Scene Bell, Montreal QC, June 30
The band entered without saying a word to the crowd, then launched into "Mr Monday" from the recent record. Unlike the record, which is marked by a heavy hand on the production, this was a full-bodied, tight band with great arrangements and excellent playing. The drummer was phenomenal, precise but intricate, and the horn section was also very accomplished, with sweet calypso unison giving way to avant-jazz soloing. Nevertheless, the crowd wasn't quite buying it: they needed a way into the music due to the language. So when Gonsalves called for a good old fashioned Trini jump up, people did so by the hundreds. This pogo-on-demand tactic got blood pumping and helped goose the energy level. Although the crowd never fully embraced the band, a positive impression was definitely made. I'm convinced that what Kobo Town needs to do is stick with it for a few years and let their complex sound sink in with Canadians and audiences' warmth will be forthcoming.
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ReviewsSep 13, 2015
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ReviewsAug 09, 2015
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ReviewsAug 08, 2015
SZAGaribaldi Stage, Squamish BC, August 7
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ReviewsJul 25, 2015
Michael Franti & SpearheadMain Stage, Guelph ON, July 24
It's hard to think of an artist that epitomizes the ideals of Guelph, ON's annual Hillside Festival quite like Californian singer-songwriter...
ReviewsJul 25, 2015
MinotaursMain Stage, Guelph ON, July 24
It may have helped that the band hails from Hillside's home of Guelph, but Minotaurs could undoubtedly get a crowd moving, regardless of loc...
ReviewsJul 20, 2015
Missy ElliottPemberton Stage, Pemberton BC, July 19
With mere minutes to go before Missy took the Pemberton Stage, the festival grounds were absolutely rammed waiting for her set to drop. A wh...
ReviewsJul 09, 2015
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings / the Chronos BandFestival Main Stage, Halifax NS, July 8
The centrepiece of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' opening night performance at the Halifax Jazz Festival was an extended version of "People...