Weekly Round-Up (June 23-26)
THURSDAY JUNE 23
The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) continues their Acoustic Thursday showcases on the upper stage. Local acts strip their styles down for an Unplugged style performance. This week features Sophist.
FRIDAY JUNE 24
Legendary Detroit hip-hop crew D12 co-headlines a huge night at The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) with other hip-hop legends in New York’s EPMD and Compton’s WC (who was in the supergroup Westside Connection with Ice Cube and Mack 10). Windsor’s own Academy is also on the bill, which also features The Expansion Family and DNizzy.
The experimental instrumental project known as Star Trek: The Band returns after a lengthy hiatus with another show at The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level). Composed of members of some of Windsor’s finest groups, such as James O-L & The Villains, Orphan Choir, What Seas What Shores, The Vaudevillianaires, Surdaster, Cellos and much more, this sound ensemble scores a completely improvised soundtrack for two full episodes of the original Star Trek series live before an audience.
The garage rock fuzz of Windsor’s The Blue Stones returns to Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) with what is sure to be a hot and sweaty rock and roll affair. They’re bringing a couple of bands in from London to open up the show, Lucky Louise and The Vibes.
Windsor’s “death ska” kings The Nefidovs lead an all-star bill down in the Legendary Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) that also features the punk rock attitude of The Rowley Estate and the intense post-punk stylings of Silent Movie Type. Toronto’s The Gentlemen Thieves rounds out the bill.
Singer/songwriter Leighton Bain has emerged as one of the city’s brightest voices, with a maturity and confidence stronger that his years. He’s playing at The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.) this Friday, still promoting his new EP, Oh Alaska, which is free to download on-line…
“Coma Mike” Fortier, the bassist for Guitar Army, turns 50 this weekend and he’s celebrating with a two night stint at Lion’s Head Tavern (7880 Wyandotte St. East). Guitar Army is a supergroup of some of Windsor’s earliest punk players from the 70′s and early 80′s, including frontman Dale “Elad” D’Amore from the legendary Spy’s.
SATURDAY JUNE 25
Instrumentalist favourites What Seas, What Shores bring their voiceless beauty to The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.) to headline a night without words – the opening band is another in the Windsor wave of great instrumental acts, Ontario Plates.
David John Zelko is becoming quite the prolific songwriter. As well as being a part of the popular indie rock band The Beijing Bike Club and forming the new duo The City and The Sky with Cerah Steele, he has his own solo work under the moniker This Man Tells Stories. It’s under that name he’s performing at The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level), alongside Deni-gan, The Birds of Paradise (an acoustic project that features Dave Nisbet of Falling With Glory) and Acousticfire.
The psychedelic folk of Luna Borealis and the alt. rock of SixtyFirstSecond combine with the rock and roll sounds of The Mud Lions and Matt Dee for a solid showcase at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West).
SUNDAY JUNE 26
The Manchester Pub (546 Ouellette Ave.) is throwing a fundraiser for musician Kit McEvoy (Tartan Army) to help raise funds after he was injured and left unable to work. The event starts at 3pm with musical performances by Vice Aerial, Jamie Reaume, The Swillingtones, The Tighe Brothers, Alec Lauziere, Twisted Sisters and The Hung Jury.