Malibu Knights bringing 'upbeat' rock to Grotto
Dan Harden and his bandmates have learned a cold, hard truth — there are a lot of highway miles in Ontario without a venue in which to play a gig.
It’s one of the reasons the band, Malibu Knights, has kept its full-time touring to Western Canada, not venturing much farther than Winnipeg.
But, said Harden, the eastern provinces may beckon again, perhaps as early as this summer.
First, however, is a show tonight (Jan. 24) at the Blue Grotto, a venue the Kelowna band has played before and enjoys.
Opening will be Devon Coyote, another Kelowna singer-songwriter — and Harden’s roommate, as well.
“We spend hours just jamming at home,” Harden said. “And he joins in with our band and we play with his.”
The band started in 2008 as an acoustic trio and toured that way for about a year.
A lineup change brought drummer Rod Anderson on, joining Harden and bass player Dean Irving, and the music became full-on rock in a style fans have described as “Foo Fighter-ish, not in sound but in the way we’re upbeat,” Harden told KTW.
The three met while each was working at the Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna — a place they each quit when they made the decision to take on music full-time.
Harden writes the songs that make up the show. Sometimes there will be a cover or two on the set list, as well as the odd acoustic number, but the show will be up to three hours of rock.
It starts at 10 p.m.
Tickets are $7 at the door.