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Decisions, decisions. What to do? Where to go?
Friday, October 19th, let Bad Decisions guide you.
Listen to some great live music. Go to Manny’s Place.
Great nights start with Bad Decisions.
Bad Decisions covering “Rebel Yell“ by Billy Idol
|Date?||Friday, October 19th|
|Time?||10:00pm – 1:00am
Get ready for a Musical Motivational Story!
Find out how one woman’s crusade to a healthier lifestyle inspired a community and transformed her personal journey into a self empowerment revolution.
Starring Joan Minnery the Inpirational Powerhouse!
She’ll be taking the stage by storm with her friends and fellow artists to get you moving, grooving and hopefully making positive changes in your life!
Joan Minnery original “Walking My Way Back to Me”
video courtesy of Joan Minnery
The Relay for Mental Health Awareness proudly presents this All Ages show
at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 29th at 7pm.
Tickets are only $20 and are available by phone
(local 519-758-8090 or toll free 1-800-265-0710)
or through the Sanderson Centre website.
Joan Minnery is a one woman force of inspiration.
She is a genuine go-getter with an indomitable spark plug of contagious effervescence. The pint-sized energizer bunny is a beacon of energy as she instructs her fitness classes and entertains crowds all over North America.
Joan wears many hats as a Mother, Music Educator, Motivational Speaker, Zumba Instructor, Professional Entertainer, Dance Teacher, Weight Management Consultant, Drama Coach and Health Journalist.
Joan is also the author of WALKING MY WAY BACK TO ME, her personal transformation autobiography.
|Who?||Joan Minnery, Alicia Skoretz, Christina Harper
The Waistliners Dance Team, Claire Collins, Ashley Leblanc
Morgan Whitcroft, Victoria McCulloch, SIVLE
|Where?||Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts|
|Date?||Friday, September 29th|
|Time?||7:00pm – 10:00pm
|Age limit?||All Ages|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #motivation #mentalhealth #inspiration
Manny’s Place hosts many of the greatest bands in the city; with a top-notch sound system, a flashback inducing light setup and plenty of space to get your groove on while the entertainers entertain; there’s no shortage of talent taking the stage. Manny designed his Place to cater to live music, and his attention to detail shows.
Knee Deep proceeded to play a plethora of prime picks from the 1990’s, with just enough modern hits mixed in to keep the party going all night long.
They say if you remember the 90’s, you probably smoked sh**ty weed. Regardless of whether or not you recall the 90’s (or were even born yet, you young whipper-snappers) the undeniable truth is that a lot of wicked music came out of that particular era. Whether it was grunge, alternative rock, punk rock or hip-hop, the 90’s were a time when some of the greatest songs ever were presented to our eager ears by bands who transformed the music scene.
How doth one of the modern era go forth and enjoy the live experience of such a wide selection of great music? Knee Deep is the answer.
(bonus question: where in the world is Carmen Santiago?*)
Knee Deep took to the stage with a fervor and proceeded to burn the damn building down.
(metaphorically burned it down: no Colborne Street insurance “accidents” here).
Singer Eric Mills brought a raw intensity that rode magnificently upon duel guitarists Jay Cutaia and JM Singaram’s pure power, with Vinnie Milosevich’s precision percussion and Chris Kowalsky’s deep melodic bass providing the perfect stream to keep the flow flowing and the crowd dancing.
The musicians of Knee Deep have a deep rooted respect for music and it shine’s through in their cut-for-cut reproduction of great songs such as Lenny Kravitz’ Are You Gonna Go My Way, Finger 11’s Paralyzer or The Clash’s London Calling.
Knee Deep in talent and head over heels in love with playing awesome live music to entertain the people. But don’t take my word for it, check out their facebook, their ReverbNation page, or just get off your keister and watch Knee Deep live the next time they take the stage in a venue near you.
Head over to BrantfordBands facebook page for some more great shots of the band captured on film
(hah, film, there’s a pain in the rear we’ll never have to deal with again).
Two keyboards and a microphone (where it’s at) plus a set of drums, a guitar and a bass; not to mention five musicians looking for a good time; bibbidy-bobbity-boo you’ve got yourself a Pardi Gras.
Recently BrantfordBands was down at Take a Break to catch a great band in a great new venue.
