Golden Delicious continues to work hard to bring shows to local downtown bars.
There are many big acts coming up in the next few months, as well as weekly and monthly events planned.
Pat Legare is one of the many hard working individuals with Golden Delicious that helps to provide Golden with music acts from around the globe.
He works as the manager at the Rockwater Grill and Bar, and works with the Peaks Grill and the Winston on the ski hill, as well as with Golden Sound Fest to bring music to the town.
Legare and Pablo Euphoria both work to provide the Town of Golden with musical entertainment all year and work to mix it up to keep things interesting.
Over the New Year’s celebrations, they helped to bring many bands and DJs, and even hosted a private party for locals with former Golden band Willhorse.
“It was awesome,” Legare said. “It was one of the best jams I’ve seen.”
Mixing it up a bit, Thursday played host to a drum circle jam night at The Taps, instead of the usual open mic style.
Most recently, music bingo was added to the roster of Rockwater events. The first week featured ‘90s music, and last week was ‘80s.
Both bars continue to host weekly events as well as shows. The Rockwater provides a bus service to and from many of the hotels on the highway, allowing guests travelling with tour companies to go downtown to take in the night life.
Golden Delicious has many shows planned out for next month, said Legare. Bringing big artists to Golden is a lot of work, because the closest airport is so far away. Often, Legare will take time off to drive to Calgary to pick up artists, and drive them back either after the show or the following day.
Before Legare gets an artist onto the stage, there is a lot of planning that goes on. In the artist’s contract, he needs to go back and forth with some numbers like what door charge will be, what the capacity is, and more.
Ticket sales in Golden are not unlike other towns and cities in Canada, he said. The money that is collected goes to the artist, and more often than not, it doesn’t cover the entire cost.
“I don’t think that people understand what it takes to put on a show,” Legare said. “I think people have in their heads that the bar pockets [door sale] money.”
Over the next few months, there will be many great shows coming up. Tickets will be available at Darkside at 517 9th Ave. N., and other locations.
“Robin at Darkside has always been really great to us,” Legare said, adding that the location is new place to pick up tickets.
Legare and Euphoria are getting excited for a few upcoming shows, including Disaster Man on January 28, who got their start in Golden., and Skratch Bastid on January 20.
Two of Disaster Man’s members now live in Winnipeg and are flying out for the show. Typically they are a three-piece rock band, but they may have four band members on stage that night.
In February, DJ Nu-Mark from Jurassic 5 will play with The Gaff.
“Both are really technical DJs,” Legare said. “DJs look up to those guys.”
Kytami plays January 26. She brings a unique electronic dance music sound mixed with violins and instruments to the stage.
Moontricks will be back again on February 16, a show surely not to miss, Euphoria said.
“Moontricks is a big deal,” Legare said. “They have played many shows.”
For a full list of what’s going on, check out Golden Delicious on Facebook, or the Rockwater has posters and a list inside.