Notes from the Wreckhouse Day 5

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Saturday's events included performances by acts with some interesting names. There was The Instigators at 12:30 p.m. at Harbourside Park, Surviving the Glacier at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Temple and Friends at Yellowbelly Brewery and Public House at 9:30 p.m. Yet it was a local act, with one of the more mundane names, that was a major draw for audiences.
At 9 p.m. there was about a hundred people, that means a packed house, at the Fat Cat Blues Bar. The crowd were up and moving during a set by the Darrell Cooper Acoustic Trio.
Cooper is a regular at the Fat Cat and, as noted on the bar's website ( "In St. John's, if you know blues, you know 'Coop'."
Following a number that sparked more dancing in front of the stage, Cooper announced he would be playing a little Muddy Waters. "Everybody loves Muddy Waters," he said. "If you don't love Muddy Waters, you've got a hole in your soul."
To which an audience member shouted in a serious tone: "A hole in your head!"
"Or in your head, yeah," agreed Cooper, with a laugh.
As the Muddy Waters blues played at the Fat Cat, over at Dusk Ultralounge people began to roll in to hear some James Brown and funk/soul originals by Toronto's Planet Earth.
"We're going to have a real Newfoundland house party in here tonight," said vocalist Ron Littlejohn.
"I see a party there in the back," he said, pointing to a group of dancers.
They danced to the funk of Planet Earth's "Bus Driver," as Littlejohn threw in references to cod tongues and other Newfoundlandia.
Littlejohn sang: "Pass the peas! Pass the peas!" An odd line that drew laughs, but also had more audience members jumping up to join the dancing.
The Planet Earth soul party continued into the late night.

Organizations: Fat Cat, Planet Earth, Yellowbelly Brewery and Public House Newfoundland house

Geographic location: Harbourside Park, St. John's, Toronto

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  • Philosopher
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    So, where are the acts with interesting names ? Some guy playing at the Fat Cat, like he does regularly. That just blew my mind.
    I swear the organizers of this festival are writing the news stories for the Telegram.