The Serious Dogs Rock Music in the Park

Music in the Park continued on August 18 with local, perennial, favourites The Serious Dogs. They play an extensive list of cover tunes in the rock, pop and country genres. Their selections date back to the sixties and move forward to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud in 2014 and beyond. They make stops in the catalogues of Stevie Ray Vaugan, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Urban, Loverboy, Trooper, the Zombies …. and the list goes on. The band consists of Jim Cochran, guitars, mandolin and vocals, Jim Johnston keyboards & sax,

Brenden Majerech bass & vocals, Mark Petri vocals and acoustic guitar, The drummer this night was Anton Danielsen. Their usual drummer Richard Allen is a helicopter pilot who is out of town fighting forest fires.

This energetic and talented group obviously enjoy what they are doing, with Petri leading the charge. Petri got the crowd to help with the ooga chakas on Blue Suede’s version of Hooked on a Feeling and part of Summer of ’69, the Bryan Adams hit.

There were plenty of whoops and other yells after each song. The large crowd was thoroughly entertained. Along with his stellar guitar playing, Cochrane’s mandolin on a few songs provided great variety and Majerech spelled Petri on lead vocals occasionally. Jim Johnston wailed away on the sax a few times and provided great sounds off the keyboard. Fill-in Danielsen did a great job drumming his way through the various genres.

The Serious Dogs showed that they are serious when it comes down to musicianship, but can toss that stuff aside when it’s time for fun!

It should be noted that this series could not have happened without the hard work of Henry Small and city staff, the awesome sound provided by the incredible sound techs led by Mike and Lee Miltmore from Lee’s Music and funding and venues from the BC Lottery Corporation and the City of Kamloops.