Morinville – Rock-pop band Rend brought their No Lines tour to the Morinville Community Cultural Centre Saturday night for an all-ages show in support of youth programming in the community.
From their opening anthem Battlecry to their encore song Monster, lead singer Carol-Lynne Quinn and her band kept Morinville youth glued to the edge of the stage moving to the band’s unique rock-pop sound that is infused with a bit of jazz, a bit of soul, and plenty of positive energy.
Although clearly characterized by Quinn’s strong vocals – the girl can really belt it out – the band’s full sound is accomplished with the skills of some incredibly talented musicians: Charis Logan (drums), Jeff Quinn (bass), Steve Roe (Guitar), and Nate Glubish (piano/synthesizer). While each is a master of their respective instruments and demonstrated it during solo opportunities, Glubish brings another interesting dynamic to the band’s multi-faceted sound, elevating the band far above conventional guitar, bass and percussion bands.
While Rend’s sound was enjoyed by the approximately 70 who saw the show Saturday night, the audience’s enjoyment was raised higher by the non-stop visual show that added to the energy level with each successive number.
That visual presentation continued at the conclusion of the show with a short horror film that had Quinn turning into a monster at the end of the clip just as she returned to the stage in theatrical makeup to close the show with Rend’s aptly titled song Monster.
But Rend was not the only talent on the stage Saturday night. Opening for the band was the Morinville Jazz Band, who provided 30 minutes of brass, bass, piano and percussion ranging from Glenn Miller to the Beatles. The relatively new group on Morinville’s music scene is not short on talent, and was an audience pleaser Saturday night.
The weekend concert was a partnership between Higher Grounds Espresso Bar, MorinvilleNews.com, The Town of Morinville and the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. One hundred per cent of profits from ticket sales went to the Morinville Youth in Action committee for Youth programming in Morinville. The event raised $500 above costs and that money will be used for programming at the Youth Centre which had a break-in over the Mar. 22-26 weekend.