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Halifax Pop Explosion – Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party

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Who: Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party
Where: Casino Nova Scotia — The Harbourfront Lounge
When: Friday, October 24th, 2014

Total Score: 8.5/10

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Crowd: The show was held at the Harbourfront Lounge at Casino Nova Scotia as a part of New Music Fridays, which is an ongoing series of free concerts featuring different music acts each week. There were easily roughly 120 — 160 people there, but a lot of traffic coming in and out of the venue throughout the set so it was hard to gauge.

Style: Folk Rock

Technicalities: As far as sound is concerned, it was perfect.  The music filled the room but didn’t leave you with your ears ringing after the show. The lack of dance floor at the front of the stage probably disappointed the Pop Explosion crowd because the band was truly dance-your-ass-off worthy.  The lack of dance space is why I rated the crowd reaction at 7/10.  It can be hard to determine a reaction to music when the audience is sitting.  But then again, nobody really left!

Memorable Moment: The energy coming from Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party during different parts of the set really set the bar for me.  From jumping off drum kits and amps, to stomping their feet so hard I was sure they’d break through the stage, their show and music really left an impression on me.

Image: Hipster…I guess? I’m terrible at naming or choosing “images”.  But I did like Willie’s red-checkered blazer.

Comments:  Between songs during the first part of the set, Willie Stratton informed the crowd that the band’s bassist, Grace was away in Japan so they had Adam Pye of Modern Grass stepping in to play in her spot for the night.  For the ones in the crowd new to the music of Willie Stratton, I’m sure they were surprised to learn this as the band put on an incredible and energetic show as if they had been doing this music thing together for years.

REVIEW: Natalie Erb
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