A local sound guy is hooking emerging artists up to a regular gig in Trail with the introduction of Live N Local.
A mixture of talent is ready to hit the Arlington Bar and Grill together for the first time this Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
“I noticed that there is a lack of venues for artists to perform in Greater Trail,” explained Rupert Keiller, the sound technician and host of the new event. “I wanted people to be able to bring what they have practiced, what they are inspired by so we can all hear and appreciate it.”
Live N Local is a chance for Kootenay musicians to showcase their talent locally with the potential to line up future work through networking and at the same time gain new fans.
Saturday night’s event includes performances by Dawn Graham, Garth McKinnon, 17-year-old Leila Heidt, members of No Fine Print, Carla Hanna and maybe Keiller himself, who is secretly a big star in Australia under the name Sonicanimation.
He retreated to the area for biking and skiing about eight years ago and has lived in Rossland since. Though Keiller (and Sonicanimation) recently released a new album “Once More From the Bottom,” he plans to do some covers with his electric guitar in hand.
“Although (Live N Local) is my baby, I do some work with Jeff and Caroline (Boag), the owners of the Arlington, and they are always looking for new ideas for their Saturday nights to try and keep things fresh,” said Keiller. “I approached them with the idea and they were keen to try it.”
Keiller compared it to Joe Hill Coffee House in Rossland with the exception of a licensed venue with an adult audience, who have the option of digging into some eats while enjoying the entertainment.
Caroline Boag said the introduction of Live N Local fits in well with the A’s regular offerings.
Since the Boags purchased the hotel, which has been in Trail since 1896, the business has morphed into more of a restaurant but has maintained as one, if not the only, bar in the Silver City where patrons can catch a live performance.
Beyond hosting bands on the weekend, the Big A has attracted raw talent to its stage before through karaoke nights and performances from Kootenay Idol contestants. Boag expects the no-cover-charge event will attract “seasoned musicians.”
Those interested in adding their voice to the night still have time but must sign up through Keiller (512-2132) today.