Weekly Round-Up: September 6 – September 11

Posted: September 6, 2011 by Windsor Zene in Previews, Weekly Round Up

As dramatic and ever-changing as the weather can be in Windsor, the music always continues to flourish and interchange, and this week continues that trend by showcasing so many avenues of what Windsor has to offer in terms of quality in any genre.

Tuesday September 6

The big buzz of the week has to come from the electronica scene, one of Windsor’s most overlooked scenes but one that houses some of the most rabid followers and that’s produced some of our biggest musical icon exports. Richie Hawtin (better known to many by his alter ego, Plastikman) is a Windsorite who arguably helped change the face of electronic music with his early adventures into Detroit techno, helping shape the entire electronic landscape in the early ’90s. He returns to co-headline the Coming Home Music Festival (put on jointly between the University of Windsor and St. Clair College) with world-renowned club DJ and Grammy winner, Benny Benassi. Also on the bill is another globe-trotting Windsorite, DJ Heidi, as well as Rivaz and Manzone & Strong. The event is being held down at the new Riverside Amphitheatre down at Riverside Plaza (across from Caesar’s Windsor), beginning at 4pm. The electronic dance party of the year in Windsor is free to any UW or SCC student, or just $5 for the rest of us.

Thursday September 8

Shores of Erie Wine Festival, in historic Fort Malden Park in Amherstburg, is always a great excuse to check out some local vintners, try some local grub and take in some national acts rubbing elbows with some of the area’s finest local musicians. Thursday night is generally the”big show” night and this year, one of Canada’s finest rock bands, The Sam Roberts Band, headlines an evening that also features Windsor’s Pat Robitaille and our own (XM Radio Artist of the Year) Michou. Music kicks off around 5pm.

Vancouver’s new country darling Aaron Pritchett hits Windsor with a special intimate and interactive “Up Close and Personal” showcase at Windsor’s newest club (and country music venue) The Bull & Barrell (670 Ouellette Ave.). This is a rare chance to see Pritchett in a smaller setting and he’ll be alone and acoustic, rather than his touring full band arena show. Opening the show is Windsor’s own Crystal Gage, and tickets for this event are $25 (plus tax) advance, or $30 (plus tax) day of. There’s a $40 (plus tax) VIP ticket also available, that includes a private meet-and-greet with Aaron Pritchett.

Friday September 9

Windsor’s favourite punk rock sons (and easily the hardest working band in the city) Orphan Choir are returning once again from another East Coast tour for a homecoming show at The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.). They’re being joined on the bill with the tour mates for the past few weeks, Windsor’s own indie-folk outfit James OL & The Villains. Should be a packed house for this one as both bands deliver some of the most honest songs and performances in town.

Over on the West End, The Sandwich Towne Festival is highlighted by a massive out-door concert as part of the BeaverFest Concert Series. Striving to bring some of Canada’s top up-and-coming and national music artists paired with locals on the rise, the crew from BeaverFest bring Orillia’s hot alt. rock leaders Bleeker Ridge to the stage alongside Windsor’s The Classix, with special guests Oshawa’s Hollowick (formerly known as Rides Again). This all-ages show starts at 7pm on the streets around The Dominion House (3140 Sandwich St.). Tix are $10 and are available ahead of time at Jam Space, Dr. Disc or any of the participating West End bars (The Dominion House, The MiLL Tavern, Hurricane’s Roadhouse, Billie’s Place or Rock Bottom).

With Michou back in town for their Shores of Erie gig on Thursday, members Stefan Cvetkovic (under his solo moniker Efan!) and Michael Hargreaves are playing an acoustic show at Milk Coffee Bar (68 University Ave. West). Expect a little bit of sunshine and a whole lotta ukulele.

Two of Windsor’s most exciting new hardcore punk projects, Repetitions and Valeri Page, are throwing a benefit bash to raise funds for their upcoming split 7″ together. Repetitions has been getting on some great bills lately – both locally and out of town – and Valeri Page has been a internet hit with their downloads. The loudness will be contained at Villains Beastro (256 Pelissier St.).

