Weekly Music Listings – March 10-16

Artificial Intelligence, the Chattering Class, Steve Dawson, Diamond Rings, guitar spirits and more.

The talented Steve Dawson hits Hermann’s (see GIGS)



Open Mic – Open to all musicians. 6pm at Paradiso Di Stelle. Free.

THursday blend: strings – The delightful mandolin stylings of Rick Van Krugel. 7pm at the Well. Free.

Open Mic – Scott Longworth hosts an open forum for original tunes. All ages. 8pm at the Fernwood Inn. Free.

Tom Vickery Trio – The ZZ Top of jazz. 8pm at Hermann’s. $6.

Impulse – DJ Ritch spins all your favorites. 9pm at Rehab. $5.

Karaoke – Sing your heart out. 9pm at Felicita’s. Free.

Ladies Night – Free pole dancing lessons. 9pm at Upper Deck. Free.

Rotten Rails – Decomposition and themed metal. With Ravensun, Pentacaust. 10pm at Logan’s. $8.

Theory Thursday – Dance your ass off. With Kaglar Ormega, Elonious (Funk) and Rusty Bridges. 10pm at Hush. $5.


Slim & The Deuces – Beats a pair of fives anyday. Roots and blues. 7pm at Six Mile Pub. Free.

funky fridays – Open mic/jam hosted by Mitch & the Baroness. 7:30pm at Poolside Bar. Free.

CHATTERING CLASS – This foursome brings strong harmonies, guitars, mandolins, harmonicas and artful kazoo together in an unforgettable performance. 8pm at James Bay Coffee & Books (143 Menzies). By donation.

Karaoke – With Liz. 8pm at the Upper Deck. Repeats SUNDAY and WEDNESDAY. Free.

Rob Ahad Trio – Crooner inspired jazz. 8pm at Hermann’s. $TBA.

Sugarfix – Followed by diabetic coma. 9pm at Log House Pub. Free.

Splinter – Does this look infected to you? 9pm at Shark Club. Free.

Superglide – Wee! 9pm at Waterwheel Pub. $TBA.

Born Ruffians – I thought you had to practice to be a ruffian. With Sheezer. 9pm at Sugar. $15.

The Shorty Parker Band – Catchier than the “Average Height Parker Band.” 9pm at Sationhouse Pub. Free.

OMG FRIDAY – DJ Bellyfish and DJ Speedyshoes spin a fresh mix of top 40, electronic and hip hop. 10pm at Upstairs Cabaret. $6.

Artificial Intelligence – come down to hear some deep and deadly drum and bass from one of the industry’s finest production duos. With Special Ed and Aperture. 10pm at Hush. $15.

Listening Party – Fresh out of Shawnigan Lake’s backwoods. 10pm at Lucky. $10.

Smoked Out Brainzzz – Sure it’s all fun and games till somebody finds out there are bugs under their skin. With Growler, Last of the V8 Interceptors and Class of 1984. 10pm at Logan’s. $10.


the stowaways – Enjoy brunch with music. Acoustic garage and Spanish pop. 2pm at Logan’s. Free.

Gospel night – Gospel at its best. 7pm at the Well. Free.

Blake Andison – Raw acoustic, vocally driven rock. With Katherine and Hilary Beckett, and Julie Felix. 7pm at the Cornerstone Cafe. $TBA.

The Tumblin’ Dice – Classic rock cover band. 8pm at Upper Deck. Free.

MAINSWITCH – must be off before performing maintenance. 8pm at My Bar and Grill. Free.

Steve Dawson – Resonator guitar virtuoso tours to promote his latest CD Nightshade. 8pm at Hermann’s. $25/$23.

Diamond Rings – But not the kind you find on ebay after a failed marriage proposal. That would be creepy. With PS I Love You, guests. 9pm at Sugar. $14.

Younger Than Yesterday – Older than tomorrow. 9pm at Waterwheel Pub. Free.

wax Reunion – Righ energy west coast bass. Mt.Doyle vs. Tedder. 9:30 at Hush. $10/$8.

electric empress – Rock’n’roll royalty. With guests. 10pm at Logan’s. $7.

Solid! – A throbbing dancefloor and an eclectic mix of music. With DJ Longshanks. 10pm at Lucky. $6.


Sunday Blues Jam – Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Band. 2pm at the Strath’s Clubhouse. Free.

Canus – Hot jazz and smooth harmony. 4:30pm at Hermann’s. $10.

Hootenanny – Join Carolyn Mark for some first-rate hootenannin’. 4:30pm-midnight at Logan’s. Free.

