By Mike Beggs, Special to TorontoMoon.ca
\ BRAMPTON \
There’s a theory that the Blues grow on you with age.
Maybe that explains why I found myself buying a Stevie Ray record last week. Or why I immediately gravitated to the music of American Blues guitar icon Walter Trout, who makes a much-anticipated appearance at Brampton’s Spot 1 tonight.
How gamely Trout and his veteran band tackled a request for Hendrix’ Red House in 2012 on a YouTube video —a song he hadn’t played in years, but dug into with humour, humility, passion, and a prowess developed over the course of five decades.
He definitely does his Strat proud. But Rock ‘n Roll excesses caught up with this 67-year-old father of three by 2014, when he required a crowd-funded, life-saving liver transplant.
This marks his first Toronto area tour since the illness, and he’s “feeling better than I have in years” he told me, via long distance telephone.
“I was sick for a good 10 years, and I didn’t know it,” he said.
“I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome the whole time. Then I found out I also had Hep’ C, and it was draining me,”
“(After the transplant), I lost 120 pounds and was in hospital for eight months,” he continued. “I had to relearn how to play.”
He rebounded with the award-winning and critically hailed Battle Scars (2015), and We’re All In This Together (2017). For that latter release, he had the inspiration of writing a song for and playing alongside 14 different contemporary guitar greats, including Joe Louis Walker, Sonny Landreth, Randy Bachman, and Joe Bonamassa.
“That was really kind of overwhelming, the response I got,” he said. “I just started calling people, and not a one of them said, ‘No.’”
Inspired by axemen like Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, and Roy Buchanan, Trout grew up playing the Blues in New Jersey, before splitting for the coast in the early Seventies.
“I went to L.A. and just started going around the clubs and said, ‘Can I sit in?” he related.
He became a sideman for Percy Mayfield, John Lee Hooker, and Lowell Fulson, among others.
He was recruited by Blues/Rock hit-makers Canned Heat in 1981, before moving on to the hallowed John Mayall band by the mid-80’s. He finally opted to go solo in 1989, signing with a Scandinavian label and building up a following in Europe before North America.
It was a gutsy call, leaving that coveted guitar spot previously filled by Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor.
“After five years with John Mayall, I figured there was nowhere else to go from there. That’s the pinnacle,” he explained.
Trout’s poised to start work on his 26th album in September.
Blues heads have apparently been snapping up tickets for tonight’s show at $75 apiece.
“There’s people coming from all over,” reports Joe Pinto, manager of the room at at 289 Rutherford Rd. South.
And what can we expect to hear at tonight’s gig, scheduled for a 9 p.m. liftoff?
“Pretty much my own stuff,” Trout told me.
“But I’d have to say, it’s probably a little different every night. We’ve never written up a set list.”
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2-4> live streaming of Yor Junction Open Mic from La Rev @ http://www.streetjelly.com/
8> “In The Studio” with Blair Packham & Bob Reid and guest songwriters on air @ CFRB AM1010
8pm-12> BLUZ-FM with Danny Marks @ JAZZ.FM91
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*Noon-3> The Sinners Choir @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Blues; $
Noon-1> Riley Michaels Band @ Union Station, 65 Front St. W., ~original Rock/Pop; $0
2> Blair Packham and The Impossible Dream; Valeria Matzner @ Distillery District stage, 55 Mill Street ~songwriters; $0
3-6> Taxi Chain @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. ~Roots-Rock
3> Jamzac @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
3-6> Frank Botos Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St. ~Jazz
3-6> Boom Jazz Quartet @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Jazz; $?
3:30> Laura Hubert Band also featuring Peter Hill on keys @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*4:40-7:30> The Happy Pals @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz
5-1> Zebra and The Bandid; Johnny Nocash & The Celtic Outlaws; Revive The Rose; Dawn Vally; Her Majesty The King; Weigh The Anchor; Words Like Wildfire; more @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~eclectic indie/Punk/Trash; $
6-8> Big Tobacco & The Pickers @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ! authentic Country originals & covers; $0
6-8> Violeta Cobo & Friends @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie Swing Jazz; $10-15/pwyc
7-8> Exco Levi and High Priest @ Union Station, 65 Front St. W., ~original Rock/Pop; $0
7-9:30> John Alcorn Trio @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
7> Teri Park Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
7:30> Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Budweiser Stage, 1001 Lake Shore Blvd. W., ~classic Rock original; $
8> The Essex Green @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ~indie; $
8> Mikalyn Hay; Rebecca Hope; Hey Pozzi @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~songwriters; $ pwyc
8:30> Ollie DelMastro; more @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W.
*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ N’awlins, 299 King St. W. ~Blues
8:30> The Treble @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W.
