Wondering what to do this weekend?

For those looking to support live music in Montreal, here are two shows worth seeing this Saturday night, November 24th:

Jennifer Johnson & The Big Savage Band play at Grumpy’s bar on Bishop Street. Jennifer counts the New Orleans sound and old roots-country (with a slight bouquet of whiskey and murder) as significant influences in her songwriting. Of late Jennifer has been in the studio working on her first album project titled “Music For Public Executions“, which she promises will be released… eventually. Opening the night is the debut of Claire Porter & The Stouts, featuring our very own Andre singing backup and playing harmonica. It’s a good look on him. [Editor’s note: Apparently Andre plays lead guitar in The Stouts, though I wouldn’t put it past him to occasionally both blow and suck …]

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The Marshalls return to Montreal after an extended stint in Toronto, bringing their Old-Time Country Revue to the legendary Wheel Club. If you prefer your roots and country on the traditional, shit-kicking, outlaw side of the fence, then this may be up your tornado alley. The Marshalls will feature our very own Laurel on lead and backup vocals, and David on bass.

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If you’d rather stay in and do some reading, check out Bernie Perusse‘s article on ageism in rock and roll, in today’s Gazette, featuring some insightful comments from local musicians and promoters Craig Morrison and Dan Seligman. This piece hit a nerve with some of us, especially since there’s only one Jimmyrigger still in their twenties, and the Flying Burrito Brothers‘ “Older Guys” has found a permanent spot in our repertoire …

If you’d like a good laugh, watch the Burritos’ version:

Okay, enough of this, let’s all turn off our computers and go enjoy what little sunshine we have left today.

Have a great weekend everybody.


Savage Fridays or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Press

I have to admit that I (David) have never actually seen Dr Strangelove, so despite the title, don’t expect any subtle references to the Kubrick classic in this post. In other news, we’re changing the name of our band to The Merkin Muffleys. Expect a press release shortly…

Savage Fridays

Savage Fridays is a monthly concert series that started this past October. After testing the format at Centre St-Ambroise, they’ve moved the event to Grumpy’s. The first Savage Friday of this new year is happening in two days on, February 3rd.

As usual, the concert series’ creator, Jennifer Johnson and The Big Savage Band will perform. Joining her on this month’s bill are two fabulously talented performers: Laurel Jackson, and Danielle Lebeau-Petersen.

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On a somewhat personal note, I’m very happy to see that this is now happening at Grumpy’s, the bar that’s been at the centre of our roots-rock community for the past six years. It’s the perfect venue to showcase what we have to offer. And by the way, the entertainment at Grumpy’s is always free.

Now what’s this about loving the press?

The press has started to take notice. At our rehearsal this past Monday night we had some guests in to film us, a videographer from the Montreal Gazette, and another from What’s On, the CTV News entertainment segment. Our feature article in the Gazette and the video will both be out on Tuesday February 7th, and the What’s On segment will air a few days before our next show. We’ll let you know when in an upcoming post.

Of course, there are some people we have to thank for this. Namely, The United Steel Workers of Montreal and The Unsettlers. Both bands have helped pave the way for all the others in our community and we’re very thankful. It’s too bad they’ve both broken up.

(Note: The Unsettlers have NOT broken up. A misprint on Nightlife.ca reported they did, but they did not)

You know, someone should really pay a proper tribute to the departed Steel Workers. Who knows, maybe we will at our next show. You should show up and find out. And in case you haven’t heard, we’ll be recording our next show for a live album, so if you’ve ever wanted to be on a recording now’s your chance.

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Have a great week everybody!