Monday, 21 April 2014

Upcoming Gigs For Late April, Early May 2014

Well, Tara's got some day job commitments coming up that will take her away from the band for a week or so. As a result our next few gigs will feature much less female vocal talent and a lot longer guitar solos and jamming. I've got a "solo" set this weekend at Jack's;
However, I suspect the rhythm pigs, Nick and Daz will show up so we can practice our "Tara Free" set because we'll be playing without her on May 2nd and 3rd at The Blue Marlin Inn in Port Alberni.  There's a small chance that ex-piggy Chester Hamm and some Port Alberni music friends will drop in on this gigs to play a few tunes, as well.
Of course, while all that's going on I'll also be playing my mellower acoustic jazz, blues and classic rock set every Sunday night at The Tin Wis starting at 6.

I'll also be bringing the unplugged set to The Wickaninnish Inn's Driftwood Café on May 8th (hopefully with Tara to help on the vocals), this will likely be my last Driftwood Café show for a while as, starting in June I'll be playing nearly every Thursday at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet.

So, it's getting pretty busy in the Ballistic Pig camp as summer approaches... Weekends are booked pretty solid through July and there are a lot of tentative bookings in place so if you need music for something be sure to drop us a line:

Thanks, Geoff

Monday, 14 April 2014

Geoff's Sunday Night Residency at The Tin Wis Beachfront Bistro

Starting this Easter Sunday I will be playing every Sunday at The Tin Wis from 6-10 pm. The dinner hour will feature mellow blues and jazz followed by sing-along classics for dessert. Often I'll be joined by other musicians, Ballistic Pig members or otherwise, to keep it fresh. Here's a poster I whipped up, print it out, put it up at work, wallpaper your home with them and come enjoy yourself Sunday nights at The Tin Wis.

It's Monday so it's jam night at Jack's. Hope you can make it out because Jonathon "Chester Hamm" Shillam is in town and our one-time lead guitarist will be shredding some tunes this evening!

There is also a Port Alberni gig at The Blue Marlin Inn coming up on May 2nd and 3rd. Tara's not around so we'll be playing as a 3 piece with me taking most of the vocals, if you're in Port Alberni come check it out!

I'm expecting to announce a whole summer's worth of gigs very soon so check back here, soon.

Thanks, Geoff

Monday, 7 April 2014

Geoff Opening For Fearing and White this Friday

We had a blast this weekend breaking in our new bass player, Daz at Jack's... He did well and I think we'll keep him. I also played a solo acoustic set at The Tin Wis on Sunday, a little mellower but still a ton of fun, it sounds like I'll be back there quite a bit this summer if all goes as planned (more on that later).

In other news, this Friday I'll be opening up a great show at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort for Fearing and White. My set starts at 7 and the main event should get started around 8. Tickets and more information HERE

Speaking of the Black Rock, some version of the band (probably Tara and I) will be back there in May 22nd to entertain the Vancouver Island Porsche folks as they roll in... Should be a blast.

Thanks again to the venues and music-lovers who make this "job" so much fun. See you at a show, soon.


Monday, 31 March 2014

Fresh Bacon's First Gig

Our new bassist Daz will have is first full gig with us this weekend at Jack's. Come welcome him to the pig-pen! Also, can you believe what people tattoo on themselves!?
Geoff will also be playing his mellower acoustic set at The Tin Wis on Sunday evening. Hope we can see you out and about, west coast

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Mid March Madness!!

While we are retooling to add our new bass player I'm not wasting any time at all. This coming week Acoustic Pig, my (mostly) acoustic, (mostly) solo set will be playing a ton of shows. I'm expecting Tara to be around to sing a few new tunes with me for these shows as well.

He's the plan:

March 14, 15: Jack's pub in the Marina West Motel:

March 16: Best Western Tin Wis Resort's Beachfront Bistro:

March 17 is St Paddy's Day so no jam night at Jack's, they've got live music with Tofino's Poor Pistols if you're looking for a place for green beer and tunes.
Hopefully, after all that I'll still have some energy on Thursday March 20th to open for John Mann from Spirit of The West in Ucluelet at Black Rock Resort's Barnacle Blues!! Details and ticket info HERE
Hope to see you folks out on the town in the coming weeks. Blog post introducing our new bassist coming soon!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Pig Evolution Continues

The first "Ballistic Pig" band that I was in formed in Medicine Hat, Alberta some 15 years ago when I (Geoff Johnswine) headed down to The Royal for jam night with a friend named Tom Cook. We were joined by a drummer we had never met to jam some punk rock tunes we had just written. The brave, unknown drummer made up the name Ballistic Pig on the spot and I have used it ever since for a series of cover bands. Well.... it's time for Ballistic Pig to move on into it's next phase... Sadly (for us anyway) our bassist Jamie Pigkard (below) has decided to move back to the east coast to follow up on some oppurtunities there, his last shows with us will be February 28th, March 1st at Jack's in Tofino.

Jamie Pigkard, bassist for Ballistic Pig
Jamie has played with us since October when guitarist Chester Hamm left for Cumberland and I made the transition back to lead guitar. Since then he has brought a little more hard and mordern rock to our repertoire and become a fast friend of the other pigs... he will be missed. Don't worry though, Ballistic Pig is already scouting a few talented and commited locals for the role and we shouldn't miss any gigs we've scheduled for this spring.

Please come on out and raise a glass to the bass-man this weekend as we say goodbye (for now) to Jamie and stay tuned to meet the new bass player for Ballistic Pig v11.0 who will be announced shortly.

Finally, here's a little Led Zeppelin and Foo Fighters jam to send Jamie on his way
Thanks for reading, see you at a show, soon.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Happy News Year! (Hey, we're rock stars working on Tofino Time here...)

It's been a few weeks since the last blog post but the holidays will do that I guess. We had a blast this last little while playing 65th birthdays, Chistmas parties and whatnot. We also had a photo taken for the official Ballistic Pig Christmas Card (Thanks Jill Patterson for clicking the button)

Geoff had a "solo" gig at Jack's this passed weekend but the whole band showed up anyway, we got to experiment with our full-band Acoustic Pig arrangement that is in the works and show off the talents of a few honorary pigs. Thanks to Joel and Jamie (pictured with the band below) for sitting in:

Finally, our next scheduled gig is February 24, 25 when we'll be back at Jack's. Tara's not available for the gig but our one-time guitarist Jonathon "Chester Hamm" Shillam will be coming out so expect some guitar madness!

It was great to see so many locals at our gigs through the winter, looking forward to many fun parties with westcoasters and visitors alike in 2014