Sookapalooza favourite releases new CD

Johnny Galactic is no stranger in these parts around Sooke

The band has played everywhere from campfires to clubs, festivals to kitchens, theatres to pubs. Often heard in such places as the 17 Mile House pub’s Sookapalooza, the Tall Tree and Song and Surf Festivals, Johnny Galactic is Jon Reid (vocals/guitar), East Sooke’s Graham Mackenzie (drums) and Aran Puritch (bass). They have forged a music style that is distinct yet dynamic, lyrically engaging, power-pop rhythms, and rock raw energy. Influences have included the Tragically Hip, Tom Petty, and Counting Crows.

They are on a roll and Johnny Galactic will be releasing their new CD, “Keep Off the Grass,” which includes seven original tracks.

“Over the last decade these songs were written through heartbreak, and joy; from the somber dorm rooms in College, to traveling to every continent on the planet, and through life around my home in Victoria, BC. This album has been an adventure in the making,” said Jon Reid.

The  CD release party, with special guests: husband and wife alt-country duo Bucko and Toad and singer/songwriter Deevin Avairis, takes place on Sunday, April 21, Upstairs Cabaret  – 1127 Wharf St.

Doors at 9 p.m. – Show starts at 9:20 p.m.

Tickets (including download card for full album) at the door or in advance at Ditch Records and Lyle’s Place, and online at http://www.ticketzone.com/upstairscabaret