Friday, 24 October 2014

Hallowe'en in Tofino at Jack's with Ballistic Pig and Jagermeister

One of our favourite nights of the year at one of our favourite venues surrounded by the "medicinal" beverage that has led to many of the questionable but very fun decision we've made coming up. On October 31st it's Halloween at Jack's with Jagermeister and Ballistic Pig!!!!
Can't wait, hope to see you there!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Pig Rig: Geoff's Full-Size 5-string Upright Bass

When the jazz-country-soul trio idea was first coming together a few months ago I thought it would be great to do it with an upright bass. After short consideration I had talked myself out of it for a variety of reasons; I'd never played one before, they're expensive, they're awkward to travel with and store, and I'm usually a five string bass player and I figured bouncing back and forth would be hard on my head. While discussing this with a friend he noted that a local guy was selling a 5-string upright bass IN TOFINO... so this happened!


Frankie, as I've come to call her, isn't the fanciest bass around but she's a workhorse. The previous owner played her all through his classical training before finding a higher quality instrument upon graduation so she's paid her dues. Playing the upright has really given me a new perspective on music. You can hear her when our Jazz Trio gets together (Next confirmed gig is November 6th at The Wickaninnish Inn)

Monday, 20 October 2014

Busy October!

At the time of this post the Ballistic Pig family of musical adventures had 22 gigs booked in October. This coming week is a nice sampling of the many different adventures we've been on;

Monday: Jam night at Jack's in Tofino with the rock band 9pm-close
Tuesday: Geoff solo at Jamie's in Tofino 9pm-11 (or 12?)
Wednesday: Jazz Trio at Black Rock in Ucluelet 7:30 - 10:30ish
Thursday: Geoff solo at Black Rock in Ucluelet 7:30 - 10:30ish
Friday: Geoff solo after steak night at The Tofino Legion 8pm-?


I've also wrapped up a soundtrack project that will be released on October 27, more on that soon.
Hope to see you out this week friends!
-Thanks, Geoff

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Thanksgiving Sunday in Tofino it's Turkey v Pig

I'm playing a solo set at Jack's this Sunday night so if you've got a big dinner planned and you're wondering what to do after... now you know!

In other news it's been a fun couple weeks playing a variety of gigs from bars to wedding ceremonies, fancy dinners to charity BBQs. Thanks to everyone who came to the public shows and the event planners who booked us. This is truly the best job, ever. The Jazz Trio will be playing Jamie's Rainforest Inn on Tuesday, October 14 starting at 9... Hope to see you there, as well.

Party on, Geoff

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Christmas Parties

For a wedding next summer a couple wanted this one for the processional. Here's a little (poor audio quality) version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow) for you;

In other news, The Down By Law (jazz band spinoff) team have started putting together a set of Christmas songs for your parties this winter.\ Lastly, We've got a ton of gig coming up in the first half of October! Full band, jazz band , duo and solo in Tofino and Ucluelet. Check the "Shows" page if you're on mobile or the little calendar thing on the right it's your on the full website.

Thanks for visiting friends... See you at a gig, soon!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

October Gigs. Your Parties? An Album!

While the West Coast Slows down into "off-season" mode here in Ballistic Pig land we're still going hard. At this point we have sixteen gigs booked in October spread across private events, fundraisers, Hallowe'en parties, jam nights and more! A healthy mix of musical fun for sure. Check for bookings on the right (or the "shows" page if you're on mobile).

I had a great time playing my solo party set at Schooner the other evening for The Pacific Sands' staff party. If you're looking for musical entertainment to liven up your next corporate event or Christmas party drop us an email at ballisticpig@gmail.com

In other news I've decided to take whatever free time I might end up with this winter to record an original album with hopes on having it available in the spring, more on that as it develops. Currently I'm digging through tunes I wrote over the last 15 years and seeing what's salvageable.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Down By Law

The Jazz/ Old-School Country  Trio has now been named. We've opted for Down By Law, a slang term from the jazz world that sort of means to have "paid your dues". Mostly we thought it sounded cool. We've played a few private functions as Down By Law but our first public gigs as it stands right now will be at Jamie's Rainforest Inn on October 14th and at The Wickaninnish Inn on November 6.
Other shows in the near future include my usual solo gigs most Thursday's at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort and our first full-on Ballistic Pig rock and roll show in Tofino since August at Jack's on October 3rd and 4th.

In other West Coast music news, it was a blast having Jay Bowcott and Brady Enslen at the jam last night. They're on tour from Alberta, here's a player with some tunes from Jay's new album and more.

If you're reading this on Sept 16, 2014 they are playing at Jamie's Rainforest Inn tonight starting at 8.

Jam night next Monday will be stellar, too. With reggae-rockers, The Steadies in town for some jamming and a special acoustic gig at Jamie's. Their new album can be heard on their website; www.thesteadies.ca

That's about it for now. See you folks at a gig, soon.  -Geoff