ROCK-A-BILLY SHAKE UP 16
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ROCK-A-BILLY SHAKE UP 16

Rockhouse T.O. presents:

It’s a Rock-A-Billy Shake-up!
Sweet 16th edition

with live music by Toronto’s reckless hillbilly jive cats
Tennessee Voodoo Coupe

and special guests London rockabilly swing combo
The Hi-Tones

and spinning sensational hot wax
DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris

Friday, March 14th, 2014
at the 3030
3030 Dundas St. West (in the Junction, 4 blocks west of Keele St.), Toronto
Doors at 9pm, Free show! No cover

Sponsored by Mill St. Brewery

We’ve got lighting in a bottle, and it strikes on Friday, March 14th at the 3030! The Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up is back for its first charged-up edition of 2014, with a double-header of live action, plus a top DJ spinning ace rockin’ cuts throughout the evening. Sparks are sure to fly as Toronto’s hillbilly jive combo Tennessee Voodoo Coupe hits the big stage for its first local show of the year. Joining the mayhem is London’s own rockabilly swing crew The Hi-Tones, ready to get the crowd movin’ and shakin’ with its high energy live show. Also on the bill, DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris puts the turntables through the paces with some red hot wax to keep the dancefloor jumpin’! Thrill to the twang of the electric guitar, slapback rhythms on the doghouse bass, unhinged vocal antics, and the restless rockabilly beat at the “Sweet 16th” installment of the Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up, one night only at the Junction’s top destination, the 3030 (3030 Dundas St. West, naturally). And thanks to the venue and our sponsor, Mill St. Brewery, this is a free show! There’s no cover charge, so you’ll have some extra pocket change to sharpen your skills on the club’s cool vintage pinball machines, dig?

Returning headliners Tennessee Voodoo Coupe launch the 2014 Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up series with a bang, primed to rock it up in its usual high-spirited fashion. TVC had a very eventful 2013, with the release of its debut full-length album, “Over the Moon”, recorded with veteran Canadian producer Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies/Neil Young/Neko Case), and a busy live schedule through the year. The group unveiled the album with a celebratory appearance at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, and also performed at festivals including Montreal’s annual Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend (alongside Wild Records R&B sensation Gizzelle), and Toronto’s East End Rockabilly Weekend #5 (sharing the bill with ’50s Sun Records artist Rayburn Anthony). TVC’s 4-piece road crew are well-versed in traditional rockabilly, hillbilly, and swing-flavoured sounds, spiked with a punk rock energy. Jump shouter Big Rude Jake is at the wheel, with Steve Good on the doghouse bass, guest picker Johnny Gallagher providing the sizzling leads, and standup drummer Don Dekouchay completing the crew. These restless cats each provide a crucial piece of musical hardware to give TVC its own unique spin.

Opening the show with a high-powered jolt of rockabilly swing are London, Ontario’s The Hi-Tones. The group have built a reputation as a rock-solid live act, performing on stages across Southern Ontario since 2010, and make a return visit to Toronto for the first time in 4 years to play the Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up bill. The Hi-Tones are Dana Hartman (vocals, guitar), Cole G. Benjamin (vocals, saxophone), Stephen Heighington (slap bass), and Paul Wickerson (guitar, vocals), and the group have developed a strong repertoire, including original material and drawing inspiration from artists such as Janis Martin, Wanda Jackson, Brian Setzer, and Tarantino film soundtracks. The Hi-Tones studio singles, “Rocco Perri” and “Long Gone Daddy”, have received strong play on college radio, and the group are gearing up to record a full-length original album in 2014.

DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris will be spinning frantic rockabilly and unruly rock ‘n’ roll cuts to set the stage for the main event. DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris launched the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up! series in 2010, and is also the resident DJ at the East End Rockabilly Riot events, as well as a regular guest host on CIUT 89.5 FM. Expect some floor stompin’ rockabilly boogie and hillbilly rock ’til the doors are locked!

For more information, contact: rockhouse.to@gmail.com

or visit:

www.facebook.com/tvc.to
www.facebook.com/pages/THE-HI-TONES/166738505840
www.3030dundaswest.com
www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO
www.millstreetbrewery.com

ROCK-A-BILLY SHAKE UP 16
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ROCK-A-BILLY SHAKE UP 16

Posted by: on Mar 1, 2014 | No Comments

Rockhouse T.O. presents:

It’s a Rock-A-Billy Shake-up!
Sweet 16th edition

with live music by Toronto’s reckless hillbilly jive cats
Tennessee Voodoo Coupe

and special guests London rockabilly swing combo
The Hi-Tones

and spinning sensational hot wax
DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris

Friday, March 14th, 2014
at the 3030
3030 Dundas St. West (in the Junction, 4 blocks west of Keele St.), Toronto
Doors at 9pm, Free show! No cover

Sponsored by Mill St. Brewery

We’ve got lighting in a bottle, and it strikes on Friday, March 14th at the 3030! The Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up is back for its first charged-up edition of 2014, with a double-header of live action, plus a top DJ spinning ace rockin’ cuts throughout the evening. Sparks are sure to fly as Toronto’s hillbilly jive combo Tennessee Voodoo Coupe hits the big stage for its first local show of the year. Joining the mayhem is London’s own rockabilly swing crew The Hi-Tones, ready to get the crowd movin’ and shakin’ with its high energy live show. Also on the bill, DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris puts the turntables through the paces with some red hot wax to keep the dancefloor jumpin’! Thrill to the twang of the electric guitar, slapback rhythms on the doghouse bass, unhinged vocal antics, and the restless rockabilly beat at the “Sweet 16th” installment of the Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up, one night only at the Junction’s top destination, the 3030 (3030 Dundas St. West, naturally). And thanks to the venue and our sponsor, Mill St. Brewery, this is a free show! There’s no cover charge, so you’ll have some extra pocket change to sharpen your skills on the club’s cool vintage pinball machines, dig?

Returning headliners Tennessee Voodoo Coupe launch the 2014 Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up series with a bang, primed to rock it up in its usual high-spirited fashion. TVC had a very eventful 2013, with the release of its debut full-length album, “Over the Moon”, recorded with veteran Canadian producer Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies/Neil Young/Neko Case), and a busy live schedule through the year. The group unveiled the album with a celebratory appearance at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, and also performed at festivals including Montreal’s annual Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend (alongside Wild Records R&B sensation Gizzelle), and Toronto’s East End Rockabilly Weekend #5 (sharing the bill with ’50s Sun Records artist Rayburn Anthony). TVC’s 4-piece road crew are well-versed in traditional rockabilly, hillbilly, and swing-flavoured sounds, spiked with a punk rock energy. Jump shouter Big Rude Jake is at the wheel, with Steve Good on the doghouse bass, guest picker Johnny Gallagher providing the sizzling leads, and standup drummer Don Dekouchay completing the crew. These restless cats each provide a crucial piece of musical hardware to give TVC its own unique spin.

Opening the show with a high-powered jolt of rockabilly swing are London, Ontario’s The Hi-Tones. The group have built a reputation as a rock-solid live act, performing on stages across Southern Ontario since 2010, and make a return visit to Toronto for the first time in 4 years to play the Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up bill. The Hi-Tones are Dana Hartman (vocals, guitar), Cole G. Benjamin (vocals, saxophone), Stephen Heighington (slap bass), and Paul Wickerson (guitar, vocals), and the group have developed a strong repertoire, including original material and drawing inspiration from artists such as Janis Martin, Wanda Jackson, Brian Setzer, and Tarantino film soundtracks. The Hi-Tones studio singles, “Rocco Perri” and “Long Gone Daddy”, have received strong play on college radio, and the group are gearing up to record a full-length original album in 2014.

DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris will be spinning frantic rockabilly and unruly rock ‘n’ roll cuts to set the stage for the main event. DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris launched the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up! series in 2010, and is also the resident DJ at the East End Rockabilly Riot events, as well as a regular guest host on CIUT 89.5 FM. Expect some floor stompin’ rockabilly boogie and hillbilly rock ’til the doors are locked!

For more information, contact: rockhouse.to@gmail.com

or visit:

www.facebook.com/tvc.to
www.facebook.com/pages/THE-HI-TONES/166738505840
www.3030dundaswest.com
www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO
www.millstreetbrewery.com

ROCK-A-BILLY SHAKE UP #15
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ROCK-A-BILLY SHAKE UP #15

Posted by: on Dec 6, 2013 | No Comments

Rockhouse T.O. presents:

It’s a Rock-A-Billy Shake-up!
15th edition

with hi-octane rockabilly and jumping’ blues favourites
The Swingin’ Blackjacks

and special guests Steeltown Teddy Boys
The Diamond Drapes

and spinning festive rockin’ platters
DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris
plus DJ Lincoln Bee Kool

Friday, December 13th, 2013
at the 3030
3030 Dundas St. West (in the Junction, 4 blocks west of Keele St.), Toronto
Doors at 9pm, $5

