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Songs for H.O.P.E fundraiser @ Brantford Arts Block – Sept 11

Songs for HOPE fundraiser featuring live acoustic music from Logan Staats and many more

live music for a great cause

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.

Featuring performances by:
Logan Staats
Caleb Turgeon Coates
Chris Strei
Less Than Three
Terry Weaver

from facebook

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.

Tickets are available at:
Starving Artist Cafe (42 Dalhousie)
Neat Stuff (116 Dalhousie)
Brantford Arts Block (111 Sherwood Drive)

What You Love‘ by Logan Staats

Take Your Records‘ by Chris Strei

Caleb Turgeon Coates performing ‘Summertime Sadness‘ by Lana Del Ray

Join the Event on facebook!

Who? Caleb Turgeon Coates |   Chris Strei
Less Than Three  |  Logan Staats  |  Terry Weaver
Where? Brantford Arts Block
Date? Friday, September 11th
Time? 7pm-10pm
Cost? $15 minimum donation

#brantfordrocks #hope #acoustic

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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!

 

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

Thee Empty Hours, Chris Strei, Waking Life, Gag Order and MANY MORE! @ Manny’s Place – June 13

Future for Scott's Legacy Lives On fundraiser featuring waking life, chris strei, thee empty hours, pay no mind, gag order, Synchronized Silence, High Heels Lo Fi , The Whatever Device, Familiar Fiends, The Dirty Kulprits

Future for Molly

Future for Molly, Scott’s Legacy Lives On.

Ten (10!) great bands
all coming together to remember Scott Randall
and raise what they can for his daughter Molly.

Tickets are available now at

from facebook:

The sudden passing of our dear family member and friend Scott Randall, has left our hearts with an emptiness that words can’t explain.

Scott’s beautiful, amazing and extraordinarily intelligent eleven year old daughter lives on without the companionship, fun and financial aid that her father provided.

Let’s come together for a fun night of music, food, prizes and camaraderie in Scott’s memory and get the lovely Molly a giant start on her education fund!

Also, many of you have asked, “what can I do to help?”
As you know, Scott was a chef (and a very good one, at that!!), and he loved food.
We would love to have people bring something they love to eat to share.

We’ll have live music right from 4:00pm on.

Thee Empty Hours 4:00 – 4:45
Chris Strei 5:00 – 5:45
Pay No Mind 6:00 – 6:45
Gag Order 7:00 – 7:45
Synchronized Silence 8:00 – 8:45
Waking Life 9:00 – 9:45
High Heels Lo Fi 10:00 – 10:45
The Whatever Device 11:00 – 11:45
Familiar Fiends 12:00 – 12:45
The Dirty Kulprits 1:00 – 1:45


Take Your Records‘ by Chris Strei


Feed the Greed‘ by Gag Order


You Win Again, Tequila‘ by High Heels Lo Fi

Thee Empty Hours facebook music youtube
Chris Strei facebook twitter music youtube web
Pay No Mind facebook youtube
Gag Order facebook twitter music youtube
Synchronized Silence facebook twitter music youtube
Waking Life facebook music
High Heels Lo Fi facebook twitter music youtube web
The Whatever Device facebook youtube web
Familiar Fiends facebook music
The Dirty Kulprits facebook music youtube

Join the Event on facebook!

Future for Molly fundraiser

Who? Thee Empty Hours, Chris Strei, Pay No Mind, Gag Order,
Synchronized Silence, Waking Life, High Heels Lo Fi
The Whatever Device, Familiar Fiends, The Dirty Kulprits
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Saturday, June 13th
Time? 3pm – 2am
Cost? Adults $10
Kids 6-12 $5 at door, 5 and under free,
Age limit? All Ages until 9pm
19+ after 9pm

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #futureformolly

Chris Strei @ Manny’s Place – April 2

Chris Strei Formal '15 Announcement at Manny's Place

Folk-rock originals and classic covers

Folk rocker Chris Strei will be belting out his smooth originals and classic covers down at Manny’s, with possible special guests and a special announcement!
Be the first Strei fan to find out details about this year’s Strei Formal!

Chris has invited his fellow musicians to get up and jam (or marmalade) with him, anyone interested should get in touch, or surprise him the night of.  Everyone loves surprises.

from brantfordbands.com:

Sporting a slightly disheveled dedicated artist look, Chris Strei‘s smooth and vibrantly melodic voice lends itself beautifully to his pop-tinged folk rock originals.
Chris eats, sleeps and breathes music and it certainly shows.  His commitment to the craft comes through in each composition, musical expressions of the vast tapestry of emotion and life experiences.

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Wrong‘ written and composed by Chris Strei

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Who? Chris Strei
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Thursday, April 2nd
Time? 9pm
Cost? No Cover (free)
Age limit? 19+

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #folkrock

Hit the Spot: Intervals at The Station

Hit the Spot with BrantfordBands at the Station for Intervals

BrantfordBands’ Hit the Spot

An awesome new series debuted at The Station Coffee House & Gallery on Saturday, March 7th.
The first “Intervals a Songwriters’ Showcase” featured local acoustic singer songwriters performing (primarily) original material in a relaxed atmosphere, surrounded by fans and fellow artists. Organized by local music aficionado and performer Chris Strei, Intervals is a wonderful monthly series that encapsulates the thriving creative spirit of Brantford.

