Friday, May 7, 2010

Rocking the Roof

"Think globally, act locally"

If you're a Beatles fan like Kevin, tomorrow marks a special day in Fab Four history.

It was 40 years ago tomorrow - May 8, 1970 - The Beatles released their 12th and final studio album, the ironically named "Let it Be".

But what most people don't know about is the film version of "Let it Be". Intended to be a documentary to showcase the making of an album, it instead reveals the painful story of a band breaking up.

Kevin is not most people.

Being the avid Beatlemaniac he is, Kevin is well aware of the historical significance that "Let it Be" represents. Trying to come up with an ending for the film, John, Paul George and Ringo played an unannounced lunchtime concert on the roof of the Apple building. It was their final public appearance as a group before the police eventually arrived to shut the production down.

40 years later, Kevin and The Calico Jacks are taking a page out of Beatles history with a concept known as "Rock the Roof".

Moncton City Hall will be the site for a rooftop concert (one the cops won't stop), Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 11am until 1:30pm. Kevin, T-Bone, Riff & Lucky will belt out an all-Beatles setlist and fans are being encouraged to bring non-perishable food items as "Rock the Roof" aims to resupply a number of food banks in the Greater Moncton area.

This week, the TSB blog has adopted a consistent theme with respect to the qualities of leadership, living with passion and understanding the importance of "why" we do things as opposed to "what" and "how" we do them. Today these themes come full circle with a real-life example.

Kevin happens to be a top-notch public servant, working in Economic Development with the City of Moncton, but he is also prepared to live life out loud. Far from being one of those tight-ass, robotic government workers who collects a paycheck and goes home to grumble, Kevin enthusiastically tries to make a difference in all of the projects he is involved with and genuinely lives the City of Moncton brand through and through.

He will even shout from a rooftop to prove it.

Is Kevin Silliker one cool dude or what?

"If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal"

P.S. ... For more deets on "Rock the Roof", visit

1 comment:

East Coast Gal said...

I don't quite know how to describe how I feel about the Beatles. I was too young when they were hot, and by the time I'd caught on to them in a big way, John Lennon had already been killed. But there is something about their music that can never die. The time, the mood, the experimentation.

I wouldn't selfishly wish for rain tomorrow, because I want Rock the Roof to be an amazing success, even though I can't be there. But I want to be, and if by chance Calico Jacks aren't able to Rock the Roof on the 8th, I will be there on the 15th.

I just finished a story for a magazine I'm working on about Mission Possible, which is a Chamber of Commerce movement, and it made me so proud to live here. I've lived in a number of cities in Canada, and I've never seen people who can do so much with so little.

Well done Kevin, and good on you Gair for bringing his message to a wider audience. I will be there in spirit!