Another of Windsor’s metal heavyweights returns to the legendary Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) with a stacked bill. Goliath (featuring members of Aquila, In A Hail of Gunfire, Monolith and Weapon of Choice) returns from a series of out of town shows, with Toronto’s My Hollow in tow. Get Bent! (formerly Get Rad!) and Weapon of Choice fill out this monstrosity of awesomeness.

EVL, one of Windsor’s most unique musical collaborations, bring their hybrid thrash punk meets prog Danzig sounds to the FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level) alongside grunge alt. rockers Awake To A Dream.

April Wine – yeah, those guys – are headlining at Shores of Erie Wine Festival. To be honest, I always get April Wine and Trooper mixed up…

Saturday September 10

The Windsor memorial for Bradford Helner (Huladog, The FourJury, Eric Welton Band, The Hung Jury, Vice Aerial, Mr. Chill & The Witnesses, NOT_Digital, Twistin’ Tarantulas, Greg Cox Roots Combo, etc.) is being held on this day at The Manchester Pub (546 Ouellette Ave.), from 12noon until 6pm. This all-ages event will have a $10 all-you-can eat pasta dinner. Music will be provided by The Last Trio, The Hung Jury, Ray Whimsey, George Manury, Travis Reitsma and The Rockafellas. There will be a donations box (which all proceeds collected from the pasta dinner will go towards) set up to help raise funds for Bradford’s medical bills from being an American in a Canadian hospital.

The Britpop stylings and rock star antics of Bombs returns to Windsor with another rock and roll spectacle at The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.). Watch for Bombs’ guitarist/vocalist Ryan Yoker’s solo project RYE in the coming months. It’s the Verve to his usual Oasis slant. Also on the bill are a newer act to hit Windsor’s stages that have been acquiring some ears, the blues rock sounds of Diesel Junkies.

Windsor’s shock-rock zombified stoner rock vets The Vaudevillianaires attempt to deconstruct their fist pounding catalogue and strip it down for a ’90s-era MTV Unplugged-style showcase in the intimate confines of Milk Coffee Bar (68 University Ave. West). Grunge rockers StateSideSin will also be performing a special acoustic set and the evening will feature the solo debut from MicLordz & Sauce Funky‘s Matt Lalonde.

The Sandwich Towne Festival continues Saturday night with a show headlined by Years of Ernest, yet another Windsor act recently back from an East Coast tour. These Windsor veterans are still working hard promoting their amazing CD A Crooked Storyline hit the outside stage at 10:30pm, so there’s still plenty of time to head back downtown and catch one of the other shows later that night. Pop-punk specialists Pulp City Inn open the show.

Dave Russell & The Precious Stones (another Windsor musician returning from a road trip) opens up Shores of Erie Wine Festival at noon. Detroit R&B singer Kimmie Horne headlines the night, that also features Nemesis, Johnny Rocca, Toronto’s Brett Caswell & The Marquee Rose, The Kings of EC (featuring Tom Hogarth), and Dan Woods.

Villains Beastro (256 Pelissier St.) continues to showcase another great local tribute act, with Evil Empire releasing a live tribute to Rage Against The Machine. Their joined by special guests Anonymous Bosch, one of Windsor’s most talented young classic metal bands.

Menos Mal, a new indie blues pop band from Windsor, has their debut on the stage of Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West).

Oh, and if you happened to get tickets (cause it sold out in record time), this guys playing in the Spitfires’ home…

Sunday September 11

Shores of Erie Wine Festival winds up the weekend with a stacked bill headed by the 519’s own piano power-pop darlings StereoGoesStellar. Kingston’s amazing songstress Sarah Harmer also highlights a bill that includes New York’s guitar sensation Raul Midon and Windsor’s own eclectic and prolific genius Johnny West and a dynamite pairing of Jackie Robitaille and Crissi Cochrane. Music kicks off at noon.


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