Victoria-based folk trio Jon and Roy are Jon Middleton

Jon and Roy bring indie folk hybrid to Grizzly Plaza

Victoria-based folk trio bring their newly released album Let it Go to the free Revelstoke Street Festival in Grizzly Plaza on July 7.

Victoria-based folk trio Jon Middleton, Roy Vizer and Louis Sadava of Jon and Roy bring their newly released album Let it Go to the free Revelstoke Street Festival in Grizzly Plaza this Saturday, July 7.

Jon & Roy are one of the higher-profile acts to play the festival in July. Their new album Let It Go features mellow, relaxed hybrid of indie folk, reggae and Afro-pop.

Guitarist and singer Jon Middleton says compared to their past recordings, the new album is more stripped-down and focused on their live show.

“We don’t always want to do the same thing in the studio, for one thing,” Middleton said. “I think our live sound has always been a little bit different than our recorded stuff. We tended to be a little more precise and painstaking over getting things like we want them to be.”

Let it Go is named so because they stepped back from perfectionism in favour of flow. The album is well-suited to a sunny outdoor venue (hope, plead and pray for that, Revelstoke). Their folk synthesis is a muted hybrid of genres, packaged into a positive blend that connects with a broad audience.

“We definitely wanted to focus on the same energy we bring to a live performance, which is a lot more upbeat and energetic,” Middleton said of Let it Go. “We’re trying to play music that hopefully makes people feel good and connects with people”

Although the recordings aren’t as complex, the style remains consistent with their past efforts since the band formed nearly a decade ago. “We’ve never wanted to be trying to copy another style. We try to do a bit of our own thing as much as possible. I think our style has been similar across the different albums,” Middleton said.

It should be a diverse crowd, and one of the bigger ones this month; Jon and Roy get airtime on a broad radio range, from adult contemporary radio, CBC Radio 3 – a sign of their broad appeal.

Jon and Roy play on Saturday, July 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Grizzly Plaza as part of the Revelstoke Arts Council’s free Summer Street Festival.

 

Just Posted

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Revelstoke Grizzlies celebrate the end of their regular season with awards

Their last game is on Saturday and the playoffs start next week

MP Stetski calls for more funding for rural internet

Stetski says there is a growing digital divide between rural and urban communities

Revelstoke Search and Rescue calls Feb. 11-17

Revelstoke Search and Rescue reports their activities to Emergency Management BC who… Continue reading

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

Thieves steal bottles, mattress from recycle depot

Chase RCMP still investigating theft of tires, generator from commercial garage

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Regional district seeks $13 million to get rolling on Rail Trail

Federal grant would pay for a paved path from Sicamous to Armstrong

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Cold War Cabaret offers song, slam poetry and sock puppets

Devon More returns to Shuswap with Berlin Waltz, March 16

Most Read