Sponsored by Mill St. Brewery

‘Tis the season for a Rock-A-Billy Shake-up! Toronto’s wild rockin’ event wraps up its stellar 2013 schedule on Friday, December 13th, with a dynamite double-header to send off the year with a bang. Take a trip to the Junction’s top destination, the 3030 (located at 3030 Dundas St. West, naturally!), for the big 15th edition of the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up, and get ready to bop! Thrill to the twang of the electric guitar, driving bass rhythms, unhinged vocal antics, and the restless rockabilly beat with high-flyin’ live sets by Toronto favourites The Swingin’ Blackjacks, and Hamilton’s sharp-dressed Teddy Boy crew The Diamond Drapes. DJs Rockin’ Dave Faris and Lincoln Bee Kool spin festive rock ‘n’ billy platters to keep the dancefloor hoppin’. Join us for the final Rockhouse T.O. show of the year, and get the holiday started in top rockin’ style. Come early, the place gets packed, and dig the big dancefloor, hip pinball machines, and cool taps!

Making a much-anticipated return to the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up! are hi-octane rockabilly and jumpin’ blues favourites The Swingin’ Blackjacks. Since forming in 2000, the Blackjacks have been mainstays on the Southern Ontario live circuit, playing club dates, roadhouses, festivals and car shows. The trio, fronted by guitarist/vocalist Matt Allen, with Adam David on the backbeat, are joined by award-winning bass player Gary Kendall, a cornerstone of the Canadian blues and rock ‘n’ roll community and long-standing member of the Downchild Blues Band. The group’s uptempo sound combines a mix of originals and covers, from rockabilly and ’50s rock ‘n’ roll standards to instrumental workouts and rocking’ blues. The Blackjacks have appeared on City TV’s Breakfast Television, and on college radio, and have contributed material to the Zombie Night In Canada compilation. In 2006, the group was selected to back up rockabilly legend Janis Martin, an original ’50s artist and female rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, at her final Toronto appearance. 2013 has been an action-packed year for the Swingin’ Blackjacks, with a busy schedule of club dates, and performances at festivals and special events including Toronto’s Bop ‘n’ Bowl Rockabilly Weekender, the Summer Rockabilly Showdown, the Huntsville Shades of Autumn Car Show, and the 2013 Toronto Chinatown Festival.

Kicking off the live mayhem and joining the Shakeup bill for the first time are Steeltown sensations The Diamond Drapes. Relative newcomers on the Southern Ontario live scene, The Diamond Drapes have been quickly building a fanbase and turning heads with their authentic ’50s influenced rock ‘n’ roll sound and English “Teddy Boy” style. Frontman Pete Lyth is a veteran of the UK music scene, with over 3 decades of experience playing in rock ‘n’ roll bands, including a 7 year period with England’s top Teddy Boy group, The Rhythm Aces. Having relocated to Canada, Lyth has kept his passion for vintage American and British ’50s rock ‘n’ roll alive and well, and formed The Diamond Drapes in 2012 to storm live stages on this side of the Atlantic. Bassist and backing vocalist Kenny Lee plays the upright bass in the way the music was meant to be played, with a slap and a solid walking line. And rounding out the trio, on drums and backing vocals, Derek Millar delivers a swinging backbeat that completes the sound. Originally a jazz drummer, “Decker the Wrecker”, as Pete has affectionately nicknamed him, plays Teddy Boy style rock ’n’ roll with a vengeance while decked out in his Edwardian drape jacket. Giving 100% in every show, The Diamond Drapes are both impressive to see and exciting to hear.

DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris and DJ Lincoln Bee Kool will be spinning hot wax and spreading seasonal cheer at 45 and 33 RPM. DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris launched the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up! series in 2010, and is also the resident DJ at the East End Rockabilly Riot events, as well as a regular guest host on CIUT 89.5 FM. He has been a DJ for over 2 decades, and spins an unruly mix of rockabilly, instrumental twang, and vintage R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. DJ Lincoln Bee Kool (aka DJ Glen Cameron) has been spinning vinyl for a quarter century. His no-holds-barred style covers an eclectic range of sounds, from rock ‘n’ roll to swing and blues, and that’s just a small sample. Expect some festive rockabilly boogie and hillbilly rock ’til the wee hours! Don’t miss the final Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up! of 2013, we’ll be taking a short break in early 2014, before returning with the next installment. Stay tuned to the Rockhouse T.O. page (www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO) for details on upcoming shows.

