The Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra played at the Riverfest After Party in August, 2018.
Those looking to keep the party going after the first night of Riverfest Elora on Friday can certainly do so at The Elora Brewing Company.
The night is a big chance to dance during a performance by Guelph’s Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra.
Doors for the Riverfest after-party at the brewing company open at 11 p.m. with EVO’s performance scheduled for 11:30 p.m.
Those attending may want to bring their dancing shoes.
“We’re a dance band; the dance floor is always packed,” says EVO bassist Matty Cooper.
The band is used to playing gigs at 8 or 9 p.m. he says. And sometimes that means fans don’t get their dance juices flowing until at least several songs into the set.
But playing a gig that starts at almost midnight, in front of a crowd that attended Riverfest Elora earlier, will be extra special because most will “already be in the mood,” says Cooper. He expects the night to be “a total blast.”
The Guelph band, which played its first gig about four years ago, consists of Cooper, Stu Peterson (piano and guitar), Jim Duffield (sax) and Kerry Mullen (drums).
They’re described as playing high-energy swing, jump blues and dancehall standards from the ’20s to ’50s.
They range in age from early 40s to 60s and all have jobs away from music. Cooper, who is in his early 40s, can be said to be the baby in a band made up of lifelong musicians.
He’s a new musician versus the others — he’s only been playing for 28 years, he says with a laugh.
The band, whose members all live within three kilometres of downtown Guelph, last year released their first album, Last Chance To Dance.
Cooper says EVO and the sounds they deliver can perhaps be called a niche thing. He says he can’t think of all that many bands in these parts who might share the same musical lane, which can sometimes result in a bit of a cult following.
“We have people who drive long distances to see our shows — they love to dance,” he says.
Some music fans find it refreshing to not have to listen to yet another in a long line of bands playing rock covers.
“And then there are some university kids who just find it way cooler than your average DJ (performance) or dance club,” says Cooper.
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• TV show: Welcome Back, Kotter
• Food: Salsateria burrito
• Drink: Red wine
• Day of the week: Saturday
• Sport: Ultimate Frisbee
For more on EVO, visit eclecticvo.com.
For more on Riverfest Elora, which takes place Friday to Sunday and includes performances by the likes of Flaming Lips, Blue Rodeo and Carly Rae Jepsen, visit riverfestelora.com.
by Ned Bekavac
Ned Bekavac is a reporter with the Guelph Mercury Tribune.
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