The Spirit should suit The Linsmore to a ‘T’ with Hendrix-worthy guitar
The mind boggles when you try to imagine what sort of music the iconic Jimi Hendrix would be making today had he not died so ridiculously prematurely in 1970 from a drug overdose.
The charter member of the “27 Club” (of famous entertainers such as him and Jimmy Morrison, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain, among others, who all died at 27) was on top of the world at the time of his death, reportedly the highest paid musician up to that time, headliner of the Woodstock and other festivals and seeing his third album, Electric Ladyland, riding atop the charts at Number 1.
Would he have mellowed out? Developed an entirely new style of music (as he more or less had done with electric guitar Blues already) or what?
No one can know for sure, but if you want to get an idea as to how a hugely talented and inventive player like that can continue to evolve as an artist well into his 40s, you might want to check out Tony “Wild T” Springer & The Spirit tonight at Linsmore Tavern in east TO.
Songwriter and guitarist Springer has had his share of fame while with Can-Rock/Punk icons Rough Trade in the ‘80s, then in the early 90s as a celebrated star internationally following his six-string contributions on David Bowie’s Black Tie White Noise album.
He has also done (and continues to do every year) countless shows in arenas and stadiums in North America and Europe both with his own band and doing a Hendrix tribute known as Fire. At least a few Hendrix covers are always part of a Spirit gig (and he’s humble enough to acknowledge requests).
But Springer also has a raft of originals that appear, along with some stellar covers, on six albums and counting. Like Hendrix, his original material combines elements of Rock and Blues in strange and delightful ways, but moreover the Trinidad-born creative whirlwind incorporates strains of Funk and Reggae into the mix to whip up an entirely distinctive and exciting live experience.
Then there’s his own sometimes quirky and always captivating persona, creating a magnetic pulse in the room as he lets slide amusing life observations and anecdotes and often involves the audience in snappy interplay.
The show in the nearly 80-year old room (the anniversary is later this year) at 1298 Danforth Ave., steps from Greenwood subway station, gets underway at 9:30 and cover is just $10 –or $5 if you get there before show time to buy your ducats in advance!
-Gary 17, www.torontomoon.ca
LISTINGS for Saturday, August 23, 2021:
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*12-3> Julian Fauth’s Blues Brunch @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues
12-3> Chris Kettlewell & Friends @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
12:30-2:30> 1st Anniversary Celebration with Rent Party @ Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Swing guitar duo
1-4> Songbird Sessions with Mary Stewart; Nicholas Balkou; Sandra Bouza @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~songwriters
*2-6> open mic with rotating hosts @ MacKenzie’s High Park, 1982 Bloor St. W., TO West
*2-6> jam w. Tom Finocchio @ Sam’s Place, Barton-Chestnut Sts., Hamilton
**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest John Cigan @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues
*3-6> Danny B’s House Party Band feat. Michael Keys on piano @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke South ~R&B/Pop
*3-7> jam with Michelle Deneault & Redder @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit
3 (and 6)> The Mudmen @ CNE Midway Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lakeshore Blvd. West @ Strachan, TO ~Rock
*3-7> open stage jam @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2
*3:30-6:30> Climax Jazz Band @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Jazz; $
3:30> Tonight At Noon @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Charles Mingus tribute
3:30> Mike Murley Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., TO ~Jazz
*4-8> The Bear Band & guests @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock-R&B
*4-7:30> Ronnie Hayward Trio @ McQueen’s, 993 Queen St. E., TO E. ~Blues/Roots
*4-8> The Meteors with special guest Carmella Long @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Blues/Rock/R&B
4-8> Kindred Spirits @ Lake Affect, 1 Port St., Port Credit
*4> Susan Latimer @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~songwriter
*4:30-6:30> Big Rude Jake @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO E. ~Blues/Roots
5-8> Glen Hornblast & The Queen Street Cowboys with guest set by Mark Yan & Barry Mulchay @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West –Rootsy Pop
5-8> Angie Gunn @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Rootsy Pop
5> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
6-8> Grier Coppins @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
6:30> Scott B. Sympathy @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Roots
7> Judy Marshak, @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~$10
7:30> 1st Anniversary Celebration with The Allnighters @ Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues duo
7:30> Nick Teehan Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~ Jazz
7:30 (and 11)> The Rattles @ CNE Midway Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lakeshore Blvd. West @ Strachan, TO ~Ruttles tribute
7:30> Gord Bamford (Tebey opens) @ CNE Bandshell Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lakeshore Blvd. West @ Strachan, TO ~Rock
8> Al Reilly’s Catalyst @ Centro Pizza, 3406 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Rock
8> tba @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East ~songwriter
8> Whitney Rose @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
8:30> Andres Gomez @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~originals/Latin; $5
9> Ted Rusk @ Lola Pub, 40 Kensington Ave., TO ~Rock
*9-1> karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ Tudor Rose, 700 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax
9-1> Colin Amey @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~acoustic Pop/soft Rock
9-1> Brownman Akoustic Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~ Jazz/Blues
9> Whitney Ross Barris Combo feat. Nathan Hiltz & Ross MacIntyre @ Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz
9> tba @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West
9-1> Chris Cotton Band @ Lake Affect, 1 Port St., Port Credit
9> Darren Hancock @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country
9-1> The Wild Caros @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
9:30> Tony “Wild T” Springer & The Spirit @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~electric Blues; $5 adv., $10 door
9:30-11:30> Clockwise @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Roots
*9:30-2> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Winners, 2181 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough
9:30> Elevation feat. Shawn Brady @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~U2 tribute
9:30> Play Back @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~50s & 60s Rock hits
9:30> Roots ‘n Branches @ Axis Gallery & Grill, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Roots
9:30> RicknBomber @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock
9:30> United Soul Nations @ Timothy’s Pub 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Funk/Soul
9:30> John Ferreira @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> Rikki Nicks @ The Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~Fleetwood Mac tribute
9:30> Wylie Harold Out On Bail @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
9:45> Dan White Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Ohio Jazz
*9:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues
10-2> 22nd Street @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock/Top 40
10> Ride The Tiger @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Funk/Soul
10> The Double Cuts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Swing
10> The Lake Vernon Drowning + guests @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
10> Paris Black; Weirdstone @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E., TO East ~Rock
10> Blind Race; Disco Rebels @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock
10-2> Hot Wax Meltdown @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Rock
10-2> Side B Vibe @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd. E., Ajax ~Pop Rock
10-2> Victoria & Bobby Keys @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40
10> PFF After Party @ The Red Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~
10:30> Ric Jacobs @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock
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