For more information, contact: rockhouse.to@gmail.com

www.reverbnation.com/theswinginblackjacks

http://www.thediamonddrapes.com

www.3030dundaswest.com
www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO
www.millstreetbrewery.com

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/592439207491491

ROCK-A-BILLY SHAKE UP #14
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ROCK-A-BILLY SHAKE UP #14

Posted by: on Nov 3, 2013 | No Comments

Rockhouse T.O. presents:

It’s a Rock-A-Billy Shake-up!
Fourteenth edition

with live music by Ottawa’s legendary honky tonk hero
Lucky Ron and the Rhode Island Reds
full band show!

plus the high and lonesome roots sounds of
The Brothers Kirkpatrick

and spinning red hot rockin’ wax
DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris
plus DJ OH16

Friday, November 8th, 2013
at the 3030
3030 Dundas St. West (in the Junction, 4 blocks west of Keele St.), Toronto
Doors at 9pm, only $5 cover

Sponsored by Mill St. Brewery

It’s a Rock-A-Billy Shake-up, and Lucky Ron’s back in town! The stakes are high, as Ottawa’s legendary honky tonk hero returns to the Junction’s #1 saloon, the 3030, with his full backup band The Rhode Island Reds for the big 14th edition of Toronto’s wild rockin’ event. The action takes place on Friday, November 8th, as Rock-A-Billy Shake-up reaches deep into the country roots of rockabilly, with a bill that reads like a wanted poster. Headliner “Lucky Ron” Burke is a truly one-of-a-kind performer, a larger than life figure who is an icon in Ottawa’s country, roots and rockabilly scene. Burke has been performing “The Lucky Ron Show” for over 25 years, and his raucous weekly Saturday matinees at the infamous Château Lafayette have become the stuff of legend. Lucky Ron made the road trip west to T.O. earlier this year for the first time in well over a decade, treating audiences to an unforgettable and rousing solo show at the 3030 on Canada Day weekend. Don’t miss this rare return engagement as Lucky Ron and the Rhode Island Reds hit the stage in full force, for what’s guaranteed to be a landmark evening. Starting the live show on a high and lonesome note are local favourites The Brothers Kirkpatrick, familiar faces at the 3030. The duo of Ryan and Kyle Kirkpatrick delve into the traditional sounds of bluegrass, country and American roots music, with detours into early blues and rockabilly material along the way, delivered in their trademark stripped-down style. DJs OH16 and Rockin’ Dave Faris will be spinning red hot wax throughout the evening, keeping the dancefloor hoppin’! Catch the whole shootin’ match, one night only at the Junction’s hotspot, the 3030 (3030 Dundas St. West), and come early, the place gets packed.

Lucky Ron Burke has earned his reputation as a top performer in the Ottawa Valley music community, and has built a fiercely devoted fanbase through his consistently powerful and entertaining live shows. Burke first acquired a guitar at the age of thirteen, and never looked back; he has been captivating audiences for decades with his engaging persona and mastery of a wide range of deeply rooted musical styles. Since adopting the “Lucky Ron” stage name in the ’80s, Burke has become a cornerstone of the Ottawa country music scene, and has thrilled and delighted audiences (and no doubt bar owners) at his Saturday matinee for over a quarter of a century. “The Lucky Ron Show” setlist includes country and rockabilly classics from the likes of Carl Perkins, Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Stompin’ Tom Connors, and more, along with a number of well-crafted originals, all delivered in spirited form with Lucky Ron’s easy stage banter. Burke recently delighted fans with the release of a new album of originals, recorded with his full backing band Lucky Ron And The Rhode Island Reds, with top-notch cuts including “Fast Lane”, “Irish Whiskey”, and “Drinking My Way Back To You.” A unique performer that would be in fine company with Handsome Ned, Ray Condo, or country legends such as Stompin’ Tom or Hank Snow, Lucky Ron always leaves ‘em wanting more, and never fails to give his all on the live stage. He rarely ventures outside of the Valley, and is primarily a solo performer, so this full band out of town date with The Rhode Island Reds is a real occasion for Lucky Ron!

Sharing the bill with Lucky Ron, The Brothers Kirkpatrick are among Toronto’s finest roots/bluegrass/country groups. Originally hailing from the small town of Lindsay, Ontario, brothers Ryan and Kyle Kirkpatrick began playing as a guitar/bass/vocals duo. The two began taking the project seriously in the summer of 2008, and over the past half decade, they have developed their musical interests while the band has gone through many different transitions and lineups.  The current group’s aim is to take the traditional sound of bluegrass/country music and bring it into the fresh, modern light of 2013. The Brothers Kirkpatrick treat this music with a great deal of care and respect, clearly understanding its history and where its future is lying. Kyle is also performing regularly as a dobro player in local bluegrass combo The Barrel Boys.

