This week saw your Scene going a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll!
One of the few country bars in metro hosted the Kentucky Headhunters this week. Friday night the Rodeo Lounge was hopping with the honky-tonk, blues and southern rock of the Headhunters. The Rodeo Lounge has been announced by The Canadian Country Music Association as one of the Top 9 Country Clubs in all of Canada and the Top Country Club east of Ontario. In August they welcome Sammy Kershaw and tickets are available now.
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For the last ten years, the blues have sounded out to help the kids in Ward Five and their breakfast program. On Friday night the best blues musicians in Metro gathered at the Oasis to raise money in the Poor Boys Who Got the Blues benefit.
The Poor Boys event began in 1998, made up of volunteers from throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality. The mandate has always been to raise as much money as possible for the Ward Five Children’s Breakfast Program. Since 1998 the benefit has raised over $70,000 through this annual night of music. This year’s lineup included a Tribute to Joe Murphy & The Water Street Blues Band, Shirley Jackson & The Good Rockin’ Daddys, and Andrew Gillis & the Jump Blues All Stars. The famous Beans and Wieners supper was on the menu again. Q-104’s Kelli Rickard was host for the night as organizers reminded us that “No Child Should Go To School Hungry.”
Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell was in town last week at the Fleet Club. Taking a break from his day job as afternoon drive host at Q-107 radio in Toronto, Mitchell is on the road rolling out his hits for fans anxious for his summertime sound. His song Patio Lanterns was the perfect kick off to the patio season. After sitting in with me and playing a tune during my afternoon show on KOOL-FM it was off to the Fleet Club for their official start of summer!
Cole Harbour Place was the place to be to watch the Stanley Cup finals. The game may not have gone as planned, but as many as 1500 hockey fans packed Scotia One Arena Saturday night to watch game four. Two huge screens, great sound system, and an intermission shootout into an old clothes dryer, just like Sidney Crosby did as a kid!
And what would the end of the month be without the Give-R? The Molson sponsored fundraiser was held at the Alehouse this time around with the money going towards Joints in Motion for arthritis research. If you’ve never been to a Give-R, it’s the best way to end the week! The last Friday of every month weary workers meet up at a local watering hole and from 5 p.m. until 8p.m. unwind and network. The proceeds go to a worthy charity and so far tens of thousands of dollars have been raised. I’ll be there next month, hope you will be too!
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