BBQ night with Shawn Brush is worth a road trip to Oakville
Every Monday out in the sedate suburban wilds of the main drag of Oakville Ontario, local music fans with an appetite for both fine tunes and good grub eagerly anticipate going to Moonshine Café, located at 137 Kerr Street a couple of short blocks north of the Lakeshore Road East.
On those evenings Moonshine owner John Marlatt mans the impressive barbeque out front of the cozy live music emporium (it doesn’t have a kitchen, as such) and starting at 6 p.m. he’s cranking out steaks, beef and veggie burgers, chicken or pork and serving them up with a side salad and baked potato for just $8.95.
Starting at 8 p.m. a weekly guest host musician does a feature set and runs a loosely organized open stage night. The club has a full backline in place and Marlatt also mans the sound board –after remembering to wipe the bbq sauce off his fingers, one hopes! For the musical portion of the event there’s a paltry $5 cover, which is paid to the hosting musician.
The last Monday of every month for at least the past couple of years the guest host has been Halton musical gem Shawn “The Krooked Cowboy” Brush, whose artfully crafted, sometimes piquant, other times amusing and often inspiring originals blend Roots, Country and Blues.
If you’re taking the highway, look for the signs advising which exit to take for Kerr St. and go south. If you’re taking the GO Train (they run every 30 minutes these days) you can catch the #17 Kerr bus at the station to take you to the club’s front door (and back) approximately every half hour till about 11.
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*5> The Cosmotones @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO East ~Rockabilly
6> Big Otter Creek @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
*6-9> Calliope’s Nest open stage/jam for women @ Lola Pub, 40 Kensington Ave., TO
6:30> Boom For Rent @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
7> Cheryl White R&B Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~R&B
*7> Hard Time Mondays with Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
**7:30> M Factor Mondays with host Elana Harte & features Authentic Imperfection; Jay McGroarty @ Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East
7:30> Mega City Swing Band @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Blvd., TO North ~R&B/Swing
8-11> tba @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., Toronto East ~Swampy Southern Blues-Rock
8-12> open stage with Julian Taylor & 9:30 feature by Dale Haldor @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. TO East
**8-1> open stage with host Christian Bridges @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO
*8-11> open stage @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough
**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Shawn Brush @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)
*8-12> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
**9-1:30> No Band Required jam with host Richard Kahl @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO
*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Bluegrass
9> blueVenus @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO East ~original Pop
*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West
*9> open mic (2 songs; signup starts 8p.m.) @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
*9-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan (ground floor), 154 Danforth Ave., TO East
9:30> The Cookers @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
*10-2> jam with Kimberley Wetmore & Company feat. Dave Girdlestone of Soul Funkshun @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore E., Port Credit
10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~R&B/Blues
10> Samantha Martin @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country
10:30> Big Otter Creek @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock
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