Yelp Edinburgh's Live and Unplugged Rock Star Party @ Red Dog Music!
Last Thursday, 70 Edinburgh folks rolled up to Red Dog Music to rock out with their Yelp out at the July Elite Event: Yelp's Live and Unplugged Rock Star Party! Take three awesome-sauce local Edinburgh bands, BrewDog beer, Mamma's pizza, a bunch of Yelp-folks, put it all in a massive mecca of a music store, and you've got yourself a party.
As the bands tuned up, the Yelpers chowed down on a feast of pizza and beer. Mamma's, a Grassmarket neighbour of Red Dog Music, provided a seemingly endless supply of pizza boxes. And with toppings like black pudding and chorizo, haggis and apple, and prawn and calamri there wasn't a grumbly tummy all night. Kelly F was especially chuffed 'for arranging cheese-free pizza for me. It's the little touches like this that make Yelp events great.'
And what better way to wash it down all the 'slices of awesomeness' than with BrewDog beers, Punk IPA and 5am Saint? Craig N admits he 'can't get enough of that stuff, and come the end of the evening my priority was to not walk into any musical instruments, which I'm happy to announce was accomplished.'
But to the tunes! First up to the sofa was the lovely covers and originals of Steve Aana Adams, followed by the 'haunting melodies' of Small Feet Little Toes. Yelpers were in awe of these beauties and their dainty, melodic, yet powerful tunes. Rachael R thought 'it was really novel to see Red Dog used as a live music venue. I've been to the store a few times, but have never caught a gig there and thought it worked really well for a wee unplugged event like this.'
Then the final act, Jack's Rabbit's Foot Minstrels stepped it up a beat or two and brought out the double bass and southern-blues beats to get all those small feet and little toes tapping. They were Sara C's favourite of the night 'especially when they broke out the kazoo!' Of course it wouldn't be a proper unplugged session without an impromptu jam session after with Red Dog's Alex joining in on the grand piano.
Kelly F loved all the bands and 'sincerely hopes all these guys are performing around the festival this year. I need to hear more!' and Alex R 'wants these guys to follow me around and just play incredible music at me at all times.' We assume that is the highest compliment?!
The Red Dog staff were the perfect hosts, and the store an ideal venue for an evening of live musical entertainment. Hanging out here 'reawakened Alex R's desire to get playing instruments again. It's a veritable cavern of guitars and awesome musical instruments.' As a musician himself, Craig N admired 'the walls adorned with a sexy array of guitars, and some very nice ones at that! They have an impressive selection of amps, pedals and accessories which can tend to make ones mouth salivate profusely.'
It wouldn't be a Rock Star party without actual Rock Stars! Providing the props, Red Dog Music set up their own competition and bringing out every Yelpers inner rock idol . Big shout out to Amie A who won the competition, and £50 of Red Dog Music vouchers! Rock on. The biggest of thank yous to all the guys at Red Dog Music who hosted and gave us the perfect venue for a night of rockin' the suburbs: Roberta, Alex, David and David; to the bands who kept us entertained, bopping, toe-tapping and in the mood for the Festivals – Stevie Aana Adams, Rachel and Stephen from Small Feet Little Toes, and Toby, Roamin' Wymoin' and Olivia from Jack's Rabbit's Foot Minstrels; to Mamma's for keeping us well fed; BrewDog for providing the pefect beers; to Robin Mair for the photies; and to all the Yelpers who came and brought the banter!
You can see all the photies from the event here; read all the reviews; find Red Dog Music, Stevie Aana Adams, Small Feet Little Toes, Jack's Rabbit's Foot Minstrels and Yelp Edinburgh on Facebook and other sites; and find out all about the Yelp Elite squad and all these Edinburgh events here.
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