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Jun
21
Thu
The Sheepdogs
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

THE SHEEPDOGS – CHANGING COLOURS
Ewan Currie – vocals, songs, guitars, clarinet, drums
Ryan Gullen – bass, backing vocals
Sam Corbett – drums, backing vocals
Shamus Currie – keyboards, trombone
Jimmy Bowskill – guitars, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, pedal steel

For a new album that The Sheepdogs didn’t initially set out to make, Changing Colours is a stunning achievement.
Proud purveyors of guitar-driven modern-day retro rock, the triple Juno Award-winning Saskatoon-based quintet has expanded its sound on Changing Colours to encompass more styles and hues to enhance the Sheepdogs’ trademark beef-and-boogie twin-axe riffs, hooks, shuffles and long-haired aesthetic.

“We identify strongly with rock ‘n roll, but there’s definitely some branching out,” says Ewan Currie, The Sheepdogs’ singer, guitarist, songwriter and occasional – and yes, you’re reading this correctly – clarinetist. “The sounds we use on this – there’s more keyboards featuring Shamus and more stringed instruments. It’s still rock ‘n roll but there are more colours.”
It’s also great, passionate music born out of spontaneity: first resonating in the 17-song album’s euphoric opener “Nobody” and continuing to flavour such invigorating numbers as the electrifying “Saturday Night” and the driving “I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should Be,” the record’s infectious first single.

But The Sheepdogs haven’t only stretched their sonic palate: they’ve also expanded stylistically, tastefully embracing other genres as well.
There’s the country-lite feel of “Let It Roll,” the Stax-soul aura of the mid-tempo anthem “I Ain’t Cool” that features trombone — and the resplendent Latin-rock vibe that fuels “The Big Nowhere.”
This is what occurs when The Sheepdogs are left to their own devices: 
when the band completed its global responsibilities in promoting its fifth album, 2015’s Future Nostalgia, the band took a busman’s holiday, renting Toronto’s Taurus Studio and hiring its owner, Thomas D’Arcy, to engineer and co-produce whatever emerged from their creative loins. 

American Aquarium
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In the lush tobacco fields of North Carolina where BJ Barham was raised, people work hard. Families stay nearby, toiling and growing together. BJ loves those farms and his tiny Reidsville hometown, but he had to run off and start American Aquarium, a band now beloved by thousands.

BJ couldn’t stay. But he couldn’t really leave, either: he’s still singing about the lessons, stories, and lives that define rural America––and him.
“I moved to the big city to go to college and fell in love with music,” BJ says. “But half the songs on our record are about small towns––little pieces of my childhood. I’ve had moments where it turns out a piece of broken English my father repeated twice a week is the most accurate way to say something. So I put it in a song.”

American Aquarium’s seventh studio album Things Change offers the band’s finest collection of folk-infused Southern rock-and-roll to date. Stacked with BJ’s signature storytelling––always deeply personal but also instantly relatable––the record questions and curses current events, shares one man’s intimate evolution, and leaves listeners with a priceless gift: hope.
“In my early 20s, I was not as hopeful,” BJ says. “Now, as I’m getting ready to become a father, I think I have to be hopeful––especially with the situation our country is in now. For her sake, I have to be positive.” He pauses. “Her” is his daughter, due in the spring of 2018. BJ adds, “Being self-aware has always been a blessing and a curse. But that’s what’s always made my songwriting relatable to people. I don’t hold back. I’m almost too honest.”

BJ’s candor has fueled American Aquarium’s runaway appeal, visible most clearly in consistently sold-out shows across the country and throughout Europe – between 200 and 250 dates a year. Much has changed for the band and BJ since their acclaimed last effort, Wolves. In 2017, every American Aquarium member save BJ quit the group. American Aquarium has featured about 30 players since BJ founded the outfit in 2006, and while each member has left indelible marks, the band has always been anchored by the literary songs and sometimes roaring, sometimes whispering, drawl of BJ Barham. BJ’s personal life also underwent seismic shifts: He got sober.
He got married. Soon, he’ll be a dad.

Featuring a new band lineup that includes Shane Boeker on lead guitar, drummer Joey Bybee, bassist Ben Hussey, and Adam Kurtz on pedal steel and electric guitar, as well as a reinvigorated frontman in BJ, Things Change is American Aquarium’s first release on a label after selling thousands of records on their own. “As an artist, your goal is for the newest thing you do to be better than the last. You’re slowly whittling away the bullshit to try and get to the truth,” BJ says. “With this album, I learned how to cut some of that fat so that it’s just truth. It’s our best record.”

