Monday July 10, 2017 – Weekday Music Listings & More #83

National Blueberry Picking Day
Indigo is the Colour of the Day …

“Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are true super foods. Naturally sweet and juicy, berries are low in sugar and high in nutrients – they are among the best foods you can eat.” – Joel Fuhrman

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“My last meal on Earth, I would love it to be a bowl of blueberries with cold cream.” – Rene Redzepi

#NewAlbumReleases
July 14th, 2017

Alan Vega – IT
Boris – Dear
Cheap Whine – Cheap Whine
Daley – The Spectrum
Integrity – Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume
Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet
Lo Tom – Lo Tom
Lucy Rose – Something’s Changing
Neil Young – Hitchhiker
RAC – EGO
Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love
Silverstein – Dead Reflection
The Dears – Times Infinity Volume Two
Twinsmith – Stay Cool
Waxahatchee – Out In The Storm

#SomethingToSay

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It is what it is. Such a defeatist statement. Something that is said to just accept things the way they are. It is what it is and there is nothing we can do about it.

I believe in fate. Sort of.

We were all born and none of us asked to be. That is what it is. I believe we are all fated to achieve. As to what we are to achieve is as varied as the blueberries on the bush. We are all fated to die. The when, where, and how are yet to be determined (as far as I believe anyways). We should strive to be better. Not better than anyone else, just a better version of ourselves from the day before. We should all strive to achieve something in our life, it really doesn’t matter what. We should take care of ourselves, but never to the point of restricting the act of actually living.

Truth is… TODAY… yes this very day could very well be your LAST DAY on earth. So many ways that could happen; care to start counting those blueberries? If you knew… what would you do today? How would you like to be remembered? Is there something you would leave unsaid? What would your last meal be?

Just my nickels worth …

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#HamOntMusic #ThisWeek

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♫♪.ılılıl Monday lılılı.♪♫

Gorillaz ath the Air Canada Centre (Toronto)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesday lılılı.♪♫

Boston w/ Joan Jett & The Blackhearts at Budweiser Stage (Toronto)
Swingin’ in St. John’s Cast at EndZone Bar & Grill (East End)
The EOF Presents A Karaoke Cabaret at The Casbah (Downtown)

 ♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper with Chris Chambers at Mississippi Queen Foods (Central)
New Swears & The Beach Bats at Mills Hardware (Downtown)
Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)
Open Mic with Alfie Smith at L’etrange (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫

RatRod Open Jam at The Pour House (Mountain)
Songs From The Bishop with Adrian Underhill at Bishop’s Park (Central)
Brenda Brown Jazz Trio Plus One at the Waterfront Stage (Downtown)
The First Timers Club Comedy Show at ZYLA’s Music and Menu (Downtown)
Run Maggie Run with The Look Back Now, Detour, and The Lost Angelos at Absinthe (Downtown)
Pistol Packin Preachers at The Casbah (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫
It’s my birthday y’all!

The Vaudevillian at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)
Art Crawl on James St. North (Downtown)

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August 3rd at Mississippi Queen Foods
Ginger St. James & Snowheel Slim

August 5th at Gage Park
ONtour: Hamilton

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

September 8th on James Street North
Super Crawl 2017

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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 July 10, 1989 – The Monkees get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, all four Monkees reunite for the first time; Mike Nesmith was a holdout on their reunion tour.

July 11, 1979 – The space station Skylab crashes to Earth after six years in space. Leading up to the event, Electric Light Orchestra take out ads in trade magazines dedicating their new single, “Don’t Bring Me Down,” to Skylab.

July 12, 1997 – The French magazine Le Figaro publishes an interview with George Harrison where he blasts modern music, taking aim at U2 and the Spice Girls.

July 13, 1985 – The Live Aid concerts take place in Philadelphia and London to raise money for the hungry in Africa. The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Elton John, David Bowie, The Who, Queen, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan all take part.

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Happy Birthday This WeekMike Mitchell, Ashley Curtis, Charlene Wristen, Maggie Steele, Gerry Finn, Yosri Diab, Jeff Carr, Ralf Vandermeulen, Rodrigo Jugulator Raquio, Iryna Antakova Melnyk, Hans Wijnand Blues, Joanna St Jacques, Bruce Whitelaw, Robert J. Morrow, Lou Molinaro, Ingelbert Lievaart II, Charlie Pipe, and David Wilcox.

Welcomes & Shoutouts This WeekKevin Wade, Chris Chambers, Moon Mutt, Dan Thomas, Steve Tomalty, Alfie Smith, Tyson Meloche, Eric Meloche, Adrian Underhill, Connie Rouble, Glen Brown, Kevin Barber, Gavin Rees, Norah Spades, and Brendan James Stephens.

 

#QuackQuackQuack

Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

“If I filled the Earth with blueberries, I would have the same number as atoms in a grapefruit.” – Jonathan Bergmann

#SeeYaOnTheBSide

Friday July 7, 2017 – Weekend Music Listings & More #82

Tell the Truth Day
Dark Green is the Colour of the Day … 

“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.” – Czeslaw Milosz

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Broken Social Scene – Hug Of Thunder

Haim – Something To Tell You

Public Service Broadcasting – Progress

Toro y Moi – Boo Boo

Melvins – A Walk With Love And Death

This Is the Kit – Moonshine Freeze

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 National Tell The Truth Day.

They say that the truth can set you free, and in most cases they are right. To tell the truth and unburden yourself will life a huge weight off your shoulders. Even a lie to protect someone’s feelings can be a huge burden. There are those times when you know if you tell the truth, you will be hurt and often times even worse, a friend will be hurt. Lying about it though will only make it worse in the long run. The truth always finds a way out. Always.

Today… tell the truth. Catch yourself in the lie before you tell it. Just tell it like it is. You will feel better about it and yourself. Those you may be trying to protect will thank you for it… one day.

Just my nickels worth …

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“If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! See website for details. (Central)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

 

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)
Open Mic with Alfie Smith at L’etrange (Downtown)

3rd Wednesday – Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House (Waterdown)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pour House! (Mountain)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturdays lılılı.♪♫

Naughty Nights with Ginger St. James at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7 (North End)
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head! (Downtown)

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

 Ed Sheeran at the Air Canada Centre (Toronto)
We Only Come Out At Night Tour at The Corktown (Downtown)
The Dinner Is Ruined plus Bad Dates & Ylangylang at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
Shady Animal at The Masque (Downtown)
Barslap Live at Manny’s Place (Brantford)
Boozetown at Absinthe (Downtown)
Delmar Junction Acoustic trio LIVE at Queenshead (Burlington)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

 Hamilton Waterfest Dragonboat Festival (Downtown)
Saturdays in July on Ottawa Street (East End)
Burlington Downtown Car Show on Brant Street (Burlington)
Darran & The Poole Boys at the Black Swan (Burlington)
John Atlee Band at Aces Bar N Grill (Dunnville)
Harem vol 22 – Bellydance Show at The Casbah (Downtown)
Barslap Live at Music for the Soldiers at Brant Artillery Gunner’s Club #21 (Brantford)
Scott Taplay Group Live at Artword Artbar (Downtown)
Rockabilly Night with The Treble Men at Lou Dawg’s (Downtown)
Rockin The Hammer at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)

 ♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫
Ancaster Kite Festival at Ancaster Fairgrounds (Ancaster)
The Felicia McMinn Band at Tracie’s Place (Mountain)
Torero, The Hypochondriacs, and The Handsome Devils at The Casbah (Downtown)

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July 14th at This Ain’t Hollywood
The Vaudvillian

… and it’s my Birthday …

August 3rd at Mississippi Queen Foods
Ginger St. James & Snowheel Slim

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

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July 7, 1984 – “When Doves Cry” goes to #1 on the Hot 100, giving Prince his first chart-topper on the tally. The song is from his upcoming movie Purple Rain.

