On July 24 I attended a “secret” show, which was essentially a trial run for a venue that will soon be opening on the North Shore. A small group of invited guests heard a set from Jeremy Kneeshaw of Kamloops and Lucky Monkey of Kelowna. The popular and talented, Kneeshaw performed first. He provided some original songs such as Blueberry Wine and Rainy Day. He also included the backstory of the tunes.
He dove into blues, jazz rock and folk genres to delight the audience. Examples are Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E, Doc Watson’s Deep River Blues and Midnight Rider from the Allman Brothers. The multi-talented Kneeshaw said he was very happy to be playing before a live audience. The final act of the evening was Lucky Monkey from Kelowna. They are an alt rock/grunge band. The bass player, guitarist and vocalist provided the entertainment.
Lucky Monkey played an unplugged show of mostly originals and provided great background on the songs and what they did during the pandemic break. They were very enjoyable and will have a digital music EP for sale soon. Stay tuned for more info when the venue is complete and opens.
The following weekend, I had a chance to catch two popular, talented local musicians doing solo shows, also on the Noth Shore. The North Shore Business Improvement Association is presenting live music at various restaurants and bars on the Kamloops North Shore. Shows are from 11:30 to 1:00 PM and 4:00-5:30 PM in various establishments. On Friday July 29, I went to see Kelly Spencer sing and play his guitars at the Pogue Mahone Irish Alehouse on Desmond Street in North Kamloops.
Spencer played an eclectic set of classic rock and roll, reggae and a country song or two using the songbooks of Elton John, Neil Young, Bob Marley, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash and others. He also has a percussion “board,” which he designed, that he plays using his feet.
He was genuinely happy to be back playing before a live audience and it showed. Spencer took some requests from the audience and ended the evening with them clapping in unison to one of his songs. The happy hour crowd enjoyed the live set from this talented musician.
Saturday July 31, the fun continued as Dave Coalmine also played an eclectic set of tunes from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM. at the North Shore Denny’s location. Coalmine, played guitar and harmonica, while singing and even whistling to an appreciative audience.
He purposely brought out a few popular tunes which might have been forgotten like Roxette’s Joyride. He combined classics from different eras and different genres for the coffee-fueled audience. Nirvana’s The Man Who Sold the World (unplugged, of course) and Fly Me to the Moon, a jazz standard that was covered by many, are good examples. Other tunes came from the songbooks of Lady Gaga, Credence Clearwater Revival, Derek and the Dominoes and others. Everyone seemed to enjoy the show from this very popular and accomplished local musician. Kudos to those involved bringing these acts to North Kamloops.