MONDAYS : Bob Fuller’s Hillbilly Night at the Wheel Club [see note below], 3373 Cavendish (below Sherbrooke), in NDG. Free admission, begins at 9PM. Started by Bob Fuller 44 years ago and still run by him, Hillbilly Night is an internationally-known event that welcomes all who are in favor of or at least open to Old-Time Country Music. It is attended by the young and the old, the French and the English, the ladies and the gentlemen, the hip and the square. Singers, whether amateur or professional, do two songs each in a rotation backed by a pool of able players. Styles covered include bluegrass, western swing, rockabilly, honky tonk, skiffle, old-timey, fiddle tunes, hillbilly, country boogie, Nashville Sound, and then some. You haven’t seen anything like it. This event has built a real and expanding community, and is a jewel in the cultural world of Montreal.
The Wheel Club, home of Hillbilly Night every Monday, is available for all kinds of social and musical occasions. Seating capacity is 157 people, catering optional. Rental of the hall depends on the number of people attending. Location : 3373 Cavendish (south of Sherbrooke W.) in the NDG district of Montreal. Contact : 514-489-3322 or 514-429-8190.
TUESDAYS : Jazz Knights Dixieland Band. Kelly’s Bar, 88 Donegani, Pointe Claire (in the Valois Village), 694-6438. Starts around 8PM, ends at 11 PM, free admission.
TUESDAYS : Kurt Bel-Air and the Line Checkers (old tyme country music) 7-9pm, free admission, great food, at Griffintown, 1378 Notre Dame Ouest (corner de la Montagne), 514-931-JAZZ (5299).
WEDNESDAYS : Colin Perry & Blind at Barfly, 4062A St-Laurent (at Duluth), 514-284-6665. Hot blues and jazz ; excellent musicianship : Colin Perry (guitar, vocals), Peter Mika (piano), Stephen Barry (upright bass), and Ben Casey (percussion). 2 sets, starts before 11PM. Free admission, put something in the hat.
WEDNESDAYS : Bluegrass with The Woodshredders at Shaika Cafe, 5526 Sherbrooke W. With Terry Joe Banjo, Roger Haughey, and other leading lights in the roots music scene ; 9pm to 11pm.
WEDNESDAYS : Dust Bowl Wednesdays, an open stage (bring your instruments), at Burritoville, 2055 Bishop, 8pm. The handbill pictures a banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and a jug of moonshine inside a burrito, with a cowboy hat and a can of beans on the side.
THURSDAYS : The One Two Trio featuring Roger Walls on Trumpet (Swing Jazz) 7-9pm, free admission, great food, at Griffintown, 1378 Notre Dame Ouest (corner de la Montagne), 514-931-JAZZ (5299).
THURSDAYS : Moonshine on Thursday Bluegrass and Old-Time Jam at Grumpy’s Bar, 1242 Bishop. 10pm, free.
FRIDAYS : Bharath and his Rhythm Four (’50s Chicago and Mississippi style blues), 6:30-10:30pm, free admission, great food, at Griffintown, 1378 Notre Dame Ouest (corner de la Montagne), 514-931-JAZZ (5299).
SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH : The Side Door Coffee House, St. David’s Parish Hall, 12450 Gascon, Pierrefonds (Quebec), 8pm, $5. For information : 514-633-1128 or 514-696-3369.
SATURDAYS. Griffintown Jug Addicts, 6-9pm at Griffintown, 1378 Notre Dame Ouest.
SUNDAYS : Bluegrass Night at Barfly, 4062A St-Laurent (at Duluth), 514-284-6665. Free admission. Hosted by Matt Large of Notre Dame de Grass and Mark Peetsma of Catfish and Kleztory.
CONCERTS IN AND AROUND MONTREAL
for a detailed list of blues shows, go to the Zeb News listings at the Montreal Blues Society website
for info on their extensive series of folk concerts of local and international acts, visit Hello Darlin’ Productions or call (514) 524-9225
OCTOBER 14 (Friday). Vintage Wine’s Rock and Roll Dance Party. Wheel Club, 3373 Cavendish, in NDG. Live music from 9 until 1am, admission $10 or $5 for students. Free parking in the lot behind the building (if you can find your way in and as long as you don’t leave your car overnight !). The band has been playing monthly dances at the Wheel Club for three years and they are very popular. The audience is a great mix of ages from college kids to seniors. Vintage Wine plays songs of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, the Righteous Brothers, Roy Orbison, the Beatles, Animals, Rolling Stones, Temptations, Wilson Picket, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many others !