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BURN BABY BURN...A Saturday Night in Kingston... The Saturday Night Barn Burner Blazed with Pyramid Theorem, Falset & Raphael Weinroth, Get lit...Join the Show

With my ears still ringing and my Rock 'n' Roll soul thoroughly fulfilled, I sat down to recount an amazing night in Kingston.

The day was set, and we were off for an evening of Indie Rock in Kingston.

Dancin’ Dawg and I got on the highway and set out for The Saturday Night Barn Burner at the BluMartini in Kingston, ON, and we were ready to rock!

This was the first Chris Gaines Saturday Night Barn Burner show I had ever been to, and it did not disappoint. Such an amazing lineup of homegrown Canadian talent in one night was destined to be a night to remember.

Dancin' Dawg and I rolled up to the BluMartini and could feel the electricity in the air right away. There were music fans everywhere, and they were ready for a show, just like us.

Opening the night was Raphael Weinroth, a cellist from Ottawa, but not in the normal sense

of a cellist.

Raphael is unique in his execution of his instrument, summoning sounds and feelings and changing moods in his songs. He had the entire room transfixed on him as soon as he played his first note, and he held us there for his whole set.

You'd think a cellist at a rock show would have an uphill battle competing with loud, punchy rock, but no.

Raphael had the crowd in the palm of his hand.

I bet a lot of people didn't know what to make of his set at first but were quickly enthralled by it and walked away with a new appreciation for the instrument and wanting more Raphael Weinroth. I was not familiar with his work at all, but after his set, I had to express my appreciation for his skills and creativity.

We had a short chat, and I purchased a record and CD from him at his merch table, signed and all. I was eager to give it a spin once I returned home. I know I was one of many new fans he earned that night with his performance.

Next up was Falset from Toronto, a four-piece Indie act complete with sweet tone-setting backing tracks. Now, don't jump to conclusions when I say backing tracks. This is no “lack of ability” situation in the use of backing tracks.

This band has the chops to deliver their music live in concert with no problem.

Their backing tracks set the mood for intros of songs and segues within the song beautifully, really giving you a deeper sound between the tracks and the live performance of each of their songs.

Well done, guys. I was not familiar with any of the artists’ music that night. I wanted a fresh perspective and untainted ear to enjoy the night, so unfortunately, song names and such escaped me.

But it didn't take away from the enjoyment of each set. Falset have a solid sound, edgy but with fine melodies that intersperse between the hard edges. Their lead singer has solid stage presence and was having as much fun as us, and the band was on fire in every tune.

Now it was time for the headliner of the evening from Toronto, Pyramid Theorem.

This band exploded onto the stage and just grabbed you and never let go until the ringing notes of their encore.

After a couple of songs, I thought I was witnessing the second coming of Rush. This band's precision on stage was unmatched. I've seen many three-piece powerhouse bands in my time, but these guys had a keyboard player making them a force of nature four-piece.

The first prime example of the power of the keys was a high-energy cover of Deep Purple's “Highway Star,” delivered in fine form and with the ultimate respect to the original.

Kingston was the final stop on their present tour, and they held nothing back, literally pounding out every song.

Their drummer is a force to be reckoned with, a hard hitter with heavy-duty facial expressions.

I love drummers for this—every drummer has his/her own faces while playing, and this guy was no exception, singing along and emoting to every song, even throwing in some flying drumsticks for good measure.

And without warning their encore exploded and just blew the roof off the place!

Executing a perfect rendition of the classic Rush song “Working Man,” this band proceeded to tear this room a new one. Their blazing musicianship and four musicians working as one created an awesome finale to an already momentous set.

Well done, Pyramid Theorem, well done. You have a new fan in me, until we meet again.

I enjoyed every song in Pyramid Theorem's set, and as they said their goodbyes at the end of their show, I was a satisfied Rock fan, and Chris Gaines sure knew how to pick them.

I'm a Barn Burner Fan for Life Now, Thanks Chris!

-Mike Graham

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