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Bluesman Jesse Roper wows capacity crowd at Tidemark opening for Chilliwack

You don’t always get an encore from an opening act, but Campbell River didn’t want Roper to leave

It’s not every day you go to a concert and the opener comes back out for an encore, but the crowd at the Tidemark Theatre Saturday just didn’t want Jesse Roper to stop.

So he came back out and played a few more tunes before long-time Canadian rockers Chilliwack took the stage for the rest of the night, bringing many in the crowd with them on a journey down memory lane.

Chilliwack has been doing their thing since 1970, touring the country hundreds of times playing rooms as small as the corner pub and as large as arenas and stadiums. You’d be hard-pressed to listen to any classic rock station in Canada for more than an hour without hearing one of their tunes.

Roper was the perfect warm-up act for the long-time rockers. His easy-going, dynamic stage presence – which is made all the more amazing considering he’s just sitting on a cajon playing an acoustic guitar – made it feel like he was in our collective living room or we were all just sitting around a campfire.

Thursday’s show at the Tidemark was the fourth of seven stops on the Island-wide tour, which concluded in Sidney April 2.

Check out a video of a a few samples of the fun Thursday night: