Concerts Concerts Toronto Urban Roots Festival: Day Three

Toronto Urban Roots Festival: Day Three

Toronto Urban Roots Fest
Flogging Molly
Larry & His Flask, Hannah Georgas, The Felice Brothers, Skydiggers, Dawes, Matt Mays, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, The Lowest of the Low, The Hold Steady, Flogging Molly
Fort York in Toronto, ON
July 6, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson

The weather was beautiful for day three of TURF and the schedule was filled with a unique variety of punk, folk and rock music.


Day three of TURF started late Saturday morning with Larry & His Flask and Hannah Georgas. Larry & His Flask, who have a sound described as punk-bluegrass, were lively and entertaining on stage and did a great job of starting the day on upbeat note. Georgas slowed things down slightly with her synth-infused pop melodies. Her voice is stunning and soared effortless through the field.

As the sun rose higher in the sky, the field was filled with the peaceful folk rock of The Felice Brothers, Skydiggers and Dawes. New York-based The Felice Brothers were easy going and perfect for listening to while sitting under the shade of a tree. Their instrumentation was stronger than their vocals and the sound of the accordion really stood out. Skydiggers who have been around the Toronto music seen since the late 80s have a roots rock sound that likely helped inspire the naming of the festival. They played a simple set and took plenty of time to laugh and joke with their fans. Dawes seemed to take the first step towards livening up the crowd for the evening. The California-based band amped-up the folk sound of the day with their rock edge. They also seemed to have a loyal following and were able to turn to the crowd for back-up vocals a few times throughout the set.

Matt Mays and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls started the Springsteen-inspired portion of the evening. Dressed in a jean shirt, leather vest and large hat Mays delivered his hard-edge, soulful folk rock sound with precision. Mays was one of the Canadian staples on the TURF line-up and was enjoyable to watch with his head banging and appealing swagger. Frank Turner was a name on the tips of everyone’s tongues throughout the day and he drew a significant crowd for his late afternoon set. It didn’t take long for the English folk-rocker to charm the crowd with his charisma. For an energetic performer like Turner it was easy to convince everyone to provide back-up vocal, clap and dance in the sweltering heat.

Ending the night were The Lowest of the Low, The Hold Steady and Flogging Molly – an interesting combination of old rock and punk rockers. Though this writer didn’t stick around to catch the action, the line-up promised to deliver.