Paul Brandt and the Journey Tour made its highly anticipated Brandon stop on Saturday night with Brandt, High Valley, Jess Moskaluke and The Hunter Brothers teaming up to entertain the first sellout crowd at a Westoba Place concert in more than two years.
The night started when Brandt himself sent out a note a little after 6pm giving someone in attendance a chance to get a pretty great seat upgrade:
and made good on just that for these happy folks:
First to take the stage were Shaunavon, Saskatchewan’s The Hunter Brothers. One of the five Hunters, Luke, had a fun moment in recalling his WHL Hockey playing days when as a member of the Swift Current Broncos he was on the receiving end of the “hardest slash he’s every taken” from Wheat King Jordin Tootoo in the very same building a number of years ago:
Next up was Jess Moskaluke, who has no shortage of Westman connections herself. As it turned out a lot of local folks were in the mood to catch up following her performance:
Blumenort, Alberta’s High Valley were next and by all accounts put on a great show:
With High Valley performing, the night’s first two acts had a little fun in sharing what they do while their cohorts are are on stage ;)
Last but not least, Brandt himself took the stage playing through hits including My Heart Has a History, Small Towns Big Dreams and Convoy before wrapping a little before 11pm with an uber-entertaining medley of “Walk the Line” alongside each of the night’s acts.
From Westoba Place tonight folks that know a thing or two about Country Music, Countryfest, shared their two cents on what they saw and foreshadowed what’s to come tomorrow:
The Journey Tour now packs up and heads to Dauphin for Sunday’s event at Credit Union Place to complete a stretch of three Manitoba tour stops on three consecutive nights.