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Local musicians remember Brent Sorge with a variety of music at Brentapalooza

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 The community came together for Brentapalooza, Nov. 25 at the Slice,  to remember  beloved scenester Brent Sorge, who passed away in 2021.

 

Jolene Draper and Steve Martin playing Brentapalooza at the Slice. Nov. 24. photo by Richard Amery

 Old friends I hadn’t seen for years were  hanging off the walls. I haven’t seen the Slice so busy in months, some of the staff who were off duty and ready  to celebrate Sorge’s  life, instead rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to serve an enthusiastic crowd  determined to honour the consummate  party animal and most boisterous  voice in the room by drinking their weights in Pilsner while listening to some of his awesomely talented old friends.

 

A touching slideshow of Brent Sorge through the years played over the fireplace. Most of them showing Brent in his element— as the life of the party with good friends or  with his daughter, plus a

few early shots from his childhood.

 

The  audience included a lot of childhood friends and local musicians he always supported.

 Though the doors technically opened in the afternoon, so people could watch Sorge’s favourite hockey team the Edmonton Oilers,  Tim Roth opened the music portion of Brentapalooza with a solo 

set of accordion music around 8:30 p.m.

 

Jolene Draper and Steve Martin played an eclectic set of originals, jazz/ folk musician inspired by Sorge, plus a few choice covers including Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike, which Steve Martin sang.

 

Skinny Dyck playing Brentapalooza at the Slice, Nov. 24. photo by Richard Amery

They even gave a musical nod to Randy Shaver, a beloved member of the music community also passed away way too young, by playing one of his songs . 

 

Little John

Jon Little playing Brentapalooza at the Slice, Nov. 24. photo by Richard Amerywith Jon Vornbrock on drums and Tyler Bird played a short but sweet set of  rock and roll.

 

 Tyler Bird played a solo set beginning with a tender acoustic set, then the multi-instrumentalist decided to do something a little different —  rapping.

 

 Shaela Miller and her top notch band of Taylor Ackerman, mostly playing keyboards for this show, Skinny Dyck on steel guitar, Tyler Bird on drums and bassist Paul Holden, played a solid set of mostly new ’80s pop inspired new music including the new single “ Masquerade.”

 

 I missed Berserker’s closing performance. 

 

Brentapalooza was a fine tribute to a man many people miss in the community.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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