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THE BEST OF BARRIE’S CONCERTS THIS WEEK

“Music Can Name The Unameable” – Leonard Bernstein

As any veteran of Barrie’s live music scene will tell you, there aren’t many nights off here.

If you’re game for going out, the city by the Lake is guaranteed to have a gig for you every week. Whether you’re feeling an alt rock blowout, an intimate jazz ensemble or a laid back acoustic set, Thursday through Saturday in Barrie are jammed with jams from local talent and edgy bands from across the region.

And if you’re an emerging group playing gigs in town, we want to hear from you! Send the finer points to stu@barrieuncovered.ca and we’ll post your shows here and on our events page.

Happening this week on the stage in Barrie…

THE FOXX LOUNGE

THURSDAY – May is just the beginning of the summer touring season, and it’s kicking off in style here in Barrie with Dead Tired rolling into town. Based out of the Hammer, they are a delight in thrash and fronted by Alexisonfire’s George Petit. Backed up by a couple of hometown heroes, A Particle Apart and The Highdives, this should be loud and lit.

MORE FOXX LOUNGE 

FRIDAY – It will be one of the few nights that a local band isn’t part of the ticket at the Lounge, but the quality of out of town guests more than make up for it.

Old Wives are a punk trio out of Edmonton (but we won’t hold that against them) and stop in at the lounge on their way to Pouzza Fest. Sudbury will be represented by the Lightmares, a 90s-esque grunge/rock act.

They are joined by headliners Hightower, one of Paris’s loudest and most entertaining rock groups.

SATURDAY – It’s always a special night when a band makes their stage debut, and Saturday marks the pop of the cherry for Barrie’s 30 Going on 13. They are a recently formed group and everyone involved has been kicking around the local music scene. Cannot wait to see them bring it.

Also on the ticket is Hit The Switch, who are back with new music after a long stretch, and Calgary’s Downway, a veteran group who might be familiar to Much Music fans of a certain vintage. They got quite a bit of video play in the mid 90s on the channel (back in the days when they actually, ya know…played music videos) and have toured with the likes of Goldfinger and Strung Out over the years. Cash at the door!

Elsewhere on the Barrie live music scene this week…

MAVRICK’S

SATURDAY – Desi DJ Night 

DONALEIGH’S

FRIDAY – The Marwills, 10pm

SATURDAY – The Rob Watts Band, 10 pm

BRITISH ARMS

FRIDAY – ITV, 8pm

FIONN MacCOOL’S

SATURDAY – The Flailing Shilaleigh’s, 8pm 

MADE IN MEXICO

THURSDAY – Courtney Bowles

COMMON GOOD CAFE

SATURDAY –  Jessica Lajner, 8pm

HOMESTEAD BAKERY

SATURDAY – Jakob Pearce, 10am

FIVE POINTS THEATRE

SUNDAY – ERNIE PANICCIOLI – A CELEBRATION OF HIP HOP APPRECIATION WEEK

PAINTER’S HALL

THURSDAY & SATURDAY – B Knox, 9pm

THE SET LIST

Curious about the bands coming to town this week? Learn more and try a sample of their “stuff” in the links below!

COURTNEY BOWLES                                               DEAD TIRED 

THE HIGH DIVES                                                      A PARTICLE APART

HIGHTOWER                                                              THE OLD WIVES 

LIGHTMARES                                                             JAKOB PEARCE

DOWNWAY                                                                  HIT THE SWITCH

30 GOING ON 13                                                        ROB WATTS BAND 

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