It’s been a banner year for Punch Drunk Cabaret.
What started out as a three-piece act doing small shows in small venues all over Alberta has grown to include tours in B.C. and steampunk festivals in Ontario.
Now the group is returning to Fort St. John this Friday night for another edition of Lido Rocks.
Randy Bailer, also known as Bandmeister Randy B, is looking forward to PDC’s third visit to Fort St. John.
“We are very excited, we had a great time at the Lido last time,” he said.
The band has spread its wings since their last visit—they’ve been nominated for an Edmonton Music Award for video of the year, filmed a new live video of the band’s mash-up of Sweet Dreams/Love Cats, and have been invited to perform at the Great Canadian Steampunk Exhibition.
Though the band’s aesthetic is steampunk inspired, Bailer finds it interesting that PDC is being considered a full-on steampunk band, which he doesn’t believe they are.
“The steampunk aspect of things seems to really be taking flight for us, which is kind of unusual because we sort of came into the whole steampunk thing by accident and it’s just growing,” he said.
In addition to expanding their touring, the trio opened for Canadian rock legends Trooper, which Bailer said shows how their music can be for anyone.
PDC will play the Lido Theatre with opening act RoadWorn, members of which Bailer said was responsible for introducing PDC to Fort St. John in the first place.
“Teaming up with them for this show is a prime example of the kind of musical community support so prevalent in this town,” he said.
Punch Drunk Cabaret and RoadWorn play the Lido Theatre on June 9. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 250-785-3011.