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.
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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.
From swing to R&B, rock to jazz, show tunes to pop hits
Brantford’s own the George Rose Big Band makes it Big.
Guaranteed to get your toes tapping and hands clapping,
catch this unique musical experience live in Brantford!
Tickets are available at PA Music (formerly LA Music) 136 Charing Cross Street,
and if any tickets remain they will be available at the door on the day of.
$20 for adults, $10 for students and children.
Starting out as an extremely fine swing band
the band’s recordings trace the music from the original swing
to contemporary R&B, soul, and a bit of rock in the 1997 recordings.
This progression led to the present stage where the band is playing more jazz-flavoured
arrangements, show tunes and famous vocalist hits.
the George Rose Big Band promotional video
video courtesy of CeeObe
|the George Rose Big Band
|Who?||the George Rose Big Band|
|Where?||New Covenant Church Hall|
|Date?||Sunday, April 12th|
|Age limit?||All Ages|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #bigband
Thee Empty Hours are an explosive three-piece band that have been consistently pleasing audiences around Southern Ontario for the last 6 years.
Combining energy and talent with a dash of humour, the band have set themselves apart from other bands in their delivery of upbeat and danceable modern and vintage rock ‘n’ roll classics.
Over the years, Thee Empty Hours and it’s members have had the pleasure to share the stage with the following artists:
Our Lady Peace, The Doughboys, Sum 41, Tea Party, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Lowest of the Low, The Watchmen, Snow, Bowling For Soup, Planet Smashers, Alun Pigguns, Headstones, Agent Orange, Bon Jovi (seriously, Rob’s band The Luminols won a contest!), Junkhouse, The Killjoys, Supergarage, Chesterfield Kings and many others that have been forgotten, but still count.
Thee Empty Hours performing ‘I Melt With You‘ by Modern English
|Thee Empty Hours
|Who?||Thee Empty Hours|
|Date?||Saturday, April 11th|
#classicrock #alternativerock #brantfordbands #supportlocalmusic
The Tryst aren’t just a “chick band”
They’re a kick-a** all-girl band from Brantford who’ll rock you to your core!
These ladies have spent years mastering your favorites,
complete with flute solos!
Check them out live to see what everyone’s been raving about.
We are musicians with a professional demeanour, and a good sense of humour.
We like to have a good time, and our goal is to be sure that anyone who can hear us is having a good time too!
The Tryst will play parties, patios, bars, corporate functions, fundraisers, festivals, etc.
Music styles include new and classic rock, pop, and we even throw in a little country. We have something for everyone, with a great mix of music ranging from the 70s through today.
The Tryst performing ‘Locomotive Breath‘ by Jethro Tull
|Date?||Friday, April 10th|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #brantfordbands
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.
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.
‘Wrong‘ written and composed by Chris Strei
|Date?||Thursday, April 2nd|
|Cost?||No Cover (free)|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #folkrock
This album is an emotionally vulnerable trip through the dark passages of our ethos with experienced guides showing us the true beauty shining through.
It’s like sailing a raft down a river of sound. The turbulence constantly growing the further you venture, providing a rollicking good time that only occasionally slows to allow us to catch a breath.
Jamie’s vocals tear through the psyche like a mournful spirit, crying out with an absolute tenderness that smolders with passion. Even when delivering lines such as “we didn’t give a f**k what other people had to say” there’s a feeling that she really cares about she’s singing. I hope they weren’t right, and this is a band that was “meant to last“.
Urban Canals displays a harmony and fellowship that is rarely seen in a first release. They play off each others strengths to create a soundscape that dazzles the mind. There’s a clearly audible passion amongst them that is wonderful to hear.
From the beginning to end, the cohesion is solid between Alex Hindriks’ guitar work, Alex Rolstons’ driving drums and Jamie Stoneman’s soothing bass and keys.
I love the outro on ‘First Time Flying.’ It’s moments like this that really showcase the kicking vibe that makes Urban Canal‘s stand out from other indie bands.
At times, such as during the first track ‘Eye Contact,’ there’s a groove that reminds me of early 60’s pop bands, funky yet refined.
“Balconies,” as short as it is at only 48 seconds long, is a tender expose that highlights the variety of sentiment expressed throughout the album.
A truly Brantfordian track, “Back to the Factories” speaks to the confinement we all feel in an urban decaying sprawl. Alex Hindriks adeptly takes the lead on this track, with Jamie providing backup vocals and an introductory joyful shout. I had flashbacks of “breaking windows and smashing walls…back there in the factories.” “It’s all we’ve ever known,” indeed.
From beginning to end, this is a very strong album from Brantford’s Urban Canals that we at BrantfordBands highly recommend picking up today.
A word from the band:
We encourage you to go to our Band Camp and download it for free!
[ BB Edit: Love Urban Canals? You can also name your own price and pay as much as you’re able 😉 ]
We would like to thank Dan Taylor and Nikole Taylor at CCSound Studios for all their hard work and time in and out of the studio. We would also like to thank Jesus Maza and Breanne Mackenzie whom have taken all the photos you see associated with the album’s design. Thank you all so much! We couldn’t have done it without you
Have a listen for yourself,
and download Urban Canals‘ “See You On the Other Side” NOW!
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