DJ OH16 and DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris keep the turntables in high gear, spinning a lively mix of roots, country, and rockabilly throughout the evening. DJ OH16 is a familiar figure behind the decks at the 3030, taking his moniker from his beloved Detroit Lions imperfect season. OH16 spins all-vinyl sets of soul, rock, and roots music. There’s always a tasty vinyl in his crate that you maybe haven’t heard, so open your ears and let your feet do the talking! DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris launched the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up! series in 2010, and is also the resident DJ at the East End Rockabilly Riot events, as well as a regular guest host on CIUT 89.5 FM. He has been a DJ for over 2 decades, and spins an unruly mix of rockabilly, instrumental twang, and vintage R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.

We’re also thrilled to be staging the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up at the 3030 on the same night as the opening for a show of paintings by Toronto artist Julie Seddon Faris at the venue. Check out a selection of her work, on display from November 8th until December 12th.

For more information, contact: rockhouse.to@gmail.com

or visit:

www.myspace.com/luckyronburke
www.reverbnation.com/thebrotherskirkpatrick
www.3030dundaswest.com
www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO
www.millstreetbrewery.com

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/485807771534763/

HELLBENT ROCKERS & THE DIAMOND DRAPES LIVE
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HELLBENT ROCKERS & THE DIAMOND DRAPES LIVE

Posted by: on Oct 21, 2013 | No Comments

Saturday, November 9, 2013 9:00pm

The creatures from the black lagoon….or was we call it “The Hammer!” invade Toronto. Come on out to the Dominion on Queen as the Hell Bent Rockers and The Diamond Drapes bring their steel town rockabilly sound to Queen East!

https://www.facebook.com/events/662287723802673/

Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up #13
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Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up #13

Posted by: on Oct 10, 2013 | No Comments

 

Rockhouse T.O. presents:

It’s a Rock-A-Billy Shake-up!
Lucky 13th edition – celebrating one year at the 3030!

with live music by Vancouver’s premier rockabilly roots combo
Cousin Harley
featuring Gretsch guitar slinger Paul Pigat

with special guests
Toronto’s reckless hillbilly jive cats
Tennessee Voodoo Coupe

and spinning killer rockabilly wax
DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris
plus DJ Tim Hanna

Friday, October 18th, 2013
at the 3030
3030 Dundas St. West (in the Junction, 4 blocks west of Keele St.), Toronto
Doors at 9pm, only $10 cover

Sponsored by Mill St. Brewery

It’s a Rock-A-Billy Shake-up in the Junction! Put your cat clothes on, lace up your dancing shoes, grease back your hair, and get ready to rock it right at the lucky 13th edition of the Shake-up! Toronto’s wild rockin’ event returns on Friday, October 18th, and Rockhouse T.O. celebrates one year of hosting its monthly residency at the Junction’s hotspot, the 3030 (located, conveniently, at 3030 Dundas St. West) with a stellar lineup of top tier live acts and record hops. Topping the bill is Vancouver’s hi-octane rockabilly roots trio Cousin Harley, featuring acclaimed guitar slinger Paul Pigat. Cousin Harley’s wildly versatile rockin’ sound, along with Pigat’s renowned skill as a player, have helped make the group one of the top combos on the circuit, and they’re just getting warmed up! Fresh from a European tour, Cousin Harley make a rare stop in Toronto, and are set to tear the roof off. Toronto’s own reckless hillbilly jive cats Tennessee Voodoo Coupe open the show, returning to the 3030′s big stage in peak form following a spectacular run of tour dates and festival appearances throughout 2013. DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris and DJ Tim Hanna spin killer rock ‘n’ billy platters throughout the evening, keeping the turntables in high gear and the dance floor boppin’ ’til the doors are locked! Don’t miss the Lucky 13th installment of the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up, one night only at the 3030. Come early, the place gets packed, and dig the big dancefloor, hip pinball machines, and cool taps, it’s the most!

