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Friday, September 1, 2017

Review: Leif Vollebekk, The Heavy Blinkers and Tyler Hache at HUFF

Comedy and songs

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 9:32 AM

click to enlarge Leif Vollebekk - GABRIELLE ARCHER
  • Gabrielle Archer
  • Leif Vollebekk

Night four of HUFF was full of firsts for me; first time really enjoying the opener (Tyler Hache has a great mature voice for being so young), first time seeing both The Heavy Blinkers and Leif Vollebekk, and first time trying The Carleton’s delicious new chicken wings. The Heavy Blinkers managed to cram themselves on stage (there were eight of them) and instantly transported the audience into a Broadway musical with their showtune-esque songs. It was wonderful to see Melanie Stone’s voice showcased to its full potential, which was complimented nicely by Stewart Legere’s. Leif Vollebekk closed off the night with his comedy routine interspersed with a couple of songs. Vollebekk put on an incredibly captivating solo performance, playing a good chunk of his Polaris Prize shortlisted album Twin Solitude (although I was pretty sad that he didn’t play "Into the Ether"). He also threw in some covers of songs by Jeff Buckley, Kendrick Lamar, Joni Mitchell, and 30 second tidbits from The Beatles and Aerosmith. His musical prowess on guitar and keys was quite impressive, as was his voice and the expressiveness in his face (rivaled only by Este Haim). I’m already looking forward to the next time I get to see any of these artists, and hope it is sometime in the near future.

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