I know things have been silent as far as reviews go but I hope my article Why summer 2104 Rocked will change that. Summer 2014 has been one of the warmest in recent years, which means lots of sunshine. Why am I talking about the weather you ask?. Sunshine is a word that most of us love but organizers of outdoor music festivals will worry about right up to showtime. Then after the show gets underway, they turn their attention to worrying if the sun will hold out for the duration of the event.
The sun brings people who in turn go to outdoor events where they will spend their hard earned cash on a number of things. It starts with the ticket sales then turns into merchandise, food and drink vendors and any other items that are essential to having a good time at the event. If areas close to the events are expecting to experience inclement weather, people will tend to stay home and spend their entertainment money elsewhere. I hope that by now I have stressed just how critical the sun is to the whole picture because without it; the festival organizers will lose a bunch of money and none of the above will continue to happen. The weather sucked in June, but hopefully July and August can change things for the better.
I have been a live music lover as long as I can remember and on June 30 2014, I started what was easily the most musically entertaining summer of my entire time spent on this planet. Thanks to the support that family members provided, I was able to start what I refer to as the 2014 Summer Tour by taking photo’s at Patriot Days in Sackville, Nova Scotia. This event featured The Christine Campbell Band and the increasingly popular Dartmouth based rockers Gloryhound.
The following day, July 1st, I was taking photos of the bands playing at Alderney Landing. This annual “free” Canada Day event takes place on the Dartmouth waterfront. The 2014 Canada Day show featured one of my favorite new Canadian artists July Talk, as well as The Sam Roberts Band and an assortment of other talented Canadian artists spanning our entire country from the West coast to the East coast.
Less then 2 weeks later I spent the 11th and 12th of July at Smokin’ Bluesfest 4. This was my first time attending this event and taking photos at this grass roots Blues Festival at the Fox Mountain Campground in beautiful Aylesford, Nova Scotia. The festival featured the who’s who of Canada’s East Coast blues scene, including John Campbelljohn, Wayne Nickelson and Matt Minglewood to name a few.
After a break of about 2 weeks August came on strong starting with the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee, August 1st-3nd. I could not attend day 2 of the Jubilee due to other commitments, but I look forward to returning next year for the 20th Anniversary show. Danko Jones and Steven Page headlined the 2 nights I attended and The Sam Roberts Band was Saturday nights headliner.
The Christine Campbell Band opened the 2014 Dutch Mason Blues Festival with a smokin’ hot set made up of mostly original material with a few classic rock anthems just to top it off. There were so many great artists at this festival but Monster Truck, Doyle Bramhall II and The Gregg Rolie Band really stood out for me personally. Again I was blessed with All Access credentials so I got to view the show from what some would consider the best seat in the house.
Saturday August 25th I attended the Weir Rockin’ 2014 concert in Upper Sackville, NS. This show takes place in the cozy confines of Weir Field and sells out annually. This years show opened with the local rockers Ten Mile House who were followed by legendary Canadian guitarist Rik Emmett and Canadian Blues/Rock artist icon Colin James closing out the night.
So there you have my summary of why summer 2014 rocked my world. I have never experienced anything like it over the years and probably won’t match it any time soon. My plans are to follow this up with detailed coverage of all these awesome events, so check back over the next couple of weeks and see what happened. If you don’t feel like waiting you can always visit and hopefully like my Facebook page for images from all the events I attend.