A Showcase, A Fundraiser, and an Album Launch

Hey trespassers, this here’s the latest Jimmyriggers blog. The sun’s beating down, won’t beat for long, so let’s hit the pile.

May 2 – Divan Orange – The Jimmyriggers + The Dirt Cheap Winos + No Family

We got word last night that No Family had broken up, citing either irreconcilable differences or lack of federal orphanage funding. And while the breakup is no longer a mere rumour, they have nevertheless decided to take the stage one last time. Good on them! Their bluegrass stylings are the perfect intro for what will surely be as complete a roots rock show as you will ever see.

The Dirt Cheap Winos put the blues in bluegrass, with tasty riffs that counterpoint Aly Neumann’s melancholic melodies. With the just right touch accordion, and a solid backbeat provided by one of Montreal’s best batteries in Mat Lacombe and Andrew Blakney, this band has a license to write nothing but ear worms.

The show will close with our own brand of electric rock twang. We’re going to headline with an all-original set this time. Not a single cover song. Think we can do it? Of course we can, don’t be ridiculous. We’ll also be filming this show with the help of our friend Roy. Come be a part of it. The doors open at 9:30 and the show starts at 10:00.

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May 3 – Hurley’s Irish Pub – An Evening for Gary Carter

We are honoured to be a part of this event which is hoping to raise as much as $10,000 for the Sarah Cook Fund at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Event organizer Dave Kaufman of TSN 990 has put together a great line up of bands that includes Annakin Slayd, The Blushing Brides, Joseph Kearns, and Kristen Bussandri. While that alone is worth the price of admission, there will also be a silent auction. The big prize up for grabs is a package that includes two return trip tickets to Toronto courtesy of VIA Rail, tickets to see the Blue Jays face the Yankees, and a night at the four-star Grand Hotel. Sounds tempting, but I’m pretty sure that we’re going to pool our band money and bid on the keg being offered by Hurley’s Irish Pub.

Tickets cost $30 and there are still some available at the downstairs bar at Hurley’s. The party starts at 7:30 pm and ends when they kick us out.

Our sincere thanks to the Montreal Gazette for promoting this event on their blog. Click the image to below to read the article.

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May 4 – Cabaret du Mile End – Ol’ Savannah CD Release

Our friends Ol’ Savannah have finished their new album, Underneath the Old Red Barn, and are set to launch it into the ether this Friday night at Cabaret du Mile End.

There’s really nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said by the band in their recent interview with MontrealLive.ca. Click here to read it.

Special guests include Richard King Rigby, Gern f and Felicity of the former United Steel Workers of Montreal, and The Unsettlers. Considering how much whiskey the aforementioned have been known to drink at such events, this night will most likely be nothing short of legendary. Click the image below to RSVP.

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For the time being, Underneath the Old Red Barn can only be purchased at the CD launch. Though I’m sure it will soon be up on Ol’ Savannah’s Bandcamp page. It’s a beautiful record, and worth your time to listen to it.

Enjoy your week everybody, and see you at the shows!

Two Nights in Montreal, Ten More in Ontario

As usual, there are some people we want to thank after a great weekend in Toronto. In no particular order, thank you to Dan Burke and the staff at the Silver Dollar, Tina Fitzgerald for throwing the party (happy birthday Tina!), Lee Mellor and his band as well as The Key Frames for putting on a great show, Kanae Doi from Music Psychos, Neil Muscott for snapping some photos that we’ve posted to our Facebook page (Neil, you’re welcome to shoot us any time), Hugh Reilly and Daniel Katz for having us on Liquid Lunch, our close friends and family for putting us up and putting up with us, and finally thank you to everyone who came out to see the show. You know who you are.

We’ll be back in Ontario next month for a ten day tour that we’re still putting the finishing touches on. The dates we have booked are listed on our Shows page.

But before then we’ve got back to back shows in Montreal next week.

May 2 – Divan Orange with The Dirt Cheap Winos

Hey, The Dirt Cheap Winos took our advice and made a website! And it looks like when it’s finished it’s going to put this one to shame. They put on a great show too. Created by singer/songwriter Aly Neumann and guitarist Mark Komorowski the Dirt Cheap Winos are best described as folk with tasty blues riffs and only the catchiest of jug band melodies. The band’s line up is completed with Mat Lacombe on the upright bass and backing vocals, and recent additions Pi on accordion and Andrew Blakney on drums.

Opening the show will be No Family. I’ve never seen them before so, I’m not going to lie, I can’t tell you much about them. But I’m listening to their music on their Bandcamp page, and it sounds like some good ol’ bluegrass.

This concert will show you the evolution of roots music, from the country bluegrass of No Family, to a taste of the blues influence in the Dirt Cheap Winos, and the driving rhythm of rock country with us. Definitely not to be missed.

Divan Orange is located at  4234 Saint-Laurent. The doors open at 9:00 pm and the cover is a mere $10. Click the image below to RSVP on Facebook.

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May 3 – Hurley’s Irish Pub – An Evening for Gary Carter

Our friend Dave Kaufman has organized a fundraiser to benefit the Gary Carter Foundation and the Sarah Cook Foundation for pediatric oncology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

We are honoured to be a part of this event which will include live performances from us as well as Kristen Bussandri, The Blushing Brides, and Annakin Slayd.

There will also be a silent auction with prizes that include:

  • 2 Via Rail return tickets to Toronto along with 2 Blue Jays tickets and a night at the 4 Star Grand Hotel on Jarvis Street
  • Just For Laughs tickets
  • A Keg from Hurley’s
  • A signed Jonah Keri book
  • Artwork by Dwight Baird
  • A rare collection of Denis Brodeur Expos photographs
  • A Pete Rose bat
  • Bookstore and restaurant certificates

And many more special auction items still to be announced.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Hurley’s Irish Pub, located at 1225 Crescent Street.

Toronto: Post Script

In case you weren’t at the Silver Dollar last Friday, we closed the night by having all three bands gather on stage to sing The Weight. It was our own send off to Levon Helm. We’re still waiting for the video to make it to YouTube, so while we wait, let’s enjoy Levon singing it one more time with The Band.