Weekly Round-Up: August 29 – September 4
First up, sorry for the nearly monthly delay in Weekly Round-Ups. But due to our day jobs, Murad getting ready for Harvesting The Fam Festival 2011 and the passing of our dear friend Bradford Helner, it’s been a crazy time for many of us at The Windsor Zene. Thankfully, there’s been a slew of great shows over the past few weeks that word of mouth alone assisted and great times continued to happen with our local music scene. And luckily, there’s more to come!
Tuesday August 30
Eric Welton has been a local musical favourite for many years now, either through his non-genre specific solo outings with his rotating cast of veteran musicians or with Chatham’s legendary psychedelic prog rock outfit Square Root of Margaret. As he preps the release of his latest album, Kill Them With Kindness (which really pushes some boundaries of his limits and songwriting, including the electro dance hit of the year, “LC/DC”), he’s congregating every Tuesday night at Villains Beastro (256 Pelissier St.). Backed by his most recent incarnation of the Eric Welton Band, featuring Eryk Myskow (The FourJury/Hung Jury, ASK), Billy Myskow, Suzy Myskow and “Big Lou” Luke Pelotte (Vice Aerial, The Hung Jury, The Locusts Have No King, Theory of Everything), Eric Welton hosts VOMIT (Villains Open Musical Instruments and Talent), the Beastro’s newly anointed Open Mic. Come jam with your own band or jam with the “E-Dubs”, every Tuesday night.
Wednesday August 31
For the past three weeks, Venue Rock Parlor (25 Chatham St. East) has been home to a Battle of the Bands presented by MicLordz & Sauce Funky (hosted by ML&SF’s Boots) and sponsored by Venue Rock Parlor, Jam Space and Lunker Studios. Judged by a panel including Lunker Studio’s Joel Bishop (who also plays bass in Ashes of Soma), Jam Space’s Richard Rodgers (who also plays in Luna Borealis) and The Windsor Zene‘s own Jamie Greer, this week’s Finals include three weekly winners – week one’s Devilz By Definition, week two’s Intra Meridian and last week’s winners The Nefidovs – plus wild card selection The Glow. If you’re a fan of any of these fine four acts, swing by and cheer them on!
Thursday September 1
A rare Thursday night show at the Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level), as Cambridge’s UNLIMITED hits the legendary metal dungeon. They’re joined by locals EVL, Kiriyama and Aurelia.
Friday September 2
The metal scene has always been one of Windsor’s strongest due to the abundance of bands that infiltrate it’s blood stream and the rock or be eaten lifestyle each band brings in. Reasons Lost has been making strides over the past year and had some impressive shows of late (they were even tapped to open for metal icons Napalm Death at the Blind Dog in a few months). They headline a showcase at the Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) with local metallers Edge of Existance, Slaughterhouse on the Prairie and newcomers Dead Man’s Will.
Saturday September 3
The apathetic stoner drone of underground ’90s grunge has been making an embraced comeback in the music world and Windsor has been stricken by the nostalgic inspiration as well. One of the bands leading that resurgence is Awake to a Dream, who are appearing at the Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) this Saturday.
The Mud Lions are a throw back rock band as well who have been slowly building an audience with a series of strong shows throughout the city. They head the night at Villains Beastro (256 Pelissier St.), joined by veteran indie pop rock outfit The Tyres, who have toiled for an easy decade in Windsor’s music scene. Fronted by singer/songwriter extraordinaire and underrated guitarist Domenic Carlone, and backed by bassist Ken Jean (The Vaudevillianaires) and drummer Damien Zakoor (The Vaudevillianaires, The Swillingtones, The Golden Hands Before God).