This Saturday night at The Zocalo Café: acoustic music with a twist returns in the form of Fiftieth Parallel (7:30-9:30 p.m.).
Featuring Philip Marchand on guitar and Jonathan Hinds on guitar and African percussion, Fiftieth Parallel brings their own unique sound to the already vibrant Vancouver Island music scene.
Formed after the demise of the metal band in which Marchand and Hinds both played, the pair decided that they needed a new musical direction. Inspired by acoustic guitar geniuses such as Michael Hedges and Andy McKee, they picked up their guitars and formed Fiftieth Parallel, named after Campbell River’s location on the 50th parallel.
In their music, they have combined the influences of Hedges and McKee, as well as those of stoner rock legends Kyuss, and the distinctive sound of Pink Floyd.
Despite playing only a handful of gigs so far, the reaction has been fantastic.
They play at The Zocalo Café, Courtenay (208a 5th Street) from 7:30-9:30 p.m.