Friday evening at the Bowness Sportsplex in Calgary, AB was a night for the memory books. Kicking off the evening with the Mike Fury 4 local Bownesians, Calgarians and music socialites were treated to the misappropriated and significantly mathematically declined 4 piece pending of the Mike Fury 4. With lead singer and drummer Mike Fury, guitarist Mike Hell and the driven high end baby blue realty of Iron Mike McAfferty the pseudo 4 piece thundered through it’s opening setlist seemingly unencumbered by the perpetually absent 4th member of the band. From the opening song the band had the capacity crowd on their feet, denim cuffed leather boots mingled amidst a sea of Betty Paige stiletto finery click in time to the familiarly regular snare of Mr. Fury and his compadres.
Next up to dazzle and amaze the crowd was local hometown heroes, Eve Hell and the Razors. With Mr. Hell on his second gig of the night and adorned in his Western shirt tribute to the late great Johnny Cash, his breast pockets adorned with strategically placed roses and sugarskulls he assumed his altar like pose at the foot of his pedal board. Reminiscent of a transformative blend between the Wizard of Oz clad in witch like black and white candy cane stockings and her hair a fiery blaze of I Dream of Genie, Eve Hell seductively caressed her bass in her ongoing silenced assault on sexism – proclaiming with the first chord “this machine kills sexists”. Matched by the technical breath of evolutionary drumming, LP sat high atop his drum kit; presiding in a reverend like pose – his black Ray Ban Jake Blues sunglasses sheltering his eyes for the charging setlist ahead.
Enter Paul Pigat the feature performer, Cousin Harley. In a typically unassuming introduction by ShadowCatcher Productions, Kevin Warren; Pigat picked up his cherry red Gretsch and unleashed an onslaught of fingerwork and picking that would leave any music aficionado begging for more. Accompanied by seasoned drum major Jessie Cahill, Cousin Harley was an unstoppable force further complimented by the local intellectual bass guest stand in of Mr. Rob Oxoby. The trio embraced the playfulness of the moment often exchanging witty banter and glances between and testing the further limits of each others ability. A rock solid performance and the gentlemanly kind good heart of Mr. Pigat left all in attendance departing the venue with a new found respect for the guitar, the eagerness to learn a new instrument and if nothing else a new friend in the night.