THURS. JAN. 19
Sherman Downey & The Silver Lining – Guests TBA. Rolling bluegrassy folk pop. 9pm at Logan’s. $8.
FRI. JAN. 20
Battlestar Funktastika 2012- Electro. Get ready for a battle that will span an entire night! The last of the mega-cylons along with the surviving rebels from Ice Planet Zero prepare to face off in a final battle for more than international funktastik fame…but for their very survival. $15/$20. 10pm at the Sunset Room.
FISH AND BIRDS- Hometown alt/folk band to be reckoned with. 7pm at Solstice Café. $10/$12.
DOA – These Vancouver punk rock legends are returning with Greenback High and the Role Models. $15. 10pm at Lucky.
Harbour’s End and Doug Simpson – Light rock. 9pm at The Cambie.
Lust Life Jazz Band- CD Release Party. With Steve Grebanier, Ryan Tandy. 8pm at Vista 18 in the Chateau Victoria. Free.
KILL THE NOISE – A diamond-eyed skull slapped to turntables. Grinning off sweat-drenched t-shirts and gleaming from 20-foot neon screens. It’s the bony mascot of Kill The Noise, the buzzing young Producer and DJ whose uniquely intense take on electronic dance music has kept him rocking around the globe. With Generic & MrMacHimself. 10pm at Hush. $19.75.
Marina Marina – With The Ghostbirds and Clare Love. Indie folk. Original Luminous Music. 7pm at The Spiral Café. $5.
Ryan McMahon- Like Neil Young, he’s an epileptic who loves both the scream of distortion and the peace of the acoustic. Like Eddie Vedder, he wears all of his influences on his sleeves, where Tom Waits, Buddy Holly, Warren Zevon and Bruce Springsteen all reside. 7pm at the Solstice Café. $10.
Thunderstruck – Performing for over 10 years they punch out the great power ballads and colossal hits of AC/DC’s incredible career and only AC/DC does it better. $24.50 at Lyle’s Place and Ditch Records.10pm at Upstairs.
OPEN STAGE – Come earlier to sign up. 8pm at James Bay Coffee and Books (143 Menzies St). Across from the James Bay Thrifty’s. 250-386-4700.
Sat. Jan. 21
Bill Johnson Trio- Jazz. 8:30pm at Six Mile Pub. Free.
Blackout Beach – With Apollo Ghosts. Indie rock. 10pm at Logan’s. $15.
BURLESQUE BLITZ- 9pm at the Cambie. $15/$20.
CHRIS LAKE – Spinning the darker and deeper side of electronic music and still fusing in cheeky edits and homemade tracks. 10pm at Sugar. $TBA.
Steph Macpherson + Redbird- Often described as a independent folk/pop, akin to the likes of Sarah Harmer, Feist, and early Jewel, this singer songwriter graces stages of all varieties with her melody-driven songs. $7/$10. 8pm at Lucky.
Shorty Parker Band – Party band playing everything from Matchbox 20 to CCR and The Black Crows. 9pm at the Tudor House Pub in Esquimalt. Free.
SOUL NITE – The Ballantynes, The Chantrelles And Truth Soundsystem. R&B/Soul. 6:30pm at 9one9. $8/$10.
SUn. Jan. 22
KC Kelly- Kelly spent many years playing electric guitar in various musical styles before settling on acoustic slide guitar in open-E tuning and returning to his roots in the blues 7:30pm after open stage at Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5.
Vic High R&B Band – 8pm at Cafe Casablanca (2524 Bridge St). $5. 250-389-0222.
wed. Jan. 25
HOUSE MUSIC – With Lyssa, Kailem Bishop and Matterson. 10pm at Hush. $5.
McGillicuddys Burns Night Party – With special guest, Pipe Major Steve Kelly. Celtic rock’n’roll Robbie Burns Night Party, complete with bagpipes, haggis tasting and caber catching. 8pm at Canoe. Free.
Acoustic Jam – With Dylan Stone. 6pm THURSDAYS at The Cambie. Free.
Open Mic – Open to all musicians. THURSDAYS 6pm at Paradiso Di Stelle. Free.
THursday blend JAM- Any and all string players welcome. Hosted by Rick Van Krugel. THURSDAYS 7pm at the Well. Free.
Open Mic – Scott Longworth hosts an open forum for original tunes. All ages. THURSDAYS 8pm at the Fernwood Inn. Free.
Karaoke – Hosted by Brandon. THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS 8pm at Upper Deck. Free.
Theory – Dubstep. With AFL & Spoon. THURSDAYS 9pm at Hush. $TBA.