July 8, 1947 – New Mexico’s Roswell Daily Record reports an alien aircraft has crashed near a local ranch with the headline “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer In Roswell Region.” Although the Air Force explains the UFO was actually a downed weather balloon, the Roswell Incident spurs numerous conspiracy theories about alien activity and government cover-ups. In the coming decades, extraterrestrials and flying saucers invade several songs.

July 9, 1955 – Bill Haley & His Comets’ “Rock Around The Clock” becomes the first Rock song to hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart, where it stays for eight weeks. The song was originally released as a the B-side of “Thirteen Women,” but became a massive hit after it appeared in the film Blackboard Jungle.

 

 

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This section is back to highlighting songs that I want to showcase, perhaps based on the day like the one above, or perhaps like the one below to showcase local talent.

Felicia McMinn

#ShoutOuts

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Thanks to our Sponsors … BOXO Studio, Hamilton Maker Space, and Hamilton Musician Magazine.

 

#QuackQuackQuack

Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

 “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” – William Faulkner

#SeeYaOnTheBSide

Monday July 3, 2017 – Weekday Music Listings & More #81

Disobedience Day …
Amber is the Colour of the Day …

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Broken Social Scene – Hug Of Thunder

Haim – Something To Tell You

Public Service Broadcasting – Progress

Toro y Moi – Boo Boo

Melvins – A Walk With Love And Death

 This Is the Kit – Moonshine Freeze

#SomethingToSay

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Disobedience… there are a growing number of injustices in this world. It does not matter if you believe in the conspiracies out there. You know there are unjust laws in place and new ones popping up all over. South of the border is a disaster, but don’t be blinded to think we are free of such a mess.

Our health care may be far superior to the US, but it is far from being the best. In Ontario, our population increases every year by around 140,000 people and yet the government has not increased our health care budget in years. Canada is one of the largest producers of oil in the world, so why is our gas price higher than most countries? We have all been discussing the Hydro rates in Ontario, and yet nobody really wants to address the fact that Ontario has the highest rates in North America. The Bank of Canada is a joke, and is only increasing our debt on a national and on personal levels. Our entire election process is flawed and needs to be addressed.

Truth is that year after year, we see these things, and yet somehow manage to ignore them. It is time to take off our blinders and look around. We need to start asking the tougher questions and we need to start demanding answers.

Just my nickels worth …

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“One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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REPOST:

If you are looking for an amazing Veterinarian you should look no further than Fruitland Veterinary Hospital. Located at 621 Barton St Unit 7 in Stoney Creek. You have heard other vets tell you they have the lowest rates around and they all just seem pretty cold. You look around and all you see are signs of $$$. Extra for this, extra for that, 100 different high cost specialty foods, etc. Fruitland has some of the kindest and most patient staff I have ever come across. They truly care more about the animals than the money, and truthfully more about the animals than us (as it should be). However, never once do they take our feeling forgranted. I have found the only Veterinary service I could want it’s 100% #DeaconBluesApproved!!

Check it out: http://fruitlandveterinaryhospital.com/

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♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! See website for details. (Central)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

 

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)
Open Mic with Alfie Smith at L’etrange (Downtown)

3rd Wednesday – Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House (Waterdown)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pour House! (Mountain)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturdays lılılı.♪♫

Naughty Nights with Ginger St. James at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7 (North End)
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head! (Downtown)

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Monday lılılı.♪♫

Waterdown’s OH Canada Day Ribfest (Waterdown)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesday lılılı.♪♫

Okilly Dokilly at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)

 ♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫
Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. The Last Boogie! (Downtown)
The Redhill Valleys Summer Send-Off at The Casbah (Downtown)

David Blaine Live at FirstOntario Concert Hall (Downtown)
Leatherdust Rocks the Doors (Downtown)
Air Guitar Hamilton 2017 Championships f/ Red Zeppelin at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
  ♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫

Songs From The Bishop (Park) with Dave Rave & Hailee Rose (Central)
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan w Sarah Good & the Bads, Ghostkeeper at Casbah (Downtown)

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July 14th at This Ain’t Hollywood
The Vaudvillian

… and it’s my Birthday …

August 3rd at Mississippi Queen Foods
Ginger St. James & Snowheel Slim

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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July 3, 1985 – Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox as a time-traveling teenager, opens in theaters. When he plays “Johnny B. Goode” in 1955 at the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance, he gives birth to rock and roll. In the real-life present, a new generation gets a lesson in Chuck Berry from the scene.

 

July 4, 1964 – The Beach Boys score their first #1 hit as “I Get Around” tops the Hot 100, where it stays for two weeks.

 

July 5, 1994 – Hootie & the Blowfish release Cracked Rear View. It’s their debut album, and it takes off at the beginning of 1995, becoming the best-selling album in the history of Atlantic Records.

July 6, 1972 – David Bowie performs “Starman” on Top Of The Pops, causing an uproar among the conservative British audience by singing with his arm coquettishly draped around the shoulder of guitarist Mick Ronson – a move that makes him as a household name overnight.

#GiveItAListen

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This section is back to highlighting songs that I want to showcase, perhaps based on the day like the one above, or perhaps like the one below to showcase local talent.

Felicia McMinn

#ShoutOuts

… Sponsored by Hamilton Maker Space …

Thanks to our Sponsors … BOXO Studio, Hamilton Maker Space, and Hamilton Musician Magazine.

#QuackQuackQuack

Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

“I have always looked on disobedience toward the oppressive as the only way to use the miracle of having been born.” – Oriana Fallaci

#SeeYaOnTheBSide

Friday June 30, 2017 – Music Listings & More – Blog #80

International Social Media Day …

… Royal Blue is the Colour of the Day …

“Distracted from distraction by distraction” – T.S. Eliot

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June 30th, 2017

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Baio – Man Of The World 
Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 
Doldrums – Esc 
Floating Points – Reflections Mojave Desert
Lapalux – Ruinism 
Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton – Yellow Kitchen 
Stone Sour – Hydrograd 
Sworn In – All Smiles 
The Acacia Strain – Gravebloom 
TLC – TLC 
Washed Out – Mister Mellow

I have intentionally left out at least one album release. I do not support or endorse Illuminati members or propaganda.

#SomethingToSay

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Social Media Day… just take a moment today to recognize some of the things social media has done for us. Bringing some of us closer in situations when we would normally be alone. Bridging a distance gap. There are some negatives to social media, but if used properly, it can be a wonderful tool. Recognize your Facebook friends, Twitter Followers, Instagram lurkers, etc. I am sure there has been a msg or comment that has brightened a day here and there.

Example… Wednesday was a very difficult day for me. It started off on the wrong foot in the first place. Up early and in so much pain (Neuropathy), Vertigo and Nausea (from the pain medication), and overly tired from not being able to sleep. To drive me forward and to curb the growing Depression and Anxiety, once again I throw myself into this Blog. I get half-way through, suddenly the blog is GONE. I think at first it is a Facebook glitch. So… I have to redo the whole thing. I’m almost done posting and sharing it for the second time when I get word that my dog is ill (16 year old German Sheppard named Asker). After checking in on her, I come back to find the Blog deleted again. Some idjit decided that with all the near pornographic images on Facebook, the Hate Propaganda, and Political Bullshit floating around that the Facebook Cover for Body Piercing Day was offensive (It was a woman’s mouth with her tongue pierced if ya missed it.)

I QUICKLY redo it again and then go check on my dog. She has taken a turn for the worse and while fighting off everything else, a decision had to be reached. With the heaviest of hearts, she needed to be put down. She was in so much pain, absolutely no use of her back legs at all. She wasn’t eating or drinking any more. She had no control of bowel or bladder. There was no money in the budget for this, but thanks to friends/family Gloria & James, we were able to pay for the proper Veterinary care for her. Four hours with her at the vets, spending time with her… making sure it was the right call… struggling with guilt and loss… it’s was over.

