Royal City Beats: May 21-26

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Written by Adam A. Donaldson

Thursday May 21st

To Tell with Carcrasheyes – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 10 pm
To Tell is one guy from London, ON playing an eclectic sounding pop/rock combo. He should be complemented well by Guelph’s own oddly-named rockers the Carcrasheyes .

Guelph Music Fest – Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan St. 8 pm
Back for its second week, Guelph Music Fest continues to highlight the work of Mendelssohn with several visiting classical quartets. Program continues Friday night.

Friday May 22nd

Blue Mercury Coupe with The Greasemarks – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 8 pm
Toronto’s punk/garage/R&B golden boys Blue Mercury Coupe kick off Beach Party Fridays with rockabilly friendly The Greasemarks .

Jesse Stewart – Ed Video, 40 Baker St. 8 pm
This just in! There has been a flood at the River Run Centre , so Jesse Stewart's concert there has been relocated to the Ed Video Gallery! Doors open at 7:30 pm, 8 pm start time. Admission is now $10 (instead of the $25 that the RR was charging). If you were on the guest list for the River Run show, you’ll be on the list at Baker St.

Sandman Viper Command – Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St. 10 pm
From Burlington comes Sandman Viper Command , a great garage pop band with the name of a Saturday morning cartoon show. But seriously folks, they're good. And if you miss them this week, don’t fret too much because they’ll be back for a show at Wally’s in July.

Saturday May 23rd

Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 11 pm
Our “From Montreal” pick of the week is Mark Berube and his quartet of bandmates. This band has earned favourable comparisons to acts as diverse as Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and Rufus Wainwright.

Street Pharmacy, Under the Radar, Moglee, Bosswich, Canned Goods – Shadow, 72 Macdonell St. 7:30 pm
Street Pharmacy returns to town (if they ever left, since they go to school here, y'know) and are headlining an early show at The Shadow with an emphasis on reggae. Moglee and The Bosswich make the drive in from Waterloo to provide back-up, with Guelph garage rockers the Canned Goods rounding out the night.

Tuesday May 26th

Drudgery, Norris, Serpent & Siren, The Karma Cure, Yell the Burden – Shadow, 72 Macdonell St. 7 pm
Club Shadow welcomes a new group of bands to town for another evening of hardcore rocking out. The evening is headlined by Guelph-based grindcore metal heads Drudgery . Joining them from Thunder Bay are the clean cut maestros of Norris with The Serpent and the Siren coming in from London and Hespeler’s progressive punks Yell the Burden . Thrashers The Karma Cure from Elora will be filling in for Man With Target, who recently announced their break-up.

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