I saw Dean Brody back in 2012, just after Canadian Girls became such a big hit. I love some of his new music, and as soon as I saw High Valley and James Barker Band were opening, I knew I needed to go!
It ended up being such a great concert, and Matt and I had a great time in Hamilton during the day too. We went to a garden centre, Limeridge Mall, and out for dinner before the show.
James Barker Band was up first, and after their recent singles I was extremely excited to see them. They're a band from Ontario, so it was super exciting to see some great local talent.
It was really tough to get good pictures from how far away we were, so I'm sorry I can't offer some better visuals.
Their set was short, but it had the three songs of theirs that I knew, and a few more. Lawnchair Lazy was their single last year that really took off, and then after that was I'm Just Sayin'. I'm Just Sayin' is the song that really turned me on to their music. They really had a great stage presence, and they were very infectious to watch.
The one thing Matt and I noticed that seemed kind of strange was that the band members didn't all look like they fit into the band or the genre.
Regardless of that, they played very well together and they were a lot of fun to watch. I'm so happy to have gotten the chance to see them, and I will definitely be on the lookout to see them again sometime!
Up next was High Valley, composed of the Rempel brothers from Alberta.
They've recently been gaining popularity in the United States, which is unusual for a Canadian country band. They've been on my concert wish list for quite a while now, and I actually almost went to see them when I was living in Ottawa.
High Valley played a good mix of their newer songs, and some of the older ones. It's particularly interesting because they used to have a third brother who was in the band, but when he left the other two continued as a duo with the backup band.
They had a lot of fun while they were on stage, and actually played a cover of John Michael Montgomery,
They were trying their hardest to get everyone moving in that little concert hall, but regardless of how well that worked, they were great performers. You really can't blame them either with it being a Tuesday night.
And, the grand finale, of course, was Dean Brody himself.
He's certainly a weird guy, but he had a lot more success getting everyone on their feet. Everyone seemed happy
The most talked about moment of the night would have to be his dual chainsaw wielding solo. Apparently, last time he toured he had a chainsaw that he brought out, but he felt that this time he needed to outdo that. People were roaring and screaming along, which made it that much better.
The weirdest thing I found about the show was that it cleared off before 10:40 pm, whereas I've never before been to a concert that ended before 11:00 pm!
I've been trying to set up the few videos I took on Youtube, but it's slow going. I had a moment of terror during the show because one of the ushers came up to a lady behind me and told her she's not allowed to take any videos. Thankfully, I never got caught taking the videos I did, and I was able to get a whole song from each act. Or, at least, close to one because I missed the last twenty or so seconds from the James Barker Band song I recorded. Oops.
It was a really great concert, and I'm happy we were able to go after such a stressful semester.
Keep an eye out for new posts on my Youtube Channel as I am uploading videos from Tuesday!
See what seats are still available for other shows here.