After all this… to return home to find an outpouring of love and support on Social Media. Honestly, I was numb… but it brought more tears to my eyes. Some of you I know very well and some only having met for but a moment. But you all took the time… this is what Social Media can do. Thank you all so much again. 

Just my nickels worth …

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“Social media spark a revelation that we, the people, have a voice, and through the democratization of content and ideas we can once again unite around common passions, inspire movements, and ignite change.” – Brian Solis

#AroundTown

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If you are looking for an amazing Veterinarian you should look no further than Fruitland Veterinary Hospital. Located at 621 Barton St Unit 7 in Stoney Creek. You have heard other vets tell you they have the lowest rates around and they all just seem pretty cold. You look around and all you see are signs of $$$. Extra for this, extra for that, 100 different high cost specialty foods, etc. Fruitland has some of the kindest and most patient staff I have ever come across. They truly care more about the animals than the money, and truthfully more about the animals than us (as it should be). However, never once do they take our feeling forgranted. I have found the only Veterinary service I could want it’s 100% #DeaconBluesApproved!!

Check it out: http://fruitlandveterinaryhospital.com/

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♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! See website for details. (Central)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. Open Jam! (Downtown)
Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House (Waterdown)
Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)
Open Mic with Alfie Smith at L’etrange (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pour House! (Mountain)

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7 (North End)
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head! (Downtown)

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

It’s Your Festival at Gage Park (Central)
Sonny Del Rio & The Five Star Revue at 447 Wing (Mount Hope)
C.B. & THE BENT at “It’s Your Fesrtival” (Central)
Live Concerts – Tall Ships Festival at Discovery Centre (Downtown)
Hot Jazz on the Water at Bay City Music Hall (Downtown)
Witch Prophet, Mother Tareka, Kojo ‘Easy’ Damptey at HAVN (Downtown)
Caledonia BBQ and Dance at Caledonia Fairgrounds (Caledonia)
Family of Things with Little Boxer, Reader, & Detour at Absinthe (Downtown)
Matty Simpson Tour Send Off at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
TG Swampbusters at The Gladstone (East End)
Kill No Albatross with Even the Trees and others at The Corktown (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

Boogie Infection at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Brantford’s Canada Day 150 Celebration at Lions Park (Brantford)
City of Hamilton Canada 150 with Steve Strongman at Bay Front Park (Downtown)
Oh Canada Day Ribfest (Waterdown)
The Redhill Valleys at The Oh Canada Day Ribfest (Waterdown)
Canada Day Jamtacular at The Corktown (Downtown)
Noble Savages with Dirty Jeans, Ghosted, and Cadillac Bill at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
Rob Kirkham And Neon Rain at The EndZone (East End)

♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫

The Bazaar of the Bizarre 2017 at The Spice Factory (Downtown)
Rock the Park 4 Jessie (Murder Victims) at Fernbrook Resort (Freelton)
Python with On The Verge & Social Strife at Doors Pub (Downtown)

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July 6th at Mississippi Queen Foods
Southern Supper: The Vaudevillian CD & Vinyl Pre-Release Party

August 3rd at Mississippi Queen Foods
Ginger St. James & Snowheel Slim

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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June 30, 1975 – Cher marries Gregg Allman. Their union produces a son (Elijah Blue Allman) and an album, but ends for good in 1979.

July 1, 1956 – The family-friendly Steve Allen Show doesn’t want Elvis Presley shaking his legendary pelvis, so he sings “Hound Dog” to a basset hound. Both Elvis and the pooch are dressed in formal wear.

July 2, 1966 – “Strangers in the Night” goes to #1, giving Frank Sinatra his first #1 pop hit since “Learnin’ The Blues” in 1955. The song appeared in the film A Man Could Get Killed, winning the Oscar for Best Song.

#GiveItAListen

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Doldrums – Heater (from new Esc album)

The Acacia Strain – Bitter Pill (from new Gravebloom album)

Floating Points – Kelso Dunes (from the new Reflections Mojave Desert album)

Note: To be fair to everyone, some of these are not to my liking, but I am including them as a sneak peek into their up-coming albums and my tastes can’t dictate yours.

#ShoutOuts

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Thanks to our Sponsors … BOXO StudioHamilton Maker Space, and Hamilton Musician Magazine. Two new sponsors coming soon.

Shout Outs to … Kevin BarberGlen BrownConnie RoubleJacob MoonIan AndrewsTyson MelocheShari DunnJonny KerrLora LionsheadScott RendallGinger St JamesJack de KeyzerB A ScottJesse O’BrienCadillac BillTim GibbonsDanielle BeaudinNathan James LeeDarby GeeCraig SaundersSpencer MackenzieDonna Castello, and Steve Strongman

#QuackQuackQuack

Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

“Social media allows us to behave in ways that we are hardwired for in the first place – as humans. We can get frank recommendations from other humans instead of from faceless companies.”
 Francois Gossieaux

#SeeYaOnTheBSide

Wednesday June 28, 2017 – Music Listings & More – Blog #79

International Body Piercing Day …

… Red is the Colour of the Day …

“All of their faces are cluttered with the shrapnel of rebellion, as if a grenade of alienation has exploded in their midst, piercing every possible soft point of flesh-from earlobes and nostrils to eyebrows, lips, and tongues-with metal studs and rings.” – Jonathan Tropper

#NewAlbumReleases
June 30th, 2017

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Baio – Man Of The World 
Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 
Doldrums – Esc 
Floating Points – Reflections Mojave Desert
Lapalux – Ruinism 
Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton – Yellow Kitchen 
Stone Sour – Hydrograd 
Sworn In – All Smiles 
The Acacia Strain – Gravebloom 
TLC – TLC 
Washed Out – Mister Mellow

I have intentionally left out at least one album release. I do not support or endorse Illuminati members or propaganda.

#SomethingToSay

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Today is one of those day I find myself with few words. I have been up most of the night, and like yesterday, I am not doing so well. As most of you know, this blog gives me purpose on days like this, so once again, it is being released and surprisingly on time. So on those rare days I am late or just miss an issue, you know it must be a really bad day.

I do want to take a moment and thank all of you for your support, not just of me but our city, the art and music scene, and each other. It is one of the things that makes our community so special. Thank you.

Between releasing this issue twice earlier today, had to put my dog down. Now I found out again that Facebook had deleted the blog for having the Facebook cover image below showing on the share. Now I will share it again without the image. I have seen way worse images… 

Just my nickels worth …

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♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! See website for details. (Central)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. Open Jam! (Downtown)
Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House (Waterdown)
Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)
Open Mic with Alfie Smith at L’etrange (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pour House! (Mountain)

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7 (North End)
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head! (Downtown)

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

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 ♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫
 
 Bry Webb (Constantines) w/ Dan Edmonds and Bird City at The Casbah (Downtown)
 
 
 ♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫

Sarah Smith on Stage at Tracie’s Place (Mountain)
Jack De Keyzer & Jesse O’Brien at Coach & Lantern Pub (Ancaster)
The Medicine Hat with Lost Cousins & The Kents at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)
Mark Debonis Comedy Night at The Casbah (Downtown)
Must Stash Hat, Blind Mule, Zyla & The Meatbags at The Casbah (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

It’s Your Festival at Gage Park (Central)
Sonny Del Rio & The Five Star Revue at 447 Wing (Mount Hope)
C.B. & THE BENT at “It’s Your Fesrtival” (Central)
Live Concerts – Tall Ships Festival at Discovery Centre (Downtown)
Hot Jazz on the Water at Bay City Music Hall (Downtown)
Witch Prophet, Mother Tareka, Kojo ‘Easy’ Damptey at HAVN (Downtown)
Caledonia BBQ and Dance at Caledonia Fairgrounds (Caledonia)
Family of Things with Little Boxer, Reader, & Detour at Absinthe (Downtown)
Matty Simpson Tour Send Off at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
TG Swampbusters at The Gladstone (East End)
Kill No Albatross with Even the Trees and others at The Corktown (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