“But wait,” I hear you object, “Take a Break isn’t new, and since when do bands go there?” Since new owners Bill and Lisa took over, that’s when. Renovations have transmogrified the inside of the bar into a brand new place; with league quality pool tables
(for those of the billiard ball smacking persuasion: there’s also free pool on Friday nights)
a new clean sports theme and an open stage area for bands to ply their trade;
Take a Break just ain’t what she used to be – It’s better.
Pardi Gras took full advantage of the new-and-improved Take a Break and proceeded to lay down some smooth rock, funky blues and a little bit of Wu-Tang Clan (for the ladies).
No genre is safe; hide yo blues, hide yo rock, hide yo pop, cause Pardi Gras playin’ everything out here!
Their style transformed the sports bar into an old saloon; dueling pianos (keyboards, same difference) faced off within the confines of the four yellow walls, not fighting each other but working together to create a wonderful musical barrage of sound-bullets which fire off rapidly to compel you to dance.
Whether belting out classic rock hits or getting down with some bluesy New Orléans flavored rock, Pardi Gras is a force to be reckoned with. Three lead singers take turns at the helm of the rock-it ship; each with their own distinct sound and style; and it allows the band to journey across a vast musical landscape. The juicy bass and rambunctious drums carry each song forth like Valkyries in the night. Pardi Gras is a group of five talented musicians who meld into one massive group with a singular mission: get you Pardi-ing.
Like Pardi Gras! Do it now! It will fill your facebook with shiny happy rainbows and kittens will shoot forth from the bowels of the internet into your fb feed whence joy will spread like peanut-butter on your face. Or it will keep you updated on upcoming Pardi Gras shows and the latest Pardi Gras news. One of the above will surely happen if you Like Pardi Gras on the book of faces.
Not just an excuse to over imbibe, St. Paddy’s day is also an awesome excuse to get out and enjoy some great local music!
We’d love you to share your weekend plans, or to hear from you on Sunday while you recover from the fun: Comment below or head to the BrantfordBands facebook page to post your (fuzzy) memories and photos!
Guaranteed to get your toes tapping and hands clapping,
catch this unique musical experience live in Brantford!
Since 1982 Brantford’s own the George Rose Big Band
have been taking their favorite music and making it Bigger.
A big band jazz & swing band at heart, their musical passion also leads them down many paths
including forays into pop, R&B, soul and rock.
Tickets are available at PA Music (formerly LA Music).
from the George Rose Big Band:
On April 3rd, The George Rose Big Band presents
its 6th annual concert at New Covenant Church Hall,
22 Holiday Dr. Brantford. [next to Home Depot]
This series of concerts has been very popular with big band fans
in the area as it always brings back memories of years gone by,
as well as presenting some exciting newer tunes presented
in the big band style.
This year the band will feature guest vibraphonist Dave O’Neill.
Each concert is highlighted by a “sing along” (song sheets supplied)
allowing audience participation.
This year’s concert will be a matinée, commencing at 3.00pm,
so as to avoid night driving and be finished in time for dinner.
Tickets are available at PA Music (139 Charing Cross St.),
from band members, or at the door,
and the price is still $20.00.
For further information or large ticket orders,
call George at 519-752-4013.
|the George Rose Big Band
|Who?||the George Rose Big Band|
|Where?||New Covenant Church Hall|
|Date?||Sunday, April 3rd|
|Age limit?||All Ages|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #bigband
Dust off your blarney stones and head down to Dover on Friday the 18th.
More green beer than you can throw a leprechaun at, plus some great live music!
Brantford’s own Sticks & Stones are keeping the St Paddy’s party going at the Norfolk Tavern.
We’re playing the Erie coast line….at this rockin’ gem!
We rock! You drink! 🍀
|Sticks & Stones
|Who?||Sticks & Stones|
|Where?||the Norfolk Tavern|
|Date?||Friday, March 18th|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #brantfordbands #stpatricksday2016
Colby’s Billiards is looking for an act to keep the Irish eyes a’ smiling this St. Patrick’s Day.
Musicians, especially those of the ol’ Irish persuasion,
are asked to send a small demonstration of their prowess
to Colby’s Billiards via email or give them a call (519) 756-8813
from Colby’s Billiards:
Looking for St Paddy’s Day Entertainment
Thursday, March 17th 2016 from about noon to 3pm.
Musical/comedy acoustic preferred.
Performing for 40-60’s age target group.
