The third annual Cover Your Friends concert is at The W.I.S.E. Hall May 10, 2019. This showcase of lower mainland indie bands has a twist: each band draws one of the other bands songs to cover - in addition to playing a set of their own. An intoxicating collaboration takes place and the resulting exchange is pretty magical. 

"We all learn how to play and write music by learning songs in our record collection, I was at a friend's show and their new song blew me away so I thought I should learn it. The idea for Cover Your Friends kind of grew from that" says organizer Steven Huston. 

 

Cover Your Friends works to engage under-represented artists. "Every year female identifying artists will tell me how cool it is to be a part of a show with so many women but really, 50% should not feel unusual," says Huston. "This just drives home how important it is that concerts be representative which I can relate to as a gay man". From day one, broad representation has been central to the event.

We'll have about 20 musicians in six bands performing one anothers compositions. "Knowing that the writer is in the room really changes the dynamic of your performance. Everyone brings all that they have to their covers, which makes for a humbling evening of music." stated Huston reflecting on past iterations of the event.

The breadth and depth of the Vancouver music scene will emerge; From the rock'n soulful sound of Parlour Panther, to the moonshine fueled howl of the Still Spirits, the swampy bluegrass of The Spillionaires to the lyrically driven songwriting of Christie Rose, Cover Your Friends 2019 promises to be a musical experience to remember.

 

The Artists
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 The Still Spirits 

Formed in 2011, after the floods but before the drought, the Still Spirits play a shine shack fueled melody known as Yardcore. 

Christie Rose 

Lyric-driven songs delivered in a voice both powerful and nuanced, she's a singer songwriter who's in love with rockabilly, doo-wop, soul, rock n' roll, country, atmospheric ballads, and poetry. 

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Sarah Wheeler 

A blazing live performer, a queer artist and recent cancer survivor, Sarah Wheeler is defined by power house vocals and an indomitable, positive spirit.

The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio

Core roots music anchored between the lowdown grit and growl of early blues, the high lonesome sounds of bluegrass, and contemporary Americana.

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The Spillionaires

A Vancouver based, six piece, swampy bluegrass band with hints of country blues and zydeco featuring guitar, upright bass, accordion, drums, mandolin, dobro, banjo and sweet five-part harmonies. Their new self-titled EP will be released in May 2019.