Monthly Archives: June 2015

Acoustic Open Mic w/ Trevor Cobb @ Manny’s Place – Tuesdays

Acoustic Open Mic with Trevor Cobb at 9pm at Manny's Place

Acoustic Open Mic w/ Trevor Cobb

Join Trevor Cobb for an Acoustic Open Jam every Tuesday night at Manny’s Place.

For us non-performing listener types it’s always great seeing local musicians let their music free.

Rock, soul, folk, country, blues, death metal (acoustic death metal obviously),
no genre is safe from the Open Jam!

If you’re looking to have some fun jamming out with local musicians
get down to Manny’s and Trevor will get you up on stage.

The Acoustic Open Jam starts at 9pm.


Who? Anyone who wants to jam acoustically
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Tuesdays
Time? 9pm
Cost? No Cover (free)
Age limit? 19+

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #openjam

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Hit the Spot: Cory Mercer at BDoggs

Hit the Spot Cory Mercer at BDoggs

Cory Mercer, Fine Street Food and Craft Beer!

On Thursday, June 11th I strode into B●Doggs Fine Street Foods and quickly saw the creative local entrepreneurial spirit continuing to thrive in Brantford.
Serving up deliciously elegant “street food” alongside craft beers from the area with some smooth live music for desert.

The patio, or “beer garden” is a great place to enjoy some live acoustic jams.  It’s split into sections with greenery all around.  There are plenty of tables and benches that surround the perimeter with a clear view of the performance area from any angle.

from bdoggs.com:

What makes one patio better than the next?
We believe it’s in the vibe, the tunes, the greenery and the name.
Doesn’t a “beer garden” sound much more inviting than “a patio?”
Ours is certainly worth a visit, or two or three.
Don’t be surprised if our play list jumps from a reggae one-drop to 80’s yacht rock or indie top hits.

Cory Mercer jamming out some live tunes at B.Doggs in Brantford

And I hope you like jammin’ too.

Cory Mercer delivered some awesome original songs, along with a slew of great cover tunes.
Flowing through the genres, effortlessly switching from rock to folk, pop to alternative, again and again.
His melodic voice lent itself perfectly to any song.
Cory took a number of requests during his performance, including more Paul Simon than you could shake a stick at.
Unless you had a fairly large-sized stick, of course.

Cory had fun with the crowd, always friendly and engaging.
His bohemian style and attitude were perfectly aligned with the general vibe of the venue, very free-spirited.

His originals were beautiful hand-crafted songs straight from the heart, with plenty of hooks to keep the crowd grooving.

Cory Mercer singing and playing some great songs down at B.Doggs

Cory Mercer singing in the shade

A great time, a great place, a great band.  It was a damn great time for everyone.
It was also quite tremendous, wicked, exquisite, copacetic and excellent.
But mostly, it was great.

Every Thursday from 6pm – 10pm:  live local music & fresh local cuisine at B●Doggs Fine Street Foods.

Harbour & Waking Life are under the Spotlight at BrantfordBands.com

Harbour - pop punk

Harbour
[pop punk]

Just added:

to the ever-growing Artist Spotlight at BrantfordBands!

Would you or your local band (or both?) like a feature on the Artist Spotlight?
Contact BrantfordBands!
Please include any videos, photos, links, and info that you’d like us to share.

1st Manniversary featuring BrAiN jAmMaGe, Chris Strei, Mctease and MORE! – New Pictures and Videos from BrantfordBands

New photos and videos by BrantfordBands

Manniversary – photos and videos by BrantfordBands

Many of you may have noticed pics have been online for a while now, but the videos were…in need of adjustments.
Most of the video are now online, though I did have to bring a few outback and put them out of their misery.
I apologize in advance to anyone and everyone for the quality, fuzziness, sound pops, random monkeys, rain on your parade, and various other inexcusable excuses.

All photos / videos were taken at Manny’s Place in Brantford on June 5th & 6th 2015.

