Posted: October 15th, 2009 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: feature, Horace Phair, HPVIII, Little Mountain Neighborhood House, open mic, Rian O'Hara, Rick Keating, Saluthaus | No Comments »
Even with no Oven Mitts, we managed to not only survive but thrive at HPVIII (for this to make any sense, you might well have to have been there), playing a set after being sweetly set up by rising uke superstar Rian O’Hara, hobnobbing with Dennis from the Ging Gang and Anton from Chervona for the benefit of the Accordion Noir radio show.
But having settled all those extraordinary transportation and sleeping arrangements, we’re back here in time and blasting the word out to you lucky folks that in a few scant hours (doors at 7:30), a rump Creaking Planks will be featuring again at Rick Keating’s open mic at the Little Mountain Neighborhood House (3981 Main Street at 24th Ave.) Stay posted for further details about our k-razy slate of Hallowe’en shows!
Posted: January 12th, 2009 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Cafe Montmartre, fundraiser, Hidden Agenda, Little Mountain Gallery, Little Mountain Neighborhood House, Rick Keating, Sweetie Pie Press | 1 Comment »
Last night, however well-received, was just a warm-up. Friday night we plan to pull out everything we proudly displayed and more, with two full courses of Plankification sandwiching a very rare set by the host of the Thursday night open mic at the Little Mountain Neighborhood House, Rick Keating. The man strums, he stomps, he puts up a godawful fuss. And we love the bastard for it. It’s like a primer in Folk 101, skipping right past the student exercises and landing directly in a master class where they have learned to tune their instruments and stop whining. Doors at 8, and we should be cooking by 9… by pass-the-hat donation, at Café Montmartre (4362 Main Street at 28th).
(Thanks to Leah Nilson for taking the photo at the bottom so long ago that has now ended up on two posters!)
Update: a Plank rump (sax, fiddle + squeezebox) drummed up business a bit the night before with appearances at the Little Mountain Neighborhood House open mic and a surprise revival of the Hidden Agenda series at the Little Mountain Studios, a benefit for Sweetie Pie Press. Aren’t their wares swell?
We were caught at that engagement also!
Photo by Mike David Hawley
Posted: April 24th, 2008 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Allan Macinnis, birthday, Blue Wave Studios, Company B, feature, Little Mountain Gallery, Little Mountain Neighborhood House, media, open mic, PAVI, Rick Keating, The Wire, Trees Organic Coffee | 2 Comments »
April’s been a busy month of catch-up for us! In the aftermath of A Dybbuk, we enjoyed a fragmentary turnout at two after-parties (Squeezebeard keeps losing the addresses; he says, just gimme a treasure map an’ I’se kin find X well enough!), played two great shows back in our goofy element, the first (Apr 11th) back at Trees (to which we will be returning again in early September) and the next (April 14th) a homecoming show of sorts, acoustic with friends sitting on the floor in the gallery of the Little Mountain Studios, where we’re the house band, site of so many practices, rehearsals and residencies… as well as a big noisy party celebrating Squeezebeard’s birthday. On top of the shows, a swell arrangement with some charming PAVI students had a couple of us recording some backbone tracks at Blue Wave Studios, drawing on the next-door-recorders Company B to provide some zombie gang groans with improbably professional equipment. We’ll let you know how those turn out as we put down some overdubs on top. All that plus Lee Shoal and Planks pal Allan Macinnis got us a mention in the current issue (edit: huh! and an earful on the website) of the UK music magazine The Wire. Not bad for a couple of weeks getting back into the swing of things!
There are of course more shows coming up. Some of them are quite imminent, in fact. Tonight, Planks will be taking to the stage as features at the Little Mountain Neighbourhood House’s (3981 Main Street at 24th Ave.) weekly Thursday night open mic, hosted by the man who put the cur in curmudgeon, Rick Keating! Our fiddler Johnny Wyoming, a regular at the series, recounts that the evening tends to unfold with socialising around 7:30 pm, the open mic rolling on at 8 through 8:45 for a brief intermission before an hour of feature performance starting around 9 pm.
More is coming up quick — Planks should be playing at Beans (1804 Lonsdale Ave.) in North Vancouver next Monday (April 28th) 8-10 pm, then we have a special Tuesday morning engagement with FreeGeek, our other “house band” engagement, and new shows cropping up in May and beyond… but one thing at a time. First let’s get through tonight and see what remains when Rick’s done with us!