Wetaskiwin’s Punch Drunk Cabaret appearing at K-Days July 20

Psychobilly swing band will open for Streetheart, Honeymoon Suite on North Stage

One of Wetaskiwin’s premier homegrown bands will be taking the big stage at Edmonton’s K-Days this year.

Punch Drunk Cabaret will be bringing their own brand of steampunk, rockabilly swing sound to Edmonton’s top outdoor exhibition Saturday, July 20.

Punch Drunk Cabaret, featuring lead guitarist/vocalist Randy Bailer, bassist Teddy Roy and percussionist Capt. Sean E. Watts, will be opening for headliners Streetheart and Honeymoon Suite on the Tim Hortons North Stage; PDC takes the stage at 6 p.m.

“We’re very much looking forward to supporting Streetheart and Honeymoon Suite,” said Bailer in an email July 12.

“Not only did we grow up listening to and admiring those bands, but strangely, PDC goes over extremely well on a classic rock bill. K-Days is one event that’s eluded us for some time so it’s exciting to get the invite at a time when the band has received a serious confidence boost thanks to an EDMONTON Music Award nomination for Rock Recording of the Year and our first TV appearance slated for the fall.”

The swing band has developed a solid reputation for stellar live shows in Alberta, B.C. and elsewhere. But PDC has also made a name for themselves in the video world.

Following up their recent award for best video for the single “Beard of Bees” Punch Drunk Cabaret didn’t want to mess with their reputation as a stellar live act.

But lead guitarist/vocalist Bailer said videos are a great way to get a band’s message out, create buzz and make new fans. He said they recently had a show in a town the band assumed didn’t know much about them. Turned out Punch Drunk cabaret were already celebrities and it was owed to online videos.

Bailer said the shoot for “Don’t Die Until You’re Dead” included the biggest budget they’ve had plus several months of lead-time.

Some of the video was shot right in Wetaskiwin at the distinguished Manluk Theatre. Bailer said he was looking for “a creepy basement” for the video, and got a call from Ken at the Manluk Theatre who described the theatre’s basement, which is said to have the oldest commode in the city, as perfect for the video.

“Don’t Die Until You’re Dead” was debuted at the Manluk last fall.

Watch “Beard of Bees” on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPU-oYH0RH0

Watch “Don’t Die Until You’re Dead” on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_ipDTagyzI

Tim Hortons North Stage entertainment is included in the K-Days admission ticket.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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