Music Listings - May 3-10 2017


About the listings: Our music listings are lovingly assembled by hand and are based on the information posted by venues on their sites / facebook pages.  So.....errors occur.  If you notice an omission or error please feel free email me.  whatishamiltonon@gmail.com

NB: Listings do not include cover bands, open mics (although I'm working on a separate list for that) or things like karaoke.  


Wednesday, May 3


GINGER ST JAMES feat. the grinders @ This Ain't Hollywood 

Genre:  Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Country, Honky Tonk.
Time: 8 pm
$TBD
Why Should I Go? Ginger St. James and the Grinders (Snowheel Slim, Justine Fischer, Greg Brisco and Ray Farrugia) are hittin' the road Again! C'mon down to This Ain't Hollywood for our tour send off/ help us pay for gas party! Special Guest DJ Aerlie Wild. COME ON GET HONKY TONKY!!!

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Vikings + GlassEYElashes @ Mills Hardware

Genre: Electronica and experimental folk
Time: 7pm
$9.99 tickets link
VIKINGS' music is equal parts dance-worthy and expansive. The electro-pop band from Winnipeg has played a number of Festivals such as Rainbow Trout, MEME and the Festival du Voyageur.






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Thursday, May 4


Juliana Lachance//Annie Shaw//Hot Plaza//Toilephant @ HAVN - May 4

Genre: Dream Pop, Freak Folk, Experimental Jazz
Time: 9-12
$tbd
https://www.facebook.com/events/740983959397057/

Why Should I go?  Generally this will be an experimental Electronic music night - if you're looking for pop, this won't work, but if you want to melt your brain this is definitely your jam. Juliana Lachance plays a rare folk instrument from the Ukraine called a bandura that has a rich tradition of wandering musicians, warrior cossacks, and playing for royalty..where else will you hear that tonight?










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The Acoustics @ Artword Artbar - May 4

Genre: Accordian based original folk music
Time:  8-12
$10
Why Should I Go? The Acoustics, a lively band from the Hamilton area, play their own original folk-rock, world-roots music. Alfonso Spoto on accordion, Bonnie Bell on violin, and Vince Spoto on guitar/vocals.

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Chastity With special guests, HELENA DELAND, FOG LAKE @ The Casbah

Genre: Melodic Rock, pop
Time: 8pm
$10 +sc
All Ages/Licenced
Why Should I Go? If atmospheric, layered, loud and intensely melodic stuff is your thing, you'll enjoy this show.  Chastity reminds me of Catherine Wheel, Sugar, Lush and Spiritualized.  Helena Deland reminiscent of Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, or Lucinda Williams with the intensity of a garage band and the sensibility of a country artist.  Fog Lake (Aaron Powell) from St. Johns via Montreal is somewhere in between the two, with dark themes and lots of atmosphere.  This should be a really good show.




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Prismind w Slyde and Dark Insignia @ Corktown Pub

Genre:....um metel of course :)
Time: 9:30 pm
$8
19+
Event Facebook Page
Why Should I Go?  Do you like metal?  then go - these guys have it all !  screaming guitar, anthemic harmonies on the chorus, tonnes of double kick and a robot character on their album cover.



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Friday, May 5


ALTOBEELAYS (record release party) with FAMILY OF THINGS & SATURN ALIEN @ This Ain't Hollywood - May 5

Genre:  Psychedelic power funk / jazzfunk
Time: 9pm
$tbd
19+
Why should I go? Hamilton's favourite psychedelic 5 piece power funk band celebrate the release of their new album, WEAPONIZED MAGIK with an extended set. If the single Unkle Furious is any indication, anyone who's into the Beasties will probably get down to Altobeelays



Also on the bill...Family of Things



and Satern Alien



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Ivory Hours + Coyote Black @ Mills Hardware

Genre: Alt Pop
Time: 8pm
$10-$15 ticket link
19+
Why Should I Go? Ivory Hours is a sassy alt-pop trio from London, Ontario. The band was formed by Luke Roes (Vocals/Guitar) in 2012 and features Chris Levesque (Bass) and Thomas Perquin (Drums).  They deliver fun catchy pop.


