July 11, 2017
Photos Courtesy of J. Dirom Photography
The sun came back for day five of the Stampede, which was much appreciated by not only the event organizers, but by music fans as well.
Tonight, there was an all British Columbia Coke Stage lineup. Openers, Schwey filled the evening with a very cool soulful funk vibe. Consisting of six very young and talented artists, Schwey’s goal is to get you dancing, and that’s exactly what they achieved. Their music was fresh, and infectious. The perfect mix of fun and groove to fill a warm summer night. Watch out for these guys in the future!
Then it was on to the main event, Vancouver’s Mariana’s Trench. They’ve set attendance records with past Coke Stage performances, and I think it’s fair to say, they may have set a new one this time around. It was quite amazing to see how the crowd filled in on a steady basis in the half-hour break between the opener and headliner. By the time Mariana’s Trench hit the stage at 9pm, the crowd was shoulder to shoulder as far as the eye could see!
Always entertaining and energetic, they were ready to bring their A-game, and the energy didn’t fade through over an hour-long show. These are true showman, who know how to read a crowd, and give them exactly what they want. At one point, during their hit single “All To Myself”, frontman, Josh Ramsay, let the crowd take over, and the night air filled with thousands of voices singing every lyric, while Ramsay smiled and encouraged them to continue. It really was one of those wonderful live music moments we all hope for, and love.
Their fans are dedicated and devoted, and Mariana’s Trench know this, and recognize it. I sense a mutual love and respect between the two, and one can’t help but admire that.
Mariana’s Trench Setlist:
All To Myself
Here’s To The Zeros
This Means War
Who Do You Love
Cross My Heart