This month we’re pleased to feature three of the talented local acts who will be performing at the second-ever Back to the Farm Beer and Music Festival hosted by MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company. While the festival takes place out of the city in Bath, ON, it features a ton of talented Kingston acts and attracts large numbers of Kingstonians. The bros offer free shuttle bus service from both Red House Downtown and Red House West at 2pm and 5pm with returns at 7pm and 10pm. The festival features not only great local music but food trucks, vendors, and a beer tent serving up the MacKinnon’s best brews. This year’s fest takes place on Sunday, August 21st from noon til about 10pm. Tickets are $25 (kids under 12 are free) and are available at the brewery, both Red House locations, Brian’s Record Option, online and at the door. This month we’re featuring three of the great bands hitting the stage, but be sure to check out the full line up and keep your eyes peeled for our ticket giveaway coming up in the next two weeks.
Hays Code: Founded in 2014, Hays Code is made up of Kingston newcomer Cody Wilson and seasoned ygk musicians Scott Rouleau, Rick Moniz and Justin Juice Brake. With experience working both together and separately on various projects, these guys have come together to focus on a 90s Alt/Rock sound. They pride themselves on writing and perfecting their own original material and released their first self-titled album this past May. You can catch them at 1:45pm at the festival. Find Hays Code on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
12 Hands High: This five piece indie band is comprised of Dale Robertson, Patrick Hulley, Dave Wreggitt, Nik Pankow and Cole Miller. Their sound is reminiscent of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and their current focus is a an album of original tunes. Catch them on stage at 1pm. Find 12 Hands High on Facebook and YouTube.
Greg Ball: Chances are good that you’ve already heard of Greg Ball. He can be found playing regularly in various venues around town. He moved to Kingston about 15 years ago to focus on his band The Harpies, who ended up splitting after the release of their first album in 2004. It was then that he met Tragically Hip guitarist Paul Langlois and was asked to join his project The Campfire Liars Club. In 2011, Langlois released Greg’s debut album on his label Ching Records. They have been working together ever since and Greg has released 2 more albums in that time. Catch him on stage at 5:30pm. Find Greg Ball on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Every month, we comb Soundcloud looking for sounds that are unique to Kingston. We are constantly seeking out active musicians to show off to the local community and beyond. If you’re a musician who wants to be included in a future #ygkPlaylist, the first step is to get your original music up on Soundcloud and then follow us. We promise to follow you back, listen to your work and consider it for the monthly #ygkPlaylist.
Credit to Ryan Warner for the photo used in the background of of this month’s ygkPlaylist.