Full Moon party!

This Friday the 13th we’ll be having a most excellent Full Moon Party! While the particular alignment of a Friday the 13th and a full moon means nothing in actuality, it is the last time it will happen until 2049 (which is jetpack territory). It’s also what’s called a “honey moon,” due to the moon’s intense yellow nature in the month of June. The New Weather Machine will be once again joined by Jesse Plessis on the piano, and will be sharing the bill with the fantastic Brenna Lowrie Band.

I tried my hand again at digital painting with a drawing tablet to make the poster for this particular event, and took a swing at recreating a scene from a book I was reading called Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler about the interwar period in Russia which I highly recommend (the book not the interwar period in Russia).

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SCF 2014 Finals

Last weekend Jon joined a group of excellent Southern Alberta songwriters at the South Country Fair Songwriting Competition at The Slice in Lethbridge with the song Can’t Go Back. While they didn’t manage to take the big prize, Jon, Paul, and Kris came in a very respectable second place! You can check out the performance below:

Spring Fling!

The Spring Fling is finally upon us! Tonight $10 at the Slice featuring Treeline, Sheala Miller, Rancho Deluxe, The New Weather Machine, and special guests. You can check it out here.

Mountain Dreams

Hope everyone is doing well. Things have been slightly strange and busy as of late, but I would say mostly in a positive way. There are a couple of shows coming up that we’re looking forward to, the first on Saturday, April 5th in the main Lodge at Castle Mountain Ski Resort for the year end closing party for the hill, and the second on April 19th at the Slice with a killer local lineup.

Every event that I have played, and typically every event I have been to at Castle has been a most excellent time, partially because the mountain people are good people, and partially because everyone is more or less committed to whatever is happening on a given evening and make the best of it. Really looking forward to this one!

I’ll have to wait for more details about the show at the Slice on April 19th, but I do know it will feature some of my favourite local artists and performers.

Following the departure of Jesse (Northey), the band has essentially taken on two different line-ups. For the aforementioned shows we will be in the slightly more aggressive arrangement of Jason Oakes on guitar, Jason Schultchen on bass, Clayton Smith on drums, and Jesse Plessis on piano and keyboards. I am constantly amazed at how much a difference a single person makes to the sounds of an ensemble, let alone several, and how it changes my role within the group. It’s kind of like a tree changing forests - I’m still a tree with a bunch of other trees (and bushes), but different branches stand out depending the what other foliage is around. Or something like that.


Apparently I like to post pictures after shows, and I’m not one to disappoint. Pictures courtesy of Andrew Martin.

Gig notes: Really enjoyed it, great crowd! Mental note to test extra technology being used thoroughly prior to using. Tried a pair of speakers made by Weber that are supposed to be as close to vintage purple-back Fanes’s as you can readily acquire and was pleased with the speaker compression and cut. Mental note #2: figure out how to not smash my toes to bloody bits while performing and remember to wear dark coloured socks in the event that I don’t sort it out.

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Special February 1st show

With the help of Jesse Plessis we will be doing a very special show at the Slice on February 1st. I’ve talked to a few people lately who have been wanting local shows to start a little bit closer to on time, so we will be starting as close to 9:30 as is reasonable.

Jesse will be doing an opening set on his own and will then join us for the rest of the evening, including doing some new material and (trying) something we have been talking about doing for a long time (I’ll let your imagination and the poster team up to figure that one out Happy)

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