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Jesse Roads LIVE from The VAT Saturday night at 10. Watch it right here!


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HEY! We’ve really missed you guys out there! We have something reallllly cool to tell you.  We’re gonna do a live show! Full band! Full meal deal! Myself, Sammy and Scotty. Loud and full out. We’re gonna live stream it, we’re gonna film it. It’s gonna be on one of the most iconic stages in the country. Right here. In our little city. Here’s the thing, you can’t come but you can sure as hell watch from wherever you are in the world. This Saturday night. 10pm. It’s party time. 

Jesse Roads LIVE (Stream) from The Vat! Saturday May 23rd, 10pm

Yes that’s right we will hit the stage at The Vat 10pm! You can tune in from anywhere in the world via Facebook Live on the Jesse Roads page. We are adhering to all Alberta Health guidelines and practicing Physical Distancing. The bar will be closed. So that’s the catch. You gotta catch it from your place. Or wherever you are. 10pm MST we’re gonna stream the show live as well as film the whole thing, to later be presented as some sort of special.

 The Vat to me is like it is to many of you. It’s legendary. I’m excited to bring this raw live show to you from one of our favourite places. Please share and tell everyone you know, we’ll see ya Saturday ya bunch of beautifuls.

Here’s a little taste. Maybe you’ll hear “No Love” performed live Saturday night

P.s. the venue will be closed during the performance with no patrons and or anyone other than the required personnel for the show and will comply with all AHS regulations for the safety of all involved. Physical distancing will be adhered to.


Jesse was born in the city of Lethbridge and raised to his teen years in the southern Alberta farming communities of Raymond and Fin Castle, AB. Jesse's early inspirations include the hypnotic sounds of big-name artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Black Crowes, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, City and Colour, Jack Johnson, Guns 'N' Roses, and Pink Floyd. Jesse is a Blues/Rock/folk/Indie performer who has done his fair share of "paying his dues" opening and touring with such acts as: The Lazys, One Bad Son, Doc Walker, The Odds, The Northern Pikes, The Grapes Of Wrath, Monster Truck, The Age Of Electric, The Wild, Holly McNarland, Econoline Crush, Coal Creek Boys, Wild T & The Spirit, Cara Luft, Carson Cole, Clayton Bellamy (of The Road Hammers), Tupelo Honey, Retrograde, The Smalls, and Mcquaig to name just a few. In 2015 Jesse was awarded the title "Master of Blues Folk Rock" for the 6th Annual Black American Music Awards. Jesse is known for his funky heavy jam style guitar. Big riffs, an impressive vocal sound all his own and the ability to captivate the crowd with ease. His fans have coined the term "no string solo" as he can be consistently found ripping strings off the guitar like they aren't supposed to be there in the first place.

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George Floyd and the double standard – Red Deer man explains what it’s like to be black in Central Alberta

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George Floyd and the double standard

Dax Williams is in his early 30’s.  He’s lived in Central Alberta his entire life.  He’s a father and a business owner, and he’s a black man.

The death of George Floyd last week at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis has resulted in protests all over the United States and in Canada as well.

When we think of racism in this part of the country we typically find ourselves considering the plight of First Nations people.  But Dax assures us he’s felt the wrath of an underlying hatred more than once.

A couple of days ago Dax took some time to share his thoughts and he recorded this very thoughtful, personal, and powerful video.  He shared it on youtube hoping his fellow Central Albertans would take note and try to understand what people of colour have to live with, even here in Western Canada.  We’re happy to share it with you.

(Warning to people offended by strong language.  This video does contain strong language which may be unsuitable for children.)

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3 Questions for Edmonton Comic LARS CALLIEOU (Just For Laughs, Comedy Network, CBC)

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Lars Callieou is just what we need in Stand Up Comedy right now!

Edmonton Comic Lars Callieou is no stranger to the stage. That is until this whole COVID-19 thing hit. What’s a touring pro comic to do? Re-Invent ‘Stand Up’ thats what. Over the past little while Lars has been busy building up the Firepit Comedy Tour. Crazily this type of set up goes against everything it takes to have a successful comedy show, the audience is way too far away and there’s a very small number of people allowed at the show. Heres the thing, Lars and his team have crushed all of that stigma. Not only did they crush it they rebuilt the entire idea of a stand up show and put it to work. Most importantly Lars and co. have people laughing again. “I needed this” said Lars explaining that this was born out of the “necessity” to be on stage. I can relate. 

“Get the funny Canadian kid again.”                                 – Joan Rivers

What a weird time to be a performer. There’s something about Stand Up Comedy though thats really different. It’s you and the crowd. No barriers. It’s essential to the process. I’ve produced a lot of comedy shows and I would have never ever thought of an idea like this. CTV even picked up the story and presto! Firepit Comedy Tour is booking up like crazy!!! Let me be clear, this is nothing short of incredible.

Want a FIrepit Comedy show? Get in touch with Lars by checking out his website or hit up the Firepit Comedy Tour FB page.

Now down to the skinny, I had a quick chance to catch up with Lars online and thought I’d hit him with 3 questions just for fun.

1. What has been your go to food and or meal through this whole world wide lockdown?

I usually work at my computer in my office until I’m starving and then heat up a microwave meal. I get so busy with projects I forget to eat. Most of the time some bowl I got at Safeway, they say ‘healthy choices’ but I think that’s a bit of a marketing gimmick. My eating habits haven’t changed much during the day. At night, I’ll have chicken and some other microwaved veggies.

2. Who is the first band you wanna see live in concert once this is all over?

Great question. I’ve seen pretty much everyone I want to, maybe the Stones again? Page/Plant? Some Zepplin members, I haven’t seen them. And maybe KISS.

3. How would you describe the role music plays on your mental health during the last few months?

I listen to the same 12 songs all the time. I find something I like and play it until I’m sick of it, which takes months. I’ll send you a screenshot (see below) of 2 of my playlists. I usually just listen while I’m driving. I spend a lot of time on the phone with some ‘big idea’ that is going to save the world.

He’s appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Boston Comedy Festival and played Brad Garrett’s comedy club at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. Lars has also been overseas to entertain the troops 3 times (Kuwait, IRAQ, Kyrgyzstan, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi) and has a weekly comedy radio show on CJSR 88.5 FM that is a 2-Time Canadian Comedy Award Nominee. He’s toured with Miss Joan Rivers TWICE. The second time she even requested him personally, “Get the funny Canadian kid again.”

Live music at The VAT! Wait, what?

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