On Saturday November 9th, the Blackwell Hall at the Plaza Hotel was packed for the Mother Sun Album Release Party. As the Beatles said, “Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends,” and indeed they did. Mother Sun is a four-piece band from Kamloops consisting of Emilio Pagnotta on guitar and vocals, Jared Doherty, also on guitar and vocals, Jared Wilman on drums and Alex Ward on keyboards.
They put this show together to debut their new album Caramel Clouds. It is a dreamy mixture of psychedelic and alternative rock. The large, adoring crowd danced, crowd surfed and even moshed at times.
They heartily applauded every song Mother Sun played. Notable tracks were “Happily Sinking Heart,” “One Eye,” and “Daylight.” Throughout the show Mother Sun was joined by musicians in the audience. There were plenty in attendance. Blake Greer and Josh Kuliasa from Wrecked Beach appeared on percussion and backing vocals, as did drummer/sound tech extraordinaire Mark Fagg.
Kris Ruston unveiled the sitar and played some percussion. Stefan Thordarson violin, and Aaron MacInnis guitar from the Malt Men added their talents.
Earlier in the evening, the duo from Wrecked Beach, Blake Greer on guitars and vocals and Josh Kuliasa on bass were joined by drummer Mark Fagg for a great set of upbeat tunes. This was followed by the alt-rock sounds of The Houses (Where We Grew Up). The talented duo, Rob Wikstrom and Sean Schneider, kept the dance floor packed, leading up to the headliners, Mother Sun.
Between sets Ronan McGrath of Barnacle Records kept the vibe happening spinning great tunes from vinyl records.
Earlier in the evening Andy Plett, played guitar and sang with backing tracks, covering Elton John, the Beatles and other classic songs to an appreciative audience in the Tumbleweed Lounge, also in the Plaza Hotel.
This Mother Sun show went off without a hitch and I’m looking forward to more music shows appearing in the Blackwell Hall at the Plaza.