Posted: May 30th, 2012 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Bike to Work Week, birthday, outdoors, VanCity Theatre | No Comments »
Despite a lack of any formal connection beyond, er, people-powered fun, the Creaking Planks have had intersections with all sorts of interesting bicycle-culture events here in town: Velofusion, Velopalooza, Bikesummer, Critical Mass, B:C:Clettes… even opening for a very strange screening of bicycle pornography, from which Wyoming Johnny may never quite recover. Icing this cake, this Friday (June 1st), a contingent of Creaking Planks will be acoustically giving ‘er down at the Olympic Village plaza (at Manitoba and Athletes Way or, otherwise put: by the statues of the giant birds) in celebration of another Bike To Work Week successfully pulled off by the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition. We’ll be holding forth between 5 and 6:30 pm! Consider rolling by along the False Creek seawall and saying hi!
Update: called on account of delivering a baby! We warned ‘em!
Also, a very happy birthday to Allan Macinnis, who had the Planks open for his birthday screening of Death Watch at the VanCity Theatre Sunday May 27th. Many happy returns!
Posted: November 25th, 2011 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: birthday, goofing off | No Comments »
Well, on Sunday, November 6th — the day after our fantastic visit from the Accordion Babes — we had a rump Planks delegation visit the Roseblade house to help celebrate a bonafide 1st birthday party for a 40-year-old, busting out songs from the Planks’ feature set at the Cobalt’s “Ink” open mic five years ago or so.
Then, yesterday, Thurs Nov 24th, we were supposed to join David Roy Parsons (of “Beat Up Old Guitar” fame) for a set in Victoria at the Fort Cafe… but the hoary winter winds of a fierce seasonal storm put the kibosh on that ferry crossing after a very spirited afternoon spent sitting inside a wind-buffetted car. Well, what’s something that CAN go right?
Here’s something difficult to ruin (worse than it already is, at least) — a visual gag a long time in the conceptualising:
Editing some outrageous Creaking Planks live audio in Audacity…
okay, let’s clean this up a little bit…
and… voila. Wait — what?!
Thank heavens for the “undo” function, that’s all I can say. (”Accordion Insanity” photo by Jonathan Dy, and that “normal” band is Clyde Stacy and the Nightcaps. They probably sound all right!)
Update: more normal than normal, and more abnormal than, well, than pretty much anything!
PS: Creaking Planks 7th anniversary show coming up Wednesday, January 18th at the Railway Club with Ana Bon-Bon and Raghu Lokanathan!
Posted: October 25th, 2011 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: afterparty, birthday, Cafe Deux Soleils, Hallowe'en, Jeff Andrew, Parade of Lost Souls, Tarran the Tailor | No Comments »
Because Hallowe’en comes but once a year (but Hallowe’en weekend is three nights long) it’s the profound pleasure of the jug band of the damned to present our spooky show for a second night in a row, next up Saturday, October 29th at Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive) from 8-11 pm with our ominous pals Tarran the Tailor and Jeff Andrew, who we did this same gig with this time last year. (This time, though, he’ll actually get to play!) $10 for the funnest unofficial Parade of Lost Souls afterparty ever!
(Turn up early and you get to ring in Daisy Jones-Locher’s birthday from 6:30 on!)
Bonus! It was a heck of a show, and here’s a gallery of photos from it! Thanks to Graham Ballantyne for snapping the shutter again…
Posted: June 8th, 2009 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: ANZA Hall, birthday, Car-Free Day, DJ Osmunda, Jessica Mason-Paull, John Barbour, Kaminanda, Orkestar Slivovica, the Revelry Society, Venus | 1 Comment »
How better to follow Vancouver’s biggest party but with another party? That’s right, folks, Vancouver’s Car-Free Festival wraps up at 6 pm (8 pm on Main Street) but its fabulous afterparty will already be opening its doors a mere one hour later — almost precisely as long as it takes for Festival volunteers to fold up tables — at the
ANZA Hall (3 West 8th Avenue at Ontario Royal Canadian Legion hall at 2205 Commercial Drive (at 6th, upstairs). Admission is free for Festival volunteers (a humble $5 for everyone else, though no one will be turned away due to lack of funds) and those who just can’t stop giving of themselves should have a blast at the start of the night with a jam session. It’s true! That unscripted musical mayhem will be followed by live music from two acts — a blast of Balkan brass with the Orkestar Slivovica and an uncanny visitation from East Van’s jug band of the damned, the Creaking Planks. All this plus sest on the decks from DJs Osmunda and Kaminanda, hosting by Jessica Rabbit, and the much-vaunted blinking lights of the Revelry Society!
PS — if you’re not careful, you might catch us earlier in the day visiting John Barbour’s musical barricade and logging an appearance at Venus’ birthday party amidst all the festival hubbub bustle and hustle.
Posted: March 24th, 2009 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Al Mader, birthday, Cafe Montmartre, Dr. Steelhand, Ehren Salazar, Eryn Holbrook, Hieronymus Bosch, John Barbour, magic, Paul Hendriks, variety show | 2 Comments »
As an experiment into filling a whole night at Cafe Montmartre (4362 Main Street at 28th Avenue) with varied textures of performance from members of our multifarious crew and extended family, the Creaking Planks celebrate Blackbox Squeezebeard entering into his fourth decade with the April (Ship of) Fools Variety Show from 8 pm through “late” (past midnight!) Saturday, April 4th. Performances will include magic from Travis, interstitial improvisation and ukulele from Ehren Salazar and John Barbour, new music from familiar faces Paul Hendriks (aka the Rev. Lucian Rumblebucket), possibly demonstrating his banjo aptitude, and Eryn Holbrook (aka Daisy Jones-Locher — who worked a wonderful whimsical adaptation of Hieronymus Bosch’s “Ship of Fools” into the show’s poster!) contributing a solo set a couple of months earlier than usual, sharing her voice-and-keys songwriting not much heard since the days of her Perpetual Dream Theory project. Also joining us will be a very special set from washtub bass outsider Al Mader, the Minimalist Jug Band, and of course a couple of sets of Creaking Planks creaking and planking.
At Montmartre we play for tips, but we anticipate your generosity in support of this jam-packed night and its auspicious occasion.
Edit: phew! What a night! Check out VanCityMike’s gallery of shots from the variety show up on Flickr!