Edmonton-based Stone Iris Played an energetic set last night at O’Flannigans in support of their new EP, Illuminations. After kicking off with the folksy “Shalala”, the band moved on to some newer, funkier numbers. They consistently impressed with their range of style, moving seamlessly from folk to rock, blues to funk and back again.
By the second song in their set, they already had a healthy crowd gathered in front of the stage, dancing and singing along. The casual setting belied the tightness of a group that is obviously used to playing together, trading off solos and vocals with ease. Combined with a couple of beers, it was a perfect soundtrack to a cool, early-summer night in Kelowna.
The band continues their Western Canadian tour tonight in Prince George before returning to their home province of Alberta for dates in Hinton, Red Deer, Canmore, and Calgary. They’ll be home for a month before embarking on another North American tour which will take them through Western Canada, and across to Florida. If you missed them this time around, watch out for them in July.