2nd Annual River City Rumble
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2nd Annual River City Rumble

Friendly Manitoba is getting nasty from August 2 to 3, 2014 at the 2nd Annual River City Rumble…Your Winnipeg Rockabilly Festival.

 Come on down to the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre and take part in this all-Canadian weekender featuring:

Bloodshot Bill – Montreal, QC

Cousin Harley – Vancouver, BC

The Matadors – London, ON

Eve Hell and the Razors – Calgary, AB

The Hellbound Hepcats – Montreal, QC

Alistair Christl – Toronto, ON

Brian Templeton Trio – Regina, SK

Greg Arcade and his Rockin’ Band – Winnipeg, MB

Butch Haller and His Chesterfield Ramblers – London, ON

The Greasemarks – Guelph, ON

The Classy Chassys – Saskatoon, SK

The Fl!p Cats – Winnipeg, MB

The Push Rodz – Winnipeg, MB

Handsome D and the Lousy Lovers – Winnipeg, MB

Reverend Rambler – Winnipeg, MB

DJ King Cabernet – Winnipeg, MB

But just when you thought we couldn’t jam any more entertainment into a weekend, we’re bringing you burlesque performers, including Winnipeg’s burlesque queen, Miss La Muse.

We’ve got workshops too. Swing dance, burlesque, retro hair and makeup, and rockabilly guitar with Paul Pigat, one of Canada’s finest guitar slingers.

Show off your rock step in the swing dance contest or become the next Miss River City Rumble in our pinup contest.

Indulge in a few mai-tais on our rooftop patio tiki bar before heading down for a big screen delight as filmmaker Steve Ward screens his documentary short, “Mai-Tais, Toques and Tikis”.

Bring your machine down for the Sunday vintage auto show, complete with live entertainment.

You can take home more than great memories, ‘cause we’ll have vendors too, so you can load up on swag.

For more information, contact guy@rivercityrumble.ca

Or visit

www.rivercityrumble.ca

www.facebook.com/RiverCityRumble

2nd Annual River City Rumble
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2nd Annual River City Rumble

Posted by: on Jun 15, 2014 | No Comments

Friendly Manitoba is getting nasty from August 2 to 3, 2014 at the 2nd Annual River City Rumble…Your Winnipeg Rockabilly Festival.

 Come on down to the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre and take part in this all-Canadian weekender featuring:

Bloodshot Bill – Montreal, QC

Cousin Harley – Vancouver, BC

The Matadors – London, ON

Eve Hell and the Razors – Calgary, AB

The Hellbound Hepcats – Montreal, QC

Alistair Christl – Toronto, ON

Brian Templeton Trio – Regina, SK

Greg Arcade and his Rockin’ Band – Winnipeg, MB

Butch Haller and His Chesterfield Ramblers – London, ON

The Greasemarks – Guelph, ON

The Classy Chassys – Saskatoon, SK

The Fl!p Cats – Winnipeg, MB

The Push Rodz – Winnipeg, MB

Handsome D and the Lousy Lovers – Winnipeg, MB

Reverend Rambler – Winnipeg, MB

DJ King Cabernet – Winnipeg, MB

But just when you thought we couldn’t jam any more entertainment into a weekend, we’re bringing you burlesque performers, including Winnipeg’s burlesque queen, Miss La Muse.

We’ve got workshops too. Swing dance, burlesque, retro hair and makeup, and rockabilly guitar with Paul Pigat, one of Canada’s finest guitar slingers.

Show off your rock step in the swing dance contest or become the next Miss River City Rumble in our pinup contest.

Indulge in a few mai-tais on our rooftop patio tiki bar before heading down for a big screen delight as filmmaker Steve Ward screens his documentary short, “Mai-Tais, Toques and Tikis”.

Bring your machine down for the Sunday vintage auto show, complete with live entertainment.

You can take home more than great memories, ‘cause we’ll have vendors too, so you can load up on swag.

For more information, contact guy@rivercityrumble.ca

Or visit

www.rivercityrumble.ca

www.facebook.com/RiverCityRumble

GREEZEFEST 6
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GREEZEFEST 6

Posted by: on May 28, 2014 | No Comments

Rockhouse T.O. presents:

GREEZEFEST 6
Delinquent psycho rockin’ blowout!

