Show Review: Boat Culture, The Dream Boats and Bloodshot Bill at the Silver Dollar Room

Last night I celebrated Hump Day by hitting up the Silver Dollar to catch some amazing talent. The show truly felt like a blast from the past with the rockabilly and classic rock n’ roll old school sounds.

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The evening started with our new favourites: Boat Culture. It’s always hardest to perform first- trying to start the night off on the right foot. However, Boat Culture took on this challenge with ease. Playing old crowd favourites with some new tunes, Boat Culture delivered a memorable performance for their Silver dollar debut.

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The Dreamboats are a retro rock n’ roll band playing covers and original hits with a 50s/60s pop and rock sound. I’ve said this before, but I think the mark of a great group is when it looks like the band is having more fun than the audience. I would say this about Dreamboats, but that wasn’t the case. No matter how much fun the band was having, the audience had more. It was truly the best stage presence I have seen in a very long time. It was the kind of performance that makes you want to kick off your shoes at get loose. It was hard to say which was better: the synchronized dance moves of the band, or the line of ladies who looked like they just came straight for a 50’s hair salon, bopping and twisting all across dance floor.

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The headliner of the evening was Montreal’s rockabilly sensation Bloodshot Bill. It was a wonderfully weird but mesmerizing performance. Bloodshot Bill does exactly what he wants and makes no excuses for it. His presence and sound truly original, and unlike anything I have seen before.

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