Concert Review: James Barker Band EP Release Party

Last night I had the pleasure of attending James Barker Band's EP Release Party - Game On. Special thanks to Universal Music Canada for the tickets - like I promised on Twitter, I sang my heart out to every song!

Game On is James Barker Band's first official EP, and it definitely did not disappoint. The EP includes their classic's Just Sayin', Lawn Chair Lazy, and Chills, and includes new soon-to-be hits It's Working, Throwback, Living the Dream, and Chills (Acoustic). The EP is an excellent showcase of their vocal talents, and I highly recommend checking it out!

It was held at Boots & Bourbon Saloon on Queen Street E, a picturesque country bar that was a perfect size for an event like this. 

It was held at Boots & Bourbon Saloon on Queen Street E, a picturesque country bar that was a perfect size for an event like this. 

The EP release party started out with The Reklaws, Dani Strong, and Dan Davidson as opening acts, and boy did they start us off strong. Through having to compete with the Leafs game on in the background, these artists all brought their A-games and put on amazing performances.

James Barker Band

After a short break and set change, it was time for the stars of the night - James Barker Band. The guys started off the evening with their classic Just Sayin', a perfect way to get the crowd singing along. I must say, it was incredible to see every single person in the bar singing along to every single word. Next up on their setlist was It's Working, a fun, up-beat soon to be banger that had everyone in the room dancing. After getting the crowd warmed up (and I mean warmed up, because it was like a sauna in there), they kept us dancing with another one from their EP - Throwback. Slowing it down just a little, the guys were onto their next one from Game OnLiving the Dream. Let's be honest here, why would we sleep at night when we could be living the dream at a James Barker Band concert? 

Having played just over half of their EP for all us fans in the crowd, the guys performed some classic throwbacks, including: Lose Yourself, Make Me Wanna, and Play That Funky Music to name a few. Throwbacks are always a crowd pleaser, and these ones were the perfect way to break up the songs on their EP. 

Next up on their setlist was one of my personal favourites, Chills. Yeah - I literally got Chills listening to them perform this live. Following Chills was another fan favourite, Lawn Chair Lazy. This one never disappoints, and belting it out with other fans at a small intimate concert made me love the song 100x more if that were even possible.

The EP Release Party was coming to an end, but the guys just weren't done with us yet. They came on to perform a two-song encore, followed by a lot of thank-you's to everyone who made the EP and their career a success. Nothing beats seeing local talent make it big, and I'm glad I got to see them before they become superstars.

I've been to many concerts, but nothing beats a small, intimate concert with a band who you can just tell loves performing and being there with their fans. My first James Barker Band concert was a success, and I can't wait to be there for them throughout the next steps of their career. My favourite part was the shoutout to all their moms on the side, who you could tell were just beaming with pride and happiness for all their sons accomplishments.

Make sure to pick up their new EP "Game On" and/or stream it on Spotify and Apple Music - you won't be disappointed. Thank you Canadian Music Week for this awesome concert!