Please Contact if interested and send a small demo
|Who?||Irish Entertainers Needed|
|Date?||Thursday, March 17th|
|Time?||Mid-day (approx. 12-3pm)|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #irishrock
A day full of celebration featuring two stages of live music, family fun, carnival entertainment,
BBQ, bake sale, live art, prizes and MORE!
On September 12th the Knights of Columbus Hall will be filled with life-affirming joy.
Featuring performances by:
The Delta Shakers
The Dumpster Bees
The Elmo Combo
The Lightning Dogs
Mark Leslie Wilson
The idea for SueFest was born in late 2013 after
the sudden passing of an incredible community member
known for her gentle kindness, musical ability and
commitment to the deaf blind community.
Susan Elaine Wallbank-Maher was a local teacher who
spent a lot of her time fundraising for charitable causes.
That is why we are excited to boast that in the festivals first
year we raised nearly $10.000 for continued research for
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada!
‘Ready‘ by Tomi Swick (of Strummers Union)
Blaine Bomberry w/ Retrofit Blues Band performing ‘The Lovin’ I Miss‘ by the Tommy Z Band
Nate Friesen performing ‘Hearts on Fire‘ by Passenger
|Who?||Nate Friesen | Huckleberry Gin | Blaine Bomberry
Cory Mercer | The Dumpster Bees | Paul Agriesti
Ruby’s Revenge | Mark Leslie Wilson | The Lightning Dogs
Strummers Union | The Delta Shakers | The Elmo Combo
|Where?||Knights of Columbus Hall|
|Date?||Saturday, September 12th|
|Time?||2pm – 10pm|
free for children 12 years and under
#brantfordrocks #heart&stroke #livemusic
Whatever your entertainment needs may be,
you’re going to have a great time at the acoustic Open Mic.
Comedians, acoustic musicians, poets and more are all welcome to take to their turn presenting their art.
Many people ask what the difference is between “open mic” and “open jam.”
An open jam will typically have a drum kit, musicians will band together and rock out together on stage.
Sometimes bands will entertain you.
An open mic is typically acoustic acts, stand up comedy, slam poetry, etc.
Come out and play some tunes, maybe make people laugh or think a little!
Whatever it is you do, if you’re looking for some stage time, we’ve got it!
Don’t forget!! The final Tuesday of each month is your chance to win a cash prize for your awesomeness!
Interested in booking YOUR act? Just email Less Than Three to grab a spot for an upcoming night.
|Who?||Less Than Three
plus special guests
|Time?||10pm – 2am|
|Cost?||No Cover (free)|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocal #openmic
Help support Brantford’s local H.O.P.E. organization while enjoying some excellent acoustic music!
Brantford Arts Block is hosting this wonderful evening
with local musicians coming together to foster hope and charity within the community.
H.O.P.E. is a Not for Profit organization with the aim of helping and hiring those with long term health difficulties reintegrate back into the workforce on a part time basis with the goal of them gradually building to full time employment elsewhere in the community.
‘What You Love‘ by Logan Staats
‘Take Your Records‘ by Chris Strei
Caleb Turgeon Coates performing ‘Summertime Sadness‘ by Lana Del Ray
|Who?|| Caleb Turgeon Coates | Chris Strei
Less Than Three | Logan Staats | Terry Weaver
|Where?||Brantford Arts Block|
|Date?||Friday, September 11th|
|Cost?||$15 minimum donation|
#brantfordrocks #hope #acoustic
Fantastic music, hilarious comedy, captivating slam poetry,
burlesque dancing and henna body art
all under one roof!
One night only at Manny’s Place!
Local females are coming together on Saturday, September 19th
to rock your socks, paint your hands, tickle your funny bone,
electrify your mind and do other things to your body that I won’t get into detail about.
Come out to support our sisters as we take the stage
to bring you live music, comedy, slam poetry and burlesque!
Stand-up Comedy by:
Abby McWhirter (Brantford)
Rachel Matheson (Toronto)
Slam Poetry by:
Ruby Krueger (Hamilton)
Simple‘ by Sarah Halabecki Band
‘Happy Purple Unicorn‘ by The Ache
Waking Life performing ‘Love Interruption‘ by Jack White
|Who?||High Heels Lo Fi | Sarah Halabecki Band
Waking Life | The Ache | Velvet & The Vibe
|Date?||Saturday, September 19th|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocaltalent #chicksrock
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.
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 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.
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.
1st Manniversary featuring BrAiN jAmMaGe, Chris Strei, Mctease and MORE! – New Pictures and Videos from 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.