Music can be intoxicating — in fact, playwright Noel Coward wrote, "Extraordinary how potent cheap music is." Here are all kinds of tipples for your weekend, ranging in price!
Little Miss Higgins @ The Branch, Kemptville, Saturday, Nov. 30
Little Miss Higgins was born Jolene Higgins in Brooks, Alta. — known to me and my childhood for its trademark parfum as we passed by en route to Calgary. Dad used to say it was the sweet smell of prosperity. I thought it smelled similar to meat being processed. The Little Miss now lives in Saskatchewan, the only province that can boast the 2013 Grey Cup Champions, and a town called Radville. Little Miss Higgins has immortalized that place and it's Long Creek Saloon in song.
On her live album Two Nights in March she intros the tune saying, "In Radville I was told I had a nice dumper. You can use that one if you want to." It may sounds like Radville isn't living up to its name, but that all depends on whether you like being complimented or not!
Little Miss Higgins and The Winnipeg Five have two shows in the listening area this weekend: the Black Sheep in Wakefield Friday night and then she darts south to Kemptville, Ont., Saturday to play The Branch Saloon.
Opening that show is Birdie Whyte, who told me she has loved Little Miss Higgins since she first heard her perform live on CBC Radio's Saturday Night Blues a few years back. Birdie says she killed her with her Bargain Shop Panties tune, "You have no idea how excited I am to open the show!" she wrote. I think the two of them together would be entertainment value at its best, not to mention before the show you can enjoy one of the tastiest smoked meat meals this side of Texas.
The Matinee @ Café Deckuf, Saturday, Nov. 30
For your Saturday night out on the town, how about a band that, it's been said, parents and metalheads agree on? No mean feat, but The Matinee might just fit the bill. The band's from Vancouver, and spent a long time readying this year's debut We Swore We'd See the Sunrise. The result is a fully-formed debut that set the bar very high for whatever The Matinee does next.
The songwriting is even-handed and eloquent. For example, on December Slumber they capture the snowed-in feeling pretty well, though as Vancouverites it's likely not a regular occurrence. They have crossed this country many times already, despite the fact they only released their debut in February. The Matinee and their album were just crowned The Best of 2013 by Vancouver's weekly The Georgia Straight.
The newspaper hopes that when the kids of Vancouver ask, "Mommy, what was the soundtrack to the summer of 2013?" you pull up a Matinee video on YouTube instead of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines.
In a Q&A with the band the paper asked them who they would cast as their topless co-star if they were to remake the Blurred Lines video. The answer: "There's no way anyone's casting one of us hairy beasts in a Blurred Lines remake." If beautiful alt-country played by hairy beasts is just your thing, then saddle-up and head to Café Deckuf Saturday night for The Matinee.
If one were to sidle-over to their radio Saturday at 5 p.m., Bandwidth will have a conversation with Sam Cash, who makes gritty rock n roll not unlike his Dad used to before he became too busy being an MP! I'll also play some of the tunes that are in the running for the CBC Music Songquest challenge for Canada's next great hockey song. 91.5 FM Saturdays from 5 - 6 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 30
- Hawksley Workman @ Shenkman Arts Centre, 8 p.m., $42.25 (All-in price), Student Rush: $12, EyeGO: $5
- David Gogo @ Rainbow Bistro, 9:30 p.m.
- The Apollohs + Dead Bees @ Zaphod's, 8:30, $5
- Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five + Birdie Whyte @ The Branch, Kemptville 9 p.m., $25 +HST
- The Matinee @ Café Deckuf
- An Evening of Cowboy Stories and Song with Ian Tyson and Corb Lund @ NAC Southam Hall - 8:00 p.m. Tickets $49+
- Fiftymen + Slo'Tom @ The Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv. [SOLD OUT]
- 3rd Annual Frank Zappa tribute/prostate cancer fundraiser w/ Half Past Four @ Irene's, 9:30 p.m., $20
- The Jamie Baum Quintet with special guest and Canadian treasure, Jane Bunnett, @ The GigSpace as part of a tour to celebrate the release of her 5th CD (Sunnyside Records). Two shows 7 & 9 p.m. $20
- Christmas GOOSE Annual Show w/ Pat Moore @ NAC Fourth Stage: Megan Jerome, John Hanson, Chris White, Jill Zmud, Trevor Alguire, Tony Turner, Lynne Hanson, Chris MacLean 7:30 p.m., $23
- The ALLAIRE SHOW: John Allaire w/ Michael Grier @ Quinn's Ale House (1070 Bank St. near Sunnyside) is a weekly singer/songwriter matinee series. 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
- Toy Mountain Fundraiser hosted by Sarah McClurg @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse.
- Zoe & The Lost Boys + Celery Troff + Grand Theft Ottawa + The Cowards @ Avante Garde Bar, 9 p.m.
- Seas + Oh No Forest Fires @ Raw Sugar, 8:30 p.m. doors - $8 adv.
Sunday Dec. 1
- Three Times Lucky + Melwood Cutlery @ The Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield, 4:20 p.m., $7 adv. / $10 door.
- Rockabilly Sundays with Dang Guilty @ Irene's, 9 p.m., no cover.
- Wallis Guinta & Ewashko Singers + Pollcats @ Southminster United Church, 8 p.m., $30 / $25 (Tickets are available at Leading Note or on line at www.ewashkosingers.com.
- Sheri Harding & Soul Revival @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse
Monday Dec. 2
- Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls + July Talk + Billy The Kid @ Ritual, 7 p.m., $27.50 [SOLD OUT]
Tuesday Dec. 3
- Greg McEvoy + Silver Creek + Ilvekyo @ Avante Garde Bar, 8:30 p.m.
- Josh Martinez @ Ritual, 9 p.m.
Wednesday Dec. 4
- Leon Redbone @ Harold Shenkman Hall, Shenkman Arts Centre, Orleans 8 p.m. - Regular: $41.25 (All-in price) Student Rush: $12 EyeGO: $5