If I Could Open for Any Band, Who?! (or, “PARTY!”)

Andrew WK Live (photo: Scott Harrison, http://andrewwk.com/pictures/live)

Photo Credit: Scott Harrison (andrewwk.com/pictures/live)

(This entry is part of an ongoing guest blogging series I’m doing for AUX & Whisky Rocks! Enter your band for a chance to open for the Trews HERE!)

I’m not in a band. But I’d be lying if I said I’ve never wished I was. Like you, I love music- but the part I think I’d really enjoy is the performing part. Getting on stage, giving it everything you’ve got, bringing the audience into it… that’s what I’d be into. And, of course, the partying. Who doesn’t like partying?!

Now, forgetting for a moment that the only instruments I can play are the trumpet, the slide whistle and the bass guitar (badly), let’s pretend that my fabulous imaginary band and I were allowed to jump on as the opening act for any band we wanted. Who would it be?

This isn’t about who my absolute favourite band is. I don’t know if I’d want to open for Talking Heads or LCD Soundsystem, the pressure would be too much! This is about who would be FUN to open for, and who I’d really enjoy watching from the sidestage, and who I think would be down for an awesome afterparty.

So, obviously, I’d want my band to open for the King of Partying, ANDREW WK.

Not only do I like Andrew WK’s music, but I don’t think the guy has ever actually sent a tweet without the word “party” in it. (Seriously, see for yourself.) For Andrew WK, partying isn’t about getting wasted or whatever, PARTYING IS A WAY OF LIFE! It’s a mantra, an outlook, a philosophy to guide your daily existence!

Andrew WK seems like a guy who would be good to his opening band, who would hang out with you, maybe share his rider and some guidance. And how much fun would he be to watch from the sidestage? The answer: SO FUN! His fans would probably be pretty great to open for, too. They’re there to have a good time, they WANT to like the opener! I imagine all of these conditions would combine to create a perfect storm of awesome.

You know… maybe I will start a band, just so this could happen. Who wants to join my slide whistle party band? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Oh, that’s right. You already have a band – and you’re entering to open for THE TREWS! (By the way, if you haven’t done that yet… you should really get on it. Okay?)

WhiskyRocks.comTo enter the Whisky Rocks Showdown Competition, upload your original music demo to the Whisky Rocks Showdown Competition at between September 17 at 10:15 a.m. EST and October 19 at 4:15 p.m. EST. The LCBO will review each entry and if it meets all guidelines and requirements, the song will be posted on WhiskyRocks.com where friends, family, and the general public can vote between October 23 at 10:15 a.m. EST and November 1 at 4:15 p.m. EST. The top 3 finalists with the most votes will be announced on November second, and will win a slot to open for The Trews on November 8th in Barrie, ON, where a panel of judges and the Trews will then select one winner. The winners will be announced at whiskyrocks.com on November 9th.

Tickets to the Trews show and Whisky tasting cost $25 and are available online at ticketbreak.com, by phone at 1-866-943-8849 , at impactlive.ca ticket outlets, or at the door. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Dixon Hall, a United Way member agency and its Music School program, which provides youth with music instruction and opportunities to attend music camps across Ontario.

Concertgoers must be 19 years of age or older and valid ID is required.

For full rules and regulations for the Whisky Rocks Showdown Competition, visit whiskyrocks.com/competition.