Show Recap: Kingston with Bellevue, Brad Sucks & Sticky Henderson

Dog Is Blue live at The Mansion in Kingston, Ontario by kingstonmusicreviews.ca

    Set List:

  • Dusty Bones
  • Southern Ontario
  • Seacaptain
  • Tortoise
  • Young Enough
  • Happy Hallowe’en
  • Raise Your Dead

We arrived at The Mansion in Kingston early*. Early enough, in fact, that they were actually building the stage (there was a circular saw under the merch table most of the night). Once it was all setup everything looked great. The crowd filtered in and eased our doubts of playing to no one.

Our set seemed to go over well. Of course, wearing light-rings and having a blinking sign helped to get people’s attention (as did my beard…here I was about to shave, but audience catcalls about my facial fur have me thinking twice). Volume wasn’t an issue this time around either, as I was armed with a larger extension speaker for my homemade amp (and I didn’t drop the it like last time).

“Dusty Bones” (to be recorded soon) has been our go-to opener lately—with a folky first half that abruptly turns raucous, it’s sort of a condensed version of what you can expect from a Dog Is Blue show. Although, we might want to actually start writing set lists beforehand, as we got lost in the excitement and forgot to play a few of our other new favourites.

As for Bellevue…ahh, Bellevue. Great people in an even better band. Playing with them back in November at the Silver Dollar was such hoot that we were very happy when they asked us to join them for this show. Their set was amazing—upbeat and tight while showcasing some great new songs. They had us dancing at the merch booth.

Rounding out the bill was the talented and authoritative Sticky Henderson (who commanded the stage like a veteran and launched a campaign against the 3(!) noisy snare drums behind her), and Brad Sucks—self-proclaimed “one man band with no fans” (who actually had a band and a bunch of fans) whose tight sound had his diverse fan base rockin’ out at the front of the stage.

Check out some photos from the entire show by Matt at Kingstonmusicreviews.ca. Here are a few of us:

Dog Is Blue live at The Mansion in Kingston, Ontario by kingstonmusicreviews.ca

Dog Is Blue live at The Mansion in Kingston, Ontario by kingstonmusicreviews.ca

Dog Is Blue live at The Mansion in Kingston, Ontario by kingstonmusicreviews.ca

Dog Is Blue live at The Mansion in Kingston, Ontario by kingstonmusicreviews.ca

Dog Is Blue live at The Mansion in Kingston, Ontario by kingstonmusicreviews.ca

Dog Is Blue live at The Mansion in Kingston, Ontario by kingstonmusicreviews.ca

Dog Is Blue live at The Mansion in Kingston, Ontario by kingstonmusicreviews.ca

Dog Is Blue live at The Mansion in Kingston, Ontario by kingstonmusicreviews.ca

*We actually got to Kingston around dinner time. Trying to be healthy, we ate salads at a pub down the street. Unfortunately, these “salads” were really just piles of cheese with the odd piece of lettuce thrown in that sat like soggy bricks in our stomachs.
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