Pacifika at the Folk Exchange, Winnipeg

Pacifika at the Folk Exchange photo

Pacifika at the Folk Exchange, Winnipeg, Feb 13 2009. Mike Latschislaw photo

Review and photos – Pacifika at the Folk Exchange, Winnipeg Feb 13 2009

– review by eugene osudar/photos by mike latschislaw

sold out
kinda
winnipeg night
(s)

folk exchange
friday night
sign outside/
“Pacifika
sold out”

45 fortunate
winnipeg
world beat
folk festival
kinda souls

vancouver’s
pacifika

in the lobby
a proud father
waiting to hear his daughter’s
piano recital
he’s off to the times
change(d) after
to check out
patrick alexandre
and the f-holes
(he’s happily
shocked by the
band’s name)
along with woody
holler,
now brother,
that’s a show
most any other
friday night
oh sister
i’d be dancing at

not this friday night
of

pacifika
the bushtits
and
hyena
the rancid tribute
band

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we the 45
hear
pacifika
will have a concert
slot on the opening
thursday night
of the winnipeg
folk festival
july 2009

barefoot
(silvana)
toe rings
(from peru)
black and white
(spanish)
sheer layers
(vocal
prayers)

black skirt
black corset
made of leather
over sheer (her)
white top
revealing
black bra
“hoo/rah!”
too/dahs
al pacino

flamenco
fingers
long arms
(softly
kissed)
shhhhhh
ould
ers
bang/led wrists
her small
soft hands

percussionist
elliot
slaps sounds
pops fingers
on the box
dancer’s bells
wrapped around
his ankles
kicks tambourine
man play me
a song
i can dance to

percuss us

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adam on hollow
body guitars
and toby
“with the best hair”
on beaming bass
oh smiles
thank you

“ro
man
tic
love songs
to the earth”
says she of
sol/sun

barefoot marching
earth mother
song for chiquita
she turns 8
in march
a day with little she

songs for her grandmother
the most passionate of evening
these are the songs that moved
me
in
tense
ly,
ti
be
tan
prayer
bells
g
o
n
g

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“adam and i met 21 years ago
we were kids/we were very loud
practicing in his parents
living room and we had to move
we were very political
like most people at 14”
(can’t say the same for the 14 year olds
at my school)
“i moved back to vancouver
5 years ago and adam
and i began playing again.”
toby said, “i think there’s a position
for me in this band.”
“yeah, you’ve got the best hair,”
says me.
(and he does)

story of our lives
a waltz
“a few years back
in a room like this
(the intimacy
low lights
the folk exchange)
people would have waltzed.”
(i waltzed solo)

Pacifika at the Folk Exchange, Winnipeg

Pacifika at the Folk Exchange, Winnipeg, Feb 13 2009. Mike Latschislaw photo

“this song
is a dark night
carnivale\
at
mos
phere
it smells very good
like
jasmine in the hair”

bare/ly marching feet
lifting your black bunched
layers\
skirts
your hand
flirts
with my pair of
voyeur’s eyes

green
jasmine/
inhale
hair/
swear
heavens/
stars
moon/
sky
throb

cas/ca/ding
strawb
(erries)

libertad
“this is the type of freedom
where we allow ourselves
to be
a story of a relationship
where somebody
let somebody go
and grow”

“of all the gifts you’ve given me
the greatest one of all
is silence”

sweet

“this song is for
all the butterflies”

“i used to hear that
i thanked
people too often.
i found that very
interesting.”

