The Details At The Icehouse
by Dorothy Timpy
True to their objective of catering to customers’ wishes, The
Details put professional entertainment, spiced with mega energy, on
stage at the Icehouse in Vancouver recently.
Drawing on a quarter century of experience and musical know-how, Andy
Madsen gathered musicians and initiated The Details in its first performance
at the Icehouse. Taking the stage with Madsen, who does lots of vocal
work for the group, as well as keyboard leads and fills, are: Chris
Sosilio on bass and guitar as well as vocals; Mike Dion, guitarist
and vocalist; and Paul Dreyer laying down the percussion base work
and carrying his share of the vocal duties.
As vocals are belted out by whoever happens to step to the microphone,
the rest fill in with harmonies, two or three parts, to provide a full,
melodic performance. They are high energy and that energy spills out
over the audience, as was evident on this night of classic rock music.
The group has a big following and on this evening of musical satisfaction,
they followed the band to the Icehouse providing a standing-room-only
Madsen performs a show, with excellent musical prowess and takes strides
to draw the audience into the evening’s show. He uses masks,
glasses, etc. to spice things up. He throws out quips to let the audience
know they are truly enjoying the music, as well as the interaction
with those who are on hand to listen and watch. Madsen stresses that
cover tunes included in their repertoire are done in the style which
originally made the song hit number one on the charts. Dreyer, Socilio
and Madsen have worked together off and on for the past 25 years, while
Dione and Dreyer have performed together in other groups intermittently
for some 10 years.
Madsen recalls having opened shows for such musical stars as Steppenwolf
and John Cougar. He also has plans to add another member who will take
over Sosilio’s duties on bass while Sosilio switches to guitar;
so there will be two guitars, keyboard, bass and drums. They already
have an awesomely full sound, so this should, indeed, be a performance
not to be missed.
Madsen chuckles as he says, “I guess we are really comedy rock.” Sometimes
they utilize fog machines and an extensive light show. He feels his
duties as “front man” require a quick wit and massive energy.
He says, “When I hear someone laugh, I know I’ve done my
The Icehouse features promotional specials, especially for NASCAR events.
Tuesday evenings is designated as “Biker Night” with special
food and beverages for all who ride in on their motorcycle. One Sunday
recently, they featured a crab and oyster feed specialty to highlight
the NASCAR race viewing.
Upcoming schedule for weekend musical entertainment are Ordinary
Joe, Liquid Blues and Far Cry, all clientele favorites at the Icehouse.
(See Music on Tap.)