Edson Kinsmen Soft Ball Tournament – Edson, AB August 4th 2007
Just to give you a little back story on what this event is all about here is what their website has to say about it: “The Edson Kin Slo-Pitch Tournament is the largest of it’s kind on the planet, played at the worlds largest ball park “Vision Park” with 24 regulation sized diamonds in one park! This Tournament plays host to 256 Regular Division Teams and a 16 Team “Masters” Division, one HUGE beer gardens and thousands of players, fans and spectators. Can you say PARTY!?”
So this was the event that we got invited to play, and man we’re we stoked. It is boasted as having one of the largest permanent beer garden structures known to exist anywhere. This event even got listed as Maxim Magazines #2 Event to Get Laid At. It was an insane party, at least 5000 people were there rocking out like no tomorrow… was one hell of a memorable experience.
It lasted all weekend though we only played on Saturday night. Amber Haydey played on Friday and Brad Johner played on Sunday. As for our part of the event itself, we arrived in the afternoon on Saturday for sound check. After a couple of hours of getting all the sound issues hammered out we had finished and we’re ready to get some food before we had to take the stage.
Around 10:00 PM we hit the stage to thousands upon thousands of people ready to rock. The crowd was amazing. It was a sea of people in front of us having the time of their life. All I can say is “AWESOME!” We decided to close our first set with a cover “Killing in the Name of” which I sang, and got some of the crowd involved in too. Was definitely the high point for me that night.
As the night went on more and more people starting occupying the beer gardens, and we still had a second set to play. It was even rowdier and crazier during our second set. Playing for that amount of people on stage is just amazing. There is no real way to describe what it’s like, you just have to be there and experience it.
When all was said and done, it was a good night, lots of rock and lots of beer. And hey, even the ‘rents came out and took part in the experience. I could probably go on and on about the whole thing, but all in all, it rocked and I can’t wait to do it again.
Special Thanks to Lee Freezen of Freezen Hot Music, the Kinsmen Slo-Pitch Tournament and everyone who came out.