Live in overdrive, Denver, CO Psycho-Rockers
The Living Deads

with Toronto’s 100 proof hillbilly jive cats
Tennessee Voodoo Coupe

and surf garage maniacs
Terror Lake

with DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris
spinning loud, fast and dangerous cuts all night

Friday, May 30, 2014
at The El Mocambo Tavern
464 Spadina Ave, Toronto
Doors at 9pm, Show at 10pm, $10

The streets aren’t safe, Greezefest is back in town! Rockhouse T.O. presents the sixth edition of the delinquent psycho surf and rockabilly rumble, live at the world famous El Mocambo Tavern, Friday, May 30th. The one-night-only blowout features a raucous bill of loud, fast and greasy rock’n’roll. Denver, CO psycho-rockers The Living Deads top the bill, ready to unleash their full-force live rockin’ assault, and take no prisoners. Greezefest host band Tennessee Voodoo Coupe bring their trademark reckless hillbilly jive to the big stage at the El Mo, ready to tear it up in high style. Kicking off the show are mysterious surf garage maniacs Terror Lake, delivering chills and thrills at every turn. DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris joins the mayhem, spiking the sound system with a toxic mix of wild, greasy rock’n’roll, JD favourites, and psychobilly stompers to set the stage for the main event. Witness the action firsthand at the El Mo, as Greezefest returns for one spectacular night!

Rockhouse T.O. is thrilled to host Greezefest 6 headliners The Living Deads, returning to the historic El Mocambo after shakin’ the club’s foundation on their previous visit! The hard-rockin’, no-holds-barred live unit has won a rabid audience through a relentless touring schedule, criss-crossing the continent DIY style in its trusty RV, and hitting live stages full force with its high-energy mix of psychobilly, revved-up rebel rock ‘n’ roll, and punk rock edge at every stop. The Denver, Colorado-based trio, founded by core members Randee McKnight (drums/vocals, ex-Hillbilly Hellcats) and Symphony Tidwell (upright bass/vocals), became notorious for “kidnapping” different guitarists in every town to complete its lineup, after its guitarist quit the band on the eve of a tour. The Living Deads took Toronto audiences by storm with its headlining performances at last year’s Greezefest 5, and at the 2012 East End Rockabilly Weekend festival, and makes its way back to town with a vengeance.

100 proof reckless hillbilly jive cats Tennessee Voodoo Coupe join The Living Deads on the Greezefest 6 bill, primed to rock it up in its usual high-spirited fashion. TVC’s debut album, Over the Moon, was released in early 2013, recorded with veteran Canadian producer Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies/Neil Young/Neko Case). TVC has kept a busy live schedule in support of the album, including appearances at the 2013 Montreal Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend (alongside Wild Records R&B sensation Gizzelle), and as host band at the East End Rockabilly Weekend #5 (sharing the bill with original Sun Records artist Rayburn Anthony), as well as headlining shows around the Toronto area on a regular basis. TVC’s 4-piece road crew are well-versed in traditional rockabilly, hillbilly, and swing-flavoured sounds, infused 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.

Opening the show are Toronto surf garage threat Terror Lake. Born in the basement, raised on B-movies, fake nature and old National Geographic magazines, this mysterious trio play Greezefest for the first time. Terror Lake is comprised of Wendy Terror (vocals, drums), Matt Terror (guitar), and Tim Terror (guitar), all prepared to unleash their fast and furious “man-eating monster sounds” before disappearing into the night!

DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris joins the mayhem, with a hi-octane mix of garage, punk, psychobilly, and hot rod squealers throughout the evening. DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris has manned the decks at the last 4 Greezefest showdowns, and is the resident DJ at the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up and East End Rockabilly Riot events, as well as a regular guest host on CIUT 89.5 FM. Get ready for a charged-up triple bill of maximum sonic thrills!

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

or visit:

www.thelivingdeads.com
www.facebook.com/tvc.to
www.terrorlake.ca
www.elmocambo.com
www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO

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Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up #17
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Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up #17

Posted by: on May 7, 2014 | No Comments

Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up #17: Ray Condo Rock and Roll Party! Friday, May 16th at the 3030

Rockhouse T.O. presents: Rock-A-Billy Shake-up #17!

It’s time for a
Ray Condo Rock and Roll Party!
Come on out for an All-Star tribute to the Canadian Rockabilly Swing icon
Including performances by:
Lily Frost, Teddy Fury, Matt Allen (The Swingin’ Blackjacks), Colonel Tom Parker, Alex Pangman, Big Rude Jake, Steve Good (Tennessee Voodoo Coupe), James Henry (The Millwinders), Jesse James Dale (Buzz Deluxe), Steve Ketchen (The Kensington Hillbillies), Mr. Rick, Julie Seddon Faris, Billy T (The HellBent Rockers), Eric Sandmark (original Hardrock Goner!), and more!