NYPD – A lethal dance party with Kenzie Clarke. THURSDAYS 10pm at Lucky. $TBA.
Open Jam – FRIDAYS 8pm at the Langford Legion (761 Station). $TBA.
Saturday Afternoon Jam – Hosted by Ian & Carolynn McDowell. SATURDAYS 2pm at V-Lounge. Free.
BLUEGRASS BRUNCH – Hosted by the Stowaways. SATURDAYS 2pm at Logan’s. Free.
Blues Jam – Hosted by Summer and the Sinners. SATURDAYS 3pm at My Bar and Grill. Free.
Solid! – Dance your ass off with DJ Longshanks. SATURDAYS 10pm at Lucky. $TBA.
Sunday Blues Jam – Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Band. SUNDAYS 2pm at the Strath’s Clubhouse. Free.
Rock Jam – With Jackson Traplin. 3pm SUNDAYS at The Cambie. Free.
Hootenanny – Join Carolyn Mark for some first-rate hootenannin’. SUNDAYS 4:30pm-midnight at Logan’s. Free.
jack’s Open Mic SUNDAYS –
Welcoming atmosphere. SUNDAYS 7pm at Serious Coffee (230 Cook). Free.
Bluegrass Sunday – Hosted by The Stowaways Duo. SUNDAYS 8pm at Ocean Island Café. Free.
open mic – Hosted by Steve Barries. MONDAYS 9pm at Logan’s. Free.
Jamaroke – Karaoke with a live band (Party on High Street). MONDAY 9pm a Felicita’s. $3.
Jam Session – Play till you can’t play no more! All ages. MONDAYS 9pm at Ocean Island Café Lounge. Free.
Karaoke – With your hosts Stacey and Thor. 10pm at Paparazzi. Free.
90210 Mondays – DJs Jay Somethin’ and Levi Somethin’ Else spin all your favourite pre-millenium classics. MONDAYS 10pm at Lucky. $TBA.
INDUSTRY UNDERGROUND – Electro-step and funky house. With Soulfix and Chino. MONDAYS 10pm at Hush. $TBA.
Open Mic – Hosted by Katherine & David. TUESDAYS 6pm at The Well. By Donation.
B flat acoustic jam – The music sounds better with you. TUESDAYS 7:30pm at Slider’s (3115 Cedar Hill). Free.
Open Mic – Bring your friends, grab a drink and listen to music. TUESDAYS 8-11:30pm at Whitebird Lounge. Free.
Karaoke – Hosted by Tina Turnover. TUESDAYS 8pm at The Castle. Free.
My Bar Karaoke Star – $500 prize for first place. With Miss Liz Barrett. TUESDAYS 8pm at My Bar & Grill. Free.
OPEN STAGE – Acoustic or electric, solo or with your band. Amps, drums, piano provided. Dylan Stone hosts. WEDNESDAYS 8:30pm at the Fort Café. Free.
Zipp Gunn & Ghostbelly – Spinning ska, rocksteady, early reggae, soul & funk. WEDNESDAYS 9pm at Logan’s. Free.
Open Mic Night – Musical madness! Sign up with our host Jack. WEDNESDAYS 9pm at Ocean Island Café. Free.
Boneshaker – Goth and industrial DJ night. 9pm at Paparazzi. $3.
SAT. Jan. 21
Love Songs of the 14th & 15th Centuries – The Continuum Consort is dedicated to authentic historical performance. This program will include works by “Les deux Guillames’ (Machaut and DuFay) as well as some of their contemporaries, such as Ciconia, da Bologna and Borlet. 7:30pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross (3787 Cedar Hill Rd). $10/$15. 250-642-1901.
FolkWest MiniFest Fundraiser- CR Avery, The Bachands, Jeremy Walsh & Ivonne Hernendez, Dan Wise and The Victoria Slam Team come together to raise some cash for the second annual FolkWest. SATURDAY 8pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $12/$10. folkwest.ca.
SUN. Jan. 22
The Victoria Symphony: THE LAUGHING SYMPHONY- From Beethoven to Old MacDonald, Norman Foote takes audiences on a light-hearted symphonic adventure. Engaging songs, clever arrangements and Norman’s gentle sense of humour make this show an exciting and original experience that never fails to bring the house down with laughter and applause. Pre-concert activities at 1:30 in the lobby. 2:30pm at the Royal (805 Broughton). $16-$30. rmts.bc.ca.
MON. Jan. 23
Island Star Search Finale- This three-hour event will have you being entertained by the finalists, a live band and our special guest, Diane Pancel. The theme for the evening is Motown. Our panel of celebrity judges are James Kasper, Chrissy Steele, Tal Bachman and Stephanie Greaves. This year, RE/MAX Island Star Search is a fundraiser to support Community Living Victoria which supports people with developmental disabilities and their families. 7pm at the McPherson (3 Centennial Square). $24. 250-391-1895.
