Kazoo! Fest reviews: Baby Eagle @Jimmy Jazz, April 6

Baby Eagle (Steve Lambke) with Daniel Romano filling in on lead guitar at Jimmy Jazz, April 6. (Photo by Tom Beedham)

Following the small but mighty Baby Eagle is sort of like watching an amorphous shadow of a band. Except when performing as the formally recognized Baby Eagle and the Proud Mothers, the only real Baby Eagle consistency is the man to which that shadow belongs, former Constantines member Steve Lambke. In that tradition, Lambke kicked things off on April 6 by diving into his Jimmy Jazz opening slot alone, then calling You’ve Changed Records labelmates Daniel Romano (Attack in Black) and Jim Kilpatrick (Shotgun Jimmie) to the stage to join on lead guitar and drums (respectively). That presence eventually swelled to include Legato Vipers members Mike Brooks on a third guitar and Tyler Belluz on bass.  Exhibiting impressive coherence for an act lending itself to such a diverse lineup, it was an act in collaboration that suggesting although Baby Eagle has no concrete performance to tour around with, he doesn’t need his Proud Mothers to carry him along the way.

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer whose work focuses on independent culture, experimental art, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream. He has reported on a spectrum of creatives ranging from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has contributed features to Exclaim!, NOW, A.Side (formerly AUX), Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, and has appeared as a correspondent on Daily VICE. Tom is also a co-organizer and curator of the inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he has overseen the publication of an online blog and print newspaper-style community publication, and, in collaboration with Lucy Satzewich, implemented harm reduction strategies for safer event spaces. From 2006-2012, he was Editor-in-Chief of Halton, ON -based youth magazine The Undercroft and served as an outreach worker for parent organization Peer Outreach Support Services and Education (POSSE) Project. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, ON in the mid-2000s.

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