Troy “Bubba” Cook will perform a mini concert at the Fernie Museum on August 26 featuring songs in his current exhibit, ‘Night Rambles In Shadows With Liquor Store Blues’, which has 31 paintings tied to a Spotify playlist the artist put together.
The show will consist of two sets – one with Cook performing some covers and originals solo, and the second with his sideman.
“My solo stuff is singer-songwriter kind of indie,” said Cook.
“Its like putting indie lyrics on blues at some points and then there’s lots of crazy songs.”
Cook is a multimedia artist and said he plays a lot of gallery shows and wanted something extra for this exhibit.
“We’re looking for events to do around the exhibit as well as just sitting and chatting about the art,” said Cook.
“It’s part of what normally happens when I do exhibits.”
Sara Edmondosn, Executive Director of the museum, said this will be the first live music show in the museum’s gallery.
“We’ve seen live music is now coming back to the community and I’m really excited that for the first time the Fernie Museum is actually able to host a live music event in support of such a wonderful exhibit that we’re so grateful to have in our space,” said Edmondson.
“It’s an exciting idea for us to be able to use this space in a more versatile way.”
Although some of the songs performed will be from the Spotify playlist Cook said it’s going to be mostly original work.
“It won’t be all covers, it’ll be a few, a spattering of covers,” said Cook.
“When I do do a cover I’ll talk about the painting perhaps.”
Edmondson said she’s looking forward to the new experience of hearing some of the songs live.
“One thing I’ve really enjoyed is listening to the Spotify playlist as I’m walking around and I’ll see lyrics jumping out of the painting as I’m hearing them” said Edmondson.
“So I’m really excited to hear the live renditions of those songs while I’m in this space.”
The gallery concert will be the first in-person show for Cook since the pandemic hit.
When COVID hit Cook said he started doing online shows and had around five to six thousand people watching at the beginning.
“That was pretty bizarre, but then that died quickly, everyone got sick of looking at their computer screens,” said Cook.
“I’d just rather get in a room with somebody and be able to see them.”
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