Boogie Infection at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Brantford’s Canada Day 150 Celebration at Lions Park (Brantford)
City of Hamilton Canada 150 with Steve Strongman at Bay Front Park (Downtown)
Oh Canada Day Ribfest (Waterdown)
The Redhill Valleys at The Oh Canada Day Ribfest (Waterdown)
Canada Day Jamtacular at The Corktown (Downtown)
Noble Savages with Dirty Jeans, Ghosted, and Cadillac Bill at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
Rob Kirkham And Neon Rain at The EndZone (East End)

♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫

The Bazaar of the Bizarre 2017 at The Spice Factory (Downtown)
Rock the Park 4 Jessie (Murder Victims) at Fernbrook Resort (Freelton)
Python with On The Verge & Social Strife at Doors Pub (Downtown)

#ComingSoon in #HamOnt

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July 6th at Mississippi Queen Foods
Southern Supper: The Vaudevillian CD & Vinyl Pre-Release Party

August 3rd at Mississippi Queen Foods
Ginger St. James & Snowheel Slim

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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June 28, 1968 – Aretha Franklin appears on the cover of Time magazine.

June 29, 1974 – Neil Peart replaces John Rutsey as the drummer for Rush.

June 30, 1975 – Cher marries Gregg Allman. Their union produces a son (Elijah Blue Allman) and an album, but ends for good in 1979.

July 1, 1956 – The family-friendly Steve Allen Show doesn’t want Elvis Presley shaking his legendary pelvis, so he sings “Hound Dog” to a basset hound. Both Elvis and the pooch are dressed in formal wear.

July 2, 1966 – “Strangers in the Night” goes to #1, giving Frank Sinatra his first #1 pop hit since “Learnin’ The Blues” in 1955. The song appeared in the film A Man Could Get Killed, winning the Oscar for Best Song.

#GiveItAListen

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Calvin Harris – Rollin  (from new Funk Wav Bounces album)

Sworn In – Make It Hurt (from new All Smiles album)

 TLC – Way Back (from the new TLC album)

Note: To be fair to everyone, some of these are not to my liking, but I am including them as a sneak peek into their up-coming albums and my tastes can’t dictate yours.

#ShoutOuts

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Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

“I am too old for an eyebrow piercing but too young for an eyebrow lift.” – Max Cannon

#SeeYaOnTheBSide

Monday June 26, 2017 – Music Listings and More – Blog #78

Forgiveness Day
Maroon is the Colour of the Day …

“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” – Katherine Ponder

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June 30th, 2017

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Baio – Man Of The World
Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Doldrums – Esc
Floating Points – Reflections Mojave Desert
Lapalux – Ruinism
Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton – Yellow Kitchen
Stone Sour – Hydrograd
Sworn In – All Smiles
The Acacia Strain – Gravebloom
TLC – TLC
Washed Out – Mister Mellow

I have intentionally left out at least one album release. I do not support or endorse Illuminati members or propaganda.

#SomethingToSay

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I figure it is about time I address this pet peeve of mine. I am sure you all know that I am apparently a “conspiracy nut”, and I do admit that I have some unique opinions (at least you think they are opinions or just outright ridiculous ideas). All I have to say to you is… Wake Up. An intelligent mind should not be held prisoner. However, there are many nuts out there, and many of them have been placed there intentionally to misdirect an inquiring mind. If you start asking questions and everywhere you look all you see is crazy, you just give up on any rational ideas and just write it all off as crazy.

Do a search for Illuminati and you start seeing all kind of crazy stuff, however, I can tell you that there is truth in SOME of them. You see reference to the Freemasons as being part of them. You see reference of the Freemasons being a Satanic organization. Anyone writing and or believing in this non-sense has obviously not do any reading or research on their own and they are just believing the first thing that they see when they try and search for the truth. 

I will start with the FACT that the Illuminati is real, or at the very least, they were real. I still believe they are around today and stronger than ever, but no sane or intelligent mind can deny that they ever existed. There is more historical proof than anything else. They had at one time, tried to infiltrate the Freemasons back in their beginning. This did not end well for them, and as they were expelled (in a manner of speaking) from any affiliation, they appeared to vanish or disband. Many of us believe they simply went into deeper hiding (those with that much power and influence just don’t vanish). The next part is common sense… if you do any research into the goals of the Illuminati it is clear you will see many Satanic ideas and ideals. However, when it comes to the Freemasons and that idea… you know it is a very large G and not S or D in the centre of the compass don’t you? G… as in God. This is used today in a more loose fashion that in the early days. G simply references a Higher Power in the universe. If you do not believe in such a concept, than Freemasonry is not for you. 

It is clear when you begin to read and research who is actually seeking the truth, clear if you really look that is. Believing in the first thing that pops up because it seems like it could be true, or just that you really want it to be, makes you look like a fool. If there is ever something you want to know about Freemasonry, ask. It is not a Secret Organization, it is well known and documented organization of good people. Yes, there are certain aspects or membership that contains secrets, but that is nothing new. The companies you work for have secrets. 

We are the people who can make a difference… the Sheeple will be lead until they wake up or simply find themselves in the slaughter house.

Just my nickels worth …

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A friend, Robin Zee, shared something a few weeks back. It was an article detailing 7 reasons people don’t come to your event (show) by Ari Herstand. It was a good read, but something that has been really tossed around many times over the past few years. Things are not what they used to be. I think before we get into event listings, it’s important to cover and most likely expand on these points. I want to relate them to venues and musicians so I may do this over several blogs.

Reason #7 … You Aren’t Going Out Into The World

This one is one that I hardly ever see anyone do.

As a venue owner, you need to realize isolation from your competition is never a good thing. And I use the term competition very loosely. If you have a unique environment and food, solid entertainment, great service and staff, etc. There is plenty of room in this town for everyone. You need to get out into the community (other venues) and socialize. With potential customers, entertainment, and other owners. You have the opportunity to help each other out. In Hamilton, there are already owners that are like this, you just need to get your head out of your ass and get out there. This will also help you see what works and what doesn’t.

As an entertainer, networking is very important. Same applies to you… everyone matters. Of course you want to promote your upcoming show, but make sure you are not being a dick about it. Talk with your peers and I am sure they will ask about your next big event as they thank you for making it to theirs. You may meet other local promoters, meet and owner you have never met before, etc. 

If you plan to be a star, then start acting like one. Public appearance is crucial to your eventual success. Start building your name, your look, and your fan base right now. If you don’t think this is important, get out of the business. Remember you are a business and in business the customer is everything. A personal invite to your event, perhaps a couple “free passes”… this will make a world of difference over time.

#EveryWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! See website for details. (Central)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. Open Jam! (Downtown)
Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House (Waterdown)
Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)
Open Mic with Alfie Smith at L’etrange (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pour House! (Mountain)

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7 (North End)
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head! (Downtown)

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Monday lılılı.♪♫

Thanya Iyer, TBA & the Special Guests, Secret Sequester at HAVN (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesday lılılı.♪♫

Creative Exchange – June and HALO Recording Studio (Downtown)

 ♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫
 Bry Webb (Constantines) w/ Dan Edmonds and Bird City at The Casbah (Downtown)
 ♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫

Sarah Smith on Stage at Tracie’s Place (Mountain)
Jack De Keyzer & Jesse O’Brien at Coach & Lantern Pub (Ancaster)
The Medicine Hat with Lost Cousins & The Kents at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

It’s Your Festival at Gage Park (Central)
C.B. & THE BENT at “It’s Your Fesrtival” (Central)

Live Concerts – Tall Ships Festival at Discovery Centre (Downtown)
Hot Jazz on the Water at Bay City Music Hall (Downtown)
Witch Prophet, Mother Tareka, Kojo ‘Easy’ Damptey at HAVN (Downtown)
Caledonia BBQ and Dance at Caledonia Fairgrounds (Caledonia)
Family of Things with Little Boxer, Reader, & Detour at Absinthe (Downtown)
Matty Simpson Tour Send Off at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
TG Swampbusters at The Gladstone (East End)
Kill No Albatross with Even the Trees and others at The Corktown (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

Ginger St James at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Brantford’s Canada Day 150 Celebration at Lions Park (Brantford)

City of Hamilton Canada 150 with Steve Strongman at Bay Front Park (Downtown)
Oh Canada Day Ribfest (Waterdown)
The Redhill Valleys at The Oh Canada Day Ribfest (Waterdown)
Canada Day Jamtacular at The Corktown (Downtown)
Noble Savages with Dirty Jeans, Ghosted, and Cadillac Bill at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
Rob Kirkham And Neon Rain at The EndZone (East End)

♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫

The Bazaar of the Bizarre 2017 at The Spice Factory (Downtown)
Rock the Park 4 Jessie (Murder Victims) at Fernbrook Resort (Freelton)
Python with On The Verge & Social Strife at Doors Pub (Downtown)

#ComingSoon in #HamOnt

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July 6th at Mississippi Queen Foods
Southern Supper: The Vaudevillian CD & Vinyl Pre-Release Party

August 3rd at Mississippi Queen Foods
Ginger St. James & Snowheel Slim

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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June 26, 2015 – President Barack Obama sings “Amazing Grace” at the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed along with eight others when a gunman opened fire during a Bible study at his church in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

 

 

June 27, 1970 – The group Smile change their name to Queen and perform for the first time with that name. Looking at the picture below, I think the name change was appropriate. 

June 28, 1968 – Aretha Franklin appears on the cover of Time magazine.

June 29, 1974 – Neil Peart replaces John Rutsey as the drummer for Rush.

June 30, 1975 – Cher marries Gregg Allman. Their union produces a son (Elijah Blue Allman) and an album, but ends for good in 1979.

July 1, 1956 – The family-friendly Steve Allen Show doesn’t want Elvis Presley shaking his legendary pelvis, so he sings “Hound Dog” to a basset hound. Both Elvis and the pooch are dressed in formal wear.

July 2, 1966 – “Strangers in the Night” goes to #1, giving Frank Sinatra his first #1 pop hit since “Learnin’ The Blues” in 1955. The song appeared in the film A Man Could Get Killed, winning the Oscar for Best Song.

#GiveItAListen

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 Baio – Philosophy (from new  Man of the World album)

Stone Sour – Fabuless (from new Hydrograd album)

 Lapalux – ‘Rotted Arp (from the new Ruinism album)

Note: To be fair to everyone, some of these are not to my liking, but I am including them as a sneak peek into their up-coming albums and my tastes can’t dictate yours. 

#ShoutOuts

… Sponsored by Hamilton Maker Space …

#QuackQuackQuack

Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

“We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven.” – Martha Kilpatrick

#SeeYaOnTheBSide

Saturday June 24, 2017 – Music Listings and More – Blog #77

Global Smurf Day …
Blue is the Colour of the Day …

“There is a place. A place that knows no sadness, where even feeling blue is a happy thing. A place inhabited by little blue beings three apples high. It lies deep within an enchanted forest, hidden away beyond the medieval village. Most people believe this place is made up, only to be found in books or children’s imagination. Well, we beg to differ.” – Narrator Smurf

#NewAlbumReleases
June 23rd, 2017

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311 – Mosaic
Algiers – The Underside Of Power
Banditos – Visionland
DJ Khaled – Grateful
Dying Fetus – Wrong One To Fuck With
Imagine Dragons – Evolve
Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Murder Of The Universe
Laurel Halo – Dust
The American Professionals – Sympathetic Overdrive
The White Noise – AM/PM

#SomethingToSay

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So this week, actual over a month now, has been been both physically taxing and emotionally draining. Dealing with family who are involved with a wedding and trying to do my best to help and support where and when I can. I feel bad when I am sometimes unable to help or just be there. At times I have had to push myself when I know I shouldn’t and it has come at a price. These things happen. Sometimes we just have to do things and get things done. I have to be the person that follows through as long as I am not completely unable. Now all is said and done and I was left in a really dark frame of mind, a melancholy that has yet to go away. Weddings and such occasions tend to be one of the triggers for my depression. I recognize it for what it is, my fear of remaining alone. We all have fears we have to face. I am dealing with it. We all have to deal with it.

I try and remember that I can never blame anyone else for my sorrow. I can’t place it on a person, a place, or an event. If something else is responsible for my depression and misery, then that would mean something else is responsible for my happiness and I have no control? No! Own it! It is mine to live with, to deal with, to fight with, and to overcome. I control my own life; my success or failure, my sadness or happiness. So do you. Own it.

Just my nickels worth …

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A friend, @Robin Zee, shared something a few weeks back. It was an article detailing 7 reasons people don’t come to your event (show) by Ari Herstand. It was a good read, but something that has been really tossed around many times over the past few years. Things are not what they used to be. I think before we get into event listings, it’s important to cover and most likely expand on these points. I want to relate them to venues and musicians so I may do this over several blogs.

Reason #6 … You Rely Solely On Facebook

First I would like to say I both agree and strongly disagree with the article and statement. Facebook can be a great tool, but I can tell you from first hand experience, most of the people and places I know do not know how to use it. You have to be active on any kind of social media to even make it work. Just an example: you create an event and then when you share it, you only share it on your own page or in your own group. Sharing it to the people who already seen it. Then let’s say someone else sees it, they share it right back to the place they seen it on. Pointless. You need a social media strategy or find someone to help get the word out. 

Yes, people do get tired of Facebook events.  Mostly because of improper use of the tool. They see an event posted and get an invite. Then it gets share over and over and over again to the same groups and pages they use and it fill up their timelines. I share this blog a great deal. I share it on the day it comes out to any event, related group, or important person. I tag only those referenced to the blog as it comes out. Once that initial share is out, I don’t share again until it is a new blog release. If I am getting an event out there, space the event shares out by several days. Try and share to DIFFERENT groups and people. 

Now, as the article does mention and this is important too… there are more tools out there. Advance tickets, other social media (Twitter, Instagram, etc), posters and flyers (but you may need work for these), blogs and other forms of press, radio, corporate sponsors (craft beer companies do this all the time), etc.

Reason #7 … Come Back Next Week!

#EveryWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! See website for details. (Central)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. Open Jam! (Downtown)
Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House (Waterdown)
Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)
Open Mic with Alfie Smith at L’etrange (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pour House! (Mountain)

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7 (North End)
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head! (Downtown)

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

… sponsored by Greater Hamilton Musician …

♫♪.ılılıl Monday lılılı.♪♫

 

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesday lılılı.♪♫

Sham 69 at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)

 ♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫
 ♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫

Hamilton Community Expo at the Eva Rothwell Centre (Central)
Morgan Davis at The Pearl Company (Central)
Red Hot Chili Peppers at FirstOntario Centre (Downtown)
Taylor Knox at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)
Harpdog Brown & Sugar Brown at Odd Fellows Hall (Dundas)

♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

Shari Vandermolen Quartet at The Pearl Company (Central)
Indie Series featuring Hanna Bech at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)
The Paul James Band at Brant Artillery Gunner’s Club #21 (Brantford)
Brendan & Norah’s Stag & Doe at Museum of Steam at Technology (East End)
The Bandicoots at Mills Hardware (Downtown)
Conor Gains Band & The Altobeelays at The Casbah (Downtown)
The Blues Pirates at The American House (Waterdown)
Radio Free Universe at The Lazy Flamingo (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

McQuesten Heritage Harvest at the McQuesten Urban Farm (East End)
Danny Michel at Mills Hardware (Downtown)
Diesel Dog at The Corktown (Downtown)
Soundwave at Stonewalls (Downtown)
ROUTE 6 at The Gladstone (East End)
Ginger St. James at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Bonnie Hamilton at Mattson & Co. (Downtown)
The Vanishers with special guests at The Casbah (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫

Variety Night with Robin Benedict at Tracie’s Place (Mountain)

#ComingSoon in #HamOnt

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July 6th at Mississippi Queen Foods
Southern Supper: The Vaudevillian CD & Vinyl Pre-Release Party

August 3rd at Mississippi Queen Foods
Ginger St. James & Snowheel Slim

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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2010 – “California Gurls” hits #1, the first of five Hot 100 chart-toppers from Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream album – a feat only equaled by Michael Jackson’s Bad.

1972 – The Tallahatchee Bridge in Money, Mississippi, made famous in Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode To Billie Joe,” collapses (it is later rebuilt).

1970 – Who guitarist Pete Townshend, while waiting for his flight at the airport in Memphis, likens the band’s latest album, Tommy, to the atomic bomb, causing officials who misheard the remark to search the facilities for a real bomb.

2011 – Glen Campbell’s wife, Kim Woollen, announces that the singer has Alzheimer’s disease.

1963 – Del Shannon’s cover of The Beatles’ “From Me to You” hits the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming the first Lennon-McCartney composition to ever make the US charts.

1992 – Billy Joel graduates! He finally gets his high school diploma from Hicksville High School in Long Island, New York. He didn’t graduate with his class in 1967 because of a missed English credit.

2009 – Fifty-year-old Michael Jackson is found dead in the Los Angeles mansion he is renting. The shocking news spreads quickly through social media outlets, and Jackson is the subject of numerous tributes over the next few weeks.

#GiveItAListen

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Banditos – Fine Fine Day  (from new Visionland album)

Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (from new Evolve album)

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Lord of Lightning  (from the new Murder Of The Universe album)

Note: To be fair to everyone, some of these are not to my liking, but I am including them as a sneak peek into their up-coming albums and my tastes can’t dictate yours. 

#ShoutOuts

… Sponsored by Hamilton Maker Space …

#QuackQuackQuack

Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

“Just because your name IS Grouchy, doesn’t mean you always have to BE grouchy.” – Clumsy Smurf

#SeeYaOnTheBSide

Wednesday June 21, 2017 – Music Listings and More – Blog #76

First Day of Summer
Green is the Colour of the Day …

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

#NewAlbumReleases
June 23rd, 2017

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311 – Mosaic
Algiers – The Underside Of Power
Banditos – Visionland
DJ Khaled – Grateful
Dying Fetus – Wrong One To Fuck With
Imagine Dragons – Evolve
Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Murder Of The Universe
Laurel Halo – Dust
The American Professionals – Sympathetic Overdrive
The White Noise – AM/PM

#SomethingToSay

… sponsored by Deacon Media

First Day of Summer, the Summer Solstice, longest day of the year. For be this is actually a spiritual day, but that I shall keep to myself. It seems to be a great day to enjoy the outdoors and a day to recognize all that could be and will be in the world.

Really not much to say today, would rather just enjoy. It only lasts 3 months.

Just my nickels worth …

#NewFacebookCover

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“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”  – Charles Bowden

#AroundTown

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A friend, @Robin Zee, shared something a few weeks back. It was an article detailing 7 reasons people don’t come to your event (show) by Ari Herstand. It was a good read, but something that has been really tossed around many times over the past few years. Things are not what they used to be. I think before we get into event listings, it’s important to cover and most likely expand on these points. I want to relate them to venues and musicians so I may do this over several blogs.

Reason #5 … You Think The Venue/Band Will Promote

First off … it is BOTH the venue and the band that are obligated to promote the show. Venues have too much on their plate already to promote every show full force. Venues also put more effort into bands that have a solid track record. Work together to pack the house! Posters, tweets, instagram, facebook, etc. Try for local radio once and awhile. View magazine. 

I can tell you all right now, first hand, A LOT of you suck at promoting yourself and your events. You can not get the word out a few days before and expect it to be enough. You can’t ignore your facebook page or events page and leave interested parties in the dark. This goes for both venue and performer. As a musician who wants to be paid, you are a business. Business need advertising. Stop passing the buck and just get to it.

Reason #6 … Come Back Friday!

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Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! See website for details. (Central)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. Open Jam! (Downtown)
Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House (Waterdown)
Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)
Open Mic with Alfie Smith at L’etrange (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pour House! (Mountain)

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7 (North End)
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head! (Downtown)

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Monday lılılı.♪♫

 

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesday lılılı.♪♫

Sham 69 at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)

 ♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫

♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫

Hamilton Community Expo at the Eva Rothwell Centre (Central)
Morgan Davis at The Pearl Company (Central)
Red Hot Chili Peppers at FirstOntario Centre (Downtown)
Taylor Knox at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)
Harpdog Brown & Sugar Brown at Odd Fellows Hall (Dundas)

♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

Shari Vandermolen Quartet at The Pearl Company (Central)
Indie Series featuring Hanna Bech at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)
The Paul James Band at Brant Artillery Gunner’s Club #21 (Brantford)
Brendan & Norah’s Stag & Doe at Museum of Steam at Technology (East End)
The Bandicoots at Mills Hardware (Downtown)
Conor Gains Band & The Altobeelays at The Casbah (Downtown)
The Blues Pirates at The American House (Waterdown)
Radio Free Universe at The Lazy Flamingo (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

McQuesten Heritage Harvest at the McQuesten Urban Farm (East End)
Danny Michel at Mills Hardware (Downtown)
Diesel Dog at The Corktown (Downtown)
Soundwave at Stonewalls (Downtown)
ROUTE 6 at The Gladstone (East End)
The Vanishers with special guests at The Casbah (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫

Variety Night with Robin Benedict at Tracie’s Place (Moutain)

#ComingSoon in #HamOnt

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July 6th at Mississippi Queen Foods
Southern Supper: The Vaudevillian CD & Vinyl Pre-Release Party

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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2010 – “California Gurls” hits #1, the first of five Hot 100 chart-toppers from Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream album – a feat only equaled by Michael Jackson’s Bad.

1972 – The Tallahatchee Bridge in Money, Mississippi, made famous in Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode To Billie Joe,” collapses (it is later rebuilt).

1970 – Who guitarist Pete Townshend, while waiting for his flight at the airport in Memphis, likens the band’s latest album, Tommy, to the atomic bomb, causing officials who misheard the remark to search the facilities for a real bomb.

2011 – Glen Campbell’s wife, Kim Woollen, announces that the singer has Alzheimer’s disease.

1963 – Del Shannon’s cover of The Beatles’ “From Me to You” hits the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming the first Lennon-McCartney composition to ever make the US charts.

1992 – Billy Joel graduates! He finally gets his high school diploma from Hicksville High School in Long Island, New York. He didn’t graduate with his class in 1967 because of a missed English credit.

2009 – Fifty-year-old Michael Jackson is found dead in the Los Angeles mansion he is renting. The shocking news spreads quickly through social media outlets, and Jackson is the subject of numerous tributes over the next few weeks.

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Algiers – The Underside Of Power (from new Underside of Power album)

Jeff Tweedy – Laminated Cat (from new Together at Last album)

The White Noise – Bite Marks  (from the new AM / PM album)

Note: To be fair to everyone, some of these are not to my liking, but I am including them as a sneak peek into their up-coming albums and my tastes can’t dictate yours. 

