At Mission Dolores / Bridal Party / Abby Wale at the Grotto

Sunday is becoming Funday at the Blue Grotto. On Sunday June 17th a triple bill was on tap consisting of local bands that are part of the Factotum CO group: At Mission Dolores and Abby Wale, along with Victoria’s Bridal Party. Each band played a set. Abby Wale started the evening off. She primarily plays original material. Her band consisted of two guitars, bass and drums. Her soulful lyrics resonated well with the young crowd.

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Photo: Abby Wale

Next up was Victoria’s Bridal Party. They consist of two guitars, bass, keyboards and drums. The lead singer, Suzannah Raudaschl, had a wonderful stage presence and eventually went dancing in the audience during one of their songs. The rhythm section did a great job of laying down the groove and the dance floor filled.

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Photo: Bridal Party

The last act to appear was Factotum CO’s flagship band At Mission Dolores. They will soon be going on hiatus to record a new album at a studio on Gabriola Island, so this might have been the last chance to see them for a while. They played songs from there most recent EP releases and included extended solos in most of them. At show’s end the audience chanted “One more song,” and they willingly obliged.

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Photo: At Mission Dolores

While primarily alt rock, the bands were varied enough to add a spark of excitement to the evening. It has been enjoyable to watch At Mission Dolores mature as a band and as performers. Hopefully, when At Mission Dolores finishes recording, we will get an album release party. Maybe on a Sunday night at the Grotto.