Down at the train station might not be one of the first places you think of when you want to check out some great live music, but it should be.  Since 2008, The Station (it’s the building on the far left, not the main train station building) has been allowing travelers and locals a place to enjoy various cultural arts.  Beautiful art adorns every wall inside, most of which is available for purchase.  Monthly updates bring a fresh collection of photographs, paintings and various other art forms to dazzle the eyes.  March brought us the wonderful madness of Dean F. Ellis and his eccentric paintings, pen and ink, photos and sculptures.
The space is not vast, but there is a plethora of seating available.  The building allows an unique sonic connection to each artist, as the entire space fills with lucious sound, allowing you to experience subtle nuances of the music you may have missed at a larger venue.  The occasional passing train really adds to the mood, as though we were riding in the back of a boxcar with a menagerie of songwriters free to openly express their craft.  Fortunately this train ride had a well stocked bar area, with libations and coffee served up by the friendly co-founder / bartender Jeff Sauble.


The first performer of the night was Andrew Bradbury.  Andrew has a strong vocal presence and great skill on the guitar.  He played along with a backing track which may not have been necessary, as his songwriting talent shone acoustically.  His original songs spoke from a place of passion, and his love of music was displayed quite proficiently.  We were able to make a recording of Bradbury performing his original song No Regrets (the video is embedded at the bottom of this post), which sounded even better live.  Andrew is an artist to keep an eye on, and we can’t wait to see how his talent continues to evolve.


Intervals was set to feature hour long sets by each artist.  Due to a last minute change in performers, there was also a ‘free jam’ which allowed everyone a chance to perform a few additional songs.
The ‘free jam’ brought us some great songs performed by Chris Strei, a solo performance by Jason Inberg, and an extra Innersha performance.  Trevor Cobb performed a fun little freestyle acoustic performance before being joined by Mick Montgomery and jumping into a great Mctease performance.


Mctease had not expected to perform tonight, but it was a happy little accident that allowed BrantfordBands to witness their unique and thoroughly entertaining set.  Trevor Cobb is a welcoming and charismatic guy and this comes through brilliantly in his music.  His husky voice, energetic strumming and humourous nature make him seem like the long lost third member of Tenacious D.  That same vibrant energy and love of music are apparent when Mick Montgomery starts walloping his conga drum.  During softer moments Mick played the tambourine in a building credsendo which would inevitably lead back into the massive conga rhythms.  Mctease played a blend of rock, country and generally upbeat tunes.  Whatever genre they flowed through, Mick and Trevor made each song seem completely theirs, even when they jammed a few covers.  Their original songs are wonderfully frivolous, with lyrics that cause bursts of joyous laughter and a rousing cadence that makes it impossible not to stomp along to the beat.  While we can’t share too much of the lyrical content from songs like ‘Pig’ and ‘Pu**y’, it’s safe to say that McTease pushed the all-ages content to the limit (and beyond).
Check out No Cash (Trevor’s now-defunct country band) on soundcloud for a taste of the unique flavour inherent in Trevor and Mick’s music.  Viewer discretion is advised.


Sporting a slightly disheveled dedicated artist look, Chris Strei‘s smooth and vibrantly melodic voice lends itself beautifully to his pop-tinged folk rock originals.  Chris eats, sleeps and breathes music and it certainly shows.  His commitment to the craft comes through in each composition, musical expressions of the vast tapestry of emotion and life experiences.  His driving song ‘QEW’ cruises down the highway of life on a bright sunny day, with breezy traffic full of happy commuters waving and smiling as you pass them by.  Each song has a similar spirit, of triumphantly overcoming adversity, staying positive even in the bleakest moments.
For a brief look into the artistry of Chris Strei check out his profile on ReverbNation.


The final set, Innersha‘s acoustic set, was the cherry on a guilt-free sundae.  Huge sultry vocals and soaring guitar lift the listener to new heights.  Jason Inberg and Kristen Bezemer are both passionate singer/songwriters.  After hearing Kristen’s soft speaking voice it’s a shock when she starts singing.  She has a true country diva sound, filled with authentic emotion and charm.  Her voice embraces like a warm hug on a cold day, with a range that lends itself to any genre but really shines on boot-stomping country tunes.  Jason is no slouch himself, as not only does he play a mean guitar but also has a wonderful voice.  Deep, rough and contradictorily gentle, bringing to mind a soulful Matthew Good.
Innersha‘s original songs are buoyant and uplifting, and catchy in a way that has you singing along the first time you hear them.  It’s impossible not to clap and stomp along to the infectious rhythms.  Their newest release, ‘Know Where Your Heart Is’ makes the crowd eager to answer, “Our heart is in your hands!”.  ‘Chills run down your spine‘ indeed, as this is a song that calls you out to the dance floor to embrace your sweetie, thanking the heavens for the chance to experience life connected with another person.  Any cover songs they perform are transformed, creating brand new Innersha songs.  When Jason and K-Bez join together for duets there’s a definitive unity and shared passion for music that carries the songs to new levels of greatness.
For a preview of the driving tempo and stimulating nature of Innersha head over to their youtube channel.


from Chris Strei:

I want to thank everyone who came out for #‎Intervals‬ last night. Trevor Cobb & Mick Montgomery of Mctease, Andrew Bradbury, and Jason Inberg & Kristen Bezemer of Innersha did a great job on stage. Jeff Sauble at the bar always makes the night complete. Our audience made all our efforts worth the time we put into our music. Last night also gave me some good ideas for next month’s instalment of the #‎intervalsSeries‬.
Stay tuned!

We can’t wait to see what next month’s Intervals brings to the Station, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted when more details are released!


We’ve created a gallery of photos from the event on 500px.
Please note that the original red lighting has somewhat distorted all of the images.  We attempted to colour-correct the photos, but as a result everybody looks like they had sever sunburns in early March.
We sincerely hope that we’ve not offended any performers by posting these photos,
contact us and we will remove any unwelcome photos immediately.


As promised, here’s the video we recorded of Andrew Bradbury performing
his original song No Regrets:

[vimeo 121666471 w=500&h=280]

 

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