Shauna McAllister of Jupiter Jill brings her alt rock sound to the Rainbow Room this Friday

Jupiter Jill hits rainbow

A growing legion of “sound warriors” is mesmerized by Nanaimo's Jupiter Jill's alt-rock-meets-space-cowboy sound.

If PJ Harvey, Annie Lennox, Patsy Cline and Joan Jett were to board a spaceship and head to an alternate universe, they would likely come back to Earth as Jupiter Jill.

That’s the way transplanted prairie girl Shauna McAllister describes her band, Jupiter Jill. And a growing legion of “sound warriors” is mesmerized by her alt-rock-meets-space-cowboy sound. McAllister, now based in Nanaimo, plays The Rainbow Room in Port Alberni this Friday, July 27.

McAllister has been playing music since she was five years old. Her musical inspiration back then was a toy glockenspiel; it still runs eclectic today, as she told a Shaw TV host she looks to Jack White (White Stripes) and The Pixies as her adult muses.

White’s influence is heard in the beat from McAllister’s acoustic guitar, while one can hear Jett’s throaty power in songs like Super Robot Girl or Gasoline. Team her up with bandmates Mathew Falvai (electric guitar), Dave Lawson (sax), Andrew Kent (drums and Korg), Anatol Mcginnis (bass, violin and cello), Ross Hembling (drums) and Scott Macleod (bass) and you’ve got a winner.

Jupiter Jill hits the stage at 10 p.m. Admission is $7 at the door. For more info, check out the Rainbow Room on the web at

For a sample of Jupiter Jill’s sound, check out McAllister at

Just Posted

Fun had by all at the Rock and Gem Show

Alberni Valley Rock and Gem Club hosts largest event so far

Huu-ay-aht mother reunited with newborn daughter after court case

Mother and child will reside in Port Alberni with supervision and support

Young Nuu-chah-nulth boy remembered by his big, beautiful smile

A six-year-old boy died in a Port Alberni home on March 13

Gord Johns calls on Liberal government to act on unfair newsprint tariffs

U.S. anti-dumping tariff could have “devastating impact” on Island communities

Port Alberni council endorses climate, food security measures

Pared-down list includes market-garden, home conversion incentives

Vancouver Island’s Best Videos of the Week

A look at some of the best video stories from the past week ending March 16, 2018

Experts: Society has a role in trying to prevent domestic violence

Experts are speaking out following the murder of a woman and her son in Ontario

Progress on fixing Phoenix pay system backlog could be short-lived: Ottawa

Feds have said they won’t try to recover money overpaid until all outstanding issues are fixed

Northern lights chasers in Canada discover new type named ‘Steve’

Phenomenon linked to a powerful current created by charged particles in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Washington state backs B.C. in pipeline dispute

Governor Jay Inslee says he is ‘allied’ with the province on Trans Mountain expansion projection

Dead rabbits found at Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds stoke concerns about Nanaimo virus

A B.C. wildlife veterinarian says a few of the dead bunnies will be sent for diagnosis next week.

SAY WHAT? Readers weigh in on high-speed rail to U.S.

B.C. to contribute $300,000 to a million-dollar business study on the proposed project

B.C.-based CEO charged with conspiring to sell unhackable phones to criminals

Vincent Ramos of Richmond, was arrested last week in Seattle in years-long undercover operation

Saanich resident facing numerous charges in north Courtenay shooting incident

Richard Daniel Vigneault, a 27-year-old Saanich resident is facing numerous charges in… Continue reading

Most Read