Posts tagged ‘local gastropub’

July 27, 2017

skipthedj August 2017 sked

our August 2017 sked is ready! (current as of today)

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Friday July 28 – bass with Frankie Foo (Grossman’s Tavern, Toronto) + dj
Saturday July 29 – bass with Tungsten (The Moose, Lindsay)

August Dates:

Saturday August 5 – bass with Tungsten (Midnight Madness, Bobcaygeon)
Friday August 11 – acoustic night (Local Gastropub, Barrie)
Saturday August 12 – bass with Tungsten (private party)
Friday August 18 – bass with The Classy Wrecks (Lee’s Palace, Toronto)
Saturday August 19 (afternoon sets) – bass with The Classy Wrecks (Downtown Funfest, Brockville)
Saturday August 19 (evening show)- bass with The Classy Wrecks (Cafe Dekcuf, Ottawa)
Sunday August 20 – bass with The Classy Wrecks (TBA, Sudbury)
Tuesday August 22 – drums with The Mightabins (Bovine Sex Club, Toronto)
Friday August 25 – bass with Tungsten (The Grand, Lindsay)
Saturday August 26 – bass with Tungsten (Sham Rocks, Whitby)

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March 31, 2016

upcoming gigs and parties update!

catch us LIVE at these upcoming events! (last updated March 31, 2016)

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Saturday  April 3: bass with Lazarus & the Luddites at the Tennesse, Toronto 5-7p

  

Monday April 4: bass with Lazarus & the Luddites at Castro’s, Toronto 8-11p

Thursday April 7: bass with Mixtape at the Study in Midland time TBA

Saturday April 16: SKIPAPALOOZA VI featuring CATL, The Huarches & Dub Trinity at the Foxx Lounge Rock Bar and Hotdoggery, Barrie 9p+ https://www.facebook.com/events/1553027724987861/

Friday April 22: bass/percussion fun with  Bruce at the Local Gastropub, Barrie 7-11p

Friday May 20: bass/percussion fun with Hayley Carro at the Local Gastropub, Barrie 7-11p

October 2, 2015

PartyTober Dates!



October Fun!

Friday Oct. 2nd – Resident Dj for Montreal Ska Fest at Petit Campus, Montreal – 8p til close
https://www.facebook.com/events/1615684882048528/
Saturday Oct. 3rd – Resident Dj for Montreal Ska Fest at Petit Campus, Montreal – 8p til close
https://www.facebook.com/events/1064695006873912/
Friday Oct 16th – Bass/Percussion with Hayley Carro at the Local Gastropub. Barrie – 7 til close
http://thelocalgastropub.com/
Friday Oct 23 – Bass/Percussion with Hayley Carro at the Sawdust City Saloon, Gravenhurst – 8 til 11
http://www.sawdustcitybrewing.com/events-news/
Thursday Oct 29 – Drums with The Mightabins at Silver Dollar, Toronto – Set time TBA
http://www.silverdollarroom.com/ https://www.facebook.com/themightabins

April 18, 2013

Skipapalooza and Beyond!

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WOW! our annual bday bash, Skipapalooza was a hoot!  every year, it just keeps getting better on both the music side of things and the personal side.  twas great to see soooo many familiar faces and play the night with the likes of our acoustic duo, Raised on Promises and rawk out with the mtn dukes! the special guests from Luke Dukes Dad to the reunion of our powerpop band, Blenderhead were crazy good! the melding of RoP and the Dukes for a few tunes was a sonic delight to behold and we even played a song solo by request.  that never happens! the cupcake cake was a great idea too AND no plates or utensils required!

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our thx to our hosts, OnCue for letting the night happen.  also thx to Mad Mal for attending and bloggin’ about it! plans are already underway to have it again there next year.  here’s how the night ended with some very tired mtn dukes…

looking ahead, we recently had to turn down an opportunity to join with a highly active band to keep doing what we love.  which is playing the bass for fun and good times.  twas a tough choice as the lure of decent $$$ had us thinking hard about it but in the end, we would have had to drop a few of the bass related fun we already have on our plate.  speaking of which, here’s whats up for the next while:

  • mtn dukes plan on a show every other month (a late May show perhaps and july 6th at eton house on the danforth is confirmed as next) AND to record some our songs live off the floor in order to get more gigs.  more new tunes also in the mix as the dukes continue to fine tune a night of sonic goodness!
  • raised on promises has a show tomorrow night in Barrie at the Local Gastropub.  we also have a June date there as well.  we hope to keep up the pace of a night there every other month moving fwd.  so much fun to play a whole night as a duo and interact with the folk there in such a laid back setting!
  • been casually jamming some 80’s alternative tunes with some locals.  we may end up playing a house party here, a bbq there or maybe not at all.  its all about the fun right now.  80’s tunes can be a hoot to play.  as a bonus, so far we’ve stayed away from any serious 80’s cheese too!
  • and speaking of good fun, we’ve recently joined the Jon Abrams Band to play a few festivals this summer/fall and hopefully beyond.  getting our country on lately has been more fun than we first imagined!  PLUS there are orgs in the mix.  we’ve blogged often about our continued desire to play orgs and not covers all the time.  this seems like the perfect way to do both as the sets are a good mix.

more bass news to come.  hoping to buy a pbass in the next month or so stay “tuned” for that.  we had to say goodbye to our SG as we weren’t playing it at all anymore and pbass is the direction we are heading.  we are REALLY enjoying our telebass right now. also, expect a post about learning country songs at some point too. until then, thanks for dropping by!

