Royal City Beats - July 9-11

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Written by Adam A. Donaldson


Thursday, July 9th

Al Tuck and Gregory Denton – ebar, 41 Quebec St. 8 pm

You may not know the name, but you know the music; such musical acts as Joel Plaskett, Matt Mays and Buck 65 have been cribbing from Al Tuck for years. Well now you can hear them from the source and enjoy some easy listening, Thursday night at the ebar. Local country crooner Gregory Denton opens.


CFRU Dance Party – Ed Video Media Arts Centre, 40 Baker St, 2nd floor. 10 pm

DJs Young Bran, Chadillac, and DJ Solid Gold spin at this all-ages dance party. You get in for $5 and there’ll be secret dance routines all night long. Lame? Maybe, but a good activity for anyone looking for some simple fun.


Sinister Trailer Park Magic & the Great Sabatini – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 11 pm

Guelph’s own Sinister Trailer Park takes the stage at the Jazz with their unique experimental rock sounds. This four-piece group has played together for 12 years, their skills are polished and they’re ready to rock. The psychedelic sounds of Quebec’s Great Sabatini round out the night.


Friday July 10th

Robbie Hancock – St. George’s Square, 12 pm

Local strummer Robbie Hancock will soothe noon hour nerves as this Friday’s selection for Music in the Square.


Five Alarm Funk, Stolen Organ Family Band, The Grass – The Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St. 9 pm

Fresh from the Toronto Jazz Festival and Ottawa Bluesfest come Vancouver-based Five Alarm Funk, whose Afro-Latin funk should warm up even an unseasonably cool summer night. They meet up with fellow Vancouverites western swing group Stolen Organ and the psychedelic garage rockers from Dartmouth, NS, known simply as The Grass.


Saturday July 11th

Peter van Helvoort and Brennan Finlay – Second Cup, 369 Gordon St. 7 pm

Peter van Helvoort, formally of Cain and Abel, formally of Ulysses and the Siren (and, oh yeah, formally of Most Serene Republic) is one man with a guitar chilling out at the Second Cup near campus. Brennan Finlay joins him, coming up all the way from Georgetown for the gig. That was a joke.


Run With the Kittens – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 11 pm

They’re baaaaack!!! Better late than never, those crazy guys from Toronto are finally playing their free monthly show in the city. Their high octane music that mashes up numerous different genres and styles is a show not to be missed, or forgotten.


Author's Note: It’s a pretty slow week for music, perhaps because everyone’s saving up their energy for that big show at Guelph Lake in a couple of weeks. And for the record there are a couple of tickets left for Hillside’s Friday and Saturday line-ups. Also coming up this weekend is Festival Italiano at the Italian Canadian Club on Ferguson. It’s always a good time for the whole family, so check it out.

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