Cousin Harley make a much-anticipated return to Toronto hot on the heels of a successful European tour, flying into town for this headlining date at the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up before heading westward into the sunset again. Frontman Paul Pigat was a featured performer at the fall, 2012 Sleepwalk Guitar Festival, sharing the bill with luminaries such as Junior Brown, Albert Lee, Nels Cline, and the legendary James Burton. Pigat is a highly-regarded player (endorsed by Gretsch guitars, no less!), renowned for his top-tier fretwork and ability to fluidly traverse a dizzying range of styles, from amped-up rockabilly to western swing to surf and jazz, while retaining his own distinctive and dynamic sound. While receiving accolades as an accomplished sideman for artists including Neko Case, Jim Byrnes, and Jakob Dylan, Pigat’s thrilling rockabilly trio Cousin Harley is the primary outlet for his own songwriting efforts, and he lets the fireworks fly! Having launched its fourth album, the landmark instrumental offering B’Hiki Bop, in late spring of 2013, Cousin Harley is eager to hit the stage and deliver the goods ’til the wee hours.

100 proof reckless hillbilly jive cats Tennessee Voodoo Coupe join Cousin Harley on the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up bill, primed to rock it up in its usual high-spirited fashion. TVC spent the early part of 2013 recording its debut album, Over the Moon, with veteran Canadian producer Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies/Neil Young/Neko Case) behind the board. The group captured lightning in a bottle, and unveiled Over the Moon at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, in a suitably celebratory fashion. TVC has kept a busy live schedule through the year, including appearances at Montreal’s annual Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend (alongside Wild Records R&B sensation Gizzelle), and most recently as host band at the East End Rockabilly Weekend #5 (sharing the bill with original Sun Records artist Rayburn Anthony). TVC’s 4-piece road crew are well-versed in traditional rockabilly, hillbilly, and swing-flavoured sounds, spiked with a punk rock energy. Jump shouter Big Rude Jake is at the wheel, with Steve Good on the doghouse bass, guitar wrangler Stevie “Six String” Abrams providing the sizzling leads, and standup drummer Don Dekouchay completing the crew. These restless cats each provide a crucial piece of musical hardware to give TVC its own unique spin.

DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris and DJ Tim Hanna will be spinning frantic rockabilly and loud, fast, out of control rock ‘n’ roll cuts to set the stage for the main event. DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris launched the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up! series in 2010, and is also the resident DJ at the East End Rockabilly Riot events, as well as a regular guest host on CIUT 89.5 FM. DJ Tim Hanna runs the Boppa do Down record label, and promotes Garage Rock shows in Toronto, including the ’60s garage fest Frantic City Freak Out, and spins regularly at Sweaty Betty’s. Expect some floor stompin’ rockabilly boogie and hillbilly rock all night long!

Stay tuned to the Rockhouse T.O. page (www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO) for our full fall listings for the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up, with upcoming appearances by Ottawa’s legendary Lucky Ron and the Rhode Island Reds (full band show), The Brothers Kirkpatrick, The Swingin’ Blackjacks, The Diamond Drapes and more.

For more information, contact: rockhouse.to@gmail.com

or visit:

www.cousinharley.com
www.facebook.com/tvc.to
www.3030dundaswest.com
www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO
www.millstreetbrewery.com

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/167571923447281

THE REACH AROUND RODEO CLOWNS
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THE REACH AROUND RODEO CLOWNS

Posted by: on Oct 5, 2013 | No Comments

Reach Around Rodeo Clowns – Rockabilly Deluxe

Lanark Records are working their butts of trying to keep the energy and vibe of roots music alive and they are doing a great job with some great releases. And now they have done it again with the brand new release from The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns with their brand new album “Rockabilly Deluxe”.

The album delivers ten great tracks with quite a mix of styles ranging from straight up rockabilly with a twang of psychobilly to a good dose of swing-influenced rockabilly. And this swing influence is what makes The Reach Around Rodeo Clown’s album a killer one.

The first track, “King of Slot Car Track” jumps straight in to the swing of things with a nice up tempo groove and continues the swing in to the slower “Long Gone Daddy” which reminds one of a seedy Chicago underground club. Track three, “Bowling Alley Baby” takes it straight back to some classic sounding rockabilly, with the following track “Wild, Crazy, and Out of Control” being one of those songs that you will catch yourself humming to long after you’ve put the record down. The rest of the album flows up and down with some classic rockabilly and a cheesy / humorous mexican number. But the track that really sticks out on this album is the song “It’s Rock And Roll” which brings the album back to the swing sound and some great guitar playing.

Overall this is a great sounding album with Wendell Jones’ larger-than-life vocals keeping it all tied together nicely. If you’re looking for something a little different then The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns have got it all wrapped up for you in their latest release “Rockabilly Deluxe”.

