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Ollie Vee get toes tapping to catchy rockabilly

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You  can’t be unhappy  while listening to a rockabilly band. The relentless beat is guaranteed to  get your toes tapping, so I didn’t Ollie Vee playing toe tapping rockabilly. Photo by Richard Amerywant to miss rockabilly band Ollie Vee, named after the Buddy Holly song, May 18 at the owl acoustic Lounge.

But first, Calgary’s Distance Bullock finished his set of ambient noise and indie rock. He was buried behind a good sized crowd in front of the stage. I didn’t see him at first, as he sat in front of the stage  crouched over his guitar playing some different music full of spooky soundscapes and tortured howls.

He ended his set with one of these unearthly howls.
 Southern Ontario based Ollie Vee was a great deal happier. A cluster of dancers jumped in front of the stage, as Calgary born frontman Jesse  Adamson grinned a country mile wide and said his uncle, who lives in Lethbridge was in the crowd. 

Standup bassist Howard Linscott dressed in a  snazzy charcoal gray suit leaned forward and dug in. Lead guitarist  Johnny Vassos, cowboy hat over his eyes stood back, coming forward every now and then with a hot solo as hirsute drummer Adam Perzia pounded the skins and got the toes tapping.

 Adamson sang like the bastard child of Elvis Presley and  Bryan Ferry and even sang a solid version of “That’s All Right Mama.”

 — By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 May 2013 16:11 )  
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