just a couple of vids from when we got the chance to open for Shaggy recently! great memorable night!
Well, each month we like to take a look at our gig/entertainment schedule & put it all together in a tidy easy note. This month almost seems “tour-like” so we thought… why not share it! 10 wonderful events and a possible Toronto fun day on April 26th in the works. If so, that would make 11 different cities/towns! Hurry up weekend & get here!
Friday April 4 – Boathouse in Midland (with TooNice, Acoustic) 9p
Saturday April 5 – CW Coop’s in Bradford (with Hayley Carro, Acoustic) 9p
Sunday April 6 – Open Mic FUN at Big Daddys in Newmarket (with Hayley Carro and more!) 6-10p
Friday April 11 – Coyote Cutie in Alliston (TooNice opens for the Balconies!) 8p
Saturday April 12 – Wismer House in Port Elgin (with TooNice, Acoustic) 9p
Thursday April 17 – SKIPAPALOOZA IV in Sudbury (with TooNice, Full Band) 10p
Friday April 18 – SKIPAPALOOZA IV Acoustic at Local Gastropub in Barrie (with Hayley Carro, Acoustic) 6:30p
Saturday April 19 – Annual attendance at Joe Strummer Tribute night at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton 8p
Sunday April 20 – Casbah in Collingwood (with TooNice, Full Band) 9p
Friday April 25 – Terra Nova Public House in Terra Nova (with TooNice, Acoustic) 9p
Can’t believe its been almost 6 months since our last post! So much fun has happened since then! The Mtn Dukes are no more. We’ve rejoined TooNice for the 3rd time (is the 3rd time the charm?…haha) and still playing with Hayley Carro as well. We’ve relaunched our ska radio program, SKA PARTY that is sporadic but a hoot when it happens! Great times away from the blog indeed! Shows have been a plenty and here’s some video evidence with the reggae band:
For new gear, we’ve got a new TC Electronics BG250 amp that is lightweight and is great in all situations! We’ve also added some light percussion instruments for our acoustic shows. A tambourine we can kick at and a stomp box… yes, a stomp box! It gives us a great kick drum sound that keeps the acoustic shows pumpin’. Our Cajon is still a heck of a lot of fun to play as well!
Also, been groovin‘ to some great new/old tunes recently so here’s 10 recents that we just can’t seem to get enough of & we are diggin this month. Feel free to add in the comments what has been tickling your ears of late! We are always on the look out for new music!
talking heads – the big country
lindi ortega – high
iceberg – les barques
emile simon – desert
cartoon violence – better
dilip & the davs – like a king
flock of seagulls – wishing
spoon – mystery zone
pixies – alec eiffel
ini kamoze – wings with me
Til next time & see you on the dancefloor!
the dream continues & what a week that was! lets lay it out in quick fashion!
Tues: got to see the Selecter! one of the essential 2-tone era ska bands that we had not yet had the pleasure to see live. we even met the singer Pauline while she sat behind the merch table. a steady stream of pics & book signings were the order of the moment. she was great to chat with & share a few laughs. their set was energy filled from start to finish. we dared not leave the dancefloor so we could soak up the entire event. well worth the muscle soreness the next day & the chance to hear “celebrate the bullet” live. that song is pure magic. we posted some pics on our Flickr.
Thursday: Mightabins first full band jam of the year followed by a Peter Hook and the Light concert! first off, the Mightabins have been wanting to jam for a long time but every1′s sked’s have been just too haywire of late. but things now have cooled down & more jams are in order. 2 new punky songs came out of our first full band jam of the year. could a show be next? then after the jam… the Peter Hook show was literally off the hook! great to hear the early New Order material done so well & witness 2 bass players on stage! & a father/son combo to boot! memorable show indeed! we posted a few pics on our Flickr here. our ears just couldn’t get enough!
Friday: Gig! Amazing full night at Bigfoot Smokehouse! Very casual atmosphere there & we played well with the Hayley Carro Trio. can’t wait to return! debut of a new cajon kick device went well (more on that in another post). its a great step fwd that can’t be “beat”… hahaha.
Satuday: Outdoor Gig! Stage got flooded. Show cancelled. ah well… the thing about outdoor shows is that they are absolutely the best when the weather co-operates but on the flipside can be a nightmare when the weather takes a turn for the bad.
Sunday: Open Mic! always a treat! got to play a lot of bass & some cajon. many hilights but one in particular had to be learning & then playing Duran Duran’s “Rio”(not once but twice!) that SAME day. crazy fun!
its actually been a hectic past week & a half with 7 dates in the span of 11 days if u include our Open Mic duties. well worth every note & every moment. as we like to put it:
playing music is like reading a good book you can’t put down.
every note a word.
every jam a page.
every show a chapter.
& we cant wait for what is next.
Welcome back to the THAA blog!
we’ve been super busy playing as much as humanly possible… which is a great thing! August was a fantastic month on the bass & we’ve been enjoying our new Cajon to the max! why didn’t we buy that sooner? from a hopping fun Mtn Dukes show at Duffys to playing many open mics to playing bbqs, pool parties, reunions & weddings… its been quite the month!
we should be out there doing the stuff we love more than writing whimsical blog posts. having said that, we wanted to spare a moment to chat about the greatness of Robyn Hitchcock. yesterday, we had the chance to finally see him live for the first time ever. as a long time fan. our expectations were high. but in our minds, he could do no wrong anyways. even if he had just gone onstage without an instrument, shared some stories & made some jokes that would have been the cats meow too. but he did more than that. he sang for 90 mins pretty much strait in an entertaining fashion that only he can pull off and the cozy setting of the Drake Hotel was just perfect. his show was up there on “our best of list” with seeing Paul Kelly play solo. that show featured some great singalongs. this one featured a true artist in all respects. AWEsome! highly recommend his show, his music & his wit. enjoy some vizness, thx for stopping by & tah for now!
someone got all crazy & recorded a tune from the recent mtn dukes show. even got disconnected from the DI=fun!
Got the sublime opportunity to play last Sunday at the Riverwalk Commons with the talented Hayley Carro! Here’s some vizness of the show we did in front of an estimated 400 ppl. Dig that cowbell! If you listen closely, u can hear what’s inside it! Now if only we could mic the cajon that well…. Enjoy!