Scott Stanton

Current Swell and Jesse Roper at Tidemark

Victoria band is already filling large rooms around the world, and soon Metchosin musician will be, as well

If you’re a music fan and haven’t heard of Jesse Roper, you’d better start doing your research. If Thursday’s show at the Tidemark Theatre is anything to go by, he’s going to be a star.

Roper opened for 2011 Peak Performance Project winners Current Swell, filling in for The Cave Singers, who are opening for the band on the rest of their current tour, and many were surely left watching for the announcement of when he’ll be back. (By the way, he’ll be at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay Jan. 23, for those in attendance who didn’t get enough.)

A dynamic and intense performer from down Island – Metchosin, to be specific – Roper had the audience in awe of his percussive, soulful guitar sound and powerful vocals, keeping the capacity crowd energized and mesmerized despite being alone on a big, mostly-empty stage with only an acoustic guitar, a microphone and a cajon.

Then it was Current Swell’s turn, and despite nobody in the theatre wanting Roper to stop, they were surely not disappointed by the performance that followed.

CHECK OUT OUR GALLERY FROM THE SHOW

The Victoria band – the night before beginning a tour that consists of eight shows in nine days stretching from Whistler to Winnipeg and back to Edmonton – gave the Campbell River crowd a forceful, high-energy show that consisted of music from their entire five-album catalogue. From their ska-style early stuff of a decade ago, heavy with horns and reggae beats, to their newer, country-infused slide-guitar twangy rock that had the crowd in the aisles dancing, every note and beat change was on the mark.

By the end of the show, every seat was empty – not because everyone had left, but because the whole room was on its feet.

It’s no wonder they get booked for shows like Canada Day at the Legislature and fill rooms in venues from here to Brazil.

And maybe they’ll be back. It’s really not that far for them to travel, after all.

Just Posted

Campbell River city council won’t support cannabis license, citing First Nation opposition and ‘at-risk youth’ nearby

The third application to come before council is the first to be denied city support

Former Campbell Riverite reaches Everest summit

Clayton Matthews’ team got to the top of the world earlier this week

Campbell River RCMP arrest violent offender

Police struggle with suspect and take him down with a taser

Strathcona Regional District fiscal health gradually improving, staff say

Tax and service revenue was up for the SRD in 2018, while grant money was down

Rescuers finally persuade Eiffel Tower climber to come down

The official said the man was ‘under control and out of danger’ on Monday night

Federal government funds millions to help B.C. police spot drugged driving

Many police departments have expressed wariness about using the only government-approved roadside test

Judge: Mississippi 6-week abortion ban ‘smacks of defiance’

The new law would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected

Oil companies, 24-cent gap between B.C., Alberta to be focus of gas price probe

Premier John Horgan called the spike in gas prices ‘alarming’

Motorcycle deaths spike 50% since 2017

Riders were most likely fatally crash on the weekends compared with the rest of the week

Mother of accused charged in death of Surrey teen girl found in torched SUV

Manjit Kaur Deo charged with ‘accessory after the fact’ in 2017 death of Surrey teen

Family of B.C. pilot killed in Honduras trying to ‘piece together’ tragedy

Patrick Forseth has a number of friends in the area and was loved by everyone

Justin Trudeau credits immigration for Canada’s growing tech sector

Trudeau stressed that Canada has become a major source of talent for tech all over the world

Feds launch tourism strategy designed to boost sector 25 per cent by 2025

The fund is supposed to back experiences that show off Canada’s strengths

Most Read