Live Bands Rock Victoria Street on Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en fell on a Thursday this year, so I wasn’t sure if there would be any live music happening downtown. Turns out that two establishments opted for live music shows. I started out at The Tumbleweed Lounge in the Plaza Hotel. They got the Angie Heinze Band to rock the iconic establishment.. DSCN0555 (2)

Heinze and her cohorts played primarily up-tempo fun songs from the 1980s through to the present. Elle King’s “Ex’s & Oh’s,” Bif Naked’s “Love Myself Today,” “99 Luftballons” from Nena got things going and later they rocked out with tunes from Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, the Kinks, Heart, the B-52’s and AC/DC. This version of the Angie Heinze Band consisted of the “devilish” Angie Heinze on vocals and percussions, Scott Skulmoski on guitar and vocals, Darren Jones on bass, Richard Graham on drums.

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Brendan Methot, decked out in a bovine costume, was added on keyboards and vocals. Band members got plenty of solos and they also performed very well as a unit. The lounge filled up with pirates, monks and many other costumes. They danced heartily and loudly applauded the talented band.

As one pirate commented, “Even pirates like AC/DC.” This show ended at 11:00 PM and just up the street at the Blue Grotto, a similar event was occurring. The Grotto had a two band show. The opening act was Let’s Go from Barriere. This trio played mainly punk and metal inspired music and got a good response from the make-up laden, costumed crowd.

. DSCN0581 There seemed to be a lot of Alice Cooper’s in the audience and on stage. But everybody was there for the main event and Old School did not disappoint. Danimal on guitar, Kevy Altersound, bass, Kevin Chaos, vocals, Dirt on the kit, and Johnny Roxstar, or was it Slash on guitar? DSCN0608

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They put on quite a stage show and backed it up with great tunes and awesome licks. Old School is an 80s specific, cover band. They obviously enjoy music from this era and can play it very well. The dance floor was packed all night, the drinks flowed and everybody had a good time!  They started out with Van Halen’s “Aint Talkin’ Bout Love,” and moved through the 80s catalogue with songs from Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Billy Idol and many others. AC/DC was well represented with “Have a Drink on Me,” and “Dirty Deeds.” They did ‘Lick it Up” by Kiss and ended the night with four tunes in their encore set.

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It was a fun and nostalgic Hallowe’en night. Nice to see three live bands, performing in downtown Kamloops, even with Hallowe’en falling on a weekday night.

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