9-12> Felix & The Cats featuring Robert Pelletier @ The Dock on Queen, 916 Queen St. E. ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals; $0
9> Frog & Hendry @ Senator Wine Bar, 249 Victoria St. ~New Orleans dance Jazz; $
9> Grand Format @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> Chelsey Bennett @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave.
9> Mil-Spec; Wild Side; Praise; Vortex @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
9> Dammien Alexander and Lauren Mayer; Mohsin Zaman @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E.
9> Wild Man Jazz Band @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. ~Jazz
9> Alex Lahey; Deanna Petcoff; The Mooks @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W.
9> TVDE @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W.
9> Full Tilt @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30-2> Five and Ten @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
9:30> Lady Kane @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10
9:45> Egbo Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Zimbabwean Jazz; $
*9:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
10> The HOneymoon @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Kayla Howran @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country
10> Jed Harper; Black Mohawk @ Rebel, 11 Poulson St. ~contemporary original; $
10> Hot Fiyah @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Funk/Soul; $
10:30> James King & The Midnight Hours @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~Blues/R&B
416 – TORONTO EAST – Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park
Noon-11> Taste of the Danforth with many acts on several outdoor stages including Brian Gladstone with Tony Quarrington & Beverly Kreller @ 2 p.m.; @ Danforth Ave. between Broadview Ave. and Jones Ave. ~variety; $0
*3:30-6> Johnny Wright @ Outriggers, 2232 Queen St. E. ~R&B
4-7> Mack Mackenzie @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
6-8> Thelonious Hank @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Country Jazz
7-9> Marion Law @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; $0
7> “Toronto Together” fundraiser for #DanforthStrong fund for shooting victims with Billy Talent; City and Colour; Pup; more @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
7-11> David Wildsmith Trio @ RCL Branch 10 (outside), 1983 Pape Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8> “Stranded Fest” with tribute bands @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~tribute to various; $
8> Merle @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary Rock
9-11> Kilowatt Band @ Old Nick Pub, 123 Danforth Ave.
9> Trainwreck @ The Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave. ~Rock/Pop; $
9:30-11:30> James Clark Institute @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~original Rock/Pop; $0
9:30> Lucas Stagg Trio @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. ~Roots-Rock; $0
9:30> Aaron Kazmer’s Jazz @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~Jazz; $20
10:30> BackTrack Band featuring Marty Zatzman @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
Noon-6> Jazz bands (including Michel Neray 2-4) @ Tartistry, 1252 The Queensway ~Jazz; $0
*3-6> The Roulettes & guests @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St. ~R&B/Blues
**4-8> The Essentials with guest Joe Reynolds on vocals @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Rock-R&B; 0$
7:30> Jay Danley trio @ Old Mill Inn (Home Smith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; minimum table charge
8> Ted Poley @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.
10-2> Spitfire Kings @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~classic/contemporary Rock; 0$
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
9-1> Root Down Trio @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd. ~Roots-Rock
10> Johnnie Wells @ The Newfoundlander, 472 Danforth Rd. ~Country/Top 40
416 – TORONTO WEST – Ossington to Etobicoke
9am-noon> Roger Zuraw @ Junction Farmers Market, 2960 Dundas St. W. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0
2-4> The Broom Straws @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Roots-Rock
**2-5> Yor Junction Open Mic with host Pete Janes @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W.
5-8> Maria Ryan @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter
6> Taurus @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $
6-9> Alex Mason and Whitebrow @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.
6:30> Rick Franco & The P-Crew @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Salsa
8> The Alter Kakers @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W.
8:30> Robert Gordon; Chris Spedding @ Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~songwriters; $65
9> Priors; First Base; Vanity Phase @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
9> Shadowhand; Ashley Simpson @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.
9> Son of Dave @ Duggan’s Brewery, 1346 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> Zeca Polina and The Hydroponic Lizards @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
9> The Riches; Yonge Collective; Lese Majesty @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W.
