INDIEFEST 2013 officially kicks off the summer live music and festival season this weekend at Sarnia’s history-rich nightclub venue The Stubborn Mule with Toronto rockers Blurred Vision.
The inaugural event slated to happen Apr. 20 is expected to be nothing less than epic and a party fit for a town that’s gained notoriety over the past decade as the place to be in the summer months.
Toronto juggernaut band and noted human activists Blurred Vision will be town to support their upcoming album and demonstrate exactly why they have the backing and support of Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters.
Blurred Vision, in two short years together, has experienced undaunted success in a number of ways, not the least of which is their artistic work having been displayed alongside legends like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Michael Jackson; and their independent video – a remake of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall – dubbed “Hey Ayatollah Leave Those Kids Alone” named one of the 100 most influential pop videos of all time and one of the first YouTube covers to go viral.
They’ve won awards at major film festivals, received praise and coverage in major publications like The Independent, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and countless others, and even received the backing and support of Pink Floyd founder and Rock legend Roger Waters.
According to their official website, in 2012 the band became official ambassadors of NYC-based charity Whyhunger. Joining international artists and music legends Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Carlos Santana; Blurred Vision have thrown their weight behind the efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty around the world.
Alongside Whyhunger, Blurred Vision has also been outspoken advocates for human rights and has worked with Amnesty International since 2010 on campaigns to spread awareness about human rights violations and prisoners of conscience.
The members of Blurred Vision is made up of vocalist Sepp Osley, bass guitarist Sohl Osley, drummer Ben Riley, keyboardist Joel Lightman and lead guitarist Mike Bongertman.
Along with their support from Roger Waters, Blurred Vision is produced by RUSH behind-the-scenes sound engineer Terry Brown. Brown has worked with some of the biggest ensembles in the industry, having engineered, produced and mixed many other artists such as The Rolling Stones, Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Cocker, Barbara Streisand and The Moody Blues – to name but a small few.
When asked about playing the inaugural INDIEFEST event vocalist Sepp Osley remarked, “It’s truly exciting.”
He added, “There’s a fine line between mainstream and independent music nowadays and what it comes down to is musicians and artists trying to do something unique, to shed their souls for fans and people.”
Osley noted that the mainstream has lost its edge and weighty credibility when it comes to making good music these days and says festivals that promote independent music are great for the industry.
Blurred Vision is slated to be at Cheeky Monkey 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, several hours before their show at the Mule, to meet fans and sign autographs.
When asked about what kind of energy people can expect from their show this weekend Osley remarked, “It’s a mix when we play live, never the same, but our goal is to take listeners on a journey where a full range of sensory will be explored and celebrated.”
Local indie rock group, The Riot Within, is also slated to perform opening night as well as solo keyboardist Roy Cunningham.
Opening night tickets can be bought in advance for $10. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begin promptly at 9 p.m.
For more information about INDIEFEST 2013 or Blurred Vision, Contact Kevin Thorne or David Burrows at (519) 491-0449 and (519) 490-4617 respectively; or alternately email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.indiefest.ws.