Weekend Round-Up: Fri. July 22 – Sun. July 24
Big weekend of music and I must say, that Saturday July 23 is PACKED with a lot of amazing shows – if you only pick ONE day to go out and see some music, go out on Saturday – every venue has an amazing show and it would be a great night to bounce around and catch a great cross section of the scene’s musical offerings. Friday has some great shows as well. So what’s up and what’s going down? Let’s find out…
FRIDAY JULY 22
Nicole Wood, long time bartender at The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) and die hard supporter of our local music scene, is throwing her stag and doe at her place of business with a two-day music festival that rivals just about any local festival we’ve seen. Night one is a fire-cracker of a line-up, headlined by the return of the almighty Poughboy. These controversial scallywags of heaviness lead a roster that also includes Fiftywatthead, Pitch Union, TON, Explode When They Bloom, Blackbarn and Acousticfire. There probably won’t be any strippers (unless Poughboy’s Uncle Piss decides to show everyone his rock and roll wang) but this might be the coolest stag and doe of the year.
Oshawa’s The BoneDevil ride into Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) as part of their pre-CD release promo tour (their new album drops in August). This indie blues rock outfit is being joined by new Windsor outfit The Hoop.
Ontario Plates, an amazing new instrumental band following in the footsteps of such great Windsor bands like The Bulletproof Tiger, What Seas What Shores and the legendary Bloemfontein, are at Milk Coffee Bar (68 University Ave. West), with special guests Cody Howard, Colton Young and Emerging Artist Zarasutra. Milk is the perfect venue to experience such intimate songwriters.
Guitar Army, led by former Spy‘s guitarist Dale “Elad” D’Amore, returns for a two night stand at The Lion’s Head Tavern (7880 Wyandotte St. East). Guitar Army is chock full of some of Windsor’s 70′s and 80′s punk rock pioneers and amongst their own originals and Spy’s tunes, they cover classic tracks from Iggy & The Stooges, MC5, Ramones and more.
Tony Coates is playing an early evening show at Taloola Cafe (396 Devonshire Rd.), with this acousti-soul, and he’s joined by Rayven Howard. Shows at Taloola start at 8pm and are over by 10pm, so it’s always a great option to start the night for a pre-drink, great grub and some fine music before heading out.
SATURDAY JULY 23
The shock rock theatrics of the demented and painted zombies that are The Vaudevillianaires return from a hiatus with a free show at The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.). Still playing in support of last year’s (sold out) EP Satan’s Thundering Hooves, they’re being joined by the monster sludge rock of Voodoo Mafia.
Nicole Wood’s two day stag and doe festival continues at The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West) with another all-star line-up. Headlined by the fabulous Orphan Choir, Nicole also snagged Gypsy Chief Goliath, The Nefidovs, The Rowley Estate, Devilz By Definition and Seven Out for the second night. Again, all money collected goes towards Nicole and fiance Jarrod Feetham’s wedding.
Windsor’s kings of alt. country, The Locusts Have No King, return for a special showcase at Villains Beastro (256 Pelissier St.) in the heart of the arts core. Although various members of the band have been seen gigging around town solo or in other projects, this is the first Locusts Have No King show in awhile, as they’ve been writing new material for the next album. Shall we get a preview?
It’s double the Robitaille experience at The Gourmet Emporium (1799 Wyandotte St. East) in Walkerville on Saturday. The beautiful voice of songstress Jackie Robitaille kicks off the show at 9:30pm, followed by three solo sets by her brother, the amazing Pat Robitaille.
Windsor’s rap-rock sensational Richy Nix returns home for a special show at the new Untouchables Lounge (128 University Ave. West, above California Sushi).
SUNDAY JULY 24
The D12 show (that was supposed to feature EPMD and more) from back in June that was postponed is happening on Sunday, although a lot of the special headliners won’t be back for the make-up show unfortunately. It’s still going down at The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) and The Expansion Family and Windsor’s own Academy are still on the bill alongside D12.
Faithful Unto Death once again headlines New Song Church (999 Drouillard Rd.)’s monthly hardcore/metal showcase, alongside Waterloo’s Blind The Carrier. They’re joined by local metal legends Betrayer as well as Kitchener’s Three Crowns, and Windsor’s Protect Ya Neck and We Remain. Doors are at 5pm for this All-Ages event.
The Holden House is a secret location destination (those who know know) for a series of great cheap shows in a safe and drama-free environment and their shows have only built momentum since its inception. This Sunday they’re having an all-day BBQ music day, starting at 2pm (bring your own grillables), with music starting at 4pm. Music is being provided by such local favourites as Repetitions, Get Rad, Devilz By Definition, Ad Nauseam, Valerie Page, Goat Law, and Suppressulant. For certain reasons, we will not reveal the location of this house (it is someone’s house after all), but you can find out through various means on Facebook or contacting one of the acts.