Goodstock 1 highlights local talent

The Usual Suspects

What started off as an impromptu conversation between Lewis Frere and Danny Gascon morphed into what will surely be remembered as a highlight of this summer: Goodstock 1.

“It was just a simple idea to give our Jam band a chance to perform outdoors, and that grew to include other local musicians to an event just for the love of music” said Gascon.

“Yes, we definitely wanted to bring some joy to the performers and community after all we have endured the past year and a half.” Frere added.

The Jam Session took place Sunday, July 25 from 4-8 and Anderson Park in Three Hills. The host band “The Usual Suspects” produced this free event all by themselves with great help from the town of Three Hills – Special thanks to Mayor Tim Sherlaw, Adraine Cairns and Joseph Anderson.

The host band “THE USUAL SUSPECTS” were

Production Sound – Lewis Frere

Drums And Vocals – Chris Pompetti

Lead Guitar – Chris Lampard

Guitar – Gord Sept

Guitar – Darren Oxbury

Bass – Dawn Kinsey

Lead Vocals – Danny Gascon

The Usual suspects kicked off the jam with a half dozen high-power classic rock favorites. Then Josh Bellingham stepped up with a heartful solo acoustic guitar set. After that Matt Brisbin and Gord Allert were joined by Pompetti and Kinsey for a spirited rock/country romp. Then the original Chris Foesier stepped up with his swingin’ old time country. He was joined by the incomparable Darcy Spady who sprinkled himself throughout the day with his awesomely versatile accordion moves. Recording artist Ruth Purvis Smith was next with her slick timing and melodic post-apocalyptic country. Greg Julas then brought his drummer Jeff Guidolin with Kinsey on bass to belt some solid classic rock with a Canadian flare. The next act was the eclectic Dusty Rea who joined the host band for a jumpin’ and pumpin’ rock set. The Usual Suspects then did their second longer power rock set with a mix of electric and acoustic guitars. The Suspects then invited any performers back up to join them, climaxing with a soulful all hands version of ‘Lean on Me.’

It was a huge success with close to 300 taking in the music and sunshine.

Diggers Food Truck was there to keep people fed and watered.

GOODSTOCK 2 plans are already underway with the idea of adding artisans and food fair– stay tuned.