After a long hiatus at large concert-going, we found ourselves attending two different concerts at the Saddledome: The Rankin Family and the Barenaked Ladies.
The Rankin Family concert was a great time — although both of us wish we could have been
dancing in a wide open space listening to them! Our seats were good, off to the left of the stage. It was Sheena’s first time seeing them perform together and my second time. The music sounded great, with new additions of Molly Rankin and Mac Morin really adding to the concert. For a few songs in the concert, there was a bit of a somber tone — but others, you could tell they still hadn’t lost their flare for entertaining with new and old songs. It was great to hear Mull River Shuffle live, I know Sheena enjoyed it thoroughly. Our friends Mike and Ramona hadn’t experienced a East Coast concert before — I kept telling them that the dances and smaller events are even better.
Last week, I went and saw the Barenaked Ladies with Steph. Again, I had listened to their music since grade 10 and never had the opportunity to see them in a live event. I had heard about their off-the-wall shows, but it was a quite a bit of fun to see it for myself (I found myself remembering most of the lyrics to quite a few songs). Overall, I was struck by their energy and spontaneity — something I had not seen in a concert before (I’ve been to quite a few in my university days). They featured quite a few oldies, and of course, the new album. The best part I’d have to say was when all the band members used a single mic (in the 50s music style), with two harmonies in the background and the leads in the front. Excellent sound and a way to split up the concert. With 2 encores and a two hour show, it was well worth the event. Plus, we were on the floor, almost-front and centre to the stage. I was kicking myself for not bringing the camera. This guy did take some awesome photos at the concert…