This year 420 Day fell in the middle of the Easter long weekend. The first long weekend following winter had many people out of town and the downtown bars and clubs were a little slower than usual. The first show I attended, was that of troubadour Jon Treichel at the Tumbleweed Lounge in the Plaza Hotel. Jon is a fixture in many bands in town and plays with Earthbound, some of Graham How’s projects, with Suzi Rawn and others. So, it was a treat to catch Jon’s solo show. He did not disappoint. His Tom Waits covers were a particular stand out. He played alternating sets with acoustic guitar, then electric guitar. The appreciative audience enjoyed his show.
Then, it was off to the Blue Grotto to check out Someone to Blame. Their Facebook page lists them as Jason Fulton vocals/guitar, Bret Koroll – guitar/vocals, Steve Weisgerber, bass/vocals, Wade DuPont, drums and Murray Linfitt, keyboards. Even with many away for the long weekend, there was still a decent crowd in the Grotto.
Someone to Blame played a mix of rock classics from the 80s to the present, with a smattering of country and pop thrown in. They can range from Rick Springfield’s Jesse’s Girl to Motley Crue’s Home Sweet Home, with some Kaleo and The Interrupters thrown in, for good measure.
Their mix of talented guitars and keyboards allow them more versatility and their rhythm section is quite impressive. The lead singer acknowledged 420 Day and celebrated by wearing his Cheech and Chong “Up in Smoke University” t-shirt and everybody celebrated through the night.
So ended another, fun 420 Day, in downtown Kamloops.