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Bob Log III, The Ramblin’ Ambassadors and Kevin Dowling


The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club
109 7th Avenue SW T2P 0W5 Calgary Canada
Bob Log III, The Ramblin’ Ambassadors and Kevin Dowling

Where: Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club
109 7 Avenue S.W Calgary
When: Saturday July 30, 2016
Doors: 9:00pm
Admission: $15.00 advance. Available at https://slothrecords.wordpress.com/ or https://www.getqd.com/boblog111/

Bob Log III
So when you see a man in a jumpsuit and full-face helmet rigged up with a telephone receiver come barreling down the honky-tonk stairs in a lifeboat while beating away on a hollow-body guitar, don’t get out of the way. Jump right in there with him. And as long as you live, you’ll never forget what he taught you.Taipei Times December 2015

A man in a human cannonball suit soon appeared from a side door, his head completely obscured by a tinted black helmet, its front welded into a telephone which seemed to wirelessly amplify his voice to the audience. Bob Log III launched into a mind-blowing set, finger-picking his beaten-up black guitar for a sound of steel string blues and heavy rock n’ roll. The sound was reminiscent of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion if it had to be categorised, but his music would be better described as Jerry Lee Lewis crossed with a little of Tom Waits’ heavy industrial sounds. - yorkpress.co.uk 2012

His guitar growls like a rabies-infested mutt, straight from the backyard of an Alabama whorehouse. The expletives he squawks are absolutely unintelligible, at least while the groan of his six stringed demon viciously dominates the aural realm. When the blanket of perfectly distorted guitar ends, which always coincides with a great victory stance, Mr. Log displays his propensity for what is only describable as ‘not giving a fuck’, which in his case takes the form of the perfect stage presence. - beatsperminute.com 2012

Boobs were dipped in scotch, one fan took an accidental swan dive into the music equipment and Bob Log III managed to play slide guitar, drums and sing while balancing three women on his lap. - heyreverb.com 2011

Should you never have had the joy of seeing Bob Log III play, let me attempt to describe it for you: picture a man in a shiny blue jumpsuit and a pilot's helmet wired to a telephone receiver, playing slide guitar with all the dirty, scuzzy joy in his heart. Add to that a kick drum and foot cymbal, the myth of a monkey paw in place of a right hand, and a setlist that includes songs named Boob Scotch, Bubble Strut and My Shit Is Perfect, and you'll begin to get the gist. It is loud and strange and electrifying, and how ecstatic it all sounds, that guitar glazed with a kind of sublime and honey-dipped happiness. - theguardian.com 2011

One would have to be in a pretty foul mood not to be entertained by the mysterious awesomeness of Bob Log III. Sure, his musical skills are something to behold, his one-man-band brand of blues/Americana displaying dexterity, creativity, and plenty of good old rock ‘n’ roll, but then there’s his wacky persona. At Monday’s packed Union Hall gig, Mr. Log leapt from behind the curtain that functions as the stage door in his signature getup: a full suit with bits of gold teasing at the bottom, and a dark-glassed racing helmet with a phone receiver wired as a mic. After a quick intro jam he shed the formality to reveal his shimmering gold full body suit, the very rocket man the audience had been waiting for, and burst into “Goddam Sounds Good” off the recently released My Shit Is Perfect. - theowlmag.com

Bob Log III’s live shows are wild affairs. Bob likes to ride rubber dinghies across the heads of his audience and summon women onstage to stir his whiskey with their tits. - nme.com 2009

The Ramblin’ Ambassadors
" The Ramblin' Ambassadors were formed on a dare by Huevos Rancheros' guitarist Brent J. Cooper. Tired of hearing Cooper gripe about not playing enough, a local booking agent calls his bluff: "I need a band for next week" can you get one together?"

"Uh, sure," replies Coop. "We'll be called the Ramblin' Ambassadors."

"Rambling Bastards? Great! I'm making a poster -- now!"

Within three days, Brent J. lands Scott Nickless, former Agriculture Club bassist, and writes a half dozen songs. A co-worker of Brent's volunteers his roommate to fill in on drums. Voila! A quick practice and off to the show!

The Ramblin' Ambassadors -- not "Bastards" (why? Being a fan of CBC morning radio, Cooper couldn't imagine CBC hostess Shelagh Rodgers saying "and that was the Ramblin' BASTARDS") -- are soon sharing stages with the Calgary punk-rockers The Von Zippers, Supersuckers, and Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys. Still without a permanent drummer, the band relies on help from Chixdiggit's David Alcock. A chance meeting occurs with pizza deliverist/drummer Tyler Pickering and the lineup is complete.

Within a couple of months, the band starts recording in their secret-location rehearsal complex. Unhappy pushing "record" with his toe while playing guitar and giving orders, Cooper enlists the recording expertise of David Alcock. Opting for a stripped down sound, Dave's studio is reduced from twenty-four tracks to twelve, ensuring a minimum of studio trickery and a maximum of budgetary compliance.

Although comparisons to Huevos Rancheros are inevitable, the Ambassadors draw on more than just Cooper's rock and roll instrumental primitivisms. Mariachi trumpet, sleigh bell percussion, and loopy, Theramin-sounding toy keyboards pop up on the recording.

(According to Mint Records honchos Bill Baker and Randy Iwata, Cooper threatened to make a solo album composed entirely of bongo drums and Casio synthesizers!)

Avanti features local celebrities David Alcock, Russell Broom (Jann Arden's right-hand man), R&B favourites the Mocking Shadow's Ian Hartley, and world-famous saxophonist Michael Ibrahim (on organ!!). The list of notorious, almost made it to the studio to help out luminaries is longer than the Ambassadors set list! (Wait for the next one.) Also, a song from Atomic 7/ Shadowy Men guitarist Brian Connelly ("Twenty Original Fembots") is featured (perhaps high jacked is more appropriate.)" - https://www.facebook.com/theRamblinAmbassadors/timeline

Kevin Dowling
The Kevin Dowling Fitness Hour is an entertaining show starring Kevin Dowling. July Tour with Bob Log III. You'll dance so much. It'll be fun. - https://www.facebook.com/fitnesshour/timeline