You heard it here first – they will be on the stage at Sound of Music. Who? Walk off the Earth of course.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  May 7, 2012  The BIG question come Friday afternoon when the Sound of Music Festival people announce the line-up for this June is – will they be on the stage?

Will who be on the stage?  If you have to ask that question you are not a true native of Burlington and you should catch the GO bus to Hamilton before the sun sets.

Walk off the Earth – is who we are talking about.   The video of their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” became rapidly popular on YouTube in early 2012, gathering over 100 million views in four months.  It got them a spot  on the Ellen DeGeneres  Show for the accomplishment.

Gianni Luminati – Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Banjo, Kazoo, Keys, Drums, Vocals, Theremin, Beatbox, Xylophone, Cigar Box;  Ryan Marshall – Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Trumpet; Mike Taylor – (Widely known as “Beard Guy”, “Beard Man” and “Sea Captain”) – Keyboards, Vocals;  Joel Cassady – Drums, Cigar box guitar;    Sarah Blackwood – Guitar, Electric Guitar, Kazoo, Ukulele, Banjo, Bass, Vocals, Piano, Glockenspiel, Tamborine, Cigar box guitar, xylophone.

In an early version of our story about this band we erred with a couple of the names and got this from a loyal reader. “They’re now up to over 10 million views! Small name correction: the one on the right is Michael Taylor, who just happens to be the father of my beautiful goddaughter! (It’s a small town.) Ryan Marshall is second from the right.”

Better than the Fab Five - from left to right:Joel Cassady, Sarah Blackwood, Gianni Nicassio, Ryan Marshal and Michael Taylor.

All of Burlington wants to see then in person.  But now that they are “bigger time” than they have ever been the fee goes up – and given that Dave Miller didn’t manage to squeeze any additional dollars out of city council for this years events – the SOM folk could have found themselves between a rock and a hard place.

The SOM depends on the good will of the people in this city – so a way was found to get that band on stage – and they will be there.  When – tune into Our Burlington on Saturday And we will tell you when.

You heard it here first.



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