 

Door to Door Human Gore, Harangue, We Are Human, Blastomycosis & Reliving the Prophecy @ Manny’s Place – June 26

metal mayham at Manny's Place featuring Reliving the Prophect, Door to Door Human Gore, Harangue, We Are Human, Blastomycosis live in Brantford

The guy with the rubber glove was surprisingly gentle.

Metal mayhem invades Manny’s Place!
Get musically molested (in the best way possible) by five groups of metal maniacs:

We’re All Doomed‘ by Door to Door Human Gore

covered in flies and afterbirth

Covered in Flies and Afterbirth‘ by Blastomycosis

Door to Door Human Gore facebook music youtube
Harangue facebook music
We Are Human facebook music
Blastomycosis facebook music
Reliving the Prophecy facebook music

Join the Event on facebook!

Who? Door to Door Human Gore | Harangue
We Are Human | Blastomycosis | Reliving the Prophecy
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Friday, June 26th
Time? 7pm – 2am
Cost? $10
Age limit? 19+

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #metal

Urban Canals, Street Pharmacy & James-Alphonse @ Club NV – June 19

Street Pharmacy, Urban Canals, James-Alphonse at Club NV Friday June 19th

Live Music Fridays Rock at NV!

Club NV presents another great live Friday night!
Great bands, good food & plenty of libations to go around.
(try saying libations three times fast the next time you’re drunk)

Catch Brantford Indie Band Urban Canals
along with rockin’ reggae greats Street Pharmacy
and the genre-bending mutable James-Alphonse.

Like Lightning‘ by Urban Canals

Red Light Midnight‘ by Street Pharmacy

Urban Canals
Artist Spotlight @ BrantfordBands web facebook music youtube
Street Pharmacy
web facebook twitter music youtube
James-Alphonse web facebook twitter music youtube

Join the Event on facebook!

Who? Urban Canals | James-Alphonse
Street Pharmacy
Where? Club NV
Date? Friday, June 19th
Time? 8pm
Cost? $5 advance / $8 doors
Age limit? 19+

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #indierock

Hit the Spot: One Year Manniversary at Manny’s Place

Hit the Spot with BrantfordBands

BrantfordBands’ Hit the Spot

From June 3rd – 6th, 2015, Manny celebrated the first anniversary of his haven for local live music.
Opening in 2014, Manny’s Place has been consistently showcasing local bands from Brantford.
From Open Jams (every Thursday) to rocking Saturday nights (and often Friday nights as well), this has quickly become one of the best venues in the area to catch some great live music.
If you haven’t made your way down to the corner of Grey and Stanley yet, you damn well should.
Gone for good is Goodfellas, in fact it’s barely recognizable as the same place.  Completely renovated from the get go, Manny has continued to make improvements to an already great setup.
Manny has poured his soul into every aspect of the establishment, the awesome stage and PA system, the custom-made tables and chairs, the lighting system and smoke machine, and every detail in between.

Manny's Place - First Manniversary

Happy Manniversary

Manny Capinding has had a long tour in the music scene, from DJing to running nightclubs, but his true passion is live local music.  All of the performers I spoke with agreed that he is one of the most helpful and caring hosts, always making sure that the bands are happy and doing all he can to improve their experience, while always working to make sure the crowds have a fantastic time out.
This year saw a number of upgrades and changes, but Manny isn’t done yet.  He already has plans to continue to improve, always taking the suggestions of his patrons and performers to heart.


On Friday night we caught the reunion of BrAiN jAmMaGe as part of the ongoing Manniversary celebrations.  As soon as I saw the unique (and ever-evolving) stand-up drum set that Rich Wilkes set up I knew this was going to be a great set, and they did not disappoint.  With Chris Brown’s killer guitar work on acoustic and electric guitar, Chris Mulligan smacking out the deep bass riffs and Rich smashing out the drum lines (so violently in fact that he managed to break a couple pieces of his kit), BrAiN jAmMaGe delivers favorites from a wide variety of rock genres with a passion that had me floored.

