Live Music Events Calendar

Oct
21
Thu
Kat Lovett & The Kat House Band
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Singer and guitarist Kathleen (Kat) Lovett and her band Kat House bring you an upbeat mix of R&B, Soul, Rock n’ Roll and more.  Kat’s gutsy and soulful presence is sure to please.​

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Oct
23
Sat
Coming Of Age
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm

COMING OF AGE

Coming of Age is a group of musicians with over 30 years of experience in playing venues throughout Canada. With a set list covering Classic Rock, New Rock, Funk and Pop, Coming of Age performs songs to engage audiences of various ages and musical tastes.

Led by the powerhouse vocals of Ted Wright, Coming of Age features the lead guitar prowess of Darren Whalen, the outstanding harmony vocals and rhythm guitar work of John Gabriele, and the thunderous and solid backbeat provided by bassist Ron Pretli and drummer Dan Gulley.

Sharing a love and respect for Rock music, Coming of Age features a set list of well-loved but not over-played rock and roll. You’ll hear many classics, old and new, but you will also be surprised by songs that you haven’t heard in a long time. Coming of Age’s set list includes songs by Deep Purple, Foreigner, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Billy Idol, The Cult, Bruno Mars, Tragically Hip, the Talking Heads, and many more songs guaranteed to get people up and on their feet.

Oct
28
Thu
The Kat Kings
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Kat Kings

The Kat Kings play red hot music and keep that flame burning bright.

They have been playing their unique style of Roots music since the 2011 debut of The Winning Hand.  Their 2016 follow up, Swingin’ in the Swamp carried on with that formula.

They fuse Blues, Rock and Roll, Soul and Rockabilly to create The Billy Bop Blues.

The Kat Kings” music has been played all over the world. They have also played all over the country too. They are eager to play for new audiences wherever they may be.

Album: Swingin’ In The Swamp
Release Date: June 10, 2016
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Genre: Americana

Toronto, ON based Americana/ roots band, The Kat Kings released their sophomore album entitled Swingin’ in the Swamp on June 10, 2016, which offers up thirteen full length “good, old fashioned roots and rock ‘n’ roll” tunes.

The album starts with “When I Say Jump” which will definitely have you jumping out of your seat, and it certainly lives up to the nickname, “Bluesabilly” that some use to describe The Kat Kings sound. As the album plays on, the listener is presented with more of the same style, such as “Poppin’ at Party Time”, “Ridin’ in Style” and “Baby You Can’t Drink”.

I have to admit, as much as I enjoyed the tracks listed above, the song that has been stuck in my head since listening is the ballad, “I’m Just a Shadow” which is about love lost, and it is the kind of song that tells a story, and that many people will be able to relate to.

Lead vocalist, and guitarist Kevin McQuade certainly has what it takes and has created a unique listening experience that I would recommend to any fans of the genre, or if you’re just on the lookout for something new.

Oct
30
Sat
Charlotte & The Dirty Cowboys
Oct 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Charlotte & The Dirty Cowboys

Halloween Party!

Charlotte and The Dirty Cowboys is on fire playing all styles to perfection from 60’s to current hits and all genres… rock, new and old country, and Disco.  

The band features well recognized veteran musicians, with many decades of professional experience.   Randy Osborne makes those skins sing!  Terry Potter lays down the grooves that will make you wanna……um..yeah!  Daryl Alvero who has played with a long list of ‘A’ list players brings such great energy  and his guitar is music to our ears.

“Charlotte” brings a contagious enthusiasm, naturally engaging and has all the audience apart of the show.  Her emotive and incredible vocal ability along with the blended harmonies of the other band members allows for great dancing, sing alongs and a night of incredible fun.  She delivers a classy and raw performance guaranteed to reach all audiences.

Nov
4
Thu
The Collective featuring Donnie Meeker
Nov 4 @ 6:30 pm

The Collective featuring Donnie Meeker

Donnie Meeker

Back in the day, Donnie began as a front man for a few west end R & B bands and then later on teamed up with Bobby Dupont as singers of the well known 70’s Rock Band “Sweet Blindness” based in Toronto and toured throughout Canada.  He also used to do a tribute to the Blues Brothers with his brother “Dirty Bertie”, while going under the assumed name of “Downtown Donnie”.  Over the years Donnie has had much success as leader of several groups and does many guest spots with existing bands …and continues to deliver each and every night!

Nov
6
Sat
Park Bench & The Mickies
Nov 6 @ 8:00 pm

PARK BENCH & THE MICKIES· is a six-piece Rhythm and Blues band with a wealth of experience playing throughout Simcoe County, Muskoka and Toronto. Formed in the late 80’s, the Mickies have been known as a band that features strong vocals, saxophones, guitar, drums and bass. This band has performed at all of the local ski clubs, including Blue Mountain, Osler Bluff, Craiglieth, Toronto Ski Club and Georgian Peaks. Park Bench and the Mickies were hired as the house band in Founders Lounge at The Georgian Peaks Club for many years.

Park Bench has also played at several Lobsterfests and street dances in Thornbury and Collingwood. Toronto venues include the St Lawrence Market, Rosedale Golf Club, The Cricket Club, The Granite Club, Toronto Music Hall and Queen’s Quay & Ash Bridges Bay Yacht Clubs.

