Josh Teskey of The Teskey Brothers @ Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver - August 11th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

Live Review: The Teskey Brothers + Little Quirks @ Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver – August 11th 2023

Amidst the grandeur of the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, a remarkable evening of music unfolded on August 11th, 2023, as The Teskey Brothers graced the stage, headlining a concert that would etch itself into the annals of musical memory. The night commenced with the entrancing melodies of Little Quirks, an Australian trio making their Canadian debut, setting the stage for an experience that would resonate far beyond the theatre walls.

Jaymi Toole of Little Quirks @ Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver – August 11th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

Hailing from the vibrant music scene down under, Little Quirks made their mark with a vibrant opening set. This was the band’s inaugural appearance in Canada, an introduction that would leave a lasting impression. Their sound, reminiscent of First Aid Kit and Florence and the Machine, blended folk sensibilities with indie pop charm, creating an enchanting atmosphere that pulled the audience into their world. Two lead singers, Abbey Toole in a striking blue sequined jumpsuit adorned with tassels, and Jaymi Toole in a semi-sheer sequined white ensemble, took command of the stage. Their vibrant costumes mirrored the energy they exuded, and Abbey’s uninhibited presence radiated a contagious joy, even prompting her to venture into the crowd at one point. Their music, although not yet supported by a full album, bore the polish and maturity of a seasoned act, a testament to their dedication and undeniable talent. As the crowd swayed and clapped in rhythm, it was clear that Little Quirks held immense promise for the future, their music forging a connection that stretched beyond borders.

Abbey Toole of Little Quirks @ Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver – August 11th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

The anticipation in the theatre reached a crescendo as The Teskey Brothers took their first steps onto the Vancouver stage, marking their inaugural performance in the city. This Australian ensemble, comprised of eight talented musicians, embarked on a journey of soulful soundscapes and breathtaking musicianship, captivating the audience from the very first note. Their musical canvas was skillfully woven together, each instrument a brushstroke that contributed to the symphony of sound that enveloped the theatre.

Lead singer Josh Teskey’s voice was a revelation—a soulful, gravelly tone that resonated through the venue, invoking a spectrum of emotions in the audience. The rawness and authenticity of his vocals lent a unique texture to the music, making each lyric feel like a shared moment of vulnerability. The deep connection he forged with the songs, evident in his impassioned delivery, was a testament to his profound love for his craft.

Josh Teskey of The Teskey Brothers @ Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver – August 11th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

One of the most poignant aspects of the night was these moments when Josh, the heart and soul of The Teskey Brothers, walked to the edge of the stage and dropped to his knees, a physical manifestation of the emotion and vulnerability that infused every song. These instances were not mere theatrical gestures but seemingly profound expressions of his connection to the music and the audience. Each time he knelt, the theatre seemed to hold its breath, suspended in a shared moment of profound intimacy.

Sam Teskey’s guitar mastery added a layer of haunting beauty to the performance. Every note he conjured felt like an extension of his very being, a journey of the heart that resonated with each strum. His heartfelt playing crafted a rich web of sound, forming a sonic landscape that carried the audience to a different realm.

Sam Teskey of The Teskey Brothers @ Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver – August 11th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

Josh’s humility shone brightly during his interactions with the audience. He expressed deep gratitude to his crew and the attendees, his genuine demeanor fostering a sense of unity within the theatre. The atmosphere was not that of an artist performing for an audience, but of a community of kindred spirits coming together to share in a collective experience.

The anticipation leading up to this concert had been a journey in itself. Originally slated for the Commodore Ballroom in 2020, the performance was rescheduled to the Orpheum in 2021, only to be further postponed to 2023. However, as the first notes reverberated through the theatre, it became evident that the wait had only heightened the experience. The Teskey Brothers were not just performers; they were conduits of emotion, their music transcending the barriers of time and space.

The Teskey Brothers @ Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver – August 11th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

This concert was a living testament to the transformative power of music. The Teskey Brothers and Little Quirks had woven an intricate tapestry of melodies and emotions that stretched far beyond the confines of the theatre walls. The final note hung in the air, a poignant reminder that music has the power to touch the soul in profound ways, leaving an indelible mark that lingers long after the last chord fades. In this enchanted evening, The Teskey Brothers and their opener, Little Quirks, had gifted Vancouver a transcendent experience—one that encapsulated the essence of music’s ability to forge connections, stir emotions, and transport us to a realm where words fall short and the heart takes center stage.

Little Quirks setlist

The Teskey Brothers setlist

Photos © Jamie Taylor

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