Brain Jammage live at Manny's Place.

Jammaging your Brain

The bass lines are consistently tight, the guitar solos are awe inspiring, the drums are energetically booming, while Chris’ vocals are rich and full.  Occasionally, Rich took the vocals into the deep guttural bowels of hardcore for their excursions into the world of punk, which gave the audience an idea what to expect from the next band.


Against the Grain is a decidedly harder musical offering, presenting metal legends in their thrash and burn entirety.  They rocked.  Hard!  Bringing out the headbanger in all of us.

Against the Grain hard rockers from Brantford

Hard and fast. just like your mom

Their driving force changed the dance floor  into a veritable mosh pit, with plenty of deep bass lines, rapid drums and epic guitar work.  They held back nothing, and delivered a smashing show for those of us who love some hardcore rock.


Saturday started off early, with the sun still shining outside as Chris Strei climbed up on the stage with his acoustic guitar and delivered his brand of smooth rock to the masses filtering in from Brantford’s crooks and crannies.

Brantford's Chris Strei rocking live

Chris Strei soothes the soul

Chris Strei‘s originals are crowd favorites, soulful experiences that he shares with the world.
Delivered in his crooner meets pop-star style, he transports you into a beautiful meadow of sound where he gently takes your hand and puts it on his heart.


Carl Mulligan was next to rock the crowds, initially alone with his guitar and soothing voice but soon joined by John Lama on guitar and Mikie Bray on conga drum.  They presented a number of beautiful renditions of their favorite songs, all superbly executed.

Carl Mulligan, Mikie Bray and John Lama pleasing the crowds

Soulful alternative rockers

Carl’s energy and excitement was consistent as he strode about the stage, at times hanging from the rafters while delivering his uniquely masculine and sonically superb vocals.  Mikie kept up a steady pace on the drums, perfectly accenting the fervent style of John’s guitar.


Up next on Manny’s Stage was the crowd favorite McTease.
With Trevor Cobb on acoustic guitar and singing while Mick Montgomery bashed out the feverish drums lines on the conga drum, their unity and passion had everyone stomping along with them.

McTease rocks

McTeasing the crowds

Funky southern fried originals and an eclectic mix of cover songs temporarily transformed Manny’s Place into a big ol’ bonfire party, Mick’s rapidly pulsating beats along with Trevor’s impassioned vocals and guitar work feeding the fires ever higher.


The Tryst took the stage for the grand finale, their devoted Tryster-Sisters in the crowd screaming in excitement and the rest of the audience soon joining in.
Those who hadn’t yet witnessed the epic female-powered rock show that The Tryst consistently delivers were blown away.

The Tryst kicking it

The Tryst rock

Every member of the band is dedicated to bringing the rock to life, with more than enough talent and passion to get the job done.  This is obviously more than a job for these ladies, this is a passion that they transfer into each and every note of their classic rock and pop tributes.


It was a fantastic weekend full to the brim with excited local music aficionados celebrating the first year of Manny’s Place.  After having already built up a great venue for local artists, we’re excited to see what the future holds.

Crowd rocking out at Manny's Place in Brantford

Great rocking Manniversary

We’ve added a few photo galleries taken at this year’s Manniversary
to the BrantfordBands on facebook.

Watch the BrantfordBands youtube channel for upcoming videos from the event!

 

Eric Mills, Big Shiny Two, Heckle the Band and Knee Deep are under the Spotlight at BrantfordBands.com

Just added:

to the ever-growing Artist Spotlight at BrantfordBands!

Would you or your local band (or both?) like a feature on the Artist Spotlight?
Contact BrantfordBands!
Please include any videos, photos, links, and info that you’d like us to share.

