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Brocade blends roots and rock

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A handful of people enjoyed Calgary based roots/ rock trio Brocade, Feb. 9 at the Slice.Brocade bassist Weeze Brown get the audience clapping. Photo by Richard Amery
 They had the stage set up like a comfortable living room with lamps and adorned the stage with black velvet paintings of bridges, landscapes, ships and various animals  all over the backdrop and front of the stage.


Bassist Weeze Brown sported a Leeroy Stagger t-shirt, which fit in well as the band had a strong Leeroy Stagger  / Elliott Brood style roots rock sound.


They started off slow with a soulful Sly and the Family Stone cover, which had one amorous couple up and dancing.


 The trio showed a lot of energy on stage and played catchy riffs while exhibiting a keen sense of melody.
 They played a long first set including a much of their debut CD  “Like You were Here,” and some strange ones like their “number one hit” about Weeze’s cat. They played a few choice covers including a Prince’s “ You Don[t have to be Pretty, to be My Girl”  and an unusual arrangement of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” before asking the audience  for requests.


 They played their first single “Riot,Riot.” They ended their set with  a cover of the Black Crowes’ “Remedy,” and took a short break.
 They returned for a quick set  including Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile,” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” before ending with their latest single and video “Every Single Day.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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