We here at NeverRadio.com love supporting local music. Even more than this, we love supporting local, ridiculously talented, should be way bigger than everything you'll hear on the radio in the next 45 minutes, genuine, artists.
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald began his set with three lively, unreleased tracks. He then informed the crowd that they'd been working hard on these tracks, so he would play the same three songs two more times to finish out the set - 'Thanks for being so understanding' - MBF.
MBF then came at the crowd with three of his classics: Last Train to Georgia, Follow, and Firecracker. Man, this guy can SING. He's one of those artists that you actually prefer to listen to live, because he is so on point. We've actually heard rumours that he requires less takes than Celine Dion in the studio. Real talk.
Years ago we had the pleasure of catching MBF at St. James Hall, a tiny venue. And tickets were free! If you get the chance, see this man sing.
And if the crowd wasn't already energized enough, MBF managed to incorporate Beastie Boys - Right to Party, Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives me Crazy, TLC - Waterfalls, Black Eyed Peas - My Humps,
Drake - Hold On We're Goin' Home (and probably a few others we didn't catch) all into one track.
Perhaps the only non-crowd pleasing moment of the set was when all the males in the crowd sporting the Gastown Man-Bun that MBF rocked so cleanly, discovered that Michael was no longer a supporter of said trend. The market is saturated, gentlemen.
Photos: Katrina Beveridge
The Boom Booms started off with one of their crowd favourite 'Paradise' and if you weren't already on the dance floor, you got there pretty darn quick. These guys have an incredibly loyal following in Vancouver, and for very good reason. They are performers, and they sound amazing live.
With 2 drummers, 2 back-up singers, 2 guitar, a sax, keyboard, trumpet, and muthaf*kin' trombone it's no wonder the crowd never stopped dancing. Being our first 'Boom Booms' show, it was also a pleasant surprise to learn that Aaron Ross sounds as good live as he does on record.
Overall this was such a fantastic evening. The Commodore Ballroom is definitely one of our favourite venues. It's the perfect size where it's big enough that big acts will consider playing there, but not too big that you're at yet another poorly sound-checked stadium show. Our only regret for the evening is that we did not order any food off of the menu, the spaghetti looked incredible. Next time...
A huge thanks to Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, The Boom Booms, The Commodore Ballroom, and Katrina Beveridge Photography,
for a great night.