COFFEE EYES ROLLED THROUGH PG LAST NIGHT...
The acoustic pop-punk group that hails from Victoria, BC serenaded the capacity crowd at Black Donkey Café with harmonies, hooks, and just all around great music. To go along with the main act we had a pair of acoustic openers.
First up was the amazing talents of Jessie Withey. Her often soft voice was punctuated with accents of great vocal power. With a song selection comprised of Ed Sheeran, Halsey, as well as an original song that punctuated her set Jessie got the show off to a great start.
Next up was the duo of Jake Olexyn and Rob Bacon. Normally these two are on stage going crazy and giving the crowd some fast paced Post-Hardcore jams in the Prince George band called The Burden. On Friday night however they slowed things down and chilled things out. There set comprised of covers, like acoustic arrangements of Lorde's 'Royals' and Panic! At The Disco's 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies', acoustic The Burden songs, and a few originals. A great change of pace for these two musicians and a perfect segway in to headliners.
That brings us to Coffee Eyes. On the penultimate night of their tour they stopped through Prince George to bless Prince George with their music. Led by the voices of Joel Cossette and Xana Morris, they enthralled the crowd with their music. Starting off the set with a hit single called 'Bones'. The trading vocals between Xana and Joel, the catchy guitar, and their great stage banter won the crowd over quickly. As they went on to play more popular songs like '303', 'Smooth Talker', and 'Unwell', the love the crowd had for the band grew song after song. When Joel asked the crowd to join in during a gang vocals section, which as he pointed out was not something they usually like to do, the crowd responded with volume. The collective voices of everyone in the café created an amazing moment that left me with the goosebumps.
Since last night their music has been playing over and over in my head and I look forward to the day this group returns to our city. If you'd like feel free to check out the mini gallery below. :)