Recorded at 3CG Records in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Things Change was produced by Grammy- nominated singer-songwriter John Fulbright and features cameos from Americana standouts including John Moreland and Jamie Lin Wilson. Brazen album opener “The World is on Fire” is a richly layered rock-and-roll anthem that documents BJ and his wife’s stunned reaction to the last presidential election. Emotional and conversational, the song taps into widespread feelings of confusion and fear: “She said, ‘What are we going to do? What’s this world coming to?’ For the first time in my whole life, I stood there speechless.” But what begins as despair builds into defiant faith, as BJ growls a call to action to cap off one of his favorite songs he’s ever written. “I’m complaining about the state of things, and then the third verse almost serves as a challenge to myself: hey, you’re in charge of another human being. You can create change,” he says.

Driving rock-and-roller “Crooked + Straight” explores the small-town consequences of questioning religion, and the tightness of family in the face of one member’s rejection. His father’s advice anchors the song. “I come from a blue-collar family. I’m the only one who didn’t go into farming. I learned if you want something, you have to go out and take it. You can’t expect anything from anybody,” BJ says. “You can only go out there and work harder. My dad always said you can outwork anybody else.” Love for hard work and the people who carry it out appears repeatedly throughout Things Change. Guitar-heavy “Tough Folks” is a snarling ode to those with dirt under their fingernails, while bass- and pedal-steel-infused “Work Conquers All” spins a tale in praise and pursuit of Oklahoma’s state motto.
The album’s love songs are the kind of achingly beautiful that only comes with maturity and a willingness to expose one’s own flaws. Haunting “Shadows of You” recalls a lover’s flight as the protagonist longs for what he let get away. Gorgeous “Till the Final Curtain Falls” celebrates loyalty and pledges endless devotion. The moving title track takes an often doleful topic–– people’s tendency to change––and turns it on its head, tracing BJ’s personal growth and recognizing his now-wife’s steadfast love.

BJ’s other two favorite tracks are album standouts. Moving “When We Were Younger Men” addresses the break-up of American Aquarium head on. As BJ professes love for his former bandmates over stripped down acoustic guitar, his voice is honeyed and deep. “It’s an open letter to five guys who I spent eight years of my life with seeing the entire world,” BJ says. “I think anyone who has ever had to walk away from a friendship or has had somebody walk away from them will relate to the song.” Stunner “One Day at a Time” is self-perceptive and vulnerable, detailing BJ’s battles with himself. Even within his career full of well-written gems, the song is a towering accomplishment.

“At the end of the day, if you’re not writing songs to affect other people’s lives, you’re in it for the wrong reasons,” BJ says, reflecting on the new album, where he’s been, and where American Aquarium is headed. “Money may come and go. You may never get fame. But if you sit down and write songs to affect people, you can do it your whole life and be happy.”
www.americanaquarium.com

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Jun
22
Fri
Courtney Lynn and Quinn at Piedmont Social House
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fusing their deep love for soul, folk, and pop music both old and new, Courtney Lynn & Quinn create a style of sound that’s all their own. CLQ began in Charlotte, N.C in 2016 and have continued to make waves in the local and regional music scene. Courtney Lynn’s debut album Wander Years, released in 2017, has been recognized by radio stations, booking agents, music app developers, and television producers. Along with their original music, CLQ have become well known for their unique take on familiar songs during their captivating live performances. 

Guitar, Vocals / Courtney Lynn
Vocals, Percussion / Quinn Henderson
Drums / Steven Cornacchia

The Dead Tongues
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Ryan Gustafson remembers very little about the origins of the ten songs on Unsung Passage, his profound new reflection on the emotional architecture of love, loneliness, and life at large. The songs were written during quick spans scattered between various tours of the last two years—as a supporting guitarist for his kindred North Carolina spirits Hiss Golden Messenger and Phil Cook’s Guitarheels and as the leader of his own long-evolving vehicle for a beautifully fractured vision of folk, country, blues, and cosmic American rock, The Dead Tongues. Gustafson’s third and best album under that name, Unsung Passage is a first-person reckoning with the things Gustafson, a chronically peripatetic adventurer, has seen enough to sing about. There are meditations on mortality and devotion (the flute-laced dream “My Other/Little Birdie”), on money and temporality (the banjo trot “The Giver”), and on impermanence and acceptance (the achingly gorgeous “Pale November Dew.”) This isn’t Gustafson’s idle speculation about life and the world; these are the realizations of a restless mind, of a songwriter who sings “this old town ain’t gonna watch me die” and means it. After several years in a commune in the western woods of Asheville, North Carolina, he now lives in a nearby camper, at least when he’s off the road long enough to call anything home. “When I’m traveling, it’s like walking into these different windows. I’m a witness, with my mouth shut,” Gustafson says. “The people you meet, the way the landscape speaks to you, how a desert is different than a mountain: It has the potential to bring out something you didn’t know was there.” These ten songs  are snapshots in time–glimpses at the sorts of emotional upheavals and adjustments we’re all forced to face as we move from day to day and, as in Gustafson’s way, place to place. The familiar sounds of Unsung Passage, a reflection of Americana bedrock, present a comforting score for some of life’s most uncomfortable situations. But they will pass. “Ain’t it all right?” Gustafson demands at one point. “Ain’t it all like a dream?” After all that living, it surely is.

