Friday, May 13, 2016

Recording: Blonde Elvis

Artist: Blonde Elvis

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Anchored Social Club (Feast In The East 5 Year Anniversary – Day 2), May 7, 2016.

Blonde Elvis - unknown

Congratulations are due to Tad Michalak, Katie Jensen & Neil Rankin for their dedication in shepherding the Feast in The East series to its fifth anniversary. Providing a local option for east-end residents and a too-rare chance for the rest of us to fill in the terra incognita on the other side of the Don, FitE is a pretty unique event with its mix of food, art and music. Recently operating from Anchored Social Club (a converted Leslieville garage that will soon be lost to east-end condofication), this celebration (which came complete with a beautiful cookbook and tape compilation) required two nights to bring back some past faves that served as a de facto series "best of". I missed the Friday show, but Saturday night was complete with four bands that I'm always happy to see.

After a few months away from performing, it was perhaps not too surprising to see Blonde Elvis return with a re-jigged lineup that saw Tom Avis as the night's sole synth player as well as former guest Paul Elrichman on second guitar and Mike Duffield behind the drum kit. There were a couple interestingly-subtle rearrangements of older songs alongside a couple new ones (like this one) in the set — as well as, of course, the usual allotment of bon mots from singer/guitarist Jesse Laderoute.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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