Friday, June 2st.
Get psyched as Unknown Mortal Orchestra takes its Hendrix and Wu Tang influenced and rocking show over to the West End Cultural Centre. Local heroes Royal Canoe open up the show, scheduled to start at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance or $21 at the door. As well, Jazz Fest continues their Club Series with benign indie rockers Hollerado at the Pyramid at 10pm, sounding a bit like Weezer. With openers Hana Lu Lu and a late night set by Beauchamp, this show is a steal for only $18 dollars. If that sort of jazz isn’t your cup of tea, maybe this one is; Jane Monheit plays the Burt with her soaring vocals; tickets run for $36.
Saturday, June 22nd.
The day starts off with a great Manito-Ahbee Aboriginal Day Powow at the Forks. Check out the 1:00pm Grand Entry start at The Forks. Also that night, Not Enough Fest takes over Negative Space, at 253 Princess. Come see a whole whack of bands playing their first shows ever as Negative Space prepares to close its doors. Only $5 bucks! And if you want to make it out to Gimili, Poorboy, Kieran West and His Buffalo Band and Naysa are playing a rocking show at the Ship and Plough in Gimili. Free show, which probably makes the drive out their worth it for these young guns. Also, The Roots are closing out Jazz Fest at the Concert Hall with their drummer, Questlove throwing a late night DJ set at the Pyramid with rapper and CBC weekend morning show extraordinaire Ismaila Alfa opening up.
Sunday, June 23rd.
George Benson brings his smooth jazz stylings to the Burt. Known for his classic record Breezin, tickets are only $45 and are worth their weight in gold. Otherwise, Mischa Decter brings his weekly travelling rock and roll circus to the Rose n Bee for their No Cover Sundays. This weeks rendition includes Sebasiten Owl, Eagle Lake Owls and the Bubbling Wells. Check it out for your regular folk, indie hipster crowds; this weeks lineup is not to be missed.
Get your game on as Jazz Fest wraps up. My personal pick: Sebasiten Owl on Sunday. Rock on, Winnipeg.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Get ready for a fun Tuesday night at the Windsor. Montreal’s singer/songwriter Howard St Roy
is passing through our great city, performing alongside
Winnipeg’s The Tims and Chivas Brother and Kream. A pretty decent line-up for a Tuesday night in ole Winnipeg, no?
Doors open at 9pm, show starts at 10pm. Cost is $5 at the door? – SB
Daniel Emberg’s Two Cents
Friday, June 21
Hollerado, who have quickly become one of Canada’s most beloved guitar pop outfits, will be leading the booty shaking at the Pyramid with a Jazz Fest show also featuring local electronic dance group Hana Lu Lu. The West End Cultural Centre plays host to Unknown Mortal Orchestra with some solid support acts including Royal Canoe and Bass Drum of Death. For those who want to get out of town, Friday is also the kickoff for the first “official” Burning Manitobhala Festival out at Duck Mountain – check their website or the many posters around town for a rundown of the extensive lineup.
Saturday, June 22
Negative Space is, sadly, almost ready to close up shop. Before doing so, though, they are gifting the Winnipeg music scene with one of the “new to music” shows that are starting to get traction around the continent as a means of giving space for collaborative musical expression to members of underrepresented and marginalized communities – it’s calledNot Enough Fest and will feature a bunch of bands you’ve never heard of because they only formed to play this show. Highly recommended. Of course, Jazz Fest will continue on and there will also be many of the best acts in Canada (A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, War Party, many others) playing various venues around town as part of National Aboriginal Day celebrations. Oh yeah, if you like your toast with bike jam this is the night for you too.