Check out lanarkrecords.net for more info and to purchase the album.

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EAST END ROCKABILLY WEEKEND #5
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EAST END ROCKABILLY WEEKEND #5

Posted by: on Sep 7, 2013 | No Comments

Get ready for Toronto’s best rockabilly weekend:

Get ready to bop! Send off the summer with a blast, it’s time for the East End Rockabilly Weekend! The 5th annual edition of Toronto’s wildest weekend of live music and vintage culture returns to the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen St. East), September 20th-22nd, featuring a stellar lineup that will rock the joint for 3 non-stop days.

Our bill for 2013 reaches all the way back to the ’50s, with original Sun Records alumni Rayburn Anthony flying in for his first Toronto show in over 2 decades. Joining Rayburn Anthony onstage will be Nova Scotia’s mighty Shakedown Combo, returning to the Riot after storming the stage in 2012. We’ve also secured Montreal phenomenon Israel Proulx (Wild Records), primed to join T.O.’s premier rockabilly combo The Royal Crowns onstage for an incendiary set. EERW host band Tennessee Voodoo Coupe continue their banner year, bringing their road-tested “100 proof hillbilly jive” to Saturday night’s bill, and hard-rockin’ acts Marty Allen and the Cadillac Cowboys (from St. Catharines) and The Hell Bent Rockers (from Hamilton) are guaranteed to kick off the live action in high gear! Ace DJs Rockin’ Dave Faris and Lincoln Bee Kool will be spinning red hot rockabilly cuts to keep the dancefloor packed.

While the evening live events are front and centre, EERW5 will also feature 2 live matinees, including performances by The Ronnie Hayward Trio and The Hanksters, as well a ’50s rock ‘n’ roll film screening, Hill Peppard’s 3D photography show, dance classes with Bees’ Knees, vendors, hot rods, and more. Tickets for the weekend are now on sale at the outlets below. Stay tuned for newsflashes, and visit facebook.com/RockhouseTO for more details.

Rockhouse T.O. presents

the 5th annual
East End Rockabilly Weekend

September 20-22, 2013

live on stage!

Friday, September 20th
The Royal Crowns
Israel Proulx (Wild Records, from Montreal)
Marty Allen and the Cadillac Cowboys (from St. Catharines)
DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris

and come early for vintage ’50s rock ‘n’ roll film Go, Johnny, Go! (8 pm sharp start time)

Saturday, Septermber 21st
Rayburn Anthony (original ’50s Sun Records artist, from Tennessee)
with The Shakedown Combo (from Amherst, Nova Scotia)
Tennessee Voodoo Coupe
The HellBent Rockers (from Hamilton)
DJ Lincoln Bee Kool

+ Hill Peppard’s 3D photo show (8pm sharp start time)

The Ronnie Hayward Trio matinee and hot rod show (2-5 pm)
and more!

Sunday, September 22nd
Close out the weekend with our annual Honky Tonk Brunch (11am-3pm)
celebrating Hank Williams’ birthday with live music by The Hanksters

Plus
Vendor Village • Dance Lessons courtesy of Bees’ Knees (Saturday 12-2pm) • and more!

at The Dominion on Queen
500 Queen St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada

Sponsored by Mill St. Brewery

Tickets: Friday $20, Saturday $20, Sunday brunch no cover, Full Weekend Pass only $35
available at Sunrise Records (Yonge & Bloor/Yonge & Dundas locations), Soundscapes (572 College St.), and at the Dominion on Queen, or online at www.dominiononqueen.com

For more information, contact: rockhouse.to@gmail.com

www.dominiononqueen.com
www.millstreetbrewery.com
www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO

https://www.facebook.com/events/390384497750631

Rock-A-Billy Shake Up #12
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Rock-A-Billy Shake Up #12

Posted by: on Sep 4, 2013 | No Comments

Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up in the Junction! Lucky Friday, September 13th at the 3030

Rockhouse T.O. presents:

It’s a Rock-A-Billy Shake-up!
12th edition

with live music by swingin’ hillbilly bop sensations
The Alistair Christl Trio
and unruly rock crazy delinquents
Christian D and the Hangovers
and spinning ace rockabilly wax
DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris
plus DJ Dr. Velvet

Friday, September 13th, 2013
at the 3030
3030 Dundas St. West (in the Junction, 4 blocks west of Keele St.), Toronto
Doors at 9pm, only $5 cover