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Quarter In The Bag (CD Release) @ Absinthe

Genre: Rock
Time: 9pm
$10 at the door
19+
http://www.clubabsinthe.ca/event/quarter-in-the-bag-cd-release/
Why Should I Go? Show some support to local band Quarter In The Bag and then you can tell your friends about it the next day and you'll prove definitively that you've got your ear to the ground. The rest of the lineup for the night is pretty solid with Hamilton and Brantford Bands joining in on the party.

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Matapa: Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble @ Artword Artbar

Genre: African Jazz
Time: 8pm
$20 ($15 seniors and students) in advance, $25 at the door.
Why should I Go? Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble combining the ancient rhythms of Africa with the jazz harmonies of modern times.

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Milk Run, Blind Mule, Gypsy Ghosts, Sean Le Sage @ Corktown Pub

Genre: Alt Country Boogie Ska-jam ,Gypsy voodoo rock, Blues, Roots
Time: 8pm doors
$10
Why Should I Go?  This is a powerhouse collection of Hamilton rock talent, ranging from ska roots,gypsy voodoo, americana and blues inspired, but all rock.










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Saturday, May 6

NILLA with GHETTOSOCKS (appearances by LEE REED, HACHEY, MOTHER TAREKA, !KRYME WON @ This Ain't Hollywood

Genre - Hip Hop
Time: 9pm
$10 at the door
19+
Why Should I Go? NiLLa, performing her latest release, "Valkyrie", along with Producer and Juno nominated microphone wrecker, Ghettosocks. It also features long time Hamilton OG favourites: Lee Reed, Hachey The MouthPEACE, Mother Tareka, and !Kryme Won - a show you definitely do not want to miss!



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Will Whitwham (Wilderness of Manitoba), Raven Shields, Jenny Berkel @ Mill's Hardware
Genre: Singer Songwriter
Time 7:00
$8 adv $10 at the door tickets link
19+
Why Should I Go? Since its inception The Wilderness Of Manitoba has continued to grow and evolve with every new release. Throughout it all founding member Will Whitwham has left his imprint on each and every sound the band has produced - from the chamber folk debut, Hymns of Love and Spirits, to the cinematic indie pop of Between Colours. Now the sole songwriter of the outfit, Whitwham has written and produced a collection of songs which represent yet another chapter in the ever evolving story of The Wilderness Of Manitoba






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Sunday, May 7


MEISHA & THE SPANKS plus THE SQUIDS @ This Ain't Hollywood May 7

Genre - Rock
Time: 8pm
$tbd
19+
Why Should I Go?  Straight up rock/punk.  2 duos, one bill and a guaranteed good time.




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Merkules @ Absinthe May 7

Genre: Rap
Time: 8pm
$20 advance/$25 at the door
All Ages Licensed
Why Should I Go? Despite only being in his early twenties, Red Deer, AB-based rapper Merkules has performed over 400 shows across Canada and Europe. Merkules is a big man, but does not let his size slow him down. His high energy performances have headlined multiple tours



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Missy Bauman CD Release Party w Of Gentlemen & Cowards @ The Casbah

Genre: Alternative Folk/Psychedelic Pop
Time: 8pm
$10 cover
Venue Event Page
Why Should I Go?Missy Bauman from brantford is putting out her very first album, a collaboration with a number of Juno Award winners at a super sexy Sunday soiree — joined by Of Gentlemen & Cowards. Missy Bauman has shared stages with musical greats Feist, the Arkells, Bahamas, Kathleen Edwards and Gordon Lightfoot and on Sunday she's at the Casbah! What are Sundays for if not CD release parties!


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Monday, May 8


Tuesday, May 9

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