Friday, July 27, 2012

screaming eagles and shiny suits: Calgary folk fest 2012 day one

The Barr Brothers were sweet, humble and awesome when they opened the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Thursday evening.  Also they played a bicycle wheel.

Charles Bradley - the one and only Screaming Eagle of Soul!  The man can bust more moves than a person half his age, and hug more ladies too.

The sweet songs of local heroes, Reuben and the Dark.  Plus some random head shots.

Beirut!  Hipsters were (rightfully) losing their shit all over the island, especially after the drummer stepped up and implored tarpies to "let the kids dance".  Of course in hipster terms, that means standing and texting.

Chris Isaak and people dancing all over the place.  Who knew Chris Isaak was such a great banterer?  Chris only had two costume changes, compared to the Screaming Eagle's four, but Chris' were shinier.  Hard to beat a suit made entirely of mirrors.


Linda said...

You are so having a good time!

mister anchovy said...

Anyoned who calls himself the screaming eagle of soul is ok in my books.

John Mutford said...

I've heard that about Chris Isaak actually.

Charles Bradley does a fantastic, albeit almost unrecognizable, cover of Nirvana's Stay Away. Do you recall if he played it or not?

Allison said...

Sounds like a wonderful first day! I loved seeing the Barr Brothers in concert. So glad they are getting more attention these days!

bloody awful poetry said...

Beirut! They are utterly adorable. Curse the hipster kids for standing and texting though. Who can resist the trumpets?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was very busy/exhausting, but fun, Linda.

He's become somewhat of a legend in our books, Mr Anchovy.

I don't believe he did play it, John, but interestingly you are the second person to mention that fact to me. I will definitely have to seek that out.

I wasn't able to see the Barr Brothers during any workshops, unfortunately, Al, where I understand that they really shone. But I am glad they are getting lots of love too. Thanks for introducing me to them!

Eventually some hip swaying occurred, BAP. It seems even the hipster kids could not resist the trumpets' lure.