Posted: July 30th, 2009 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Accordion Noir, Cafe Deux Soleils, Joey Only Outlaw Band, Raghu Lokanathan | 1 Comment »
Having been exposed to his striking work at ArtsWells past, when the Creaking Planks learned that songwriter Raghu Lokanathan had moved from Prince George down to Victoria we just had to invite him to do a show with us there, which went off like a house on fire back in early 2008. He helped us with some travel complications as best he could as well as delivering an immaculate set. Now another ArtsWells is upon us and immediately following, this musical man will be in our general vicinity (featuring at the Jericho Folk Club Tuesday August 4th as well as on the Accordion Noir radio show Friday Aug 7th from 9:30-10:30 pm.) (And here that radio session is!) Needless to say, we’re champing at the bit to present him to the hairy hippies of East Van, and have dovetailed a couple of plans in order to do so the evening of Saturday, August 8th, at Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive). The Planks will be tasty sandwich filling in the middle, followed by a dense slice of psychedelic country punk from the Joey Only Outlaw Band!
A tip o’ the hat to postermeister Daisy-Jones Locher!
Posted: July 27th, 2009 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Ana Bon-bon, ArtsWells, Barkerville, Blackberry Wood, Fish & Bird, Geoff Berner, Jess Hill, Joey Only Outlaw Band, Linda McRae, Living Closet, Rae Spoon, Raghu Lokanathan, Shayne avec y grec, Tenbrooks Two, Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Wells | 2 Comments »
Blackbeard Squeezebox has been several years running with his bit on the side, the Joey Only Outlaw Band, but finally this year he gets to reconvene with his old Living Closet cronies with the jug band of the damned in tow! ArtsWells, BC’s biggest little indie arts festival takes place over the BC Day long weekend in the little town of Wells, BC (and neighbouring historical Barkerville) in the Cariboo, from Friday July 31st through Monday August 3rd. Sharing various stages with us at various times are a whole bevy of buddies both accordion-slinging and non-; a partial look at the stellar line-up this year includes such friends as Ana Bon-Bon, Blackberry Wood, Geoff Berner, Jess Hill and Raghu Lokanathan (we’ll be playing a show with him in town the following week) and luminaries such as Fish & Bird, Linda McRae, Rae Spoon and the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra!
We’re slated to be performing an afternoon set at the Barkerville venue Saturday (2-3 pm) and in the downstairs of the main hall Monday afternoon (3-4 pm) but you’ll be finding various and sundry Planks all over the festival grounds, nosing out jams and sating our hunger for knowledge at workshops like the accordions in the round session Saturday at noon or Dr. Steelhand’s slide guitar workshop Sunday morning (11 am-1 pm) in the school classroom! (Our regular hunger will be sated by Martin in the kitchen, no doubt!)
Posted: July 25th, 2009 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Becky Johnson, Dave Shumka, Ehren Salazar, Hidden Agenda, Little Mountain Gallery, Officer Mazaltoff, Reverend Aitor, Ryan Beil, Sweetie Pie Press | No Comments »
We’ve been scattered in recovery from our trip to Vancouver Island at the end of June (expect a recap post soon!), but in honour of another visit from Becky Johnson of Sweetie Pie Press, EC Salazar and the goons of the Little Mountain Studios (195 E. 26th Avenue at Main) have gotten together with us to put on another program of mixed nuts including:
* Dave Shumka
* Ryan Beil
* Officer Mazaltoff, The Beat Cop Poet
* the charming crafty wares of Sweetie Pie Press
* and Unflattering Portraits by Reverend Aitor (by donation)
All that plus a closing set from the jug band of the damned, in what has practically been our only show together since the month began! Suggested donation $5.