The ‘rowdy’ is back
St. Albert-raised Wayne Allchin packed his bags and moved to Edmonton a few years ago to seek fame and fortune.
But about six months ago the frenetic guitarist moved back home to his roots. He parted ways with his band Backfire and has re-established himself as a solo musician. And when the mood hits, he rocks out with his old band. They’re the Blue Gators, namely Bill Fuhrer (bass) and Aaron Shelemy (drums), also a St. Albert resident.
Wayne Allchin and the Blue Gators are playing at LB’s Country Pub tonight around 9:30 p.m. “It’s so much more fun the second time around. We’ve all grown up. I know I have,” quips Allchin.
“It’s not like a monogamous marriage. Everybody is free to play with who they want. Not only do we have more opportunities to play more shows, we can expand our repertoire and expand our horizons.”
These dudes are strictly hot wired to belt out rock and roll with a song list from Stevie Ray Vaughn, Cream and Jimi Hendrix to the Stones, Tragically Hip and Eric Clapton.
“I’d like people to come down. The more people supporting live entertainment, the more live entertainment there is.”
LB’s is located at 23 Akins Drive. No cover.
It isn’t just politicians talking about the environment. Local musicians have jumped into the fray for That’s Edmonton For You.
Seven singer/songwriters under the guiding hand of Trevor Anderson have put their talents to the test scribbling songs about sustainable communities. And they’re giving fans a preview of their radio friendly tunes at a free indie rock concert on Sunday at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park.
Commissioned by the City of Edmonton, the music and concert is another avenue to raise awareness for developing healthy, balanced communities.
1997 Bellerose graduate Paul Arnusch (The Whitsundays and Faunts) had just finished playing hockey in the Exclaim Cup 2009 when Anderson invited him to compose a song for the event. Arnusch obliged with How Long Will You Go On.
“It’s about wastefulness and people’s general apathy in thinking about the future. It sneers at suburban culture that is so wasteful,” says Arnusch. His own pet peeves are people washing driveways or driving a vehicle to the gym to run on a treadmill.
Other singer/songwriters adding their voices are Lyle Bell, Gravy, Nik Kozub, Doug Organ, Roland Pemberton, Amy van Keekan, Ted Wright and Moni Matthew.
“I really believe in the whole idea of building sustainable communities and people need to hear it. Anything that causes people to think more, I’m happy to collaborate.”
The concert is from noon to 3 p.m. Louise McKinney Riverfront Park is immediately south of the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton’s river valley.
To hear the songs visit www.thatsedmontonforyou.com.