Lots of Fire Power at the Blue Grotto as Small Town Artillery Invades Kamloops

Night two of the Factotum CO music series brought more high energy, alt-rock bands to the Blue Grotto. This edition included locals Mother Sun, along with Vancouver bands Year of the Wolf and Small Town Artillery. Mother Sun, consisting of Jared Dohery, guitar and vocals, Emilio Pagnotta, guitar and vocals, Alex Ward, keyboards and Jared Wilman on drums and vocals, got the evening rolling with a set of original, dreamy, psychedelic sounds mixed with rock.

Year of the Wolf, lead by Kyle Vaughan and Chad Gilmour were up next. This talented group with four guitars, a drummer and a keyboard player,  managed to amp up the sound and keep the audience on the dance floor. Chelsea Burden-Webber played keys and Johnny Gillich added some pyrotechnics on the third guitar, along with some vocals.

They morphed into a little, big band when they were joined by two trumpet players from Small Town Artillery for their last tune.dscn7056final

Both the Year of the Wolf and Small Town Artillery were solidly anchored by drummer Derek van Deursen and bassist Carson Webber. Headliners, Small Town Artillery, originally from Kaslo, did not disappoint. Lead singer and guitarist, Tom van Deursen, dressed like Freddie Mercury, displayed amazing energy, stage presence and talent. He traded licks with trumpet player Nathan Barrett, throughout the show. The set consisted mainly of up tempo funk and rock.

Other members of Year of the Wolf made appearances throughout the set. In all, it was a varied and great night of music at the Blue Grotto. The last show of this series will be January 24th at the Grotto and will consist of two Kamloops band: At Mission Dolores, and Phosphenes, along with Kelowna’s Post-Modern Connection. Look for a new album from At Mission Dolores in the near future.

At Mission Dolores

Year of the Wolf

Small Town Artillery