WED. Jan. 25
Bone Thugs ~N~ Harmony feat Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone- They have sold more than 15 million records, recorded with The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac. They won a Grammy. They redirected hip-hop’s sonic direction. Simply put, the Cleveland quartet is one of the most important groups in hip-hop history. 9pm at 9one9. $25/$30.
Laila Biali – The new face of contemporary jazz whose musical versatility has also won her touring engagements with top artists, including Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega, and STING. 8pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club. $22/$25. rmts.bc.ca.
VCM Presents: January Jazz – The January blues will be sent packing with this concert featuring jazz maven Brad Turner together with Gordon Clements and Conservatory colleagues. Brad’s phenomenal talents as a trumpeter, pianist, drummer and composer make him one of Canada’s most in-demand and highly esteemed musicians. In the jazz spirit of spontaneity and serendipity, the program will be announced when you arrive. 7:30pm at the Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora). $15/$25. 250-386-5311.
The Victoria Symphony: A SALUTE TO THE RAT PACK – Multi-talented musician Matt Catingub leads this celebration of the music, artistry, and songs of Las Vegas and the Rat Pack. you will hear favourite songs from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and others. I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Night and Day, Ain’t that a Kick in the Head and A Lot of Livin’ To Do are just a few of the songs you will hear. $33 and up. THURSDAY 2pm and FRIDAY and SATURDAY 8pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton.) www.rmts.bc.ca.
Victoria Folk music society- Open stage SUNDAYS 7:30pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5. victoriafolkmusic.ca.
BARD AND BANKER- Tom and Matt THURSDAY 8:30pm and FRIDAY 9pm. Run for Cover SATURDAY 9 pm. Ben Parker SUNDAY 7:30 pm. Lola Parks MONDAYS 8 pm. Tom and Matt TUESDAY 8pm. Steve Chmilar WEDNESDAY 8pm. All shows free.
bartholomew’s – Younger Than Yesterday FRIDAY and SATURDAY 9pm. Tucker Band SUNDAYS 6:30pm. Havanna Club Live TUESDAYS. Auntie Kate And The Uncle Of Funk WEDNESDAYS. All shows 8:30pm unless otherwise noted.
Canoe Brewpub – Geoff Lundstrom and Jason Cook – The Adults THURSDAY. Free. The BROKEN STRINGS FRIDAY. $5. MY DEAREST FRIENDS SATURDAY. Ambient folk rock. $5. All shows 9pm unless otherwise stated.
Fernwood inn – Avram Devon McCagherty MONDAY 8pm.
glo europub – Ashley Wey Trio SATURDAY 8pm.
Heron Rock Bistro – Janalee & Toni Blodgett MONDAY. All shows 7pm.
Ocean Pointe Resort – Ivan Elieff FRIDAY & SATURDAY 6pm.
OSWEGO HOTEL- Live Jazz at the O Bistro. WEDNESDAYS 6pm at The Oswego Hotel. (500 Oswego). Free.
PAGLIACCI’S – The Preston & Bonkowski Trio. Alternate WEDNESDAYS 8pm. Free.
Strath’s clubhouse – DJ Bellyfish THURSDAY. The Sutcliffes WEDNESDAY. All at 9pm.
Swan’s – Tom Lang Band, THURSDAY. Summer and the Sinners FRIDAY. Groove Kitchen SATURDAY.The Moonshiners, Bluegrass & Folk, SUNDAYS at 8:30. Flying Saucers, Jump Jive & Boogie. MONDAYS. Rock Island Ramblers, TUESDAYS. Momentum, WEDNESDAYS. All shows free. All shows start 9pm unless otherwise noted.
Swiftsure Lounge- Randy Tucker Band SATURDAY 3:30pm.
The Office – Xanthic Blue THURSDAY 8:30pm. Beats Bass + Voice FRIDAYS 9pm. Momentum SATURDAY 9:30pm. Skylab WEDNESDAYS 8:30pm.
The Spiral – Open mic THURSDAY 6:30-9pm, free. Spiral Groove, MONDAY 7-9:30pm. Spiral Swing Orchestra WEDNESDAY 7:30pm. All by donation unless otherwise noted.
The Superior- Dubtet THURSDAY.Olivier Swain FRIDAY Mr. Aaron Watson SATURDAY. All shows 6:30pm.
Vista 18 – Chris Sartisohn & the Cold Cut Combo. SATURDAY. 8pm.