Special to the Golden Star
For those who are looking for some blues and rock and roll, The Bright Light Social Hour has a great show in store at the Golden Sound Festival this year.
Closing out the weekend of music, The Bright Light Social Hour is sure to keep festival goers dancing. The Golden Sound Festival is taking place at bars and pubs in downtown Golden on August 19 and 20. The Bright Light Social Hour starts at 12 a.m. at the Rockwater Bar and Grill.
The band plays a wide variety of music, bassist and vocalist Jack O’Brien says.
“I just think it’s blues. Music from the soul,” O’Brien said, adding that not everyone in the band might agree. “We try to keep it simple. It’s a journey. We like to start in one place, and take as many people with us to a different place.”
The band has been through Golden before, stopping in for a night last February after a close encounter on the highway in their tour van. O’Brien says he is glad to be back in better weather, and plans to take full advantage of the summer heat by the riverside.
“We really love it up there,” he said. “We’re stoked to be in a unique spot.”
The Bright Light Social Hour is a three-piece band from Austin, Texas. Curtis Roush plays guitar, synth and vocals, and Joseph Mirasole plays drums and synth in the band with O’Brien.
Friends of Shred Kelly, another band playing the festival from Fernie, O’Brien is excited to play with them again. In the past, the two bands have played together at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and in Hamilton, Ontario.
The Bright Light Social Hour is a band not to miss, says festival organizer Todd Menzies. He has seen the band a handful of times in larger cities in Canada.
“Their live shows pay for themselves. Their energy is super,” Menzies said. “Golden really loves their fast paced high energy bands.”
This is the first time the band will play in Golden, and they are sure to impress, he said. It is hard to determine exactly what is in store for their gig at the Rockwater, O’Brien says, because they like to feel out the crowd and decide what to play according to the vibe. There will certainly be some songs from their newest album, Space is Still the Place, and possibly a few others.
“It will probably be heavy on stuff from our last record,” O’Brien said. “It will be a mix.”
For anyone who is interested to see what a show these guys put on, they have many videos on their website, www.thebrightlightsocialhour.com. One of Menzies’ recommendations is the band’s hit, Detroit.
The Golden Sound Festival has been taking place in Golden for years. The lineup, schedules, and venue information can be found online at www.goldensoundfestival.com.