My Saturday night at May Run festival needed a little rock, so I chose the rock line-up at Fishbone Bar. PEI’s David Woodside started the show off, bringing surprising guitar skills to the stage in a solo set. I’m sure I’ve seen this young singer-songwriter in passing, and I hope to see him again since the lyrics of this set were distorted by a really loud mic. It turns out lyrics don’t really matter; Woodside’s guitar playing was thoroughly impressive and I enjoyed the hints of blues in his folk-rock set. The room was packed when Charlottetown’s Racoon Bandit took the stage. An eager audience was treated to a great set of lively rock songs, with sounds ranging from fun and dance-worthy indie, a hint of folk-rock, with traces of old school rock and roll – it all worked together. I enjoyed the variety, and fans were certainly having a great time. I look forward to their upcoming release set for August 2015. It takes a great act to keep me out well past midnight, and PEI’s North Lakes was no disappointment. They brought loud, energetic alt-rock to life, and I appreciated their very full sound. I was most impressed by their attention to detail, most notable in careful guitar work. They brought so much energy to the stage – a truly fantastic end to an awesome night!