January 14, 2013

January Shivers

time to do some catching up!

the Mightabins show late December was a great honour to be a part of.  we miss playing original music to ppl & with ppl who play & appreciate the same… if that makes any sense.  Mightabins in true Ramonesque style laid down 13 blistering songs in 30 mins flat. great venue at the Hard Luck & all the other bands on the bill impressed.  for something thrown together last minute during a busy holidazed period, t’was nice to see it work out in the end!

mtn dukes are rawkin’ & a rollin’.  fresh off our first ever all nighter (ie: a full nite of mtn dukes) even thou we did have an interlude featuring some very special Unlikely Guests.  the night had its peaks & valleys but “the good” far outweighed “the bad” & rumours are that we will be back again sometime very soon to Eton House. mucho thx to every1 who came out & danced the night away with us! great learning experience for us as a band.  onwards & upwards!  here’s the setlists from this historic event!

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had the pleasure of hitting a few open mic/jams over the past weekend with some free time on our hands.  invaluable experiences to play with & see some different artists.  fun times & a great learning experience.

next show is with Raised on Promises, our acoustic duo.  the show is at The Local Gastropub in Barrie the first weekend of February.  if our recent jams are any indication, it will be a stompy, singalong hootenanny!  new songs & some tighter arrangements will make this a very memorable event!

gear wise, we’ve finally found the sweet spot between our little mark bass head & the telebass.  the magical moment happened sometime during the 2nd set of songs during the last mtn dukes show.  we kept tweaking & tweaking & tweaking til we got it right.  likely something we should have done at home but now at least we found it, memorized it & it’ll be ready next time.  load off our minds indeed! the other funny thing was that for the first time ever, our head kept moving on the cab as we were playing.  its soo light!  we kept having to readjust its position after every song as it was close to falling off.  that was until we got fed up & just put the darn thing on the floor.  gotta think of a better solution! open to suggestions here.  hint, hint

one day we’ll likely jot down a post about exercise.  for now, lets just say we have a snow addiction.  its tough to balance that with everything else when the snow is only here for a short while.  with that in mind, we gotta go.  the outdoors is calling! thx fer dropping in!

September 18, 2012

when it rains, it blogs!

tis a cold, wet, rainy late summers day so why not give the ol’ blog some love?

some news on the acoustic duo, “raised on promises” since that is where we have been the busiest. after a few select but successful shows, we’ll be taking a mini break for October. you can still catch the act opening for Those Handsome Hooligans on Saturday, Sept. 22nd and/or opening for the debut of the MTN DUKES on Friday, Sept 28th!

happy friday!

great times were had with the duo at British Arms, Manhattans and the Local Gastropub in Barrie! each place was a unique experience that rocked & much to our surprise… we had dancers! the interaction between us and the patrons has been a sheer delight! we will never forget the singalongs and stompalongs! perhaps its something that has to do with just being a duo that makes us more approachable… could be a theory but the intimacy level has been a great experience. also, since we are not a karaoke act but we actually play the songs, that gets us some added good feedback. soundwise, providing the low end and percussion has proven to be a challenge but the addition of a simple stand(for a mere $35) for a kick pad that we run thru an Alesis DM5 has proven to be a winner!

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the only issue we’ve had is the amplification of the kick. running it thru the same sound source as the bass makes it tough to define. moving fwd we are going to keep it simple and run it on its own with its own amp/speaker.

manhattans duo setup!

this Manhattans show in the pic, we ran the kick thru the 4×10 along with the bass. that overwhelmed our markbass head and it actually stopped on us twice during songs. we may have been running the drumkick signal too hot to get it to sound right so the next smaller show(pictured below) we ran both the bass and drumkit thru a couple of PA speakers but the sound of the bass suffered. it was ok, but not the best. thru the process of elimination, keeping them separate seem the best way to go moving fwd.

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after so many recent shows with just the acoustic duo, we are really looking forward to this weekend and next! full band shows will be music to our ears!

September 4, 2012

September 2 Remember!

August flew by.  The relative lack of shows was nice & enabled us to gear up for a September 2 Remember!

First up, some dates with “Raised on Promises“!  Tis a deeeelite to strip down some classics & deep cuts to their cores & give them a stompalong/singalong take!  hope to see YOU out for some of the dates!

3 shows in Sept!

of which the last one is opening for the Dukedebut of Mtn Dukes at One Cue!  that night will be just about 3 yrs in the making according to our calculations.  we might be a month off since we think our first jam was in October or November but its close enuff for us to say 3 yrs in the making.  the Mtn Dukes road has been filled with stop/start, stop, stop, start, start, start, stop, start, start, stop, start again. the band has recently gotten into the show mode with the finalization of the lineup and the addition of a singer/guitarist.  hope to have a full 2 sets worth of dukealicious covers ready to devour that night for those in attendance.  more news on the prep for that show in the wks ahead.  with the summer vacays in the rearview mirror, its time to put the pedal down and rock it out Duke Style!

last but not least, some Those Handsome Hooligans news!  yes, there’s a Sept show on the 22nd!  our drummer is back for one weekend only so we’re gonna take advantage, melt some faces and celebrate some milestones.  can’t wait!