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Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

“The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Monday June 19th, 2017 – Music Listings and More – Blog #75

Garfield the Cat Day
ORANGE is the Colour of the Day …

“You know it’s Monday when you wake up, and it’s Tuesday.” – Garfield

#NewAlbumReleases
June 23rd, 2017

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311 – Mosaic
Algiers – The Underside Of Power
Banditos – Visionland
DJ Khaled – Grateful
Dying Fetus – Wrong One To Fuck With
Imagine Dragons – Evolve
Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Murder Of The Universe
Laurel Halo – Dust
The American Professionals – Sympathetic Overdrive
The White Noise – AM/PM

#SomethingToSay

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First out of the gate…

If you run or work at a bar/restaurant, and you host live music either occasionally or regularly, then you need to promote not just the entertainment you are bringing in but also your establishment. No publicity is bad publicity. Turning your back on anyone willing to shine a light on the event you are putting on is foolish and honestly, rude. Unless you have something to hide, why would you not want people to know about and talk about your business? This city will never become “more” unless we can learn to work together and at the very least communicate with each other. Personally, I think there are many places that have just created a Facebook presence because everyone else has and then they completely ignore it and any potential customers that may want to interact. Social Media begins with being Social. Interact. Take action. If you can’t… just stop wasting your time (and ours) and making your business look bad and remove yourself from the modern world. Isolation in any form is BAD BUSINESS.

Now for a little political and social commentary…

Drug Use and subsequent Drug Abuse is not a Criminal Issue. It is a Health Issue. Legalization and/or decriminalization of drug possession for personal use will make a huge impact across the board. The US and it’s puppet countries (which sadly folks, include us) seem to hold on to certain things beyond common sense. Prohibition does not work, it didn’t work for alcohol and it’s not working for drugs. Hopefully people realize that until the end of alcohol prohibition most drugs were not illegal (at least not criminal). Prohibition is about holding power and making money. It costs us money, tax payers… but the people at the top are raking in billions. Fact… prohibition increases crime not the other way around. For the record, the United Nations stand with the war on drugs is backed primarily by the US and the powers that really govern the UN. Someone said to me that nobody in the world would follow along with this belief … here are some of the countries that have at the very least decriminalized drugs for personal use and some have gone way beyond that … Czech Republic, France (has supervised injection center for users and no it is not a methadone program),  Germany (also has many supervised injection centers), Ireland, Netherlands (at least on “soft” drugs such as weed, hash, and now mushrooms), Portugal (for more than 14 years now has had total decriminalization on ALL drugs for personal use), Italy and Spain followed Portugal on their example. In South America it is a little more difficult because of American control but … Argentina (here it is Unconstitutional to persecute someone for personal drug use), Brazil (has partial decriminalization and has been debating going further for years), Columbia (partial), Costa Rica (completely decriminalized), Ecuador (they only view it as a health issue), Honduras (they are also lobbying the United States to legalize drugs), Mexico (believe it or not has decriminalized it for even possession for personal use with set amounts allowed), and lastly Uruguay which never criminalized it in the first place and they have no set limits on quantity. So yes, other countries are doing and have been more than a decade. Numbers have shown that their drug use rates have not risen either. They have fallen slightly, drug related crimes have dropped dramatically, and it has helped their overall economy and well-being dramatically. It’s time we look back at why we brought in prohibition in the first place. Occasional and person drug use of any kind is not the concern of the government and should not be criminal. Drug Addiction (or just Addiction in general) is a health concern and not a legal one.

Just my nickels worth …

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“Would you be willing to lead a parade in celebration of the lazy life? If the answer is yes… you’re all wrong for lazy week.” – Garfield

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A friend, @Robin Zee, shared something a few weeks back. It was an article detailing 7 reasons people don’t come to your event (show) by Ari Herstand. It was a good read, but something that has been really tossed around many times over the past few years. Things are not what they used to be. I think before we get into event listings, it’s important to cover and most likely expand on these points. I want to relate them to venues and musicians so I may do this over several blogs.

Reason #4 … You Don’t Have Advance Tickets

This one really only applies to the bands, however, as a venue you should allow advance ticket sales. If you pay your band cash, try to find creative ways for your customers to commit to attending the show. Perhaps you could offer an advance VIP ticket that will get them something extra?

As a band, get those advance tickets! You can do it yourself, or your promoter can do it. Make sure you are not paying to play. When you are given tickets to sell, this should be your money! An advance on the night to make sure that you get something for the effort. If your promoter is printing and supplying tickets, posters, etc. Make sure they get their % of the ticket sales. The balance of the tickets should be sold at the door. Make sure again, your promoter only gets their agreed % even of the door and nothing more. The promoter can be given their % in tickets if you like, so they can try to sell some in advance as well, but then still balance out at the door. Advance tickets should be a little less than door tickets. Offer up some specials. Buy X get 1 free. Buy X get a CD. This will get you a commitment to the show, and if after buying a ticket they don’t show, you still got paid.

Reason #5 … Come Back Wednesday!

#EveryWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! See website for details. (Central)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. Open Jam! (Downtown)
Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House (Waterdown)
Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)
Open Mic with Alfie Smith at L’etrange (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pour House! (Mountain)

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7 (North End)
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head! (Downtown)

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

… sponsored by Greater Hamilton Musician …

♫♪.ılılıl Monday lılılı.♪♫

 

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesday lılılı.♪♫

Sham 69 at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)

 ♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫

♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫

Hamilton Community Expo at the Eva Rothwell Centre (Central)
Morgan Davis at The Pearl Company (Central)
Red Hot Chili Peppers at FirstOntario Centre (Downtown)
Taylor Knox at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)
Harpdog Brown & Sugar Brown at Odd Fellows Hall (Dundas)

♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

Shari Vandermolen Quartet at The Pearl Company (Central)
Indie Series featuring Hanna Bech at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)
The Paul James Band at Brant Artillery Gunner’s Club #21 (Brantford)
Brendan & Norah’s Stag & Doe at Museum of Steam at Technology (East End)
The Bandicoots at Mills Hardware (Downtown)
Conor Gains Band & The Altobeelays at The Casbah (Downtown)
The Blues Pirates at The American House (Waterdown)
Radio Free Universe at The Lazy Flamingo (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

McQuesten Heritage Harvest at the McQuesten Urban Farm (East End)
Danny Michel at Mills Hardware (Downtown)
Diesel Dog at The Corktown (Downtown)
Soundwave at Stonewalls (Downtown)
ROUTE 6 at The Gladstone (East End)
The Vanishers with special guests at The Casbah (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫

Variety Night with Robin Benedict at Tracie’s Place (Moutain)

#ComingSoon in #HamOnt

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July 6th at Mississippi Queen Foods
Southern Supper: The Vaudevillian CD & Vinyl Pre-Release Party

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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2010 – “California Gurls” hits #1, the first of five Hot 100 chart-toppers from Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream album – a feat only equaled by Michael Jackson’s Bad.

1972 – The Tallahatchee Bridge in Money, Mississippi, made famous in Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode To Billie Joe,” collapses (it is later rebuilt).

1970 – Who guitarist Pete Townshend, while waiting for his flight at the airport in Memphis, likens the band’s latest album, Tommy, to the atomic bomb, causing officials who misheard the remark to search the facilities for a real bomb.

2011 – Glen Campbell’s wife, Kim Woollen, announces that the singer has Alzheimer’s disease.

1963 – Del Shannon’s cover of The Beatles’ “From Me to You” hits the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming the first Lennon-McCartney composition to ever make the US charts.

1992 – Billy Joel graduates! He finally gets his high school diploma from Hicksville High School in Long Island, New York. He didn’t graduate with his class in 1967 because of a missed English credit.

