Crusty character number one walks over for a listen. In the silence between songs he leans over to the waitress and says 'He can't sing for beans...'"
Country music star Ridley Bent has played big stages like Alberta's North Country Fair and the Vancouver Folk Fest. But on Friday, February 8, Bent will dial it down and play a very intimate venue, The Cyrk, in Winnipeg.
It's a small stage located in a private arts house on Young Street but it's open to everyone. Curious about the differences between playing for thousands of people on a festival stage to playing a small crowd in a house, SCENE asked Bent to tell us about his Top 5 favourite moments onstage.
We show up to the Brooks Hotel in Brooks, Alberta and the marquis reads 'RIDLEY SCOTT.' (Note: Ridley Scott is a Hollywood producer responsible
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Marquee (Ridley Bent)
We played for a few crusty characters playi
for most of the night until the waitress takes her break and sits down for a couple songs. S
he was obviously more of a draw than we were and crusty character number one walks over for a listen.
In the silence between songs he leans over to the waitress and says "He c
an't sing for beans but they sure can chop wood." So bad its good!
My band and I were hired to play The Merritt Mountain Music Fest and were slotted to play before Montgomery Gentry on the Saturday night. It turned out that their bus didn't get across the border so we were asked to extend our set and headline the night.
This is a night that in the past had been headlined by the likes of Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks. Solid company! My favourite moment was before we went on stage a technician asks me what we'd like for pyro. I smiled and answered 'What've you got?'
We were watching Luke Doucet and the White Falcon in Vancouver and they ended their encore set with a cover of "I'm on Fire."
While the song was being played each of the musicians handed their instrument to a musician from the crowd and left t
he stage until it was a completely different band finishing the song.
I was part of this impromptu band and have been a fan of Luke's since his years with Veal and we decided to keep the music going with a cover of "Spiderman," a song from Veal's Tilt-o-whirl
record. I don't think Luke was expecting that.Number 2
We were the main act on a Saturday night at the North Country Fair. We played a great set for a very high energy crowd of about 4,000. We played "In the Trunk of a Black Lexus" as an encore and I've never felt more like Rage Against The Machine.
I played a tweener on the Main Stage at the Vancouver Folk Fest with Steve Dawson and Cameron Latimer. It was a beautiful day and the crowd was BIG! After our song I received a very nice compliment from the legendary Utah Phillips.Ridley Bent plays The Cyrk on February 8.