Celebrating the book launch of “Ray Condo’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Party!” by photographer Gayle Hurmuses

Plus special guests from Montreal
The Bobby Dove Band

and spinning wild rockin’ wax
DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris
and DJ Lincoln Bee Kool

Friday, May 16th, 2014
at the 3030
3030 Dundas St. West (in the Junction, 4 blocks west of Keele St.), Toronto
Doors at 9:30pm, Show at 10pm
Free show! No cover

Sponsored by Mill St. Brewery

It’s time for a Ray Condo Rock and Roll Party! Rockhouse T.O. presents a very special 17th edition of the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up series, on Friday, May 16th, which is “Ray Condo Day”. Ray Tremblay (aka Ray Condo) was a trailblazing figure on the rockabilly, roots, and swing circuit during the ’80s and ’90s, and 2014 marks 10 years since his passing. To commemorate and pay tribute to the iconic and versatile Canadian music sensation, and to celebrate the launch of photographer Gayle Hurmuses’ new book “Ray Condo’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Party!”, the Shake-up presents an All-Star live revue with some of the top names on the local rockabilly scene, and special guests from Montreal. Don’t miss this one-night only bill, 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!

Performing at the Ray Condo Rock and Roll Party! will be a top-notch lineup of vocalists and instrumentalists, interpreting both songs by Ray Condo, and classic rockabilly, country, and swing tunes that were part of Condo’s extensive repertoire. Hosted by Lily Frost, the bill will include members of The Royal Crowns (Teddy Fury), Tennessee Voodoo Coupe (Big Rude Jake, Steve Good), The Millwinders (James Henry), Jesse James Dale (Buzz Deluxe), Matt Allen (The Swingin’ Blackjacks), Colonel Tom Parker, Alex Pangman, Steve Ketchen (The Kensington Hillbillies), Mr. Rick, Julie Seddon Faris (ex-Parade), Billy T (The HellBent Rockers), Eric Sandmark (original member of Ray Condo and His Hardrock Goners), and more.

Special guests from Montreal, The Bobby Dove Band, kick off the evening’s live show. Fronted by singer/songwriter Bobby Dove, this outfit has been gaining alot of supporters and accolades for its deeply rooted country rock sound. Bobby Dove’s seven-song CD Dovetales, released in 2013, has also been receiving favourable feedback and reviews. Former Ray Condo sideman Eric Sandmark will be joining Bobby Dove onstage behind the drum kit.

Ray Condo Day is also the release date for a new book, “Ray Condo’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Party,” by photographer Gayle Hurmuses. The book captures Ray Condo and his friends and collaborators through the camera eye, both onstage and behind the scenes, documenting a period from 1986-1999. Hurmuses has lovingly assembled this tribute to the life and work of Ray Condo, distilled from her vast photographic archive, and the book includes images shot in Toronto (at venerable clubs such as the Cameron House, the Horseshoe Tavern, and Sneaky Dee’s), Montreal, Vancouver, England, Wales, and Las Vegas.

Rock-A-Billy Shake-up resident DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris and special guest DJ Lincoln Bee Kool will keep the dancefloor hoppin’ throughout the evening with a wild rockin’ mix of raucous rockabilly, boppin’ hillbilly, and a healthy dose of original Ray Condo cuts. 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 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.

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

or visit:
www.facebook.com/RockhouseTO
bobbydove.com
www.3030dundaswest.com
www.millstreetbrewery.com
www.facebook.com/RayCondosRockAndRollParty
raycondo.ca
www.facebook.com/events/774487019250728/

Danny Duke & The Northern Stars
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Danny Duke & The Northern Stars

Posted by: on May 6, 2014 | No Comments

Catch Danny Duke & The Northern Stars live with The Greasemarks on May 30th at Cherry Colas!

GREG ARCADE CD RELEASE
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GREG ARCADE CD RELEASE

Posted by: on Apr 21, 2014 | No Comments

Greg Arcade & His Rockin’ Band is a three piece Country Rock & Roll group from Canada. Made up of a trio of good ol’ Canadian boys, the band is kickin’ up a sound wilder than a pack of wolves howlin’on a cold Manitoba morning.

You can catch them live at their CD release party on Thursday, May 1st at the Cadillac Lounge with special guest Callan Furlong.

For more info visit www.gregarcade.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

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

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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!

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

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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

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