Party in a Pottery

Party in a Pottery

“The first thing every artist wants is a packed, fun venue. That can be a 20-person house party or a 20,000-person arena.” With that thought, Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra lead Kurt Loewen waxes philosophical about friendship, taking your shot, quality versus quantity and staying up way too late getting lost in a hook. The energy felt through the phone as Kurt touches on these topics is palpable. Their shows are a blast.

Deep friendship and great venues drive the band’s energy. Tequila Mockingbird will bring the energy, while Medicine Hat provides some of the coolest venues in Alberta. Here are four of the most notable.

Medalta Beehive Kiln

These domed brick structures were inspired by medieval architecture and would reach as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit when firing Medalta’s pottery. Today, musicians bring the warmth. Intimate performances put musicians and audience so close together that you can almost reach out and touch them.

The acoustics of the beehive can play tricks on the ear, too. Depending how the musical notes bounce off the walls, you can be watching a musician while hearing their music behind you.

Medalta Turning Room

Picture this: The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra has you dancing, swinging your partner around, stomping your feet. Surrounding the dance floor are dozens of pieces of pottery, some under glass. Some even returned from the Emperor of Ethiopia’s collection.

Don’t worry though, no one’s telling you to sit down. You’re not a bull in a china shop. Today you’re on the dance floor, surrounded by friends, feeding off the energy present in the room. Keep dancing.

Zucchini Blossom

An intimate venue on the North side of the South Saskatchewan River, and a Medicine Hat institution. Zucchini Blossom kicked off Medicine Hat’s love affair with quality food and eclectic atmospheres. From the Zucchini Blossom, independent cafes have bloomed across Canada’s sunniest, with four in the downtown core alone.

Order the Bomba Panini, The Goat Salad and sit back with some Tongue on the Post acoustic sets.

Verve Café

From the Zucchini Blossom sprung Verve Café. These are the new kids on the block, but they’re no stranger to the scene. Eager to plug in to the city’s independent culture, they provide a fourth venue for Tongue on the Post, and bring their own flair. They’re the first Medicine Hat café to offer nitrous-infused coffee. Drink one of those while listening to a Tongue on the Post set and you’re sure to be dancing.