WEEKEND MUSIC UPDATE: Library Voices fresh from the Farm
FRIDAY, SEPT. 16
Expressionz Cafe Birthday Gala – The popular “school of life’s” annual bash will be hosted by comedian and musician Kevin McGrath, with other performances from The NEK Trio, Karen Porkka, and the Little Big Garage Band, 7 p.m., $30.
Christian Hansen and the Autistics – Fresh off a last-minute and stellar performance at Sonic Boom 2011, these guys play for college kids at the Dinwoodie Lounge (SUB, U of A campus). Opening is perhaps the best live band Edmonton has to offer, Cygnets. 8 p.m., $18.
Slackers – this 20-year-old band from New York City has more influences than most people could count, combining ska, reggae, rock, blues and soul. J.K. and the Relays and Edmonton’s own Soulicitors open. Pawn Shop, 8 p.m., $25.
Vince Neil – the notorious Motley Crue frontman is in town to kick-start our hearts. Earplugs recommended if you want to hear anyone or anything the rest of the weekend. Edmonton Event Centre, 8:30pm, $27 and up.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17
Garnet Rogers – giant among men, literally (he’s 6’6”), this folk hero has been performing and recording albums since 1984. His most recent was a live album in 2007 called “Get A Witness Live”. The multi-instrumentalist plays guitar, mandolin, violin and flute. Haven Social Club, 6 p.m., $20.
Library Voices – While The Sheepdogs may have earned the Rolling Stones cover slot, the seven-piece Library Voices have not so quietly created a buzz for themselves that likely surpasses any other Saskatchewan band. Two extraordinary performances at Calgary’s Sled Island have propelled them onwards and forwards, and they were recently featured on Sonic 102.9’s new music program “Farm Fresh”. With Edmonton’s own Provincial Archive opening, this may be the “can’t miss” gig of the weekend. Pawn Shop, 6 p.m., $13 advance, $16 door.
Se7ensided – An all-Edmonton bill at the Starlite Room finds this sweetly-melodic rock band headlining a CD release party, with One Day Late and One Way State as opening acts. The band’s last album found airplay across prairie radio stations. Starlite Room, 9 p.m., $10 advance, $12 door.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 18