Shorefest 5 to watch: English Bay concerts usher in fireworks

 

Vancouver favourites will entertain waiting crowds

 
 
 
 
(L-R) Pat Steward (Drums, Back Vocals), Murray Atkinson (Guitar, Back Vocals), Craig Northey (Lead Vocals, Guitar), and Doug Elliott (Bass, Back Vocals) are members of Odds.
 
 

(L-R) Pat Steward (Drums, Back Vocals), Murray Atkinson (Guitar, Back Vocals), Craig Northey (Lead Vocals, Guitar), and Doug Elliott (Bass, Back Vocals) are members of Odds.

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About 400,000 people took in the fireworks during each of last year’s shows. Instead of battling for a good viewpoint 10 minutes before the first explosion, arrive a couple hours early and take in a free concert at English Bay or Sunset Beach as part of this year’s Shorefest. Here are a few of the acts on deck:

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Current Swell

The roots rockers from Vancouver Island are as good a fit for a sunset show on the beach as they are on a long country road. They’ve been playing songs from their new album Ulysses, a warm collection of tracks that truck around your memory long after they’ve rolled on past.

July 26, Sunset Beach, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

54-40

They’re one of Vancouver’s biggest acts and songs like Ocean Pearl, I Go Blind, One Gun, Baby Ran, She La and One Day in Your Life have blared from your car speakers since the 1980s. The band has so many hits they may as well start their own station.

July 26, English Bay, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Sheepdogs

These Saskatoon natives are known across North America for two things: their brand of boogie rock and that time they graced the cover of the Rolling Stone. But the music came first — tunes that will please fans of acts like the Black Crowes and the Allman Brothers Band.

July 30, English Bay, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Jim Byrnes & The Sojourners

The Soujourners’ very name suggests the gospel trio of Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland may not be in town forever, so while they’re here, bear witness to the ethereal music they make when bluesman Jim Byrnes joins them on stage.

Aug. 2, Sunset Beach, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Odds

Vancouver rockers Odds have a rich and deeply rooted past in the city, but they’re most recently known as the Rogers Arena house band during that era when the Canucks threatened to perform in the playoffs. Time to snag some better memories of the beloved band.

Aug. 2, English Bay, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

mrobinson@vancouversun.com

 
 
 
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(L-R) Pat Steward (Drums, Back Vocals), Murray Atkinson (Guitar, Back Vocals), Craig Northey (Lead Vocals, Guitar), and Doug Elliott (Bass, Back Vocals) are members of Odds.
 

(L-R) Pat Steward (Drums, Back Vocals), Murray Atkinson (Guitar, Back Vocals), Craig Northey (Lead Vocals, Guitar), and Doug Elliott (Bass, Back Vocals) are members of Odds.

 
(L-R) Pat Steward (Drums, Back Vocals), Murray Atkinson (Guitar, Back Vocals), Craig Northey (Lead Vocals, Guitar), and Doug Elliott (Bass, Back Vocals) are members of Odds.
Jim Byrnes. One of the artist photos for the 2010 Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
54-40 is playing the Casino Regina Show Lounge on Sept. 27/12.
The Sheepdogs are scheduled to play the 2014 Gateway Festival in Bengough.
Local group Current Swell sold-out concert at the McPherson Playhouse is expected to be their official coming out party. Scott Stanton lets loose.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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