Paul Laverick and his Ukulele Adventurers – The coolest instrument since Monty Python banged together his first pair of coconut halves. 6pm at Fernwood Inn. Free.

jack’s Open Mic SUNDAYS – Welcoming atmosphere. 7pm at Serious Coffee (230 Cook). Free.

Mark Segger Sextet – Not nearly as naughty as it sounds. 8pm at Hermann’s. $TBA.

Bluegrass Sunday – Hosted by Doosie & Decker. 9pm at Ocean Island Café. Free.

Barrington Levy – Reggae. Detour Posse, Jah Cutta & The Determination Band and DJ Abel. 9:30pm at 9one9. $30.


James Cotton – The greatest harmonica player in the world. With Bill Johnson, who plays the guitar pretty good. 8pm at Club 9one9. $40/$35.

Battle of the Bands – Semi-finals: Radtrux, Danakil Depression, These Gooses, Kids Today. 9pm at Felicita’s (UVic). $3.

open mic – Hosted by Steve Barries. 9pm at Logan’s. Free.

Jam Session – Play till you can’t play no more! All ages. 9pm at Ocean Island Café Lounge. Free.


Open Mic – Hosted by Yvonne Owens and Oliver Mitchell. 7pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free.

victoria bluegrass jam – Bring your instruments. 7:30pm at Orange Hall. $3 to play, free to listen.

Open Mic Night – Musical madness! Sign up with our host Jack. 9pm at Ocean Island Café. Free.


OPEN STAGE – The Lovelies kick off this open mic. Registration between 7:30-8:30pm at the Fort Café. Free.

Victoria Covers – In this installment, Victoria covers Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited. Sign up to play two Bob Dylan covers and get in free. 7:30 at the Victoria Event Centre. $15/$10.

RECORD SWAP & DANCE PARTY – Bring your records and shake your booty! Henderson & Kaup host. 9pm at Logan’s. Free.

Open Jam – With the Front Porch String Pickin’ Band. 9pm at Tudor House. Free.


Rob Cheramy – Westcoast jazz guitar. Gala dinner for the Habitat Acquisition Trust. Keynote speaker is award winning researcher Dr Chris Darimont. THURSDAY 6pm at Fireside Grill (4509 West Saanich). $65. 250-995-2428.

friends of music society – Featuring the 23rd Street Blues Band. THURSDAY 7pm at the Eric Martin Theatre (2328 Trent). Free. 250-592-5114.

HIGH TENSION – Featuring Montreal musician Quatuor Bozzini  THURSDAY 8pm at Open Space (510 Fort). $15/$10 students and Open Space members. 250-383-8833.

UVIC School of Music – Fridaymusic, featuring School of Music voice students FRIDAY 12:30pm, by donation. Sonic Lab, with director Christopher Butterfield FRIDAY 8pm, by donation. Graduating Composers, PhD composition students comprehensive exam concert SATURDAY 8pm, free. The Power of Virtuosity: The Music of Franz Liszt, with Bruce Vogt on piano SUNDAY 2:30pm (pre-show talk 2pm), $18/$14. Graduating Recital, with violinist Shima Takeda, SUNDAY 8pm, free. Graduating Recital, with flautist Joanna Tseng, MONDAY 8pm, free. MUS 562A/B New Music Festival, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 8pm, free. Graduate Recital, with vocalist Deirdre Carr WEDNESDAY 12:30pm, free. All at Phillip T. Young Recital Hall. 250-721-8634.

In a Large Open Space – (See MUSIC). Featuring LaSaM Music of Victoria and Quatuor Bozzini Montreal. SATURDAY 2-4pm at the Church of St. John the Divine (1611 Quadra). $10 sliding scale. 250-475-8825, tina.pearson@shaw.ca.

Mathieu Lippé – Part of the Victoria French festival. SATURDAY 7pm in the Gibson Auditorium, Camosun College (Lansdowne Campus). $20/$15. 250-388-7350.

Jazz at the Gallery – Featuring Daniel Lapp, multi-talented instrumentalist and vocalist. SATURDAY 8pm & SUNDAY 2pm at the AGGV (1040 Moss). $30/$25 AGGV members. 250-384-4171.

CON BRIO WOMEN’S CHOIR – Seattle’s favourite choir joins UVic’s Philomela Women’s Choir in concert. SATURDAY 8pm at St. Aidan’s United Church (3703 Saint Aidans). 250-652-5392, alsw@wolfweb.ca.

April Verch – This dynamic Canadian fiddler, singer and stepdancer blends old-time, folk, jazz and bluegrass together into a repertoire infused with soulful energy. SATURDAY 8pm at the Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre (UVic). $30. 250-721-8480.

