That hasn’t been the case with the Toronto-based trio’s experience playing gigs in St. John’s in the past and they hope the folks who come see them in western Newfoundland in July are just as eager to clap, dance and sing along.
The band’s first-ever show in western Newfoundland will be a free, outdoor performance at Margaret Bowater Park in Corner Brook on July 18.
The show, which will be the kick-off event for this year’s Gros Morne Summer Music Festival, will also feature Newfoundland and Labrador’s own rising stars, The Once.
Those two groups will follow the Corner Brook show by playing the Heritage Theatre in Woody Point, with The Once playing July 19 and Elliott Brood on July 20.
Casey Laforet, who plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass pedals, bass guitar, mandolin, banjo, lap steel and handles vocals for Elliott Brood said, the band is excited about the shows.
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“We try to focus on making our shows sort of a house party where it’s not like a stage and an audience but where everyone is kind of together,” said Laforet.
“It’s up-tempo, banjo, stomp-your-feet kind of dance music. We do try to engage the crowd to get them involved to clap along or dancing.
“Hopefully, the crowd will be ready to participate.”
The other members of the band are Mark Sasso on banjo, guitar, harmonica and vocals and Stephen Pitkin on percussion, drums, piano, vocals.
The band is currently touring in support of its “Days into Years” album that was released last fall.
“We usually road test new songs before they get on albums, so there may be a few tunes we will play that aren’t on the record right now,” said Laforet.