The Blue Stones

The Park Theatre Proudly Brings To Our Stage

The Blue Stones

The Pistolwhips

Mon · March 25, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 10:30 pm)


This event is all ages

The Blue Stones - (Set time: 9:05 PM)
The Blue Stones
Listening to the larger-than-life, but tight and precise blues-rock of The Blue Stones on their Entertainment One (eOne) debut, Black Holes, it is astonishing to discover all that sound and fury is created by just two people.
Guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Tarek Jafar and percussionist/backing vocalist Justin Tessier, have known each other since meeting as kids just across the Detroit River in their Canadian hometown of Windsor, Ontario. But it wasn’t until attending university together, that they decided to combine their talents into a musical project.
The Blue Stones have an incredibly diverse palette of influences -- and although they’re a duo, it’s unfair to limit the comparisons just to The Black Keys and The White Stripes. The weight of Led Zeppelin, the grit of Hendrix and groove from hip-hop artists like J. Cole and Kanye are all there. But in an effort that’s unlike any other in contemporary rock, the result is something entirely unique to today’s musical landscape.
From the slap back echo and the Rolling Stones’ “ooh-oohs” in the gut-punching “The Drop,” through the tribute to perseverance in the catchy, bluesy “Rolling with the Punches” and the acoustic-to-electric whisper-to-a-scream dynamism of the title track, Black Holes shows a band blasting into outer space and leaving “Solid Ground” behind. It’s the voyage of a group beginning to find its way, emerging from isolation and perspiration to inspiration, reaching an audience waiting to be tapped and entertained. An Alternative Blues Rock band fighting the good fight, looking to connect in an increasingly fragmented music universe.
“The album’s about being a young adult and entering the real world from a sheltered environment, like college,” explains Jafar. “Feeling torn between taking the secure path or doing something that might be riskier, but you’re passionate about… following what you love as opposed to sticking to the straight and narrow.”
Indeed, “Black Holes (Solid Ground)” is about precisely that either/or dichotomy, caught between infinite space and terra firma, willing to take a shot at the unknown rather than settle for the familiar, in between Jafar’s restless guitars and Tessier’s heavy-hitting and massively impressive drum beats.
“We play blues-rock, though it’s not loose and dirty,” explains Tessier. “It’s lean, raw, tight, without a wasted note.”
It took seven long years – and two independently released EPs – for The Blue Stones to hone their approach, putting in those requisite 10,000 hours to perfect their craft, and then build upon that. As Jafar describes the audience participation of “Rolling with the Punches,” which is the group’s usual, rollicking set-closer, “It takes a lot to be a success. You have to stay determined and focused. And it’s always fun to have people sing the words you’ve written and just sit back and take it all in.”
There’s a similar message in the album finale, “Magic,” in which Jafar admits he doesn’t believe in it. “People these days are all looking for instant gratification, the quick reward,” he says. “If you want something that will endure, that’s not how it works. You have to put in the hours and the effort.”
The Blue Stones have done just that, with an approach that isn’t afraid to take chances, like mining Jafar’s love of hip-hop and Miles Davis into the funky backbeat of “Be My Fire” or the epic psychedelic experimentation in the pitch-dark “Midnight.”
“You never know where we’ll pull inspiration from,” says Tessier.
“This is the album we’ve always wanted to make,” adds Jafar. “We set out to show we’re more than loud and lo-fi, that we have range and dynamics.”
And now it’s time to take to the road, play these songs and add to their growing legion of admirers.
“We have dreams and we have goals, but we separate the two,” adds Tessier. “A dream is to headline Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, where we saw so many great bands. Our goal, though, is to reach out at every show and win people over one by one. That’s how we’ve always done it and it’s worked so far. We believe in what we’re doing and we have emotional connections to the songs we’re playing. We want to provide our audience with the kind of experiences we had when we were younger attending shows of our favorites. That’s what we look to pass on.”
“My whole attitude is, let’s see what happens,” nods Jafar. “And that’s allowed me to be up for anything.” “It’s not over now,” he sings in “Lay,” “Don’t lay your flag and turn away/Please don’t leave me with another regret.”
With the release of Black Holes, The Blue Stones are ready to raise the stakes and turn up the heat.
The Pistolwhips - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
t’s all about the moment. When you step into The Pistolwhips world, the moment is all that matters. Hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the band has worked tirelessly to bring listeners out of the daily grind and into a series of life changing moments. Blending an incredible mix of indie rock hooks, with monster rock choruses, this is a band that leaves it all on the table for you.

With humble beginnings, the band quickly won Rawlco Radios 10k20 and set out to record their debut record, On Your Side. The album was released in 2014, and the band set out on a string of tour dates that included a trip to the UK, multiple cross Canada tours, and festival shows. All the hard work culminated in Planet S Magazine awarding The Pistolwhips with Album of The Year.

In mid-2016 the band began work with legendary Canadian producer Eric Ratz. Eric had been the producer behind Monster Truck, Billy Talent, The Arkells, and so many other incredible artists. Through the summer of 2016, the band toiled away in Toronto between Revolution Studios, and Vespa Studios, and in the fall, released the first single off of the yet to be released album, Voices. Voices was released to radio in late 2016 and managed to land the band a spot in the top 40 of Canadian Active Rock.

During this successful first single push, the song received 150,000 streams, and caught the attention of Steve Nightingale of record label Cadence / Fontana North. The band’s new album is being released through Fontana North, and is set for global release on May 26, 2017.

In the peak of the first single, singer Rylan Schultz was featured on Jimmy Fallon!! Want to know the whole story? Get out to a show, and they’ll tell you all about it! It turned into nearly 200,000 views of a fun video!!

The band will be touring across Canada from May 26 - Early July, and will also be playing several festivals, before heading to Europe in late 2017.

About the new album:
We live in a time where all the information that has ever existed is available at the click of a button. Before we leave the house each morning we have all seen countless images of what we should be trying to attain. The hair, the fashion, the lifestyle, the cars, the makeup, and all the celebrities, all right there in our homes each morning when we log on. All of it with a huge price tag. All of it instant, without warning, without much thought it seems. We are in the era of information pollution. The golden age of global warming. With so much in the atmosphere, how do we drown all the voices out? How do we know which ones to listen to? Which voices speak the truth?
Venue Information:
The Park Theatre
698 Osborne Street
Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2B9