The parking lot in front of Rad Brothers was rocking throughout the afternoon and evening on September 8, 2018 for the second annual Radfest live music festival. The owners of the popular local sports bar, and live music venue launched the party in 2017.

“Last year was such a great success, that we decided to it again, and extend the hours,” organizer BJ Meloche said. Last year’s party went from 3 to midnight. This year’s started at noon. Meloche was approached by Patrick, and Roger Radojvic to help out. The stage hosted bands playing all kinds of music from an acoustic set to covers of well-known songs. Because of the hours, they were able to add more bands.

“One of our main drivers behind this as well is to give back to the community,” Meloche explained. One of the event’s sponsors was House of Chords’ Music School, who donated a year of music lessons to a less fortunate student. Another sponsor on board for the first year was Crossfit Reebok Firepower for Kids.

Radfest donates back to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters fund (CFFF). “We donate back them because they’re our heroes,” Meloche added.

The lot in front of the restaurant was cordoned off with a stage set-up diagonally across one side. Two seated areas were set up in front of the stage, and along one side near a food area. Merchants were grouped in tents along the outside. Admission was $10 a ticket, and attendees were given wristbands which entitled them to multiple entries.

The afternoon of live entertainment brought out families. Matt Fabian came out with his daughters to watch Whisky Dust. The lead singer Ally Jed, is an instructor at House of Chords, and was a singing coach for one of his daughters. “My kids are her to cheer her on,” Fabian explained. The band played a set of covers including an Aretha Franklin cover of The Weight, originally done by The Band. “It’s a great opportunity to get out, instead of sitting in your house,” he said.

Hawthorne performed after Whisky Dust. They’re a group led by Gavin McLeod, formed at House of Chords band stream. Brent Pilgrim is an instructor at House of Chords. He was a first-time performer with an acoustic trio. “The crowd that showed up last year was. Knowing how much excitement was here for the event, we decided that we wanted to be a part of it, absolutely,” Pilgrim said. “All of a sudden you look up there, and they’re commanding the stage, they’re controlling the stage. We’re all looking at them just in awe,” Pilgrim said.

Pilgrim credited the event for bringing together the community for charity, and music. “You are supporting a big cause for the community; to promote awareness, but also to be able to provide funds,” he said. To learn more about the Canadian Fallen Firefighters fund visit their website: www.cfff.ca
Photos by: Denise Cooperwhite

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