I had the pleasure of shooting a couple of entertaining bands at the Commodore on Saturday night.

Victoria BC’s Astrocolor were first up, and managed to get past some electrical issues with DJ Desk, during which front man Neil Cooke-Dallin entertained the crowd with his energetic dance moves, and some dubious use of Maracas 🙂

This was their first time playing the Commodore, and based on the audience reaction it will not be the last.

The band have a few dates lined up for the summer including the Tall Tree Music Festival in Port Renfrew on June 24th, and the Atmosphere Gathering in the Comox Valley on August 20th. If you fancy a road trip or two get your tickets now

In the meantime, you can check out their latest EP here.

The main act of the night, Five Alarm Funk, needed no introduction.  The dance floor was packed before they took to the stage on what was the opening night off their latest tour.  The Vancouver eight-piece were promoting their latest album “Sweat”.  This is the sixth studio album from the band, and builds on the success of the previous outings, with epic deep sounds, and the bands usual sense of fun.

This sense of fun is what sets Five Alarm Funk apart from other acts.  They really are the ultimate party band, if you have room to fit all eight of these crazy performers, along with all their props, into the party, 🙂

The entire set was a blaze of colour and excitement and the audience lapped it up. Tayo Branston thanked everyone for being party of the launch party, and clearly was appreciative of the opportunity to launch the tour in front of a local crowd.

The band will be back in Vancouver as part of the Jazz Festival for a free show at Robson Plaza on June 24th at 730pm,  After returning from taking the funk to the people south of the border.

Longer review at Fanz’r’Us

Check out some images below