Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down (Hey Rosetta)

Hey Rosetta played the Atlantic House Kitchen Party last night and they rocked! We stood in line for two hours with a crowd of Hey Rosetta fans while the Canada-USA hockey game raged inside and finally made it in to see one of the best shows I’ve seen during the Olympics. The band has a way of being very, very quiet and then building into a loud peak with all six members creating a wall of sound.

Mary Barry, “Newfoundland’s Jazz Chanteuse” came on before Hey Rosetta and she was fun to watch. What caught my attention was the drummer who was not only an exceptionally talented guy but he looked like Rick Rubin, the famous music producer who sports a monster beard and long hair.

My favorite part about the Atlantic House Kitchen Party was my discovery that they have two of the Gahan House’s finest beers on tap! Gahan House is a small brewpub in Charlottetown and they don’t sell their incredible beers anywhere but at their downtown Charlottetown location. I was sad to leave the Gahan House behind when I returned to Vancouver and I didn’t think I’d get a chance to taste their fine brews again before I get back to Charlottetown (hopefully sometime in the next few years).

Earlier in the day we went to another Atlantic House presentation called “Songs and Stories from Atlantic Canada” which featured 5 maritime musicians on stage. Each of them would take a turn telling us a little about their background and stories of living in their province and would follow up with the band performing a song they’d brought from back home.

One thing I’m amazed by is the depth of musical talent that lives in Canada’s east coast. I’ve seen nearly a dozen east coast bands in the past week and all of them have been incredible. Now I understand why they have their own East Coast Music Awards. I’m also lucky to have met Sharon, who has introduced me to all of this great music.

I’m going to write up the previous days festivities as well but I wanted to capture yesterday’s excitement while it was still fresh in my mind.

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