August 3, 2015

Lowest of the Low at Toronto's Festival of Beer - Concert Pictures

The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The Toronto Festival of Beer took over the Bandshell Park area of The Exhibition Grounds in Toronto for the weekend of July 24-26. The Bandshell Park area would be the end of the Exhibition Grounds that was not already taken over by the Pan Am Games.

I went down on Sunday to check out the fest and to listen to a performance by one of my all time favourite bands, The Lowest of the Low. I thought I would never see The Lowest of the Low perform live again after Steve Stanley's 2013 announcement that he was leaving the band, but apparently, rumours of the band's death were greatly exaggerated.
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesThe Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Singer and principal songwriter Ron Hawkins has been focusing on his solo material and The Do-Good Assassins since the last Low album, Sordid Fiction, in 2004, but it was great to see a show focusing on the old favourites.

For this particular gig, the band consisted of Ron, along with original drummer David Alexander, long-time vocalist and harmonica player Lawrence Nichols, long-time bassist Dylan Parker and a new guitarist who's name I didn't catch. A beer fest was a close enough approximation of the beer soaked bars that the band used to fill back in the day; the biggest differences being the wide-open spaces, the beer tents, and the bright and setting sun.
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesThe Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The band sounded great, playing old favourite after old favourite while fans gathered in front of the stage to sing along. Ron wrote so many fantastic songs that have lasted so well for the fans. He continues to write great new tunes, but I'm glad that he still takes the time to recognize the songs we heard when many of us first discovered his talent.

The beer fest itself was fun with a huge variety of beer vendors on hand to delight any beer lover. I'd definitely check it out again, especially if they can continue to bring in such great musical talent to accompany the sampling of suds.
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesThe Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Here are some of my favourite tunes from their set.

"Kinda the Lonely One"


"Just About the Only Blues"


They snuck in a tune by Ron's post-LotL band The Rusty Nails, "Bite Down Hard"


"Salesmen, Cheats and Liars"


"For the Hand of Magdalena"


"City Full of Cowards"


"Eternal Fatalist"


"Bleed a Little While Tonight"


They closed out the main set with "Gossip Talking Blues".

When the band came out for the encore, I joked by shouting "Black Monday!" because I love the song and I never thought they'd play it for an encore. Then they started playing it. And yes, I was too far back for them to have heard my shout. It's the second song Ron plays in this clip.


They closed with their biggest hit and fan favourite, "Rosy and Grey". It was another fantastic Low experience.

The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures

1 comment:

  1. The new guitarist is Brian MacMillan, FYI - he also plays with Ron in The Do-Good Assassins (he joined when Steve Singh stepped away).

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