Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rotaryfest 2015 Concert Video Showcase (Part 2)

Keeping this busy stretch going at the SMS, here's our second Rotaryfest concert video showcase post, and of course, give yesterday's a look below as well for Thursday, Friday, and Mourning Wood videos! Continuing our look at Stage 1 videos (Stage 2 and more is coming), these are split between Sault Online's Mike Caruso's YouTube channel once again and the YouTube channel of attendee Paul Von Voss, whose channel also includes assorted vocal covers of his own, but he's not familiar from recent local bands. All from Saturday's closing lineup, we'll start with Mike Caruso's video of local hard rock quartet Long Shot covering Queen & David Bowie's "Under Pressure" early in their set, and this is a strong rendition of this classic, with the Dawe brothers nicely handling the vocal harmonies! Give their Rotaryfest a look below, and don't miss Long Shot in Heyden this weekend!

That's followed by local blues rocker Paul Dellavedova & friends covering Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's "Pride & Joy", while the next band was now-defunct local hard rock quartet Beaumont Avenue, who both Mike & Paul filmed on Saturday! Mike's video is of the prior Suicide Kings covering Collective Soul's "Shine", and it's also a strong rendition of this 1990s rock radio hit that the guys do justice to! Note that the description for this video labels this as Beaumont Avenue's second Rotaryfest set (it was their third), and Mike noted that "they are getting better all the time", which may be true, but it's sort of anticlimactic given their breakup. Still, great video, so give it a look below!

Moving to Paul Von Voss' channel, the first video that he shot was also from Beaumont Avenue's set, though a bit unfortunately, it's also of their "Shine" cover! The audio's very good on this alternate take, but the video quality is lighter and fuzzier, and look for Mike in action as he films the performance as well! Give Paul's take of this song a look below!

The rest of Mike's videos from Saturday include all-female classic rockers Domina covering OneRepublic's "Love Runs Out", one-off The Band tribute The Big Waltz playing "The Shape I'm In" (though not with the full advertised lineup at that point), classic rock veterans Mustang Heart covering Journey's "Don't Stop Believing", two videos each of the out of town tribute bands (Fleetwood Nicks playing Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" & "The Chain", and Practically Petty playing Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "American Girl" & "I Won't Back Down"), and closing country favourites Thin Ice covering Thomas Rhett's "Something To Do With My Hands", so check out all of those videos at the above links! No, as of this writing, there still isn't a summative video of the Saturday lineup like the other two nights got, so there might not be one at all. We'll close today's Rotaryfest post with Paul's last Rotaryfest video, this time of the aforementioned Domina's set!

A cover of Heart's "Barracuda", this is more in the ladies' usual classic rock wheelhouse, and it's a great display for Valerie Powley's impressive vocal range! This video has the same blurriness and brightness issues as Paul's Beaumont Avenue clip, but it's solid all the same, and with a nice crowd by that point, so give Paul's Domina video a look below!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for our latest YouTube Channel Profile later today, with more from Rotaryfest to come also! Thanks everyone!

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