10> Zeppelinesque @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~tribute to Led Zeppelin; $
10:30> The Del Fi’s @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Jazz; $
1-10> Kitchener Blues Festival on four stages with various acts including Carson Downey Band; Lee Aaron; Roomful of Blues; Cecile Do-Kiongue; Conor Gains Band; many more in downtown Kitchener
4-10> Cambridge Ribfest with Fighting Andy; Young At Yeart; Brave and Crazy @ Riverside Park, 49 King St. W., Cambridge ~variety; $0
7> Alex Price @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
8:30> Dan Walsh @ The Wooly Pub, 176 Woolwich St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
8:30> Barry Mulcahy @ Mill Creek Pub, 25 Mill St., Orangeville ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Phantom Atlantic @ Dstrct, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
9> O’Deadlys @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Edinburgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Roots-Rock
9> Corwn & Jester; Taken For Granted @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph
9> Monkey Wrench @ Black Wolf Smokehouse, 139 Broadway Ave., Orangeville ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> 8 Second Ride @ Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph ~Country
9:30> Tyler Young @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
11> Micki Free @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Blues/R&B
8> Hot Knives; The Meringues @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $8
8> Bend Sinister; Kristian Montano & B owtie Killers @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $10
8:30> Christine Atrill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
8:30> Sheldon and Graeme @ Hastings House, 27 Front St. W., Hastings
8:30> Hubbards Hustlers @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Itchy & Scratchy Show @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $5
10> Shawn Steinhart @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie
10> Brian Haddlesey @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough
7:30> Madman’s Window @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~Celtic
*9-1> karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ Tudor Rose, 700 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax
9> jam with Tommy Rocker & West Hill Rockers @ Drums N Flats Ajax, 60 Randall Drive, Ajax ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9> Punch Douglas Band @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country
9-1> Kevin McKendrick @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
9> Texas King @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> A Clockwork Concept @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers
4-11> Richmond Hill Craft Beer Festival with various acts @ Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St. ~variety; $20
7-8:30> Little Peter and the Elegants for Woodbridge Ribfest, Woodbridge Fairgrounds, 100 Porter Ave., Vaughan ~50s/60s Rock ‘n’ Roll; $4
8> Ambre McLean @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St., Georgetown ~Jazz groove loops
9-1> Adam’s Rib @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9> Andy Todd Band @ Tracks Brew Pub, 60 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9> Walter Trout @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton
9:30> The Doubts @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Rock/Top 40 covers
*1> East Coast kitchen party with James Ferris @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Roots-Rock
*2> The Brakemen Brunch @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~originals & cover Rock/R&B; $5
*2-6> jam w. Tom Finocchio @ Sam’s Place, Barton-Chestnut Sts., Hamilton
**2:30> Blues Matinée with The Coachmen (Colin Lapsey, Dave King, Chris Wheeler, Ian Andrews) @ Coach & Lantern (upstairs), 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Blues
*6> Henry Strong Duo @ Cavallo Nero, 370 Wilson St. E., Ancaster ~Jazz
8> Georgia Pines @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
8> Jailbirds; more @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~contemporary Rock ~indie; $
9> Liquor Messiah; Strictly Sabbath; Ed Force One @ Club Absinthe, 38 King William St., Hamilton ~tributes; $
9:30> Fortunate Son @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> Tim Gibbons & The Swampbusters @ Come By Chance, 78 Melvin Ave., Hamilton
9:30> The Dunlop Brothers @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton
9:30> Tattoos N’ Whiskey @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly
10> Brewed Attitude @ Augusta House, 17 Augusta St., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Monkley Cascade @ 33 Bowen, 33 Bowen St., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Sunday Noise @ Old Powerhouse, 21 Jones St., Hamilton/Stoney Creek ~Rock/Top 40 covers
Noon-11> Songs of Summer Festival on 5 outdoor stages featuring various acts including David Leask; Alysha Billa; Blush; Brad James; The Kinfishers; Mike Bdranton; Mary Simon; Catherine Harrison; Martin Roleau; Rob Reed; manymore on Lakeshore Rd. East from Water St. to Allan St., Oakville ~variety; $0
**2-6> Sil Simone Band with guest Mark La Forme @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Blues
* 2:30-6:30> open jam with Martin Rouleau with backline provided @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville
*3-7> jam with Michelle Deneault & Redder @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit-Mississauga
8-12> Mike Conto @ Snug Harbour Restaurant, 15 Stavebank Rd. S., Port Credit-Mississauga
9-1> Mark Yan for Oakville Songs of Summer Festival @ Bru Restaurant, 142 Lakshore Rd. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Sharon Musgrave @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Blues/R&B
9:30> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeill @ Mulligan’s Pub, 2428 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~60s Rock/Pop dancing hits; $0
9:30> Tim Hebert & Borderline @ Caven’s Alley, 585 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> Matt Zaddy @ Abbey Road Pub, 3200 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> Pop Machine @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Rock/Top 40 covers/Top 40
9:30> Groovetrain @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> Blonde Ambition @ Bier Markt Square One, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~tribute to Madonna
9:30> Jammers Waffle House @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> The Rawkafella @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~classic Rock/Blues
10> JsF Crew @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers
Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically. Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). Events preceded by question mark (?) usually take place but have not been confirmed. Admission prices followed by a slash and minus (/-) after the amount indicates door charge with availability of cheaper rates for some purchasers (eg.: seniors, students, members, kids, etc). /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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