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Gregg Allman, My Cross To Bear

Imagine pulling up a chair to get a first count history lesson in music.  A relaxed evening, let’s say on a porch or in a backyard with some whiskey.  Except in this case there is no whiskey. Entirely ignorant to many bands from the past, I was turned on relatively recently to Eat a Peach, by the Allman Brothers.  To gain some much needed perspective and a valuable history lesson, I jumped at the chance to read Gregg Allman’s My Cross to Bear. Chronicling Allman’s life from the first time he picked up a guitar to the release of his most recent album, Low Country Blues, My Cross to Bear is a surprisingly compelling book.  Written in an inviting and relaxed tone, it’s hard not to want to sit back and listen, or in this case, read.  Allman is not sensationalist in any manner, although he’s lived quite the fascinating life.  From his many marriages (Cher being one of them) to the tragic death of his brother Duane. Consumed by guilt for spiraling through a haze of drugs and alcohol following Duane’s death, you feel the sense of weight  being lifted from Allman’s shoulders as he relates his life story…

2012 Osheaga Festival - Day 3

Something had to give at some point.  The heavens finally opened up in Montreal Sunday morning, breaking the sun’s strangle-hold on the city.  I was flying solo for this third and final day of the Osheaga Festival, so the ability to ram the site without wilting in the sun had me pumped and ready for one last push. The commute to Parc Jean-Drapeau was easy, with next to nobody on the Metro.  When I arrived at the gates with raincoat and bags for seats in tow, the sun had decided to peak out after all.  I decided to get my bearings together over at the Green Stage, which had provided so much comfort the previous two days. First band for the day was Peter Peter.  Hailing from Quebec, Peter Peter sounded to me like a French version of Death Cab for Cutie, which is not bad at all.  Bruised clouds hurried onto the site and a refreshing mist began halfway through their set.  The band’s faithful were undaunted by the rain and slowly grew in size over the course of 25 minutes. One act I was very excited to see was Zola Jesus, the stage name for Nika Rosa Danilova. …

2012 Osheaga Festival - Day 2

Were there any lessons learned from day #1 at Osheaga?  Of course there were!  Namely, I’m not the 21 year old Reading Festival-goer of 1993, full of energy the next day no matter the weather or quality of sleep! I woke up Saturday morning in Montreal sporting a new hot-pink skin from Friday’s sun.  Saturday’s weather called for another day of oppressive sun and humidity.  While some friends had decided to skip the afternoon to beat the heat, my partner-in-crime, Terry, and I made our way to the grounds early. With temperatures expected to be in the 40s, the plan was to park it at the Green Stage for the day and stay out of the sun.  We found our perfect spot with a great sightline to the stage that would be constantly shaded throughout the day.  We managed to catch the last bit of Guelph’s Memoryhouse, which reminded me of my 90s indie rock days and working at CKCU in Ottawa. There wasn’t a cloud in sight Saturday.  The heat was scorching, so what better way to kick-start a summer party on day two than with Los Angeles’ The Aggrolites.  Their mix of reggae and Ska laid the perfect…

2012 Osheaga Festival - Friday

Montreal is my favourite Canadian city.  The European feel combined with the people create an easy going vibe that always appealed to me, though I never seem to visit as much as I would like.  A few months ago when organizers announced the initial line-up for the 2012 Osheaga Festival, I knew Montreal was again in my not-too-distant future. Osheaga is relatively new to the festival circuit but its stature grew exponentially after last year’s booking of Eminem.  Held over 3 days in scenic Parc Jean-Drapeau, Osheaga is a great way to experience all kinds of music with some beautiful music lovers.  Five stages grace the expansive park with the two main stages side by side.  This allows for quick set alternation between the two, delivering a constant stream of live music for the gathered masses. The six hour bus ride from Toronto to Montreal was made all the more enjoyable by the A/C malfunctioning half way into the trip.  This may have dampened our clothing but certainly not our spirits.  Eyeing the weather forecast was futile with Friday’s forecast of thunderstorms actually being the blazing sun with two fluffy white clouds!  Travelling to the festival once on Montreal’s Metro…
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