Kazoo! Fest reviews: Shotgun Jimmie @Jimmy Jazz

Shotgun Jimmie at Jimmy Jazz, April 6. (Photo by Tom Beedham)

Pulling into the Jimmy Jazz without the multiple performance stations and makeshift instruments (suitcase bass drum, megaphone, etc.) he had in tow at the eBar last September, Shotgun Jimmie’s Kazoo! Fest set rode into Guelph on the virtue of making a conscious effort to avoid repeating the past. On tour promoting his new album, Everything, Everything, Kilpatrick performed a set mostly consisting of new material (songs that usually clock in under two minutes), predominantly handling bass and snare drums with his feet while simultaneously singing and playing the guitar, but sometimes even smashing a ride cymbal with a shaker while hitting guitar chords with his other hand.

It’s an act that does rely on novelty, but never too heavily. It also helps that it’s a novelty that fails to wear off. Even if Kilpatrick fumbles a note while juggling upwards of four instruments, as a performance that champions underdogs and average-ness, the goofs don’t really stick out but instead find a place in a Shotgun Jimmie show.

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. His work focuses on independent culture, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream, reporting on a spectrum of creatives that has ranged from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. In addition to contributing regular features to AUX, Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, he has appeared on Daily VICE, and frequently reviews concerts, festivals, and new album releases for Canadian arts and culture monthly Exclaim!. He is also a co-organizer and curator of the seasonal inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he oversees an online blog and print newspaper-style publication, printed for distribution at each instalment of the event. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, Ontario in the mid-2000s.

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