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.
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.
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)
‘Like Lightning‘ by Urban Canals
‘Red Light Midnight‘ by Street Pharmacy
|Who?||Urban Canals | James-Alphonse
|Date?||Friday, June 19th|
|Cost?||$5 advance / $8 doors|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #indierock
Eric Mills, Big Shiny Two, Heckle the Band and Knee Deep are under the Spotlight at BrantfordBands.com
- Guitarist / singer Eric Mills
- Rock duo Big Shiny Two
- Alt-rock trio Heckle the Band
- Alternative rock band Knee Deep
to the ever-growing Artist Spotlight at BrantfordBands!
ZZZ#9 – Planes & Trains, BA Johnston, Urban Canals, Thomas & The Evil Computer @ the Station – June 13
ZZZ#9 is rolling into the Station,
loaded up with local (and nearly local) original artists:
- alt. rockers Planes & Trains
- the man who defies all couche-tards B.A. Johnston
- indie-rock outfit Urban Canals
- midi/math rocker Thomas & The Evil Computer
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
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‘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|
|Thomas & The Evil Computer|
|Who?||Planes & Trains | B.A. Johnston
Urban Canals | Thomas & The Evil Computer
|Where?||The Station Coffee House & Gallery|
|Date?||Saturday, June 13th|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #zzz
John and is sure to entertain with his classic covers and modern greats.
Steve Todd & John Ladds performing ‘Moondance‘ by Van Morrison
|Where?||the Arlington Hotel Paris|
|Date?||Saturday, April 18th|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #acoustic
The Brantford Open Stage will be happening, one time only, on a Sunday afternoon!
Usually held every other Friday, this week the Open Stage will be taking place at a special date and time: Sunday at 2pm.
Best Western plus Brant Park Inn is once again hosting the fun & folksy open jam for local musicians.
We are oriented to folk and acoustically-based music in general.
The emphasis is on encouraging live performance.
We are an open mic forum for performers,
both accomplished and developing,
to present a 2-song (10-minute) set.
Additional note: Please keep in mind that as a live music venue,
we discourage the use of performing to ‘backing tracks’.
Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.
(Note also; there are usually enough accomplished musicians around to put together instrumental back-up.)
If you’re interesting in taking part in the Brantford Open Stage
get in touch with Dave Jensen.
|What?||Brantford Open Stage|
|Where?||Best Western plus Brant Park Inn|
|Date?||Sunday, April 12th|
|Time?||2pm – 5pm|
|Cost?||$4 (free for performers)|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #openjam
Mctease don’t take themselves too seriously, but they do seriously rock!
Playing their instruments like men possessed, their passion pours through with each note.
Let them draw you in to their musical good times!
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 rhythmically walloping his conga drum.
Mctease play 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 play a 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.
|Date?||Saturday, April 11th|
|Time?||10pm – 2am|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #brantfordbands #acoustic
ChemicalB presents some of southern Ontario’s best DJs
blowing the roof off of the Brantford Arts Block!
The Hard Knocked crew have reunited after more than a decade,
to bring some deep bass and danceable electronic beats to Brantford.
And of course some of southern Ontario’s best djs
-live p.a.- Techno (Toronto)
breakandenter | Juggernaut Music
A deep hard driven techno artist with a background in breaks,
makes for a great show every time.
The best part is he doesn’t play tracks records or cds.
Nebula makes his own tracks on the spot with his various instruments of mass destruction.
-hard psi trance (Toronto)
Djelixir.com | wheremusiclives.ca | CHC | Dynamix uk
One of my favorite trance djs playing something a little different then the usual.
Hard trance/psi trance/techno/breakbeats.
Elixir never dissapoints and always has a few new tricks up his sleeve.
– Techno/dubstep (Niagara Falls)
6N7 Music | Reka Preka | Double Decker
Soundfx plays a little of everything but pulls it all together nice.
You would have to glue me to the floor to keep me from dancing his set away.
– Old skool techno/electro
And of course there’s me playing an all vinyl old school set to kick the night off.
Please forward and invite your friends and their friends and grandparents.
Brantford has no electronic music scene but its time to get with the program and have a night to remember.
|Who?||Nebula | Elixir | SoundFX | ChemicalB|
|Where?||Brantford Arts Block|
|Date?||Saturday, April 11th|
|Time?||9:30pm – 3am|
|Cost?||$7 before 11pm|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #electronicmusic
Local Niagara Falls legend Rockin’ Rich has been kickin’ out the blues since the 70’s.
His awesome harmonica skills, unique vocals and dynamic stage presence are a wonder to behold.
Rich and the Poor Boys continue to wow audiences across Canada.
This Friday catch them live right here in Brantford!
When you see Rich and the Poor Boys perform you are immediately aware of the raw energy and passion that emanates from the stage.
They inject a vibrant new life into classic blues material while still remaining true to the historic roots of the blues.
‘Walking Blues‘ by Rich and the Poor Boys
|Rich and the Poor Boys
|Who?||Rich and the Poor Boys|
|Date?||Friday, April 10th|
#brantfordrocks #supportyourlocal #blues
He sells hundreds of copies of yearly, bootleg-style.
A live show is actually the only place you can purchase his hand-made album!
Ever grateful for his loyal audience of fans and friends,
he strives to be a positive force musically and in his community.
Having found success creating an original solo performance over the past decade,
Evan Champagne continues to be one of the busiest independent Canadian touring artists, performing over 200 times each year at festivals, music venues & private events.
‘Jamaica‘ by Evan Champagne
|Date?||Thursday, April 9th|
|Time?||9:30pm – 1:30am|
|Cost?||No Cover (free)|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #livedub #acoustic
Rhythm and Blues, Classic rock with a touch of Country, folk, and more;
oozing with attitude and dripping with skill;
don’t forget to bring a towel.
When asked the question “where have u played “
his best answer is “everywhere there’s AC current flowing.”
He was greatly influenced in the beginning of his career by
Prakash John, Tim Bogart, and Donald Duck Dunn.
This collaboration resulted in the forming of the Slickbrothers.
He has played the blues circuit in Canada and the United States
and the country circuit in Canada .
It even resulted in a pat on the head from Buddy Guy after playing a burnin’ 12 bar.
He has had the pleasure of teaming up with Donnie Bernardie as a rhythm section for 5 yrs.
Mel Brown, Jack Dekeyzer, Richard Newell (the King Biscuit Boy), Don Walsh, Chuck Jackson, Tom Wilson, T-bone Big John Little and the last 5 yrs with Steve Burnside & the Marquis are just few of the other musicians he’s worked with.
All of this certainly raises the bar.
Ultimately he aspires to the Lincolns led by Prakash John!
The heart of his music is R&B but is always looking for a challenge playing anything else. Which has included country, new country, classic rock, celtic, folk and even pirate music!
The Slickbrothers performing ‘Hurts So Good‘ by John Mellencamp
|Where?||Zander’s Fire Grill and Brew Lounge|
|Date?||Friday, April 3rd|
#brantfordrocks #supportyourlocal #rock&roll