with The James Band and For Tonight
From the Promoter
A near death experience on the salt flats of Bolivia convinced singer/songwriter Marty Pawlina that his life path lay down a musical road. A motorcycle accident left him stranded hundreds of kilometres from civilization. The songs of his friends and his musical mentors on his iPod helped Pawlina get through two days of walking and one bitterly cold night.
Exhausted, still in the middle of nowhere - guitar in hand, Marty Pawlina took a hard look at what he was doing with his life. After he was found and returned to Canada, Marty tossed a programming career to pursue his passion for music.
A charismatic performer, Pawlina won local contests before starting his post secondary education, but he seriously committed to music on his return from South America. Marty Pawlina has sold out several concerts he’s played in Edmonton and shows no signs of slowing down.
A dedicated writer, Pawlina has spent the past two years honing his craft in preparation for a trip into the studio in 2012 to record his first album. Working with veteran producer Louis Sedmak (Ian Tyson, Duane Steele, Sandro Dominelli), Pawlina wants to capture his musical style. With inspiration as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Gray and Ben Harper, Pawlina’s combination of folk, rock, pop and roots resonate in the studio the same way it has on Alberta stages.
For Tonight started in the summer of 2016 in a garage on the Northside. Once the cops came that got shut down pretty quick, but the band only gained momentum. Accepting that maybe yelling profanities, dick jokes, and making weird animal noises into the mics were a little much for a suburban neighbourhood. For Tonight moved into a studio where their potty mouths could only be heard by neighbouring workers that stayed late past work hours. Since then the cops have yet to show up, so they have that going for them. The band members all met through friends starting with Sam, and Brock. Then a close co-worker introduced a keyboardist Colby and drummer Jesse. Once they jammed a few times, it was pretty noticeable that the songs were missing at sick grove. So then came Jeff, and great musician who decided he was going to try his hand at bass guitar. The band started writing songs that creeped across quiet a few genres. Lead guitarist and vocalist Brock brought a more Pop Punk sound to the band, since he grew up with Blink 182 running through his veins. while rhythm guitarist and vocalist Sam brought a bluesy sound. Together the songs come out with a different sound. Blues with an alternative spin on it, and pop punk songs with an almost bluesy swing to it. The Band realized that a few covers are definitely crowd pleasers, so they always add a few to their set list. The covers stretch across many genres, just like the band. They cover bands like; Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, USS, Chainsmokers, Sublime, Arkells, and many more. They're constantly adding new fun songs that will keep you invested in the show.