“‘the waves’
the last song of our record.
it’s very simple.
i think that’s why i like it
so much”

it simply is
waves
washing over
voices
the rhythm
of hymn
ing waves
over chilling
spines
tingling rocky
through time
licking infinite
water

“olay!”
says me

a last encore
for grandmother
full life
“she had a beautiful
life
and beautiful death
it was very joyous
this is to honor
her life
this is in hopes that everyone
here
has a full life.”

ragpickers
sold out
to see bushtits
debut
nervously
playing
singing
the friends in force
of love
150 beautiful souls
wanting to move
the drumming
too complicated
implicated is
sim
pli
fy
the beat
and we’ll dance for you
and your sweet voices
sweet voices
guitars need tuning
unless you’re playing
with tuning
and minus the guitar
solos

and after
a friend’s voice
“play your set again!”

hyena
rancid tribute band
all sold out
there’s that guy from
the ramones tribute band
the maroons
and oh
he’s in the paul stanleys
too the kiss band
that all dress like paul stanley
clever bastards!

roots radical
and i’m all over the dance
slamming boys
slamming girls
and i have to move away
from timber!
falling tattooooooo/ed
drunks

and now for saturday
times changed

the kitcheneers
(organically
grown
bluegrass
band)
present
the unknown all stahrs
heartbreak bluegrass
review

and what i didn’t know
what i couldn’t expect
who really knew
to suspect

starting at ten pm
and going straight
through the heart
dancing shoes
2 in the morning
no breaks

4 hours of music
bluegr(ass)
style
shake that boot/
ease
shay/
na

rotating guests
anndrea, gerry,
cheri, lois the two
aarons, alan
singing exquisite
welsh song
no instrumentalist
backups,
rob selena, simon
neil, bobby

earl of the kitcheneers
asks, at last night’s
sold out blues jam
again
at times changed,
“on a scale of ten,
what did last night
rate on your
entertainment
scale?”
without hesitation,
“ten!” says me.

i danced three and half hours

“midnight train”
“powderfinger” (yeah, neil young’s)
“who’s that knockin”
“devil’s right hand”
(steve earle’s)
“steve’s version
was never
that
fast,”
says stand/up
kitcheneers
bassist
rob.

kitcheneers
guitar glen/banjo tim/
mando steve (also in bluegr,
ass d rangers)
earl on washboard
flexing his right bicep
after playing
the four hours
“solid!”

the winnipeg classic
nick hill!

kitcheneers
other locally grown
organic songs
arlington bridge
sherbrook shuffle
hutterite wine

and at midnight
free of charge
(well, the ten dollar cover)
heart shaped
bacon!

happy valentines!

oh
so porky
smelling
after midnight
and bur/
ping!i shall not be moved

(kevin)
spacey
bluegrass
version of
“walking on the moon”

“lost highway”
“fox on the run”
“i saw the light”
“free and easy”
“by and by”

near
ly
70
songs

4 hours

this is my!
sold out
winnipeg
weekend
move(d)
by it!

the upcoming

chic gamine at festival du voyageur
monday

le garage tuesday
oh my darling!
jd edwards at king’s head
the festival has quebec’s
trip hoppers
beast
The LO begins a new open
mike, first night opening
with The Liptonians

friday
alverstone and weathernman under/
ground at the cavern
i’ll be there dancing!

the hottest dance show saturday
at the Lo
Le Beato!
members of moses mayes
the last one at the LO
was solid packed dance floor
grooving

johnny moonbeams lunatics at the king’s
head another festival show

all week and ending
sunday night
the festival du voyageur

monday feb 23
at royal
albert sask’s
sylvie

 

About Eugene Osudar

“born, august 16, 1963. i’m 45, and yes, i’m getting too old for this. bring out the rocking chair. my first concert, november 1978, elvis costello and the attractions. i was 15. their blisteringly brilliant 65 minute set only served somebody to affirm my new direction in the musical parallel universes, new wave punk alternative, oh sanctity oh celebration (!Freedom!) college radio! i’m old, i’m used up and i’m free. i see 50something Full sets of music every month and dance most of them. and when i dance, i mean to say, I Dance and Celebrate, 2/3/4 hours a night. The Gaslight Anthem. The Boss. The Weber Brothers. The Wind Ups. i’ll dance with Los Campesinos. i’ll move to The Long Winters. The Replacements. Husker Du. The Pogues. oh elvis costello, oh Clash! i could go/go/go Gogol Bordello forever. L(eonard) Cohen. come, Dance With Me (Old 97s) wherever you may be, sincerely, eugene

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