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Headliner: Hey Rosetta!Supporting: Jon Mckiel, La Strada
Hey Rosetta! were back in Halifax this past weekend for a weekend stand at the Paragon Theatre. Halifax local Jon Mckiel and Brooklyn's La Strada. La Strada were a pleasant surprise, playing with a set up similar to Hey Rosetta! with violin, cello, bass, guitar, and drums. As well for many songs the lead singer played an accordion.
Hey Rosetta! were able to get the crowd dancing and singing both nights, bringing the passion, emotion, and energy that they have become known for. Both nights featured the staples of their live set; New Goodbye, Red Heart, I've Been Asleep For A Long, Long Time, A Thousand Suns, Lions for Scottie, and Yes!Yes!Yes!. They also played new songs including a song written for a CBC Radio 2 contest they won (Old Crow Black Night Stand Still), Seeds, and Glass. Watching these new songs evolve over the past 14 months has been an enjoyable experience. Of the new songs, Glass is perhaps the most exciting one. It features Adam Hogan providing haunting ambient guitar sounds while Tim Baker provides distinct guitar sounds with Josh Ward and Phil Maloney providing an upbeat rhythm. The lyrics are powerful, passionate, and honest. The song slows right down to an almost standstill before picking up again with the swooping strings from violins and cellos and Adam really showing that he does more than provide atmosphere.
Former Hey Rosetta! member Kinley Dowling joined the band on stage for a few songs during their set on Saturday night. Both shows ended with a fun cover of Oh La La by Rod Stewart. They were joined on stage by the opening bands as well as a few other musicians who were kicking around the show. The stage was crowded with a tonne of artists having a blast, while the crowd was also having fun singing and dancing along. It is evident that the band loves coming to Halifax, and Halifax loves when they come to town.