Bands at the Taste of the Danforth 2011

I found the bands that played at the Taste of the Danforth, a local food festival here in Toronto,  were very distinctive.

The Taste of the Danforth is held every year on the second weekend of August and there’s always lots of food and music and it’s just a good time in the cities Greek Town.  Since my wife and I live in this area of the city we try to go each year.

The first stage we came to is called Immortals Greek Stage at Jones and Danforth Ave at about 8:00 PM.

First we ran into this Greek band called Arkadia. The band was fun to watch but what got my attention was the drummer of the band. His on stage energy levels reminded me of the drummer who played with Carlos Santana, a Michael Shrieve, on the epic Woodstock Music & Art Fair Festival concert. I would definitely pay to see them live.

 

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The next band we saw/heard was The Frank D’Angleo Band at the Celebrity Stage at Danforth and Logan beside Alexander the Great Park. This is the main stage at the event and it is setup perfectly. There is a licensed patio in front of the stage and of coarse it was packed! We were inside, what I feel is the best place on the Danforth to get a Giros, Alexandros.

This guy is a true entertainer. How he interacted with the large crowd in front of him was mesmerizing. He had a couple of backup singers and a good sized horn/sax section that gave me goose bumps up and down my arm when they were playing a few progressions during the show. Those in attendance can back me up on that one. We were there about 8:45 if memory serves me correctly.

So those are the bands that drew me in the most and I’m looking forward to next years program. Anyone else out there that went to the 2011 Taste of the Danforth that can chime in?

Keep on Jammin’





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Finally a real Guitar Hero video game

Finally there is a replacement for that silly video game known as Guitar Hero, with a more challenging one called Rocksmith by Ubisoft. Rocksmith looks like an authentic Guitar playing/learning tool, not a rock game that doesn’t insult actual guitarist everywhere!

Rocksmith can be used on a PC, Xbox or PS3 system. This will allow the beginner guitarist to plug in their real guitar, either electric or acoustic. The software is set up to automatically track your playing level. It adjusts the difficulty of playing by inserting more challenging licks to play.

The song that you are working on just won’t come to an abrupt end if you make a mistake. The Rocksmoth will make the song simpler for you to play. This is a good thing for beginner guitarists who might easily get frustrated at not being able to play a particular song at first. Ego’s can truly be a very fragile thing to work with.

On a side note: Gibson is now interested in getting into this project with both feet! According to word on the street, they want to work with Ubisoft to create a bundle to sell to consumers. This bundle would be the software and an actual Gibson guitar. Don’t expect a 1957 Gold Top here guys and girls! You get what you pay for but it does sound promising.

I can’t wait to see more about this device. At first glance it appears to be a fantastic gift to give someone who wants to play guitar and has the honest to goodness drive to do so.

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Old school Record Show was a blast!

After coming back from this Record Show I thought what a great show it was. I only had about 45-50 minutes to check out was there and I must say that I had a lot of fun.

There must of been 25 – 30 vendors selling their wares. Some were showing off albums, some concert pictures that they took themselves from some past shows and some who had collectible items like toys, old concert programs etc.There was a fair amount of DVD’s and VHS shows.

Some of the more bizarre things I saw was a bunch of KISS action figures, some Top of the Charts posters from the past and a few Partridge Family albums.

I didn’t pick anything up, I just had fun sorting through items on tables and chatting with collectors. Does anyone out there go to any of these types of shows on a regular basis?

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