Who: Acres of Lions w/ Kiana Brasset and Northcote
When: January 28, 2012
Where: Victoria House Concert B
Saturday night The Victoria House Concert B held another sold out house concert. This time it was Victoria’s Acres of Lions’ turn. Most house shows put on by the Victoria House Concert B feature just one or two people playing acoustically. This was a rare occasion that a full band plus guests performing and it made the show that much more special.
Acres of Lions performed two full sets, Matt Goud (also known as Northcote in the local music scene) performed a 30+ minute set and Kiana Brasset performed one of her songs with Acres of Lions in addition to providing backup vocals and playing violin.
I think this is the first house concert I’ve been able to attend that I knew a lot of the songs. I love hearing rock songs I know and normally hear in an amplified setting stripped down to the basic acoustic elements.
One of the best parts about house concerts is that one minute you’re watching the artist perform, the next you’re in the kitchen having a beer chatting with them. There isn’t the disconnect of a loud bar or a barricade of a stage restricting contact with the performer.
I always let my videos do the talking in terms of reviewing a show and I shot a ton of video, but as you can see in the video of ‘Reaction’ below the band was being professionally recorded. So I’m going to wait for that recording to be released before posting more video. In the meantime, enjoy this awesome acoustic version of Acres of Lion’s hit song ‘Reaction’ and also a gallery of photos I took.
Last week I attended Peak Performance Project Top 20 finalists Acres of Lions’ CD Release Party for their second album ‘Collections’. The entire lineup did not disappoint. I’ll be posting a bunch of video from the show in the next month or so. Normally I’d be posting as much as I can right away, but now I’m stuck editing a major project that has to be completed in 30 days so basically every moment of my free time that I would normally devote to posting concert video is being consumed by this project. So here’s a brief breakdown of the night’s lineup.
The evening’s lineup began with Northcote. Until that night, I had never heard of Northcote. Northcote is the project of Saskatchwan born singer/songwriter Matt Goud (…and no, the last name is not misspelled). Goud performed a solo acoustic set and gave an impressive performance. Enough of an impression that I would like to see him perform again and next time I’ll have camera at the ready. http://northcotemusic.com
Next up was Mike Edel. Now, I’ve seen Mike perform numerous times and have shot a lot of video of those performances. I have yet to see a sub-par performance. Be sure to check out ‘The Last of Our Mountains’ album. http://www.mikeedel.com
The last opener was Treelines from Vancouver, BC. They’re also a Peak Performance Project Top 20 finalist, and after seeing them perform last November, I was looking forward to seeing them live again… without the Movember mustaches. http://www.treelinesmusic.com
I do have one video to share. Here is Acres of Lions performing the first single from the ‘Collections’ CD. ‘Reaction’ has reached #22 on the Alt/Rock charts and has received significant airplay on radio stations across Canada. http://www.acresoflions.com