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Royal City Beats: June 4-6

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Written by Adam A. Donaldson

Thursday June 4

The Strangeboys – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 11pm
Because they don’t come much stranger than from out east… But I digress. The Strangeboys, a bluegrass band from Halifax, make Guelph their second last stop before they turn around and picking things up again in News Brunswick. While you’re at the Jazz get a copy of their first album, Shoot First.

David Ward – Carden Street Café, 40 Carden St. 9pm
A proverbial musical gumbo of funk, jazz, R&B and soul, David Ward and his Loose Change Trio (no relation to the 9/11 conspiracy movie of the same name) fits the laid back vibe of the Carden Street Café well. Going to miss Ward? No worries, he’ll be playing Cameron House in Toronto every Monday this month.

Lee Reed & Sara Green with Noah 23 – ebar, 41 Quebec St. 8pm
Hamilton hip-hop artist Lee Reed will be dropping his new EP later this month, but he’s bringing his rhymes to the Royal City first. Fellow Hamiltonian Sara Green will make the drive up the QEW with him to perform her particular brand of hip-hop and soul. And of course, no night of hip-hop in Guelph is complete without the involvement of Noah23. www.myspace.com/noah23

This Mad Desire – Van Gogh’s, 10 Wyndham St. N. 9pm
This band promotes a theatrical melodic brand of hard rock. They have two shows in Guelph: tonight at Van Gogh’s and the Official Grand Opening of City Hall on June 20. I wasn’t expecting any Mad Desire over the unveiling of a municipal building, but that’s alright.

Friday June 5

Seven Levels – The Albion, 49 Norfolk St. 8:30pm
By way of the Prairies, travelling North-by-Northeast in a couple of weeks, Seven Levels from Regina are touring across Canada in support of their newest EP The Springtime Session. Come in and enjoy a laid back night of folk at the Albion’s main stage, or chill on the patio and let the music drift to you.

Saturday June 6

Dreadnoughts, The Rotten, Sound One, Broadcast Zero – Shadow, 72 Macdonell St. 8pm
Shadow brings a hot Saturday night slate of ska and punk rock to Guelph. There’s the Vancouver-based Dreadnoughts, whose sound is actually “Celtic punk,” to be precise. The nine piece ska band Sound One will be coming up from Burlington, while both The Rotten and Broadcast Zero are punk rockers hailing from KW. This will be the first show in the area for Broadcast Zero since returning from out west.

Gregory Hoskins – Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W. 8pm
Toronto-based folk acoustic artist Gregory Hoskins has a pretty big following, or at least he seems to considering they’re setting him up in the Dublin Street. The place is huge. Seriously folks, check this out: on his next album, Hoskins will have guest appearances by Serena Ryder, Paul Reddick and Kurt Swinghammer. Not too shabby.

La Dispute, Life in Vacuum, Native & Bleet – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 10pm
Things are getting hardcore at the Jazz. La Dispute and Native are welcomed from the United States, while Life in Vacuum and Bleet bring the local flavour. Each band brings their own unique sound, but if you plan on attending you should bring some earplugs for safety.

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