ZZZ#9 – Planes & Trains, BA Johnston, Urban Canals, Thomas & The Evil Computer @ the Station – June 13

ZZZ number 9 featuring Planes and Trains, B.A Johnston, Thomas and the Evil Computer, Urban Canals live at the Station

The sleeper series strikes again

ZZZ#9 is rolling into the Station,
loaded up with local (and nearly local) original artists:

from facebook:

this show is on a SATURDAY!
i know that’s weird for us, but let’s give’r a try, right?

the trains will still be rolling in,
the beer will still be flowing
and the tunes will still be rocking.

(official) WTFest after-party event!

DJ > sp5000

Headless == Wealthy‘ by Thomas and the Evil Computer
video courtesy of MOTIONEER

[vimeo 44357490 w=420]

Deep Fryer in My Bedroom‘ by B.A. Johnston
video courtesy of CriticalDistanceVids

See You On The Other Side‘ EP preview by Urban Canals
video courtesy of U.Canals

Planes & Trains facebook music
B.A. Johnston facebook twitter music web
Urban Canals facebook music youtube web BrantfordBands
Thomas & The Evil Computer music web

Join the Event on facebook!

Who? Planes & Trains | B.A. Johnston
Urban Canals | Thomas & The Evil Computer
Where? The Station Coffee House & Gallery
Date? Saturday, June 13th
Time? 8pm
Cost? $5

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #zzz

Heckle the Band – New Pictures and Videos from BrantfordBands

New photos and videos of Heckle the Band by BrantfordBands

Heckle the Band – photos by BrantfordBands

We’ve added a gallery of pictures and a few videos for local band Heckle the Band.
All photos / videos were taken at Manny’s Place in Brantford on May 30th 2015.

Photo Gallery at Facebook

Videos at Youtube

Keep watching BrantfordBands.com for an upcoming Artist Spotlight featuring Heckle the Band!

 

1 Year Anniversary! @ Manny’s Place – June 3rd to June 6th

Manny's Place 1 year anniversary June 3rd to 6th featuring Karaoke, Open Jam, and live music from Brain Jammage, Against the Grain, Dj Fedora, Chris Strei, Carl Mulligan, Trevor Cobb and The Tryst !!!

Great live music plus giveaways and specials!

How all anniversary’s should be celebrated: with great live local music!

Add in nightly drink specials and giveaways (including a raffle for a Corona fridge!)
and you’re gonna have a good time.

The party gets started when Manny’s Place re-opens on Wednesday, June 3rd with Dj Shrek hosting the Wacky Wednesday Karaoke.

Thursday Trevor Cobb will be hosting a special Mannyversary Loud & Proud Open Jam.

Friday night BrAiN jAmMaGe and Against the Grain take the stage
with Dj Fedora spinning between sets!

Saturday Chris Strei, Carl Mulligan, Trevor Cobb and The Tryst will be coming out to rock the house
with Dj Fedora to help keep the party going all night!

from facebook:

Our first year has come to an end and now the fun begins.
Thank you to everyone that has supported us especially our staff, regulars and all the talented musicians that have rocked our stage.
Tuesday, June 2nd we are closed for the day to give a little TLC and you will all love the changes.
For those that haven’t been here, come out to see what you’ve missed.
Wednesday is the beginning of the next phase and will definitely be a wicked party.
Anniversary celebrations all week with nightly drink specials and giveaways. For every Corona you get a raffle ticket for a Special edition Corona fridge giveaway which will be drawn Saturday night.


Video courtesy of Paul Divitio
Please note this video is almost as old as Manny’s Place and
the information contained within may not be valid at this time (ie: kitchen being open until 1am)

Who? Dj Shrek | BrAiN jAmMaGe | Against the Grain
Chris Strei | Carl Mulligan | Trevor Cobb
The Tryst | Dj Fedora
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Wednesday June 3rd until Saturday June 6th
Time? various (usually 7pm or later)
Cost? No Cover (free)
Age limit? 19+

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #Mannyversary

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