Sin City’s heart is on Radio display tonight
I’ve written on several occasions in the past about high-energy party band The Sin City Boys, a Tex-Mex/vintage Pop Rock outfit anchored by dynamic, versatile and personable guitarist/singer Kevin Jollimore.
When I brought the group into Linsmore Tavern a couple of months ago as a basically last-minute fill-in for a cancellation spot, I knew they’d do well even without time to fully promote the show –they have a strong following in the east end of TO as well as downtown (they’ve been doing a monthly Sat. matinee at Graffiti’s in Kensington Market for years) and the hip west end (they packed Dakota Tavern for a show celebrating their 20th anniversary last year).
But on the holiday weekend last-minute gig at Linsmore not only did they bring in their own crowd, they also wowed the regulars. Club operator Ryan Mangano told me “that one was a home run” and several times since then when asking me to recommend bands for open dates has added “…if you can bring me another band like Sin City Boys that would be great!”
The band features many talented players, but at its heart is Jollimore, who also does a weekly Friday afternoon show featuring himself and a variety of other players at Graffiti’s –and who is an accomplished actor to boot, most recently portraying Richard Nixon in the “Elvis and Dick” theatrical production that had a run at Tarragon Theatre in July.
Tonight the many-faceted talents of Jollimore will on display at a new west-downtown bar known as Bar Radio that seems to be aiming to join Dakota in the big leagues based on its talent roster since opening about three months ago.
Booker Samantha Martin has close ties with Dakota (she was or is a longtime server there and performs there regularly with her Samantha Martin & The Haggard Country band) and she’s bringing in seasoned veteran artists like David Gavin Baxter to the new room and giving them rotating monthly residencies for various nights of the week to show what they can do.
This evening kicks off Jollimore’s stint on Wednesdays in September and would make for an excellent occasion on which to check out this place at 615 College St. near Clinton. Show runs 9-12 and cover is pay-what-you-can. I would guess Jollimore will also have copies of some of the excellent recorded material released by his band, a worthy investment for you collection and delight.
-Gary 17, www.torontomoon.ca
LISTINGS for Wednesday, September 03, 2021:
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*5-8> The Mediterranean Stars @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO East ~Jazz
5-8> Roots n’ Branches @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Rootsy Blues
6> Meredith Shaw @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
6> The League Of Rock @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~ Rock
6:30> Brett Higgins Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
7-10> Sensensky/Riley Organ Trio feat. Lorne Lofsky @ Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~R&B/$
*7> open mic night with Tanya Joy Senior @ Col. McGrady’s Pub, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge
*7-11> open jam with Wayne Buttery Band @ The Beacon, 146 45th St., Wasaga Beach
7:30> Katie DuTemple & Friends @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO
8> jam with Gary LaRocca @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East
*8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al @ Chalkers, 247 Marlee Ave., TO North-West
*8-1> open jam with Wednesday’s Child feat. Johnny Bootz Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO
8> tba @ Monarchs Pub (Eaton Chelsea Hotel), 33 Gerrard St. W., TO ~Jazz
*8-11> Fraser-Daley @ Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West ~Roots/Blues
8-1> Marshall Dane @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Country Pop
8> Wordspell showcase with Elyse Maltin; Saredo Mohamed @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., TO ~spoken word; $6
8-1> Cats Of Oakville book project benefit @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville
*8-12> all-ages jam with The Brand New Low @ Sixth Line Pub, 1500 Sixth Line, Oakville
*8-11> open mic @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourg
8:30> Howard Ross & Big Mojo host Blues jam @ The Hub, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
8:30> Tom Russell @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~iconic songwriter; $32.50/-
*8:30> Crazy Strings host High Lonesome Wednesdays with opening acoustic act @ Silver Dollar 486 Spadina Ave., TO ~Bluegrass
*8:30> open mic with Jenn Fiorentino @ Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville
*8:30> Something Country @ The Endzone, 1900 King St. E., Hamilton ~Country
*8:45> Bradley & The Bouncers @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues/R&B
9-12> Blues Night with Julian Fauth & guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~original Juno-winning Blues
*9> The Phil & John Show feat. Phil Naro @ Molly Bloom’s Waterloo, 170 University Ave., Waterloo ~acoustic Pop Rock
9> Everlovin’ Jug Band @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~ol’ time jug music
9-12> Kevin Jollimore @ Bar Radio, 615 College St., TO ~Rockabilly; pwyc
9> Die Hipster; Melange @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West ~indie
*9> open mic with Sean Barker @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., TO
9> Dani Nash Band @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Country
*9?> jam with Michael Zane @ Shakers, 580 Kerr St., Oakville
*9-12> jam with Damage Control @ St. Louis Bar & Grill Ajax, 11 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax
9> Frank Z @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Blues
*9-1> open mic jam with Whiskey Birds @ Sweetz Lounge, 5289 Hwy 7, Woodbridge-Vaughan
*9:30> open stage with Nicola Vaughan @ Black Swan (downstairs), 154 Danforth Ave., TO East
9:30> Norbert Botos Group feat. Mike Murley @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
*9:30-2> jam with Live Animals @ The Unicorn, 175 Eglinton Ave. E., TO North
9:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock
**9:45> Wednesdays Go Pop showcase with X-Prime; The Honeyrunners @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., TO ~indie
10> Sean Conway @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
10> Ronley Teper’s Lipliners @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO
*10-2> Blues-Rock jam with Bruce Domoney @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. TO
*10-2> Paul & Curtis @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop
10> Soda Pony; Lakes Of Canada @ The Red Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~
10:30> The Undercovers @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock
*10:30> The LMT Connection @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/R&B; $10
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