Sponsored by Mill St. Brewery

It’s a Rock-A-Billy Shake-up in the Junction! After a summer break in August, Toronto’s wild rockin’ event returns to its monthly residency at the Junction’s hotspot, the 3030 (located, conveniently, at 3030 Dundas St. West). Our stellar fall lineup kicks off this lucky Friday, September 13th, with a thrill-packed double bill of top live acts, and a team of ace DJs armed with killer wax ready to put the turntables to the test. Thrill to the twang of the electric guitar, slapback rhythms on the doghouse bass, unhinged vocal antics, and the restless rockabilly beat with way out live sets by local hillbilly bop sensations The Alistair Christl Trio, along with rock crazy roughnecks Christian D and the Hangovers. DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris and DJ Dr. Velvet weigh in with red hot platters throughout the evening, keeping the vinyl spinning and the dance floor hoppin’ ’til the doors are locked! Don’t miss the return of the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up at the 3030, for a Friday the 13th you won’t forget. Come early, the place gets packed, and dig the big dancefloor, hip pinball machines, and cool taps, it’s real, real gone!

Headlining the twelfth installment of the Shake-up, Toronto hillbilly bop sensations The Alistair Christl Trio are returning favourites who have bowled over crowds with their impressive live sets at previous events. Alistair Christl has become a fixture on the local roots and rockabilly scene, a hard workin’, hard playin’, no nonsense talent that will amaze with his fiery fretwork, and leave a lasting impression with his solid songwriting. Christl and his trio have wowed audiences on live stages across the city, and on tour dates spanning the country, with a hopped-up mix of honky tonk, hillbilly, country swing, and vintage rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues. His recorded efforts have also received airplay and much acclaim, including a feature article in the Toronto Sun, and a profile on CBC Radio’s “Metro Morning” show. Christl’s brand new full-length album, Bonnie and Clyde, maintains his high standard while expanding his musical palette.

Toronto psychobilly cow punks Christian D and the Hangovers open the September Rock-A-Billy Shake-up in their trademark loud, unruly style. Fronted by Christian D (ex-Real Gone), the Hangovers are Mack Black (doghouse bass), Jesse Dale (Buzz Deluxe, guitar), and Tim Kelley (drums), familiar faces on the scene with a reputation for their charged-up, rockabilly-fueled sounds. Profiled by Errol Nazareth in the Toronto Sun, Christian D was described as “One of the scene’s most magnetic performers,” with the band also receiving impressive acclaim: “With a style that looks to The Cramps, Nick Cave and Elvis, The Hangovers belt out distorted, punky rockabilly on record and on stage as if their lives depended on it.” For a preview of Christian D and the Hangovers’ live sound, give a listen to their latest album, Cut Loose and Live, recorded earlier this year live on stage at the 3030 (visit the group’s site for download info). Catch them in action as they return to the scene of the crime to tear it up once more!

DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris and DJ Dr. Velvet road test the turntables, spinning a hi-octane mix of revved-up rockabilly, vintage rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, and crazed novelty cuts throughout the evening. DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris launched the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up series in 2010, and is also the resident DJ at the East End Rockabilly Riot events, as well as a regular guest host on CIUT 89.5 FM. DJ Dr. Velvet (aka DJ Johnny for you veterans of the scene!) has been stirring up trouble behind the turntables for a number of years, and was a DJ and live music promoter as part of John and Jenny’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party for almost a decade. He was most recently on the bill at Toronto’s Bop ‘n’ Bowl Rockabilly Weekender, and delivers the goods at his monthly DJ residency at Disgraceland. Get your kicks as these 2 unstoppable DJs spin raucous cuts all night long!

Stay tuned to the Rockhouse T.O. page (www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO) for our full fall listings for the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up, with upcoming appearances by Cousin Harley, Tennessee Voodoo Coupe, Lucky Ron and the Rhode Island Reds (full band show), The Swingin’ Blackjacks, and more.

For more information, contact: rockhouse.to@gmail.com

or visit:

alistairchristl.ca
christiand.ca
www.3030dundaswest.com
www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO
www.millstreetbrewery.com

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/184935151689365

KIRKFIELD INVASION 2
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KIRKFIELD INVASION 2

Posted by: on Aug 21, 2013 | No Comments

If you’re looking for some hot rodding, motorcycle, rockabilly fun this weekend then do yourself a favour and get out to the Kirkfield Invasion 2 in Kirkfield, Ontario featuring Pepper Shakers and Greasemarks ripping it up on stage.
For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/events/153723924825285/