2009 – Fifty-year-old Michael Jackson is found dead in the Los Angeles mansion he is renting. The shocking news spreads quickly through social media outlets, and Jackson is the subject of numerous tributes over the next few weeks.

#GiveItAListen

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311 – Too Late (from new Mosiac album)

Dying Fetus – Fixated on Devistation (from new Wrong One To Fuck With album)

Laurel Halo – Jelly (from the new Dust album)

Note: To be fair to everyone, some of these are not to my liking, but I am including them as a sneak peek into their up-coming albums and my tastes can’t dictate yours. 

#ShoutOuts

… Sponsored by Hamilton Maker Space …

#QuackQuackQuack

Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

“With due respect to Will Rogers, I never met a lasagna I didn’t like.” – Garfield

#SeeYaOnTheBSide

Friday June 16th, 2017 – Music Listings and More – Blog #74

#JustPreachin

… Wish Fulfillment Day …

“If you are a dreamer come in,
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar,
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer,
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin,
Come in!
Come in!”
– Shel Silverstein

#NewAlbumReleases
June 16th, 2017

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2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
Alison Moyet – Other
Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar
Big Boi – Boomiverse
Broadside – Paradise
Com Truise – Iteration
DJ Orange Julius – The Grove
Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
Hundredth – Rare
Iced Earth – Incorruptible
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
Jason Loewenstein – Spooky Action
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – On The Echoing Green
Kevin Morby – City Music
Lorde – Melodrama
Matthew Sweet – Tomorrow Forever
Nickelback – Feed The Machine
Oh Wonder – Oh Wonder
Palehound – A Place I’ll Always Go
Portugal. The Man – Woodstock
Ride – Weather Diaries
Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?
Royal Trux – Platinum Tips And Ice Cream
Steve Earle & the Dukes – So You Wannabe An Outlaw
Styx – The Mission
The Drums – Abysmal Thoughts

#SomethingToSay

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Do you know the wish of a person close to you? If this is a person for whom you care, you should ask yourself today if there is anything at all you can do to help them achieve that wish. Maybe it won’t take much, perhaps you could help get that ball rolling.

Is there something you have been wishing for? Well today is the day to at least try to make it happen. As long as we sit back and do nothing, those wishes will always be just that. There are like old and beautiful books that sit on the shelf and never get read. They will become dusty over time and one day… forgotten altogether. Strive to make at least one dream come true today, and then enjoy the moment. You can always dream up new wishes tomorrow.

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“There’s no point having wishes if you don’t at least try to do them” – Sally Nicholls

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#DeaconBluesApproved for #HamOntMusic

A friend, @Robin Zee, shared something last week. It was an article detailing 7 reasons people don’t come to your event (show) by Ari Herstand. It was a good read, but something that has been really tossed around many times over the past few years. Things are not what they used to be. I think before we get into event listings, it’s important to cover and most likely expand on these points. I want to relate them to venues and musicians so I may do this over several blogs.

Reason #3 … It’s Not An Event

If you are the band… As covered in Ari’s article, nobody is gonna care if your band is one of three or four on a mid-week bill. They are not going to care if it’s the third time you played the same venue this month. You need to spend some time and actually think about the show. Work with a promoter if you can, it can be worth the small percentage to turn your show into an actual event. Space out your shows as mentioned in previous reasons. Theme the event and give it a title, something more than John Doe Band and Jane Doe’s Bar & Grill. Try and bring in an opener if it is YOUR event. If the event is a split bill, then really work to make it unique. Promote, promote, promote.

As the venue, you need to work with your entertainment and your management. Perhaps you need to work with a promoter as well. Come up with Themes, Titles, and ideas. Work the theme of the event into the bar. Unique drinks for the night, special menu items, decorations, costumes, etc. You need to be on the promotion side of things as well to create the buzz and build on it. You are one place out of dozens around town who is featuring a live band. I can get a beer anywhere. Why should I come to your bar?

Reason #4-6 … Next Week!

#EveryWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! See website for details. (Central)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. Open Jam! (Downtown)
Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House (Waterdown)
Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pour House! (Mountain)

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7 (North End)
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head! (Downtown)

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

… sponsored by Greater Hamilton Musician …

♫♪.ılılıl Monday lılılı.♪♫

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesday lılılı.♪♫

Ruby’s Revenge at The Dickens (Burlington)

 ♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫

David Wilcox with Freedom Train at the Sanderson Centre (Brantford)
The Pistolwhips at Mills Hardware (Downtown)
Hachey the Mouthpeace Tour Send Off at This Aint Hollywood

♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫

The Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Experience Fundraiser at The Warplane Museum (Mt. Hope)
Blimp Rock with WAX Mannequin at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

Alex Whorms & Ailish Corbett at My Dog Joe Cafe (Mountain)
LeatherDust & Special Guests at The Gladstone (East End)
Rhythm Works at Bobbies Bar and Grill (Mt Hope)
Robin Benedict’s Birthday Show at the Brown Barrel (Mountain)
Lakeshore Boys at American House (Waterdown)
Waking Life, Yo Rumsfield, and Shake Some Evil at Corktown (Downtown)
Brant Parker Blues Band at Jordan Tavern (Jordan Station)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

Guitars Alive Quartet at The Pearl Company (Central)
Azalea at The Strawberry Folk Festival (Stoney Creek)
Sarah Beatty: Bandit Queen Album Release House Concert
Burlington Sound of Music Festival (Burlington)
Punk Rock vs Cancer VII: A Tribute To Imants Krumins at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)
Spencer Burton & Dan Edmonds at Mills Hardware (Downtown)
Lazarus Rises at Stonewalls (Downtown)
Rockabilly Night with the Hellbent Rockers at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Rock N Roll Blues Party at The Gladstone (East End)

♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫

Steven Page at The Sound of Music Festival (Burlington)
Fathers Day Brunch Cruise with Mike Williams & Friends (Hamilton Harbour Queen)
Wierd DJ Nite with Snowheel Slim & Greg Brisco at The Casbah (Downtown)

#ComingSoon in #HamOnt

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July 6th at Mississippi Queen Foods
Southern Supper: The Vaudevillian CD & Vinyl Pre-Release Party

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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 1966 – After buying pot from an undercover cop posing as a student at his high school, Steven Tallarico is arrested and charged with drug possession. He is given a year’s probation and labelled a “Youthful Offender,” which later keeps him from getting drafted. Tallarico later becomes Steven Tyler and forms Aerosmith.

2015 – Rachel Platten is vaulted into the limelight when Taylor Swift brings her on stage to perform “Fight Song” during her concert in Philadelphia.

1966 – Deeming its “butcher cover” in poor taste, Capitol Records recalls the new Beatles album, Yesterday and Today, which is scheduled for release the next day and has already been sent to stores.

1999 – After a seven-year recording hiatus, Santana release a #1 album with Supernatural, thanks to hit singles like “Smooth,” “Maria Maria,” and “Put Your Lights On.” It’s their first chart-topping album in 28 years.

1972 – David Bowie unveils his landmark album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. His breakthrough LP, it sells over 7 million copies and is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

1972 – Grateful Dead keyboard player and founding member Ron “Pigpen” McKernan plays his last show with the band at a Hollywood Bowl concert. Health problems force him to stop touring, and he dies in March, 1973 at age 27.

2000 – The Experience Music Project, a museum including permanent exhibitions on Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, opens in Seattle.

#GiveItAListen

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Ride – Charm Assault (from new Weather Diaries album)

Nickelback – Feed the Machine (from new Feed the Machine album)

Fleet Foxes – Third of May (from the new Crack-Up album)

#ShoutOuts

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#QuackQuackQuack

Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

“But wishes are only granted in fairy tales.” – Simone Elkeles

#SeeYaOnTheBSide