It’s not often that major tours, of any kind, stop in North Bay, being relatively close to Sudbury makes most tours bypass the Gateway city. That wasn’t the case for Dean Brody’s Beautiful Freakshow Tour and country fans in North Bay wasted no time showing Dean that they appreciated him choosing to visit their hometown!

James Barker Band
James Barker band performs at the Capitol Centre in North Bay photo by Nicole Mayhew
James Barker band performs at the Capitol Centre in North Bay photo by Nicole Mayhew

The show opened with the lively James Barker Band. The Universal Music Canada signed group put on a phenomenal show to start the evening and got the crowd into the mood for good times on a Tuesday night.

The boys started things up with their own tracks including “Lawn Chair Lazy” and mixed in a lil Rage Against the Machine, Eminem and the legendary Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious” to keep things interesting. This was a nice mix of country and some classics of a few different genres demonstrating the band’s diversity.

James Barker band performs at the Capitol Centre in North Bay photo by Nicole Mayhew
James Barker band performs at the Capitol Centre in North Bay photo by Nicole Mayhew

A magnificent showing including 3 top 10 Canadian Country Chart hitting songs and more sure to raise them to the top. The 2015 Boots and Hearts pick for emerging artist based here out of Ontario had this wonderfully diverse age group really well entertained. With their debut EP Game On freshly released less than a month ago and already starting its way up the charts these boys are deemed for some great things in the future.

Dean Brody
Dean Brody performs at the Capitol Centre in North Bay photo by Nicole Mayhew
Dean Brody performs at the Capitol Centre in North Bay photo by Nicole Mayhew

When Dean Brody and his band hit the stage Dean kicked things off by ripping off his chaps centre stage and the crowd went wild. Dean and the band put on an incredible live show that kept the crowd moving in their seats and the aisles of the Capitol Centre all night long.

Dean Brody performs at the Capitol Centre in North Bay photo by Nicole Mayhew
Dean Brody performs at the Capitol Centre in North Bay photo by Nicole Mayhew

The Beautiful Freakshow tour is definitely a must see for all music fans. The stage was full of life and I can definitely see why his live show is so highly talked about by everyone who sees him. The lighting and movement on the stage matching the music beautifully. The change of pace as well when they all sat together to make it all seem a little more personal as well as playing the crowd as he ran out into the isles to excite the fans even more.

It was a most enjoyable evening spent listening to some of the best live music I have heard in a long time. I was thrilled to attend this show and look forward to seeing both James Barker and Dean Brody again in the future. Special thanks to Jones Entertainment Group for bringing this show to North Bay and inviting us to cover the show for Sound Check Entertainment.

Dean and the boys of James Barker Band head west where Madeline Merlo will join the tour as direct support for Dean Brody, the tour wraps up in Calgary on June 3. You can find full tour details here: Dean Brody’s Beautiful Freakshow Tour 2017 Dates Released

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