MONDAY, JULY 30 – SOUTHMINSTER UNITED
From Charleston, South Carolina, Shovels & Rope are husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. On the road these talented multi-instrumentalists combine threads from their solo and duo careers to create an intensely captivating blend of traditional folk, rock and roll and country rock.
Their first album, “Shovels and Rope”, was released in 2008 and since then they have followed up with 5 more recordings, including their most recent outing, Busted Jukebox, Volume Two, released in late 2017!!!
From the Great Northern Plains, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way onto any stage playing music brewed up in early country blues, jazz and folk. For over 15 years, she has performed, toured, collaborated, recorded and released 5 independent albums. Her music has won three Western Canadian Music Awards and received JUNO and Maple Blues Awards nominations. Now, along with motherhood, Higgins has the newest addition to her list of accomplishments, MY HOME, MY HEART. More . . .
TUESDAY, JULY 31 – OUTDOOR SHOW
FREE outdoor event beside Southminster United Church (11th Street between 3rd Ave and 4th Avenue) from 5:00-11:00pm, with live music, artisan market, food trucks and beer gardens.
SHAKURA S’AIDA: AN INTERNATIONAL ARTIST WHO CALLS CANADA HOME
You may have spotted Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised and Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida-pronounce her name “Shack-ooo-ra Sigh-ee-da”— performing at Festivals in Dubai, Europe, Australia, Rwanda or Russia, on the Legendary Blues Cruise; with her new symphony orchestra concert, “Blues in G Minor: 4 Women”, featuring the blues music of Etta James, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, in her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, “The Nina Project” or acting in TV shows such as Lost Girl, Schitt’s Creek or Flashpoint. From her beginnings as the world music band Kaleefah’s lead singer, this versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard. More . . .
There once was an era when records were made in castles, abandoned airplane hangars, barns, or on a yacht off the coast of the Bahamas, its passengers as high as paper kites. This is not that record! It is an album that came together from the desire for companionship, the endless pursuit of tone, the strength and glue of family, and above all, the love and admiration for each other’s skills. Whether it was operating a tape machine with Jedi precision, creating meals that fuelled us, or belting out glass shattering ohs and ahs, it was the elbow grease of many individuals that brought this project to life. – The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer. More. . .
Weber Brothers Return for Stripped-Down Duo Performance. Roots rockers The Weber Brothers, acclaimed for their undeniable musical talent and highly energized, awe-inspiring performances, have forged quite a reputation over their 17+ year career.
Ryan (bass, vocals) and Sam (guitar, vocals) have traveled relentlessly, shared stages with rock royalty, and recorded studio work with the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Hawkins and Willie Nelson. “The two of us have been playing music together all our lives,” says Sam Weber. “When you’ve done that much together, it becomes kind of telepathic in a way. You know what to do without saying too much. Over the years we’ve played with some amazing musicians, dozens of incarnations of the band. But the common thread was always me and Ryan.” More. . .
Skinny Dyck and Friends
After Party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge
There are bands for which rock and roll is a lifestyle, and then there are bands for which it is life.
To many, The Weber Brothers are the baddest band in the land. To many others, their story sits like an ancient volume in an old bookstore, dust covered, tucked away behind hundreds of newer, shinier books. Untouched. Waiting to be discovered. Regardless of what side you’re on, there’s an undeniable truth. In the rough and tumble world of rock and roll, The Weber Brothers have been around the block. More . . .
After Party at Slice Bar & Grill
Though staying true to his roots, Tom Phillips is not a man to sit idle.Following thirty years of making music and seven studio albums, Tom has once again added to his portfolio with a new sound on his latest album, Plastic Machine. The album represents an evolution in Tom’s sound, yet still remains genuine to the craft he has been practising over the entire course of his career.
“Plastic Machine” reunites Tom with producer Lorrie Matheson (producer of Tom’s critically-acclaimed album, Mr. Superlove). More . . .
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 – SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH
The root of all soul music is freedom-sheer abandon. It’s about luxuriating in the emotions that make us all human. No wonder singer Frazey Ford placed her ear to the earth and tapped into that lush tradition to give voice to her own stories on her newest release, Indian Ocean, an album about pain and dealing with tough truths but also about trust, love contrition and being bold. Ford’s self-possession and passion puts flesh to the musical bones, and you hear a record hit the essence of Aretha’s notion of R-E-S-P-E-C-T. More . . .
Given the rising popularity of meditative, folky indie acts in the early 2000s, forming a twangy, rootsy folk trio was probably the least surprising move Derek Fudesco could have made. The former bassist and founding member of the successful indie rock group Pretty Girls Make Graves picked up an acoustic guitar and formed the Cave Singers following PGMG’s demise in January 2007, teaming up with vocalist Pete Quirk and drummer Marty Lund.
The Cave Singers released two albums on both Matador and Jagjaguwar Records. Following these releases, The Cave Singers began work on their fifth album. Rather than working with a record company, they opted to coordinate the project themselves and financed the recording through a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign raised 116 percent of the group’s goal, and the album, Banshee, was released in February 2016.