Yellowknife live music promoter says he plans to bring country music act to city

Grapes of Wrath at the Top Knight
photo courtesy of Sarah Heaton

A Yellowknife music promoter says he hopes to soon bring a country music act to the city.

Patrick Jacobson, founder of YK Rocks, made the comment after his first major act – The Grapes of Wrath – played a sold-out show at the Top Knight last weekend.

He says he has some other bands on the horizon but did not want to name them just yet.

“They are not all going to be classic rock shows. There’s going to be a little bit of everything. I’ve talked to a country band but I don’t want to say who they are just yet because nothing has been inked,” Jacobson said. “We will continue to have local opening acts,”

He made it clear though that it is a country band that most people have heard of.

Jacobson has been hosting jam nights for local talent since February but the show last weekend was his first full-blown concert.

He estimates that about 170 people attended.

“It could not have gone better. The band loved it. They got out on the ice road, out to Prelude Lake for the ice fishing derby. They played Folk on the Rocks before but had never really been here at this time of year,” Jacobson said.

The band’s bass player Tom Hooper said after the show that the band was more than happy to come to Yellowknife and that Jacobson is the right man for the job.

“He asked us a few months ago if we wanted to come up and we said yes. it was fantastic. We love the fact that Patrick, who I think moved North about three years ago, is an old friend and a big music fan. We think what he is doing trying to bring more bands here is a good thing and we support him,” Hooper said.

Jacobson makes it clear, he wants to bring more out of town bands to Yellowknife but he remains a tremendous supporter and promoter of all the great local talent as well.

He is well aware that CKLB is the only country music station heard across the Northwest Territories and once the country act is signed he promises we will be among the first to know about it.


About the Author

John Mcfadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018.  John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL).

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