Careful observers at the free Summer Sizzler concert in Civic Park on Wednesday night could notice the roof on the gazebo lifting off – so to speak. It was all thanks to the sweet, solid classic rock sounds of BBC who fronted the concert and barbecue on behalf of Arts Humboldt.
Brian Grest, Brett Hrynewich and Cory Barnes pooled their talents as a power trio to come up with some classics that ranged from power pop to ballads. Front man Grest anchored the band with punchy baselines and straight up punchlines as he told stories about the songs and the band. Cory Barnes, well known area drummer, laid down the never-miss beats, while Hrynewich proved his mettle on guitar with power chords and fluid solos.
The evening could be characterized by the openers, the high-energy “Don’t Walk Away Eileen” by Canada’s Sam Roberts, sliding into Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee.” BBC covered musical ground that ranged to everything in between – rockers from Nirvana and Foo Fighters to a turn at country with Buck Owens’ “Act Naturally.”
The band performed double duty on some of their favourite artists like Tom Petty and Canadian rockers 54-40. Grest broke out the harmonica for some more Canada Day inspired music from Neil Young.
Arts Humboldt members provided the smoke show at the barbecue serving delicious burgers with the proceeds heading toward their valuable work. Kinder Creators, a program that supports youngsters' interest in art, and Missoula Children’s Theatre for young stage actors are just a couple of ongoing projects.
It was a perfect summer night and a perfect setting for the sweet sounds of BBC in front of a large and appreciative crowd.