History in the making.
Thursday September 24, 2015 was the first visit from southern rock band Alabama Shakes to Ottawa – we can only hope it won’t be the last. Playing to a lively crowd of just over 3,000, the Athens, Alabama natives may seem like an unlikely combination for a rock band, but their ability to swing between low, cool soul, and ’60s-electric guitar, crushing rock is what propelled their popularity in recent years. Alongside the ever-so entertaining July Talk, Thursday night’s appearances were a Friday night in spirit.
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Toronto’s alternative blues-rock group July Talk took over the TD Place Arena last night, warming up the crowd with their chart-topping dominance. Lead vocalists Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay brought with them their high-low, yes-no relationship, and as abrasive as their rock n’ roll, their stage presence shook, rattled, and rolled (literally).
When the opening band is as excited as the audience to watch the headlining band, you know it will be a treat. Hailing from Athens, Alabama, the fittingly-named Alabama Shakes were welcomed with ecstatic applause and dancing feet. Lead singer Brittany Howard amazed audiences with her graceful presence and powerful voice since their 2012 debut Boys & Girls, only to do it all over again with the 2015 LP Sound & Color (read our review).