Big D and the Kids Table with Les Happycuriens – Live at Petit Campus – November 23rd, 2019 – Montreal, QC

It’s always a pleasure to walk into Petit Campus, because it’s never a boring time and the tunes are always top notch. This past Saturday November 23rd, we received Big D and the Kids Table along with Les Happycuriens who both proved to make the night into a very jolly one.

First up on stage, with large smiles and matching baseball jerseys marked with “Les Happys” were Les Happycuriens. These guys were as quirky and goofy as their name suggests and succeeded at making the rather loose crowd a little more rosy-cheeked than when they came in. You could hardly notice any nervousness in their performance at all as they powered through a fantastic set of light hearted comedic ska. So much comedic genius and musically clever material flowed from the entire set. The energy within the band was quite loud and it was obvious that they shared a great friendship based on humour and a lot of trust. Bouncing in-between covers and original songs, it was impossible not to feel how into the songs the band was, playing with such conviction and above all else, an incredible amount of fun. With a headbanging bassist (MaximeCormier,) a keyboardist with a wonderfully powerful voice and total groove (Myriam Lamy,) an upbeat brass trio (Olivier Lévesque, Pier-Luc Robinette, Jean-Matieu Royer,) a consistent drummer (Jean-François Racette,) and an always-smiling vocalist and guitarist (Simon Major,) this all-quebecois skadream had me wishing I could see them every weekend.  

Now for Big D and the Kids Table; it’s really really hard not to like them every time you see them. They are constantly fun, and have any room they play jam packed to the brim with people of all kinds, dancing like they never danced before, hugging and smiling, and yes, even crowdsurfing. Just imagine a punk show with the craziest people ready to throw down at any second, but make the music a lot giddier and notice how everyone in the room is wearing a big silly smile on their faces like they were just kissed. Big D and the Kids Table are a group of extremely strong performers and this is a very had thing to ignore. Every one of their performances are flawless (even when singer David McWane has a sore throat and sounds like an elderly Floridian woman, get well David!) The strong Boston presence is obvious in their way of operation and speaks volumes when inserted into a heavy ska scenario. This is music for the working class gutter people who don’t mind a little dirt, a little poverty, and a lot more sweat. This music is for feeling the ultimate togetherness of flawed humanity, and that’s how we all left Petit Campus that night: Feeling like through the drunken skanking we all became more human, more carefree, and once more totally addicted to brass trios. Check out their new album of covers Strictly Covers for a little preview into the joyously raw world of Big D and the Kids Table. 

Written by Talia Plante
*edited by Danielle Kenedy

About Talia Plante 29 Articles
A classically trained pianist from the Laval suburbs, Talia sees no other clear path in life other than her passion for music. An experienced music teacher and social bird, she seizes any opportunity to be with others. Being an avid psychonaut and lover of emotional connection, she can often be found at parties of any variety, likely rubbing her face on cats she’s allergic to, or somehow slipping into conversation that black metal and baroque music are really just close cousins. Her lifetime favourites include Black Sabbath and Liszt, and anything even remotely psychedelic, doom, or stoner-like. Her current dreams are to become the modern day Mary Poppins (umbrella and children’s laughter included), buy a van to drive across any drive-able land, and spread sunshine wherever she goes. If spotted in the wild, the best way to make her smile is to ask her anything…or offer some cheese.

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