Band plays tribute to rockers

The joint will be jumping this Saturday when the Ozzy Osborne/Black Sabbath Tribute Band Blackdaze rocks Outlaws Saloon

  • Dec. 3, 2014 10:00 a.m.

The joint will be jumping this Saturday when the Ozzy Osborne/Black Sabbath Tribute Band Blackdaze rocks Outlaws Saloon, with special guests, local rock band Bogtrotter.

Blackdaze  is  Russ Graham on vocals, his brother Rich Graham on drums, Darren Jones on bass and Todd Flodstrum on guitar.

“We’ve always been hip to play music together and have formed different bands,” says Rich. “We started Blackdaze a little over two years ago with two friends from Kamloops.”

The four men started playing together and, after three enjoyable weeks, started kicking around ideas, including who knew how to play what.

“Somebody said ‘how many Black Sabbath songs do you know, and how much Ozzy Osbourne do you know?” says Rich. “We had about 20 songs we all knew and as much as it’s covers, it’s a vehicle for artistic music expression.”

Rich said one of the reasons the band decided to come to Salmon Arm is that they had just completed a successful tour through Western Canada.

“One thing that resonates with that material is for some reason Ozzy has become massively popular,” he says.

He believes that is, in part, because of the exceptional musicians he has backing him.

“They all play custom instruments built, shaped and modified for them,” he says. “And we’ve all come into our own too. We have a great, great time on stage and we try to emulate the Ozzy musicianship.”

While he knows the vibe is not for everyone, Rich points to the cultural richness of the Shuswap and Thompson-Okanagan region, and says the Armstrong Metal Fest attracts many fans.

“There are documentaries about heavy metal and the way people gravitate to it, from lawyers to teenage kids,” he says, noting Blackdaze plays early metal. “It’s a curiosity thing; it gets associated with other subcultures like skateboarding and mountain biking.”

He says Blackdaze has a powerful sound playing huge hits, like Mama I’m Comin’ Home, War Pigs, Over The Mountain and I Don’t Wanna Stop.

Enthusiastic about the band’s Dec. 6 gig in Salmon Arm, Rich is also excited about the opening act – the Bogtrotters comprised of popular Jazz Club players Blair Shier and Jordan Dick.

Doors open at 9  p.m. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at Acorn Music and the Shuswap Pie Company.

 

Just Posted

Video: Sicamous Museum gifted with model of historic CP Rail hotel

Calgary family with ties to the area commissioned intricate model for museum

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to the Okanagan

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone Award Foundation charity weekend in Kelowna

Crash disrupts Highway 1 traffic west of Chase

Reports indicate crash took place near Planter Road intersection

Firefighters respond to bus fire on Highway 1

Smoke in coach bus reported to have been caused by overheating, driver and passengers safe

Update: Washed out South Okanagan road temporarily closed for assessment

A portion of Eastside Road, south of Penticton, appears to be crumbling into Skaha Lake

VIDEO: It’s warming up across the Okanagan Valley

Grey skies are expected to fade and the sun looks like it’s here to stay

Our history in pictures: Early four-way stop in Salmon Arm

This photo was taken at the four-way stop where Wharf Road intersects… Continue reading

Column: Parallel parking surveys and precedent

In Plain View by Lachlan Labere

Woman in hospital after being thrown off horse

She was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital from Okanagan Falls

Okanagan art gallery releases their theme

Fine arts painting will be the point of focus for this year’s event

South Okanagan search and rescue help injured climber

Search and rescue called on the assistance of a helicopter to help retrieve an injured hiker

Okanagan nature centre fundraiser goes western

Allan Brook’s Nature Centre Wine and Wild West Fundraiser is on July 6

Marriage proposal on the big screen at Enderby drive-in

Kelowna man gets engaged in front of hundreds to Vernon sweetheart

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Most Read