Jun
27
Wed
Shrek The Musical
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

‘Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…’ and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise-cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued. This hour-long adaptation of the award-winning film and stage production is filled with all of your favorite songs. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen fairy tale misfits and you’ve got an experience that your family will fondly remember for years to come! All sales final; no refunds.

une
27 – 10:00 AM
28 – 10:00 AM
29 – 10:00 AM
30 – 10:00 AM

July
2 – 10:00 AM
3 – 10:00 AM
5 – 10:00 AM
6 – 10:00 AM
7 – 10:00 AM

Courtney Lynn and Quinn at RuRu’s Tacos and Tequila
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fusing their deep love for soul, folk, and pop music both old and new, Courtney Lynn & Quinn create a style of sound that’s all their own. CLQ began in Charlotte, N.C in 2016 and have continued to make waves in the local and regional music scene. Courtney Lynn’s debut album Wander Years, released in 2017, has been recognized by radio stations, booking agents, music app developers, and television producers. Along with their original music, CLQ have become well known for their unique take on familiar songs during their captivating live performances. 

Guitar, Vocals / Courtney Lynn
Vocals, Percussion / Quinn Henderson
Drums / Steven Cornacchia

Jun
28
Thu
Shrek The Musical
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

‘Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…’ and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise-cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued. This hour-long adaptation of the award-winning film and stage production is filled with all of your favorite songs. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen fairy tale misfits and you’ve got an experience that your family will fondly remember for years to come! All sales final; no refunds.

une
27 – 10:00 AM
28 – 10:00 AM
29 – 10:00 AM
30 – 10:00 AM

July
2 – 10:00 AM
3 – 10:00 AM
5 – 10:00 AM
6 – 10:00 AM
7 – 10:00 AM

Jun
29
Fri
Shrek The Musical
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

‘Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…’ and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise-cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued. This hour-long adaptation of the award-winning film and stage production is filled with all of your favorite songs. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen fairy tale misfits and you’ve got an experience that your family will fondly remember for years to come! All sales final; no refunds.

une
27 – 10:00 AM
28 – 10:00 AM
29 – 10:00 AM
30 – 10:00 AM

July
2 – 10:00 AM
3 – 10:00 AM
5 – 10:00 AM
6 – 10:00 AM
7 – 10:00 AM

Hayes Carll
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

I’m a singer-songwriter.
I think “Lovers and Leavers” comes closer to reflecting that than any other record I’ve made.
I didn’t worry about checking boxes, making sure there was something here for everybody, or getting on the radio.
I just took some much needed deep breaths and let them out on tape.
It’s been a while since my last album by some measurements of time. Not “history of the universe time”, or “getting a bill through congress time”, but in the lives of dogs and recording artists, five years and fifty-three days is only a little less than an eternity.
I went through a divorce. I fell in love.
Changes were made, realizations were realized, and life was lived.
But, I kept on writing songs, on my own and with a cast of accomplished characters who combined their own stories and perspectives with mine.
Songs about my friends.
Songs about my son.
Songs about beginnings and endings.
Songs about songs.
Songs about acceptance and regret.
Songs about lovers and leavers.
With these songs in hand, I needed a co-conspirator to help me get them to you.
I called on Joe Henry, a gentleman poet and an elegant artist who seemed a trustworthy steward for my collection.
We recorded this record live in five days, using just an acoustic guitar, a mix of bass, percussion, pianos and organs, and a touch of pedal steel.
I didn’t have one song that I knew would be a sing along or would make people dance. I felt vulnerable in a way that I hadn’t in a long time. But I got what I wanted – a record with space, nuance, and room to breathe. It felt right for my art. It felt right for my life.
“Lovers and Leavers” isn’t funny or raucous. There are very few hoots and almost no hollers.
But it is joyous, and it makes me smile.
No, it’s not my “Blood on the Tracks,” nor is it any kind of opus.
It’s my fifth record — a reflection of a specific time and place.
It is quiet, like I wanted it to be.
Like I wanted to be.

Hayes Carll
January 1, 2016
Austin, TX.

www.hayescarll.com

TBA

Start Time: 8:00

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Jun
30
Sat
Shrek The Musical
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

‘Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…’ and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise-cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued. This hour-long adaptation of the award-winning film and stage production is filled with all of your favorite songs. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen fairy tale misfits and you’ve got an experience that your family will fondly remember for years to come! All sales final; no refunds.

une
27 – 10:00 AM
28 – 10:00 AM
29 – 10:00 AM
30 – 10:00 AM

July
2 – 10:00 AM
3 – 10:00 AM
5 – 10:00 AM
6 – 10:00 AM
7 – 10:00 AM

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