Neither a boat nor a house

Last night we took a trip out to Kitchener to a lovely little venue in Victoria Park called the Boathouse.

Here we saw opening act Carly & Mark – Carly’s got a sweet/strong voice and Mark can play a mean guitar oh boy can he ever! They did a cool cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” I thought. Way better than my version on Rock Band for Wii.

Next surly, lyrical genius Donovan Woods thrilled audiences with his accoustic set or oldies but goodies as well as songs from his up-coming album. He was accompanied by his drummer Dave MacDougall, which sounded real nice, adding some punch to the oft-used guy and his guitar routine.

Last but not least singing-songwriting rock star sensation Andrew Austin took the stage with his whole band. They had enormous energy and brought the house down. Everybody was bopping along to the music, singing along, smiling, and loving the music. Andrew played his classic blue-eyed soul tinged rock songs along with some new soon-to-be hits which are sounding more and more country influenced. It’s a surprising, but excellent growth for Mr. Austin, who has in the past been known for his motown influenced tracks, dominated by challenging vocals. This harder edged, folkier sound with wailing guitar solos is very contemporary and eclectic. All in all it was an excellent live show not to be missed if he ever happens to be touring near your area.

And that this girl’s unbiased review.

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