Motown isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But the new kids on the block promise to leave you with a new found love for catchy keyboard beats and a man shaking his tambourine. You might even be lucky enough to catch the show live in concert this weekend – just in case your Internet is down or want to snap your fingers in public.
Coming to British Columbia’s very own LIVE at Squamish music festival August 24, 25, and 26th, the Motown tribute band lead by reputable pianist, Scott Bradlee has charmed the hearts of YouTube-watchers with the initial 250,000-hit black and white upload of his Nickelback arrangement “A Motown Tribute to Nickelback” which exploded back in November.
The smiley sound-good-feel-good tune worked; fuss may have been created by those not wanting Nickelback to perform the Thanksgiving Day football halftime show, but what encouraged petitioners to refute initiated Bradlee’s response, which was to produce an alternative. Least to say it wasn’t just those petitioning who took a liking to his groove.
Soon the band Nickelback itself checked them out and popped up on their official Twitter feed. An invite extended to the New York boy band granting the opportunity to experience beautiful British Columbia and perform atop the festival stage (perhaps together with Nickelback?) was next. And thus the boys packed their keyboards and tambourines and headed northwest.
That is correct; a band composed of leader, Scott Bradlee, Andrew Baron Roland on vocals, Allan Mednard on drums, Adam Kubota on bass, Steve Ujfalussy tenor sax and Ben Golder-Novick alto sax, it is the man at the bottom of the pyramid who is in fact topping the charts.
Without question YouTube’s most famed tambourine player, the band’s own Tim Kubart continues to gather comments in regards to many wishing they “loved something as much as that guy loves his tambourine,” playing up the adorable factor almost (but not quite) ad nauseum. In comparison to the classic Saturday Night Live “Cowbell” skit, you just can’t have enough of it.
In addition to this group’s growing stardom, quirky rumors have quickly spread crediting the viral sensation for uniting Chad Kroeger of Nickelback with his newly announced fiancé, Avril Lavigne. Not too long after the couple had reportedly been spotted together last winter, Bradlee and his bad incidentally released another Motown tribute, this time performing Sk8er Boi, arguably Lavigne’s biggest hit.
Whether or not the newly pinned “Chavril” owes the boys from the Big Apple any gratitude for their relationship status, most certainly due is an extended thank you for reigniting the Canadian flame amongst those trending in tributes on the internet.
Proving that it takes talent, timing, and a good-looking guy to play a tambourine, it’s not just about uploading your recorded home video these days. However, if you’ve got what it takes, you might just get rewarded by a Canadian band like Nickelback.