Matt Blais CD Release Party @ The Republik

The Republik
Calgary, Alberta
February 9, 2013
Photos: Raelyn Ross

The name Matt Blais is a familiar one to those in the Calgary, Alberta music scene. Well known as talented and respected musician, Matt likes to break musical moulds, mixing rock, blues and soul for a sound all his own.

Only seeing Matt Blais perform once before – a solo acoustic gig – I had no idea what to expect when I was invited to his CD release party.  With a full band behind him, and a full house in front of him, Matt pulled out all the stops. I was thoroughly entertained as he played tracks from not only his latest release, The Heartbeat, but a list of covers as well.   One stand out moment in the evening was an extremely entertaining mash up of Lenny Kravitz, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” which melted into Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”, finishing off with Band of Skulls’ “I Know What I Am”.

I sat with what might be described as a “perma-grin” as he effortlessly played to every person in the room that night. A natural born entertainer, Matt is the real deal, and if it’s an entertainer you’re looking for all you have to do is follow The Heartbeat.

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