Saskatchewan band set to play in Prince Albert

Jodi Schellenberg
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After a day of turkey and presents, Prince Albert residents may want to get out of their houses and enjoy some live music.

The Rebellion, a band with Saskatchewan roots, will be playing at the Prince Albert Brewing Company on Boxing Day. They will play a mix of original music and covers.

The Rebellion, a band with strong roots in Saskatchewan, will be playing at the Prince Albert Brewing Company, close to the Dairy Queen on Sixth Avenue East, on Boxing Day.

“It is the first time we have played in Prince Albert in a year and of course our drummer is a P.A. resident, Mr. Christian Kongawi is from Prince Albert,” lead singer Josh Palmer said. “Christian has been enriching his drumming education and has been down in Los Angles for the past six months attending a percussion college and playing in L.A. It is his first show back in Canada actually.”

On Boxing Day, the band will be picking Kongawi up from the airport and heading straight to Prince Albert to perform.

The band, which has been together for six years, will be doing a short tour around the province, Palmer said.

“Christian is home for the holidays so we are doing select shows to celebrate that he is back home,” Palmer said. “We are doing Prince Albert, Saskatoon at Amigos and Regina as well.”

Although they have been described as “Canada’s answer to Muse,” Palmer said they have influences from rock, soul, rhythm and blues and pop as well as some classical influence.

The Rebellion is made up of five members, including Palmer on lead vocals, guitar and piano, Kongawi on drum, Ally Voronova on piano, Enver Hampton on Bass and Elias Edlund on guitar, piano and back-up vocals.

Throughout their time together, the band has played in many different places, Palmer said.

“We’ve been through and across Canada countless times, we’ve toured down into the United States and played in California a number of times,” Palmer said. “With Christian down in L.A. we are planning on another U.S. adventure in the springtime as well.”

Palmer said his favourite part of playing music is connecting with the listener.

“It is amazing when you play a piece of music and the audience responses to it and loves it and gives us that energy back and it gives us a boost of energy on stage and an encircling explosion of energy that happens,” Palmer said. “That is what I have really enjoyed is the universal way to connect to people.”

The band currently has two full albums and an EP released. They are currently working on their fourth album, which should be released in the summer of 2014.

“We all love playing the first song off our album entitled II,” Palmer said. “The song is called Missing Piece. It is a really intense, really upbeat song. It is a very fun one of ours.”

Although they write their own music, Palmer said during the show in Prince Albert, they will mix in a few choice covers as well.

“It is Boxing Day and we just want everybody to have an amazing time,” Palmer said. “We will mix it in with some of our influences from the Police and Radiohead.”

He is excited to play in Prince Albert again.

“P.A. is always a good time -- it is one of our favourite places to play,” Palmer said. “Everyone is really appreciative in Prince Albert for live music and everybody knows how to have a good time.”

Before the band takes the stage, Francophone DJ Duo Fatal Fox will play at 10 p.m. The Rebellion will start their set at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.  

Organizations: Prince Albert, Radiohead

Geographic location: California, Saskatchewan, Canada L.A. Sixth Avenue East Los Angles United States Saskatoon Regina

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