Touring band, Arkells, from Hamilton, Ontario delivered a high energy concert in Detroit Rock City that was sold out before coming home to perform at The 2019 JUNO Awards in London Ontario, and scooping up two awards.
On Friday March 15, Arkells, along with special guests The Greeting Committee from Kansas City, packed a crowd of rock-thirsty concert-goers into the Majestic Theatre in Detroit for a night of great music and great company, just two days before winning two prestigious awards at The 2019 JUNO Awards.
There was strong support from Canadian fans at the Detroit venue on the Rally Cry Tour. The ratio of Canadians to Americans was a “50/50 split” according to the ticket taker at the entrance. Arkells played a set that was jam packed with hits, saving a great rendition of the Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain” that was joined by Addie Sartino, front woman of supporting act, The Greeting Committee, for the end as a goodnight kiss to Detroit.
Anthony Carone pulled out a keytar, and vocalist Max Kerman raised his voice with a Rally Cry branded megaphone. Light up glasses with an 11:11 on them were passed around on stage between guitarist Mike DeAngelis and bassist Nick Dika during the song “11:11”, and drummer Tim Oxford never missed a beat. The crowd couldn’t help but sing along for jams like “Knocking At The Door” and “People’s Champ” and the new addition of confetti canons added to the overall feeling that this really was something special, it was a celebration.
Arkells really had something worth celebrating that night, besides multiple sold out shows on their tour, they have a growing fanbase in America, and several JUNO nominations. They returned to Canada and took home two JUNO Awards for Group of the Year, a well-deserved title, and Rock Album of the Year, for their fifth studio album, Rally Cry, on Sunday March 17. Arkells gave a stunning performance of Hand Me Downs at The 2019 JUNO Awards ceremony hosted by Sarah McLachlan.
See the performance here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3DWeAZlweQ
For more information about Arkells visit http://www.arkellsmusic.com
The Greeting Committee started the night with a classic cover tune of their own, Aneurism by Nirvana, which commanded attention before owning the crowd with a stacked set of original music.
For more information about The Greeting Committee visit http://www.thegcband.com
The Majestic is Detroit’s premiere entertainment complex. The historic landmark houses two nationally-renowned live music rooms, The Magic Stick and The Majestic Theatre, The Garden Bowl, The Majestic Café, Sgt. Pepperoni’s and the Alley Deck.
Upcoming shows at The Majestic Theatre include Big Wild with Robotaki and Mild Minds on March 23 (sold out), Sunsquabi with Defunk on March 29, Failure with Swervedriver on April 3, Nils Frahm on April 4, Manic Focus with Kill Paris and Flats Stanline on April 6, Getter with BadXchannels and Midoca on April 11, and The Driver Era on April 13.
For more information visit https://www.majesticdetroit.com
Article and Photos by Kevin Blondin
Kevin Blondin is an aspiring photographer studying public relations at the St. Clair College Mediaplex. He is dedicated to promoting artists, entertainment and events in the Windsor-Detroit area. Kevin has recently launched Sound & City Photography which can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.