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.
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 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.
"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"
"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.