

Gibson Party

After the Arkells finished their set, we headed over to the Gibson Party at Richards On Richards to find that just about everyone in the music industry was there. At this point, the night got a little blurry for me, partially due to the open tequila bar, but I remember that the Barenaked Ladies got on stage to run through a few cover songs, followed (and probably preceded) by a number of other musicians who did the same. My camera had no more shots left on it, so I quickly looked through the photos and deleted a few to make some space. But honestly, it was probably better that I couldn't take a lot of photos. Great times, though. On the way out, Gibson was handing out party favours that very fortunately included a bag of Doritos, which was exactly what I needed for my walk back to the hotel.

Gibson Party  Gibson Party

Gibson Party  Gibson Party  Gibson Party

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