Edmonton bands support local talent

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Blue Yonder and Dirt Road Angels hold auditions Sept. 16 to find opening band for Oct. 7 show

The two upcoming bands for the Blue Angels tour stop at the Nancy Appleby Theatre held local auditions Sept. 16 for their opening act.

Giving shoppers at Tipton’s Your Independent Grocer a musical interlude to their grocery trips, members of the Edmonton-based bands Blue Yonder and Dirt Road Angels held the auditions.

The successful musician will have a slot opening for the two bands Oct. 6.

Danita Lynn of the Dirt Road Angels said the band members were seeing some “really good talent.”

“(We’re) anxious to see what Athabasca has for talent here, because I do know there’s lots of talent around Plamondon, Athabasca,” Lynn said.

In total, there were four local musicians that took to the makeshift stage in front of a pallet of Halloween candy.

Lynn said the two bands decided to hold auditions to find their opener in order to promote local talent.

“There’s a lot of hidden talent everywhere in these little communities,” she said.

Matthew Walker, drummer and vocalist for Blue Yonder, said both of the bands are very vocal based, and the Blue Angels show will include lots of layers of harmony.

“That makes a nice pairing for us musically,” he said. “We’re looking forward to our show here.”

Walker added the bands really want to support young, upcoming talent in different regions of Alberta.

“I don’t know how many opportunities there are in the smaller communities of Alberta, and that’s important to us to, to help bring it along if we can,” he said.

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