Rude Mood, a Lachute-based rock-blues band, will be performing at the Vankleek Hill jamboree on Saturday, July 8.
It is a good time to catch the band perform, because it is having a relatively quiet summer, said drummer Will Laurin. That’s because they are working on their first album of original music.
Rude Mood is working with Beehive Studios on Pleasant Corners Road for the nine-song record.
“We’re doing everything live off the floor,” he says, just like they did with their first EP. “We just feel that we’re a live band, and we like to keep that energy, and it definitely works out for us in the end.”
But the band, together now for about three years, is also evolving.
“We’ve always been blues-driven, but as we’ve been writing our own stuff we’re developing our own sound,” says Laurin. He said it’s hard to give it a genre, but electric rock-blues is close.
Writing music is a collaborative effort for the band members – singer and guitarist Léandre Desrosiers Ménard, lead guitarist Jessy Laughren, bassist Marie-Pier Titley and Laurin on drums.
“Usually Jesse (Laughren), the guitar player, creates a lick, and presents it to us in practice and we just kind of make it our own there,” says Laurin. “Usually the singer writes the lyrics or Jesse writes the lyrics, but it’s always a team effort for sure.”
The audience at the jamboree can expect to hear two new original songs from Rude Mood, and Laurin said the band is planning a fundraising concert for the record sometime in the near future. They will also be performing at Argenteuil en Blues, a festival in Lachute, in August.
Tickets for the Vankleek Hill Food Bank Jamboree are on sale at The Review offices, at Depanneur Lalande, at Scotiabank and at the Windsor Tavern in Vankleek Hill. Advance tickets are just $10 each. At the door, tickets will cost $12 per person.
The entertainment line-up includes Uncle George and Johnny MacCaskill, opening the event at 3 p.m., followed by Paddy Kelly and Ashley MacLeod at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., the Alleykatts take to the stage with some rock and roll classics and then at 6:30, the Outlaws bring their version of country music to life. Louise Stephenson will add some of her unique energy to the event with a Zumba break at 7 p.m. The Outlaws will return to the stage after that, followed by Rude Mood at 8 p.m.
At 9:30 p.m., Terry Gillespie and his “Super Tight Band” will rock the stage.
Every ticket-holder will have the chance to win a weekend in Niagara — touring wine country, with tastings included as well as meals and accommodations.
This event is presented by The Review and the Windsor Tavern, with support from its major sponsors and of course, Scotiabank, which is matching funds raised to a maximum of $5,000.
Support from the Vankleek Hill Volunteer Firefighters, who are setting up the tent, as well as from community volunteers, make this event possible.
In addition to major sponsors, minor sponsors have also made contributions. Food will be available for sale on-site, served up by the On The Edge Synchro Skating Team.
You can follow the event on Facebook, or better yet, find your friends and come enjoy local music — as you help raise money for a good cause!