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Canadian Invasion At The Waiting Room!

Updated: Apr 3, 2022

Story and Photos: Audrey Wright

Editor: Spencer Fleming

The Waiting Room was vibing Friday night (2/25) as Crash Test Dummies brought their folk rock sound all the way from Canada, along with opener Mo Kenney. A packed house too, I might add.

Mo Kenney, a singer/songwriter based out of Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Canada opened the show. It was just them and their guitar up on stage playing an acoustic set. Mo came off a bit shy and timid, but once they started singing the crowd was entranced.

The lyrics poured from Mo’s mouth like poetry. I’ve never heard an acoustic set like it. After the first song, the audience was captured. Their set really brought me back to my roots and reminded me why I love music so much.

Mo broke onto the scene in 2012 with their debut self-titled album. Over the last few years Mo has released three more albums including a 10-track collection of acoustic covers from Big Star, Stone Temple Pilots, and Tom Petty.

The final act of the evening was, of course, Crash Test Dummies. They flowed out on stage to a packed crowd cheering them on. Singing all of their greatest hits and more, including their most famous songs, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” and “Superman’s Song”, the band sounded fantastic.

Crash Test Dummies emerged from the Winnipeg Manitoba music scene in 1988. With a penchant for quirky songwriting and the distinct vocals of front man Brad Roberts, they established themselves as one of the bigger alternative acts of the 90s.

Never have I heard anyone have such a deep baritone voice. It is liquid gold. The very talented Ellen Reid harmonized with Brad while also handling the tambourine and accordion.

There was no doubt that all the 90s fans were brought back to their youth during Crash Test Dummies' set. I overheard a couple of women in the front row say “I can’t believe this is actually happening, it doesn’t seem real!”. I love hearing conversations like that. It makes you want to keep going to shows, supporting the scene, and defines just how powerful music can be.

You can catch Crash Test Dummies on these remaining tour dates:

Mon 2/28 Chicago, IL @ City Winery

Tue 3/1 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop

Wed 3/2 Kent, OH @ Kent Stage

Fri 3/4 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

Sat 3/5 Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater

Sun 3/6 Pawling, NY @ Daryl’s House Club

Wed 3/9 Boston, MA @ City Winery

Thurs 3/10 East Greenwich, RI @ Greenwich Odeum

Fri 3/11 Dalton, MA @ Stationary Factory

Sat 3/12 New York, NY @ (Le) Poisson Rouge

Mon 3/14 Philadelphia, PA @ City Winery

Tue 3/15 Washington, DC @ City Winery

Thurs 3/17 Charlotte, NC @ Booth Playhouse

Fri 3/18 Atlanta, GA @ City Winery

Sat 3/19 Asheville, NC @ Diana Wortham Theater

Sun 3/20 Nashville,TN @ City Winery

Huge thanks to Crash Test Dummies management and to 1% Productions for putting on this show. Check out the galleries below!

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Mo Kenney (first three) and Crash Test Dummies


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