A Night of Bluegrass Punk with Old Man Markley and Guests

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Vancouver Weekly and Cariboo Brewing are excited to present Old Man Markley, with Fire Next Time and Jesse Lebourdais on June 12th, at The Biltmore Cabaret. If you’re into punk or folk, preferably all wrapped up in one, this is a show you can’t miss.

Headlining the evening, Old Man Markley (OMM) fuses punk and bluegrass, to create a sound completely their own. After releasing their debut album, Guts n’ Teeth in 2011, this seven-piece band has been redefining their traditional genres non-stop. Confirming their growing impact on the eclectic music scene, OMM has been seen performing with big names such as Flogging Molly, The Reverend Horton Heat, and NOFX. Their cover of NOFX’s, Reeko, is a lively rendition that echoes the edgier, punk side of the original, while taking it one step further and ultimately leaving you unable to sit still.

Fire Next Time echoes this melting-pot of genres. A group of five guys from Edmonton, they say, “We put out folk records and perform punk rock shows”. This lackadaisical attitude towards defining their sound comes through in Hell Is My Friends, off of their debut album, Hungry River Hymns. Vocalist, James Renton, lends a raspy quality to the band’s sound, making it just a bit edgier.

Vancouverite Jesse LeBourdais rounds out the evening with a slightly softer a feel, while packing just as much passion behind his music. It makes sense that he got his start in “dirty punk bars, and sweat-soaked concert halls”, as there remains an edge to his sound that fits perfectly with his self-proclaimed title of “acoustic punk” artist. His track, Anymore, combines a folky feel with classic punk lyrical sentiments, creating an ear-catching track from start to finish.

Doors open at 8pm. For more information about the evening, see Facebook. See you there!

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  • Tony Bartlett

    Don’t miss this band. I saw them in Seattle and they were amazing. They are incredible musicians who will leave you wanting more.They have so much energy on stage it is contagious. Enjoy them Canada !