Monday • August 22, 2011
Those that attended the first evening of Wapiti - Fernie's Music Festival were in for a surprise yesterday - day two of Wapiti packed a solid punch and was even better than anticipated.
From the get go amazing bands lit up the stage, starting with Ben Sures and continuing with the very impressive Sun Wizard and The Matinee - a couple of bands you felt privileged to see knowing they are breaking on the music scene.
From there the bands only grew, with Library Voices and Said the Whale bringing people to their feet and clapping their hands, many singing along to up-beat songs. The temperatures rose, but fortunately Wapiti is set against the river banks and you could easily slip away to cool off while not missing a beat. We enjoyed the majority of Library Voices from the Elk River!
Between headliners, people quickly changed into their evening gear as temperatures drop pretty quickly in the valley, ready for Elliott BROOD to take the stage. And this was the highlight of the weekend for us, they stole the show with haunting, rustic vocals, fast pace plucking of guitars, ukulele, banjo and bass, harmonica accents, sick percussion... all coming together to produce the "death country" the band is known for. They did not disappoint, and received even more points when they asked Fernie's Shred Kelly to join them on stage.
Ending the festival and evening was Yukon Blonde, another amazing band that kept the crowd humming to the finish, still wanting more but more than satisfied with a weekend of amazing indie bands.
Overall, we'd put our money on everyone being thoroughly impressed by this festival. Great job to the Wapiti committee and many volunteers, we're already looking forward to next year!