Victoria symphony – Carnival of the Animals, childrens concert. SUNDAY 2:30pm, $16/$32. Cirque de la Symphonie, the magic of cirque. THURSDAY 2pm, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8pm, $31-$74, soundcheck tickets $12. All at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). 250-386-6121.

African Sanctus – Join Victoria Choral Society music director Giuseppe Pietraroia in David Fanshawe’s electrifying visionary choral masterpiece. SUNDAY 2:30pm in the Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre (UVic). $32/$20.  250-721-8480, info@victoriachoralsociety.ca.

Fond Farewell – Soprano Yvonne Bennie and friends present a music ministry fundraiser. Works by Schumann, Vivaldi, Gershwin, Schubert and others. All proceeds going to the Choral Scholar Fund. SUNDAY 2:30pm at St Luke’s Anglican Church (3821 Cedar Hill Cross). By donation. 250-477-6741.

Victoria Folk Music Society – Rick van Krugel and Bruce Brackney SUNDAY 7pm at The Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5. 250-413-3213.

LENTEN CONCERT SERIES – Flautist Joanna Tseng plays music by Reinecke, Boehm, Franck, and Clarke. SUNDAY 7:30pm at the Church of St John the Divine (1611 Quadra). By donation. 250-383-7169.

Guitar Spirits – Healing music, inspiration and virtuosity. Sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Reservations required. TUESDAY 7pm . To April at the First Metropolitan Church (932 Balmoral). Free. 250-592-6211.

Lenten Lunchtime Concerts – Featuring Ensemble Laude Women’s Choir conducted by Elizabeth MacIsaac. Proceeds to benefit Women in Need Community Co-op.  Bring your lunch, tea and coffee provided. WEDNESDAYS 12:10-12:50pm. To April 20 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (1701 Elgin). By donation. 250-598-2212.


Bard & Banker – Tom Hooper & Matt Johnson THURSDAY-SATURDAY. Shameless Pleasures SUNDAY, 7:30pm. Tom Hooper MONDAY-WEDNESDAY. All 8pm unless otherwise noted.

bartholomew’s -Rainshadow Al THURSDAY. Randy Tucker Swing Band SUNDAY 8pm. The Ramblers MONDAY. Havanna Club Live TUESDAY. All 8:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Evedar’s bistro – Terry Brennan SATURDAY 6:30pm.

Fernwood inn – The Sweet Lowdown TUESDAY 8pm.

glo europub – Ashley Wey Trio SATURDAY 8pm.

IRISH TIMES – The Ecclestons  THURSDAY-SATURDAY. Qristina & Quinn Bachand SUNDAY 7:30pm. Bobby Smith MONDAY-WEDNESDAY. All 8pm, unless otherwise noted.

Heron rock bistro – Janalee  and Toni Blodgett MONDAY 7pm.

Hotel Grand Pacific – Jan Stirling, Jazz Piano. FRIDAY-SATURDAY 6:30-9:30pm.

ocean point resort – Jazz piano featuring Morry Stearns FRIDAY-SATURDAY 6pm.

The Office – Momentum THURSDAY. Beats, bass & voice FRIDAY. DJ Hot Karl SATURDAY. Geoffry Lundstrom TUESDAY 8pm. Skyla J and the Vibes WEDNESDAY. All shows 9pm unless otherwise noted.

Penny Farthing – Steve Chmilar THURSDAY – SATURDAY. All at 8pm.

The Spiral – Open mic THURSDAY 6pm. Story time for kids SUNDAY 10:30am. Spiral Groove MONDAY 7:30pm. Swing orchestra WEDNESDAY 7:30pm. By donation.

Strath’s clubhouse – Country night with DJ Clinton THURSDAY 9pm.The Sutcliffes WEDNESDAY 8:30pm.

the superior – Oliver Swain THURSDAY. Ken Hall FRIDAY. Skyla & Oz SATURDAY. Sebastian Britineff TUESDAY. All shows 6:30pm and by donation.

Swan’s – Gary Preston THURSDAY. Ginzou Knives FRIDAY. Groove Diggers SATURDAY. The Moonshiners SUNDAY 8:30pm. Flying Saucers MONDAY. Light Sweet Crude  TUESDAY. House Cats WEDNESDAY All  9pm unless otherwise noted.

vista 18 – Rockland Moran 8pm FRIDAY-SATURDAY.

Whitebird Lounge – Open Mic with Tanya Brooks TUESDAY. DJ Rhythmicon WEDNESDAY All at 8pm.

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