Shanneyganock’s Chris Andrews has four words for the Up the Pond concert, set to happen July 31: rip-roaring Shanney show.
But the members of Shanneyganock aren’t the only ones ready to rock: Joel Plaskett Emergency and The Heartbroken, fronted by Damhnait Doyle, will also perform at Quidi Vidi lakeside on the eve before this year’s Royal St. John’s Regatta.
“We’re going to rip it all up together,” Andrews said.
This is the second year for Shanneyganock’s annual Up the Pond show. Last year the band shared the stage with Spirit of the West and local rock band Traces in the parking lot across from the Royal Canadian Legion.
The Shanney guys — Andrews, Mark Hiscock, Billy Sutton and Bob Pike — talked about establishing a yearly pre-Regatta concert for years before they actually did it, as a way to resurrect a Regatta tradition.
“I used to row in the Regatta for years and years, and Mark’s family was involved in it for a long time. We know that music was always traditionally a big part of the Regatta. We play similar events every year all around Canada, and there are always festivals of music around them,” Andrews explained. “We thought it was time for a bit of a change, and to bring that back to celebrate this unique event that we have in St. John’s.”
It’s no small endeavour, as the guys discovered last year: The Boulevard has to be to be closed to traffic for the event, and they have basically 16 hours to set up, perform, tear the stage down and clean up. As you might imagine, it’s no small expense for them, either.
“But it’s something we believe in,” Andrews explained.
Between performances by the three bands, a couple of solo acts will perform acoustic sets on the stage. They’re both accomplished, multi-award-winning artists, but Andrews isn’t telling who they are, saying “everyone will just have to show up to see.”
Tickets for this year’s Up the Pond concert are $38, and, like last year, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Kinsmen.
The event is also a fundraiser for the Community Food Sharing Network, and concert-goers are asked to bring a non-perishable food item.
The show is restricted to ages 19 and older. Tickets are available at the Mile One Centre box office, by calling 576-7657, or online at www.-mileonecentre.com.