The high energy, dance-able music played by this band is suitable for a wide range of ages and musical tastes. Spanning genres from Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Reggae, Ska and Rock and Roll, this band plays it all. All members are seasoned veterans and are well known in the area.

Brandon Besharah– Acoustic finger style guitar, saxophone, hurdy gurdy, clarinet and banjo player extraordinaire. Brandon has performed with Don Thompson, Oliver Schroer, Don Ross, Haygood Hardy, Guido Basso, Marie Moore, Pat LaBarbara, to name but a few. He has also shared performances with Jeff Healey, Colin James, Lighthouse, Albert King, Michelle Wright, Jane Bennet and many other well-established artists. Judy and Dave also featured Brandon’s instrumental prowess on the 1998 Juno Award winning album.

Darrell Dennis – Drummer – One of the original Mickies, Darrell is an accomplished percussionist and has a wealth of experience with many musical collaborators over the last 30 years. Versed in several varying musical styles, including Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Ska, Raggae and Rock and Roll. He is known for his creative fills and rock steady meter. Darrell has been seen sitting in on drums with bands such as Touch Of Vinyl, Strange Potatoes, River & Rock, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, The Sportswriters, Jamie Ciotka & Friends, The Jason Redman Band, Ian Halworth and is regularly involved in musical projects throughout Grey & Bruce County.

Peter Montgomery – Baritone Sax, Bass. Peter is an accomplished baritone Sax player who has many years of performing experience. A founding member of Park Bench and the Mickies, he also was a member of the Baytown Big Band, out of Owen Sound.

John Miller is an accomplished guitar player who also is adept at playing the violin, banjo, harmonica, accordian and penny whistle. John is one of the founding members of the band and he also plays with local band Strange Potatoes.

Wayne Fennell – Vocals. Known for his powerful vocals and musical diversity. An accomplished singer for 40 years in the area and founding member of Park Bench and the Mickies and local band Frankie and the Favorites.

Erik Vandeweerdhof– Bass and guitar player. Erik is a competent player who can keep the rhythm and heartbeat of a song beating strong. Erik has performed on bass for many local groups, including The Jason Redman Band, Craig Smith Band, David Russel, Karla Crawford, the Aaron Garner Band, Jamie Ciotka & Friends, The Gators & Ian Hallworth.

Park Bench and the Mickies derived their name from the late Teddy Grimes. A member of Eugene Smith’s Warm up Band, Teddy was a very talented trumpet player who organized a jam at the Comfortable Pew restaurant in Heathcote. Many of the members jammed at this location on Saturday nights and developed a love for Rhythm and Blues. Inspired by Mr. Grimes, a horn section was assembled to give the band it’s unique sound.

The Band’s Logo was designed and developed by fellow Mickie Bandon Besharah.

Nov
11
Thu
Rob Elder Trio
Nov 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Owen Sound’s Rob Elder caught the music bug as a kid on the family farm where classic country & western songs, the Beach Boys, and Bob Seeger were the sound track to barn chores. Back then, picking up a guitar was an easy way to wind down at the end of a long day. Turned to music, his farm boy’s work ethic led to quick growth and an early creative blossoming, his festival debut at the age of 20, and the release of two self produced albums shortly afterwards.

Eventually, Rob moved to Toronto where he gigged every weekend and hosted an open mic for two and a half years. All that playing and networking exposed him to a world of musicians and sounds well beyond his parents record collection. Those influences fused into a style that playfully mixes blue-eyed soul, slick guitar, and crooning country rhythms and serves them with a voice that surfs from solid depths to groovy falsetto highs.

By his mid-twenties, Rob was chasing the Canadian dream. He got married, had two kids, and was advancing in a straight-laced career while gigging tirelessly in Toronto. There wasn’t much time for recording back then and  Rob and his wife knew that they didn’t want to raise children in the city.  So in 2012 they moved back to Grey County where a vibrant musical community welcomed them wholeheartedly. Rob put together a band, started mentoring younger musicians through the Georgian Bay Folk Society, and – as  always – filled every available moment with music. Now with the release of ‘Changer‘ 12 years after his sophomore record, Rob self-identifies as a re-emerging artist. But make no mistake, his musical growth has never faltered and his roots have only dug deeper in the intervening years.

2018’s ‘Changer’ shows off how much Rob has grown and what he’s learned along the way. Where his first two albums ploughed popular themes of young love and heartbreak, Changer explores more mature themes of social unrest and inequality, solidarity, and the deep love that carries a relationship decades on.  Don’t think that serious themes make the music less fun, though. With thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies, Changer proves that Rob Elder still knows how to get audiences dancing.

Nov
13
Sat
SB Trio
Nov 13 @ 8:00 pm

SB Trio (the core of SWITCHBEAT) is a dynamic group of young musicians committed to providing the best in live music. Their diverse repertoire includes pop, r&b, dance, retro, disco, funk, rock, and much more.

Mainstays of the Toronto live music circuit, the members of SB Trio are accomplished, pro-level musicians, each with more than a decade of performance experience across Canada, the U.S. and overseas.

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