Nashville, Times, Gates and terrible nicknames

And then they take Nashville

The Dungarees

The Dungarees

The Dungarees are heading down to Nashville to network and write with some of Country music’s finest. According to James ‘Howling Happy’ Murdoch, this is an excellent opportunity for the crew from Edmonton.

“We’ve also been approached by a few producers interested in working with us,” Murdoch said. “Ray Kennedy, who has worked with some of our favourite artists, including Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell has approached us about producing our next album. That would be a coup.”

It’s not all work for the band. They are going to take in a Predators VS. Leafs hockey game (front row tickets for less than the price of nosebleeds in YEG), visit Carl’s Perfect Pig and, if possible, scrap The Florida Georgia Line.

“Well, we’re trying to make a good impression down there,” he said. “So yes, we probably would get in to a dust-up, given the chance.”

Not to be confused with Exciting Mimes

There will be Exciting Times at the Mercury Room as Liam “Panda Mistress” Creswick collects his comedy crew for another round of variety magic this Saturday. A magic that comes with musical house wizards called Andrew Creswick and the Exciting Times Jazz Party.

The Exciting Times Jazz Party

The Exciting Times Jazz Party

“Having (them) on the stage throughout the night playing the acts on and off really frames the night for a lot of people,” Creswick said. “It gives the show a credibility and fervour. I don’t know we would have without them.

“I once tried to do a variety show in the past without a house band and it just seemed more like a talent show.”

There will be musical performances by Mikey Maybe and Brother Octopus, as well as stand up comedy from Sean Lecomber, Charles Haycock, Jesse Allen and sketches by The Debutantes.

“One of the main draws of the show is that its comedians and musicians are sharing the stage for a night,” he added. “It’s something neither type of performer gets to do often.”

Show is Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. Tickets can be found here.

Café Crooning

Braden Gates

Braden Gates

Braden “Piper At The” Gates will be performing at the Blackbird Café on Saturday as well. The singer/songwriter is as straightforward as a kitchen party and has an honesty to his song writing that is refreshing.

According to his website he is “a born raconteur in both his songwriting and song introductions”. Often compared to Loudon Wainwright, his shows are filled with “the sharpness of his observation and sly humour.”

In previous interviews he stated that he likes to keep things fresh and ever changing. It is weird to say this about someone as young as he, but if one is knowledgeable of his body of work, there will probably be something new to hear in this performance.

Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information visit